Starehe Constituency Member of National Assembly (MP) Charles Njagua yesterday gave the government of Kenya (GoK) 24 hours to deal with the issue of Chinese invasion of businesses in Nairobi.
‘We are not concerned about 6 Chinese nationals, we are concerned with the proliferation of hundreds of Chinese nationals who are taking away our businesses…they come here and threaten us. As the MP for Starehe, am giving the government 24 hours and if they’ll not have removed these Chinese, then we’ll forcefully take them out of those shops, beat them and March them to the airport. We will beat them as we don’t fear anyone’, the MP said.
Kenyan businessmen in Nairobi have expressed dissatisfaction with China’s growing involvement in the informal and formal trading sector in Kenya.
Local traders in Gikomba and other trading hubs such as Luthuli Avenue, River Road, Nyamakima and Kamukunji markets are pining for the government to protect them from the threat posed by foreigners, mostly Chinese, who have infiltrated the sector
In the middle of June, media reports indicated that Chinese were engaged in businesses that Kenyans can do contrary to the immigration rule that foreigners working in Kenya must bring unique skills and train a Kenyan(s) in two years before they go back to their country forever.
After the reports of the Gikomba Invasion, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Fred Matiang’i ordered the deportation of seven Chinese nationals.
Small scale traders accuse the Chinese of invading their key source of livelihoods with counterfeit cheap imports.
Farmers and fishermen are the other group of businessesmen that have been affected by the Chinese invasion.
Cnyakundi.com doesn’t support the call for xenophobic attacks and the Chief Editor Cyprian Nyakundi has released the below statement
Kehee Jaguar has never spoken in bunge or brought about any bill. He only knows how to drum up Xenophobia.
Kenyans must compete effectively. If a Chinese is in Kenya legally and wants to sell Mahindi Choma, let them do that. Competition benefits consumers.
If a Chinese is in Kenya legally and maintains hygiene when selling smokies, I’ll buy and ignore the Kenyan who is selling them but doesn’t maintain hygiene.
Illegals must be arrested and deported, those maintaining the law and competing legally must be tolerated the same millions of Kenyans in other countries are being tolerated. #ArrestJaguar
End of statement
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