The CECM in charge of Roads, Energy and Public Works Arch. Eng. Patrick Kundu led a team of Officers from the County Government of Kakamega on a benchmarking tour at the Alternative Energy Systems Ltd (AESL) offices in Thika, Kiambu County.

During the tour, CECM expressed satisfaction with the processes of waste collection and conversion to alternative oil and asserted the County Government’s committment to offer necessary support for the manufacturer to establish a plant in Kakamega County. Arch. Kundu stated that the County Government is seeking players in the industry to solve the waste menace, a universal environmental challenge, while creating jobs and wealth in line with Governor Fernandes Barasa’s six-point agenda.

The company which has successfully set up operations in other counties such Kiambu collects, cleans and recycles waste plastic into synthetic oil that offers an alternative replacement of the highly pollutant industrial diesel, through a technology called Pyrolysis.

Ms. Elizabeth Asichi, the CEO of Kakamega County Investment Development Agency (KCIDA) who also accompanied the CECM thanked the company for showing interest in establishing a plant in Kakamega, after attending the recently concluded inaugural Kakamega International Investment Conference (KAIICO) 2024. Ms Asichi revealed that the County Government has plans to establish Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs’) in all regions of the County and expressed confidence that AESL will accumulate sufficient plastic waste to run a sustainable business in Kakamega.

The visit was part of follow up efforts with potential investors who participated in the 2024 Conference (KAIICO).