The chairman of Jua Kali Association, Nyeri branch Kenneth Gikunja has urged the government to ban importation of second hand innerwear.
Gikunja argued that importation of the wear was lowering Kenyan’s dignity despite the country having potential to manufacture them.
Speaking today at a local hotel in Nyeri town during a Kenya Bureau of Standards (KeBS) and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) owner’s sensitization workshop, Gikunja said “our women should discard these clothes as they are only fit for the dustbin by their owners.”
The chairman expressed fear that the clothes might be contaminated and eventually may lead to diseases that are expensive to treat because of purchasing an item at a cheaper price.
Gikunja who manufactures organic manure in the outskirts of Nyeri town faulted KeBS accusing the agency of sleeping on the job.
“When I go to sell my organic manure to a foreigner, I am asked to get a certification letter from either Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology or from Egerton University, they don’t trust KeBS,” the chairman claimed.
The Jua Kali boss urged Kenyans to buy products manufactured locally to build the country adding “buy Kenya, build Kenya.”
But speaking to the press later, KeBS Quality Assurance Assistant manager Nyeri branch Ms Hilda Keror said the agency has to ensure all locally manufactured goods are certified and comply with the local standards.
Keror disclosed that the government has subsidized certification fee to enable all local small scale manufacturers have their products certified and standardized.
“With certification and standardization, small scale manufacturers are able to easily penetrate the market and compete competitively with other products,” she said.
KNA by Mwangi Gaitha