Trans Nzoia County residents welcomes move to partially reopen economy

Mitumba sales. File Photo

President Uhuru Kenyatta on 6 July afternoon announce the lapse of cessation of movement into the counties if Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera, a move that has received mixed reactions with business persons in Trans county delighted.

The cessation movement in and out of the counties was directed by president Uhuru Kenyatta in Monday 6th April.

"The president's speech Monday was good. Opening up of the borders was what many business persons across the country were yearning for. We can now access the products that we couldn't and also sale ours in far reached counties passing through the previously locked counties," said Mr. Allan Kidula a business man in Kitale.

Movement of goods and person in the counties of Mombasa, Nairobi and Mandera were placed after they became hot spots of the novel virus to avoid further spread of the virus in other counties. Business persons obtains goods from the counties are happy on the open with the mitumba clothes sellers hoping that the process ordered by the president tales course immediately.

President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered that protocols guiding importation and trade in the second-hand clothes be established.

Speaking during his state of the nation address where he announced a phased re-opening of the economy, Uhuru called for protocols that would lead to the resumption of the business.

“The Ministry of Health, in conjunction with the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development shall establish protocols for the resumption of the importation and sale of imported second-hand clothes,” he said.

The ban was imposed by Kenya Bureau of Standards in March as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, a contentious matter that experts dispelled, saying shipments are cleaned and fumigated at source with a health certificate issued before exported.

"Selling of Mitumba has formed an employment platform for many youths both directly and indirectly. I have been able to sustain myself through this business for a couple of years. Nairobi is open but I have nothing to order the ban on second hand clothes still in force. I hope with the president's remarks yesterday something will be done and get back to business as he said," said Enock Ndiema a Mitumba youth seller at Chanukah market in Kitale.

Kenya had ruled out lifting of a ban on the importation of second-hand clothes and shoes anytime soon.

Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Enterprise Development, Betty Maina, said; “Currently, Mitumba imports from countries that are facing the Covid-19 pandemic are restricted. The protocols in place restrict importation of second-hand clothes from virus prone countries. We are only trying to comply with that protocol.’

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