Make all uniforms at NYS, Matiang'i orders

Tells all CSs that uniforms for their divisions must be made at NYS. no imports

In Summary

• It's foolishness to spend resources to import things that we can find here

• 250 tailors make 1,000 police uniforms a day 

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i looks at the newly knitted police uniform at NYS.
Interior CS Fred Matiang'i looks at the newly knitted police uniform at NYS.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i yesterday 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.

Matiang'i spoke at the NYS Headquarters in Ruaraka. He was inspecting the progress in making the new NPS uniforms. About 250 tailors make 1,000 police uniforms day.

“I’m speaking on behalf of the Development Implementation Committee of the Cabinet. I ask my Cabinet colleagues whose institutions make uniforms to make them in Kenya, regardless of the number, because there is capacity,” he said.

"It is foolishness to spend resources to import things that we can find here. We must stop this foolishness to build the nation," the CS said.

“We have taken this decision. You cannot support manufacturing theoretically. We are doing it practically by spending our tax resources by buying what we can get locally," he said.

This is the way to support our farmers, grow our economy and that is what a responsible citizen of a country is expected to do, Matiang'i said.

The CS said the NYS has the capacity to make uniforms for all other uniformed services, including KDF, KSF, KWS, AP, among others.

“Those who told us all manner of senseless stories about how we can’t afford it or we don’t have material should come and see what we are seeing here. We will not go back on this,” Matiang'i said.

Industrialisation PS Betty Maina said the Interior ministry supports Buy Kenya Build Kenya. She said the government has led by example.

Three local fabric manufacturers have been prequalified to supply the fabric being stitched by the NYS. Maina said that is evident local industry is capable of producing what the government needs.

“It is a great day and a sad day because this capacity has been with us for a long time. These machines were installed more than 40 years ago,” she said.

“So the fact they have been idle until only recently when we chose to actualise this [making all uniforms locally] is a disgrace for us as a government," Maina said. "But I am glad we have woken up and are utilising this capacity and creating the jobs.”

Public service CS Margaret Kobia said the team saw very good quality work.

“With the resources at the NYS, there is no reason why all types of uniforms cannot be produced here. We are also producing the fabric in this country. We have the capacity to produce high-quality garment that we are witnessing here today,” Kobia said.

“We are using the NYS graduates who have gone through the programme, they are trained in garment making. They are the ones doing the work from cutting, stitching, pressing and packaging, ready to dispatch. We  are happy for the job done here.”