Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Security Fred Matiang’i arrived in Kitui county earlier today accompanied by health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki.
They were received by Kitui governor Charity Kaluki Ngilu.
The two Cabinet Secretaries accompanied by the Kitui governor will visit Kitui County Textile Centre (KICOTEC) which was given the mandate of manufacturing the uniforms of administration officers in Kenya by president Kenyatta.
Ngilu earlier said KICOTEC is capable of producing the uniforms.
Speaking to the press during a tour of the ultra-modern garment production facility, the Governor said her government and the people of Kitui were grateful to President Uhuru Kenyatta, for the opportunity to produce the official attire of the National Government administrators.
“The President’s recent pronouncement which gives KICOTEC the chance to produce the uniforms for chiefs and their assistants is a great honor to the people of Kitui as it will ensure sustainable employment for our youths and support the growth of our local economy,” said Mrs. Ngilu.
President Kenyatta announced that the newly opened garment-making facility will henceforth be producing official uniforms for chiefs and assistant chiefs. He was speaking at Masii Sub-County in Machakos County, during the launch of the ongoing nationwide Huduma Namba registration exercise.
Governor Ngilu said KICOTEC is equipped with state-of-the-art machines capable of producing a variety of quality garment items suitable for various uses, styles, and preferences.
“KICOTEC has the capacity to produce 5000 units per day, employing the services of over 400 youths from Kitui whom we have trained and developed to work in the facility,” she added.
The facility can produce all manner of garments from trousers, shirts, skirts, blouses, sweaters, T-shirts, security uniforms, tracksuits, rain-coats, sports kits, bedcovers, and pillows as well as jumpers. It also has the capacity to provide embroidery, screen-printing, and large format printing services.
“We are hopeful that we will be able to secure work to provide uniforms for national security personnel,” she said.
The Governor reiterated that the facility will help cut the costs of purchasing school uniforms for Kitui residents adding that over KShs2.4 billion is spent annually on uniforms for over 480,000 students from the county.
“With KICOTEC we can bring down this cost by eliminating such additional costs as transport while also providing employment opportunities to our youth,” added the Governor.
The Governor said that the facility will enable the county to retain cash in the local economy that is otherwise used to bring in uniforms from other counties.
“Over 90% of the money used to purchase uniforms has been leaving Kitui for other counties and even outside the Country since we didn’t have a uniform-making factory here. The fabric, materials, and accessories needed for the factory will be sourced from Kitui, therefore, growing our local distributors,” she said.