Kenyan Government has suspended the importation of second hand clothes commonly known as Mitumba. The cabinet minister Betty Maina cited the move was intended to safeguard Kenyans against the dreadful coronavirus.
Prior to the ban, traders at the popular second hand Gikomba Market complained that fear of the coronavirus was having a negative effect on their businesses.
Government has suspended importation of second hand clothes with immediate effect to safeguard the health of Kenyans and promote local textiles in the wake of corona virus. @maina_betty @IndustryKE @PDUDelivery @epzakenya @MakeItKenya @KAM_kenya @rivatex_ltd @StanleyWabomba pic.twitter.com/TmnyqcqRCx
— Trade Kenya (@Trade_Kenya) March 25, 2020
Local manufacturers rejoice
As a textile industry, we remain steadfast in the production of quality apparels customized to meet the needs and preference of every citizen in the country.
The directive means that everyone now has a chance to buy new clothes thanks to the presence of vibrant textile industries
— Rivatex East Africa Limited (@rivatex_ltd) March 25, 2020
The number of coronavirus cases in Kenya is 25 with zero recoveries and fatalities.