Local manufacturing has taken a positive turn in Kitui County with mass production of face masks to aid in the fight against Corona Virus in Kenya.

Kitui County Textile Centre (KICOTEC) has been approved by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to produce, in mass, face masks that will be used against the spread of Corona Virus in Kenya.

“KICOTEC was approved to produce high-quality face masks that will be used by our medical personnel and the general public to guard against the spread of COVID-19,” communicated Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu.

This approval did not come easily for the County but the Governor had to prove that the centre can produce quality products. The Governor had days earlier met with KEBS officials to present the centre products.

 “I held a meeting with the Managing Director KEBS Bernard Njiraini where I presented an assortment of products from our KICOTEC, among them face masks. We are seeking KEBS facilitation on the acquisition of the standardization mark, which is a mandatory mark for all locally manufactured products,” wrote Gov. Ngilu. 

The Governor received accolades from Kenyans and leaders alike for her show of leadership and providing a local solution to a global problem.

Kenya imports most of her products from China, the country where COVID-19 was first reported, and with the reduced flights, imports are difficult to access.

“Congratulations,” Former Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale wrote on the Governor’s twitter handle.

NB: In a local supermarket, one face mask is selling at Sh125.00

Under the leadership of Gov. Ngilu, KICOTEC has produced uniforms for chiefs and assistant chiefs, a boost to the Kitui kitty. Hundreds of youth are now employed at the centre. She also initiated the Ndengu Revolution.

Gov. Ngilu has proved to be a game-changer in the leadership of Kenya; campaigning for the top county seat and winning, sitting in the national government cabinet and was Kenya’s first presidential candidate.

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