Civil servants told to wear ‘made in Kenya outfits’

President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and his deputy William Ruto (R) wore Kenyan-made outfits on Sunday

Kenya’s government has ordered civil servants to wear locally tailored clothes to work on Fridays and during public holidays.

The order is meant to boost the local manufacturing industry, a key plank in President Uhuru’s Kenyatta so-called Big 4 Agenda.

The order was communicated in a circular signed by Solicitor-General Kennedy Ogeto, who has confirmed its authenticity to Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper.

It reads: “Pursuant to the achievement of the Big 4 Agenda and specifically the expansion of manufacturing by producing better goods and creating local employment, I direct that all members of staff shall on all Fridays be dressed in decent, smart casual Kenyan-produced and tailored attire.”

It is unclear whether there will be disciplinary measures against those who don’t comply.

President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto led by example during Sunday’s Heroes’ Day celebrations in the coastal city of Mombasa, wearing Kenyan-made attires.

Cabinet ministers and other state officials also wore similar outfits.