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.

 

 

 

 

 

About MAUREEN OJUNGA

Maureen knows what's IN and what's NOT in fashion because she takes the time to find out. She will definitely fill you in on the latest fashion trends and give you style tips galore. She also tackles Relationships and Sex pieces
  • http://twitter.com/jumamosi Juma Mosi

    There are more people employed by the mitumba ‘industry’ then will ever be employed by leather and textile industries. This will cause a lot of tension and demonstrations. Let alone the affordability it gives to the poor. Do you want a revolution? Ban mitumba.

  • FRANKKENYAN

    They cant ban mitumbas without an alternative.I mean,the many jobs at stake,the affordable clothes that mitumbas provide to us perenially broke Kenyans….Otherwise,its a sad day for Kenya.Then in comes ngetas…low income per capita..worse economy that they are trying to prevent..sad sad sad..Kenyans depend on Mtumba!

  • Deedee

    It’s not just the poor who buy mitumbas.In fact, so many Kenyans prefer mitumba to the ready-made, overpriced sub standard “uniforms” that you find in the stalls in town because (like you said) they’re stylish, offer variety and are very unique.

  • uhuruto

    must grant dignity to our people by stopping them from buying used underwear.

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