Low quality imported shoes flood city streets

Shoe and Cloths Stall on Ngong Road

Now alarmed wananchi are demanding action against those behind imports of the “factory rejects” products from China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and South Korea

By The Weekly Vision Online

A cross-section of Kenyans who thought they were enjoying a shopping bonanza from imported casual shoes, T-shirts and window curtains, are a disappointed lot. Many have reported that the garments “shrunk” soon after washing and later simply “fell apart.”

The same thing appeared with the casual shoes that managers at Bata and CBD shopkeepers claim are made of “synthetic fibre”. The trendy easy to wear and used flat shoes have left many people angered after learning that the “leather” was developing “wrinkles”.

Now alarmed wananchi are demanding action against those behind imports of the “factory rejects” products from China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and South Korea. A spot check by The Weekly Vision established that tonnes of imported substandard shoes have in the recent past been offloaded on the streets of Nairobi.

Consumer rights lobbies have been accused of “sleeping on the job” while wananchi are “robbed” in broad daylight, with the current sales bonanza expected to intensify as the Christmas and New Year season approaches

The shoes are sold by hawkers on the streets who are making a kill while shopkeepers who offer quality products are left recording poor business. The trendy casual wear shoes, t-shirts, and curtains are selling like hotcakes. But a few days later disappointed customers who fork out anything between Kshs 550-2000 gnash their teeth at the poor quality of what seemed like a good deal. Shopkeepers paying city licences and rent, and wananchi alike are challenging the Kenya Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Kenya Bureau of Standards to explain who is behind the influx.

City residents and visitors want those responsible for the importation of “cheap factory rejects” right from the ships docking at Mombasa to distributors to be held accountable.

Consumer rights lobbies have been accused of “sleeping on the job” while wananchi are “robbed” in broad daylight, with the current sales bonanza expected to intensify as the Christmas and New Year season approaches.

Hawkers claim they pay Nairobi city county officials daily Kshs 5000 on a “good day” and dismissed claims of not paying rent.

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