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Gov’t lifts ban on mitumba importation

The government has finally lifted the ban on importation of second hand clothes after nearly four months.

The gov’t had stopped the importation of the clothes as a precautionary measure to aid in curbing the spread of COVID-19.

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The lift on the ban comes just a day after the gov’t issued protocols for the resumption of importation of second-hand items.

In the guidelines issued, used nightwears – pyjamas, nightdresses, nightgowns and patient hospital wear – were banned from importation.

Used bath towels and undergarments – women’s briefs, men’s briefs, brassieres, camisoles, socks, stockings, petticoat, sandals, slippers and indoor footwear – were also prohibited from import.

The gov’t also directed that all importers and suppliers shall notify KEBS of their intention to import second hand clothes and shoes.

Further, mitumba wholesalers will also be expected to fumigate their stores every day.

They were also directed to maintain an inventory of each consignment and provide details of buyers and their contacts.

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Wearing appropriate masks or facial covering at all times while at the workplace, and sanitising luggage carts used by customers was also made mandatory.

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