Can you hack it without your affordable ‘mitumbas’?

For those who don’t have a lot of money to splurge on expensive clothes and shoes, they always come in very handy as they are affordable. For those who love some unique style, they come in a variety of unique pieces. For those who love fashion, they are very chic -in fact the only way you can ever get the chance to rock an International designer outfit or shoes that you would normally NOT be able to afford…they are IT! Yes…I’m talking about second hand clothes and shoes also famously known as ‘mitumbas‘.

These could very soon be non-existent. Why?…

Second hand clothing and shoes will be banned from entering the country should proposals in an industrialization bill go through come January next year.

The Bill, which has already been approved by Cabinet and now before Parliament, is meant to protect the textile and leather industries.

Second hand clothing and shoes will be banned from entering the country should proposals in an industrialization bill go through come January next year.

 

Industrialisation Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho says this is a move by government to create a market for local traders and manufacturers.

“These are used clothes meant to help the poor but are used as a trading tool. We are trying to strengthen the issue of counterfeit and standards especially at the points of entry. We know it is a tall order because the players are not small guys,” he said.

When you look at all the benefits of second hand clothes bring with them and not forgetting the fact that they are a source of employment to thousands….Would you survive without your mitumba clothes and shoes?

The second-hand clothes market popularly known as ‘mitumba’ employs thousands of people most of whom consist of the youth.

 

 

 

 

 

MAUREEN OJUNGA

MAUREEN OJUNGA

Maureen Ojunga is the newest Health enthusiast in town. She is also a gadget freak and a lover of all things fashion. Besides being a lover of life, she enjoys writing and researching on Relationships and Sex pieces.

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