Tuesday was not just like any other day to Kitui County residents. As President Uhuru Kenyatta toured the region to launch Huduma Namba in Machakos County, Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu met a special gift from the head of state.
Uhuru directed uniforms for all chiefs and their assistants across the country will be produced by Kitui County Textile Centre (KICOTEC).
Ngilu launched KICOTEC in October last year. The textile centre employs over 600 people in Kitui County.
The declaration by the President will be a major boost for the county as it will greatly grow the service industry in Kitui.
Most of the fabric, materials and accessories used in the factory are all sourced from the county. This will further expand the local distributors.
Uhuru gave the directive during the official launch of the Huduma Number exercise in Machakos county.
The President and Ngilu were joined at the launch by the other two Ukambani governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni).
Last month, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i also directed all the government institutions making uniforms to use the NYS garment production factories.
Matiang’i said that by making the new National Police Service uniforms at the NYS the government saved Sh700 million that could have been lost.
He told cabinet secretaries whose institutions make uniforms to rely on the agency.
The CS said the NYS has the capacity to make uniforms for all other uniformed services, including KDF, KSF, KWS, AP, among others.