President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged all public servants to support the Kenyan textile industry by wearing at least one garment that is made in Kenya every Friday.
Speaking at the launch of Rivatex East Africa Limited textile company, Kenyatta said the initiative will be named ‘made in Kenya Friday’.
“I also encourage the private sector, to join Kenya in this made in Kenya Fridays initiative so that we may encourage what the local apparel industry has to offer,” President Kenyatta said.
The president urged the youth to take advantage of social media to sell “unique and authentic made in Kenya apparel, bags, jewelry, and other wearables.”
With the commissioning of the Eldoret-based textile company, Rivatex, more Kenyan-made clothes will be produced.
“We want to also reduce the issue of second hand clothes (mitumba) since we will increase efficiency from 30 percent to 90 percent,” the Rivatex Managing Director, Thomas Kipkurgat said.
About 500,000 people are set to get jobs from Rivatex either directly or indirectly. 5,000 of those will be employed directly.