Interior CS Fred Matiang'i Bans Importation of All Government Uniforms

  • Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i addressing the media at a past function Daily Nation
  • Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i, on Monday, directed all government ministries which import their uniforms to make them locally.

    Speaking during a visit to the NYS camp where police uniforms were being made, the CS stated that sewing the uniforms locally was a way to support Kenya's economy and create employment.

    "This is so that we support our economy...we have taken this decision and we are working on this... we will create a system to track this.. you can not do it theoretically but practically," he reiterated.

    Matiang'i further revealed that the government was already saving over Ksh700 million in the manufacturing of police uniforms locally.

    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i with Joseph Boinnet when he visited the NYS camp where police uniforms were being made

    "Those who told us senseless stories about Kenya not having the materials should come and see what we are seeing here," he remarked.

    Furthermore, Matiang'i called on Kenyans to be sober-minded when taking some decisions.

    He noted that the NYS officials made 1,000 pairs of police uniforms every day.

    "Why on earth would we import uniform with all this capacity? ..ati kwa sababu watu wanataka kuhongana (because people want to bribe) and we all wear these uniforms. Hii upumbavu lazima tuache, tujenge nchi (let's stop this stupidity and build our nation)," he observed.

    In 2018, the tough-talking CS insisted that the government would not import police uniforms from any other country.

    This was after reports emerged that there was a general shortage of the specific fabric for the police uniforms.

    Interior CS Fred Matiangi at NYS where police uniforms are being made