Kenyan-owned cement company to open new $60m plant in western Uganda

The National Cement Limited, a member of Kenya’s Devki Group Of Companies has announced plans to open another mega plant in the western Uganda city of Mbarara.

According to a Tuesday press release, the 1.5m tonnes per annum plant will now take National Cement’s Uganda capacity to 3.5 million tonnes.

“Slated to be operational by the end of 2024, the Mbarara plant is a major milestone in the company’s objective to serve its clients in Uganda and East Africa, by making access to cement products very affordable,” the release said.

The new plant comes after another of two million tonnes was opened in the eastern Uganda district of Tororo.

“The National Cement Tororo plant has already contributed to a countrywide drop in prices. It will further improve accessibility and affordability to cement across the country, especially in Western Uganda and DRC,” the company said.

“National Cement hopes to drop prices by 25% at the very least by 2025,” National Cement added. Currently, the price per 50kg in Uganda ranges between sh29,000-32,000.

The CEO/Operations manager, Lokesh Kumar, said: “We are committed to our long term vision, which through such projects, we bring down cement prices, contribute to the growth of the economy, create more jobs and drive opportunities through the construction industry.”

Kumar said the opening of the new plant was in line with President Yoweri Museveni’s vision on industrialization, job creation and import substitution. 

The plant is expected to employ 700 people directly, and indirectly.

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