In Summary
  • Import orders placed by the government hit Sh22.33 billion in the January-April period, a 133.17 per cent surge.
  • That is the largest four-month import order since President Uhuru Kenyatta took the reins of power in April 2013.
  • He had issued a directive to ministries and parastatals to stop importing goods which are manufactured locally.

The value of goods ordered from abroad by State departments and parastatals more than doubled in the first four months of the year, pointing to rising appetite for foreign goods in public offices.

Import orders placed by the government hit Sh22.33 billion in the January-April period, a 133.17 per cent surge compared to a bill of Sh9.58 billion paid in the same period in 2017, data collated by the Central Bank of Kenya shows.

That is the largest four-month import order since President Uhuru Kenyatta took the reins of power in April 2013 with a directive to ministries and parastatals to stop importing goods which are manufactured locally.

The CBK data does not give particulars of the imports but the items commonly ordered by state departments and agencies include furniture, textiles, paper products, food, arms, machinery, fuel and lubricants.

Mr Kenyatta said on December 9, 2014 that ministries and parastatals had been given clear instructions to increase the quota of locally produced goods in support of the “Buy Kenyan and Build Kenya” initiative.

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