By Malachi Motano
Kitui County Textile Centre (KICOTEC) will supply uniforms to all matatu crews operating along the Kitui – Nairobi route.
The Passenger Service Vehicles (PSVs) Sacco for Matatus operating on the route struck the deal with County governor Charity Ngilu for the textile company to dress up its members and the operators.
The Transport Welfare Association (Kinatwa) Sacco chairman Clinton Wambua said the arrangement makes economic sense and will help them save money.
“Members agreed to have uniforms and other apparels made at the Kitui textile centre at subsidized prices,” said Wambua.
He said the Governor met the Sacco members at a Kitui hotel and invited them to do business with the county government-owned Kicotec.
“Henceforth, all our staff uniforms and dustcoats will be sourced from Kicotec. It is cost effective because of the huge discounts we negotiated. It is also a way of helping to nurture the local economy,” Wambua said.
The Chairman added that Sacco membership will support Governor Ngilu’s agenda for Kitui and create wealth.
During the meeting with Kinatwa members, Ngilu urged them to focus on the bigger picture and available opportunities.
She said her administration had availed a conducive business environment and many opportunities that had not been fully exploited by local entrepreneurs.
She cited the County Empowerment Fund: “ We have the fund available this financial year and once approved by the county assembly, all Saccos and business people should access loans at as little as 5% interest.”