Kenya’s treasury Secretary Henry Rotich recently raised the duty on imported second-hand clothes and shoes, known as mitumba, from previous $0.2 per kg to $5 per kg or 35 per cent, whichever is higher, to protect local textile companies and create jobs. He said the step will guard against low mitumba prices that make it tough for local companies to thrive. However, anxiety does exist in the country about the loss of thousands of jobs within the mitumba industry, according to Kenyan media reports.