By Wanja Wawer
Cabinet Secretary for Trade and Industry Moses Kuria says the government will ban the importation of second-hand clothes, commonly known as ‘mitumba’, once they find an alternative from the local textile industry.
Speaking on Tuesday at the Chamngamka Shopping Festival in Nairobi, Kuria noted that Kenya exports locally created fabric for less money than it pays to import used clothing.
The newly appointed CS that the local textile industry is the ministry’s primary area of concentration.
“Whatever is required for us to sell to our people the same way we are selling to America, we will do. Once the option is available we will do like South Africa. South Africa banned mitumba. I’m sure you want me to say that we are going to ban mitumba, Yes, we will ban mitumba once we give people an alternative and then we ban it,” said Kuria.
“The price we are selling to America is much lower than Mitumba. It’s not a question of price, it’s a question of availability, and it’s a question of information. I will work with the textile industry and make sure that first we make the cheaper clothes available in this market,” added the CS who took over the docket from Betty Maina last week.