East Africa: Regional Bloc Wants Kitenge Adopted As Official Attire
The partner states for the East African Community have been asked to lobby their respective governments to ensure that their citizens wear African fabrics to work instead of suits.
Addressing a high level East African Business Council (EABC) conference during its 20th anniversary celebrations at the Kenyatta International Conference Center on March 23, Lillian Awinja the EABC executive director said the East African citizens should stop wearing used clothing imported from Europe and USA but start wearing African fabrics which are new and a true representative of African nature.
“Why should Africans wear second-hand underwear and suits yet we have our Kitenge? We are requesting the EAC governments to make Kitenges the official wear for Fridays so that their citizens can go to office in their Kitenges, on Fridays,” she said, explaining that this would promote the African textile industry rather than enter into another war with Europe and USA who are now selling their used clothing to Africans.