Raila Odinga once again assured traders in mitumba clothes his government will not impose a ban on their importation should he win the August 9, 2022 elections.
Raila gave the assurance during a meeting with the national representatives of the Mitumba Association of Kenya drawn from ten Counties including importers, distributors, and wholesalers.
“Second-hand trade has uplifted so many people in Kenya, my government will not BAN mitumba but strengthen it.” He reiterated
Raila told the traders that his remarks on the day of the Manifesto Launch were misrepresented. Instead, he intends to rebuild the local textile industry and said he will protect the traders by ensuring that they get the first opportunity to market locally made clothes.
If elected, he said the Azimio government intends to hit the ground running and implement “interventionist policies that reduce the cost of living from day one.”
“The first 100 days will focus on three key pillars, economic revolution, social transformation, good governance,” he said.
Today we met with the national representatives of the Mitumba Association of Kenya drawn from ten Counties incl Importers, distributors, and wholesalers.
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) June 24, 2022
In Nakuru, Raila’s running mate Martha Karua was preaching a similar message during a consultative meeting with residents from the region. Amid sustained criticism from Deputy President William Ruto’s camp on Raila’s remarks regarding Mitumba, Karua hit back saying the Kenya Kwanza Presidential candidate is on record undertaking to stop the importation of second-hand clothes.
Karua says Ruto and his Kenya Kwanza brigade have resorted to innuendo and propaganda on the matter.
“We are only offering choices to our people. There are those who will choose to continue selling Mitumba and others who will trade locally made clothes. I have seen their leader (William Ruto) on video saying they will ban Mitumba,” she said
According to Karua, Kenya has a resilient economy but decried runaway corruption which she claimed has deprived Kenyans of their economic freedoms.