Yesterday the fashion world was shocked by the photo of Vice President Edward Ssekandi as he arrived for the State Of The Nation (#SOTN) address held at Kampala Serena hotel. His black, yellow red jacket is by far the world we have seen at any government event. Apparently the jackets are some kind of uniform and each cost a whooping USD 300! Many Ugandans have reacted in different ways. We bring you prolific fashion designer Santa Anzo of ARAPAPA by Santa Anzo’s reaction in verbatim:
Made in GERMANY vs Made in UGANDA.
What a slap in the face for me and as well for Uganda’s young, vibrant and HUNGRY fashion & garments’ sector. This too was an outright jeer-at and, insult to H. E President Y.K. Museveni.
The Ugandan parliament decides to import uniform jackets which members of parliament proudly adorned & gleefully showcased, while posing as they bragged on national TV; “these are MADE IN GERMANY!”
Oh puh-lease….Don’t crack me!!! The Germans certainly insulted you bulungi with that desperate attempt at designer jackets…good lord the colouring! Was the brief clear enough or did they mistake our national parliament for a clowns’ den. How else can we justify this eye sore of a parliamentary “made in Germany” designer jacket?????!
Yes l am pissed off! So pissed off in fact!
H.E the President’s address which otherwise was sparkly became immediately soiled and totally mocked by the importation of clearly sub-standard, ill fitting MP Jackets. Made in Germany.
I have received several complaints from very angry and disappointed Ugandans ….some of whom thought this was my work(l love to work with Ugandan national colours)…others asked “couldn’t you help guide our parliament?”, “why didn’t you slash your prices?”..oh No! Although l dress several Ministers, MPs, the IGG, Kings, Queens & chiefs, these were not mine. Not Ugandan! Nope!!!
In regard to price, unconfirmed reports say these jackets cost a whopping USD 300.00 each. My clients will tell you that they pay nothing close, and by the way for better.
The President sternly advised as follows; “Government institutions, without exception, must buy locally made products provided they are of good quality and comparable price. That, however, should not be an excuse for continuing to import what can be made here. If the quality is not yet perfect, discuss with the manufacturers how that can be improved”
For purposes of clarity and comparison in quality; of design, fabric as well as garment construction and tailoring, l have decided to post the pictures of the MPs in their Made in Germany Jackets (See stripped Red, yellow & black) along side Pepsi- International/Pepsi-Uganda top executives wearing Made in Uganda designed at ARAPAPA by Santa Anzo (see white Executive shirts & the beautiful lady Director in a blue peplum dress).
It pains me that regardless of the President’s insistence and direction, the local industry that employs mainly the young, disadvantaged and yet very vibrant and creative continue to miss out on opportunities such as these….clearly apart from the President, most of our leadership does not give a hoot about the welfare and employment of its citizens.
I shall continue to present issues concerning the business of fashion/garments to H.E the President (so far he has been the sole listener to our issues).
On behalf of ARAPAPA, l wish to thank Pepsi-International and Pepsi-Uganda for recognising and choosing to support and buy Made in Uganda. Chairman Amos Nzei and Co-Director Dr. Maggie Kigozi you certainly are exemplary patriotic leaders, your trust in my team and l, kept us working all night to meet the very tight deadlines and high quality standards – we did not disappoint. Thank you.