One of the points contained in Raila Odinga’s manifesto was the collapse of the country’s once-vibrant textile manufacturing industry in Western Kenya which he promised to revive once he’s elected President, DP Ruto has however trashed the suggestion
Deputy President William Ruto and his brigade are now grasping at straws to remain politically relevant in the race to this year’s battle for State House. The DP has not presented to Kenyans any economic blue so far unlike his main competitor Raila Odinga who unveiled his manifesto to Kenyans a few days ago.
Soon after being cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to contest the presidency, voters expected DP Ruto to unleash his socio-economic blueprint, detailing how he intends to uplift the living standards of Kenyans and especially details on his much-touted “bottoms up” economic model approach he always sings about from one political rally to another.
For example, KICOTEC, a textile manufacturing plant commissioned by Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu in 2019, currently employs 700 people
At the moment the DP and his team have picked on the Mitumba or second-hand clothes debate. Most Kenyans know that the importation of Mutumba has played a central role in the killing of the country’s formerly promising textile industry. The country is experiencing job losses in the sector which has negatively affected the lives of more than 10 million Kenyans who were either cotton farmers or employees in the textile manufacturing industry. The facts are that Kenyans can’t grow the economy by importing what we can produce locally, Raila Odinga is right; we must revive the local textile industry.
Raila Odinga pointed out that through the importation of Mitumba Kenyans are losing out on opportunities through AGOA and that he intends to revive the collapsed textile industry and slowly ease out the importation of Mitumba
When launching his 13 point manifesto a day after he was cleared by the IEBC, Azimio flag bearer Raila Odinga candidly presented a detailed manifesto in case he wins the presidency in the August 2022 elections. One of the points contained in the manifesto was the collapse of the country’s once-vibrant textile manufacturing industry in Western, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Nairobi, Central, Eastern, North Eastern and the Coast regions. For more than 20 years now the country has lost the opportunity of raking in billions of Dollars through the African Growth Opportunities Act (AGOA).
Raila Odinga pointed out that through the importation of Mitumba Kenyans are losing out on opportunities through AGOA and that he intends to revive the collapsed textile industry and slowly ease out the importation of Mitumba. For example, KICOTEC, a textile manufacturing plant commissioned by Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu in 2019, currently employs 700 people.
The reality is that once the vibrant cotton production activities by Kenyan farmers through their cooperatives movements and factories are revived, the sector can offer direct and indirect employment opportunities to more than 15 million Kenyans. Is the Deputy President William Ruto the right candidate to revive the industry given his support for the importation of Mitumba?
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