Disciplined forces to buy boots locally
By Ronald Owili
The government has boosted the “Buy Kenya” initiative by committing to source boots for the armed forces locally.
This was revealed during a joint press conference by Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed and his Interior counterpart Joseph Ole Lenku, representatives from the Defense Ministry as well as local manufacturers.
Local leather industry is one that the government is trying to resuscitate following a dismal performance over the years due to increase importation of substandard products.
This has led to collapse of tannery factories in the country with the remaining one in financial disarray.
However, this is set to change after the government announced plans to boost the sector.
The government has given the armed forces who are the biggest consumers of boots the go ahead to procure leather products locally under the buy Kenya policy.
Manufacturers will have the huge market at their disposal which comprises all the country’s men and women in uniforms, provided they are given the specification.
Kenya Bureau of Standards has been tasked with ensuring the products are of high quality.