Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday officiated the launch of Mara Phones manufacturing plant, which will make smartphones in the country.
The Mara X and Mara Z will use Google’s Android operating system and cost 175,750 Rwandan francs ($190) and 120,250 Rwandan francs ($130) respectively.
“This is the first smartphone manufacturer in Africa,” Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar told Reuters after touring the company alongside Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.
“We are actually the first who are doing manufacturing. We are making the motherboards, we are making the sub-boards during the entire process,” he said.
“There are over 1,000 pieces per phone.” Thakkar said the plant had cost $24m and could make 1,200 phones per day.
President Kagame said on the other hand; “The Mara Phone joins a growing list of high-quality products that are made in our country… It is another milestone on our journey to high-tech, ‘made-in-Rwanda’ industry.” 
In a series of tweets from the presidency, Kagame was quoted saying: “The introduction of Mara Phones will put smartphone ownership within reach of more Rwandans.”
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MARA Z
MARA Z

MARA X
MARA X

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