Chinese traders, hawkers are in the country illegally, Interior CS

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

A Chinese trader sells goods at a past Nairobi International Trade fair. China has lowered tariffs on Kenya’s exports to address the unfavourable balance of trade and strengthen trade relations between the two countries. Photo/FILE Nation Media Group Facebook
A Chinese trader sells goods at a past Nairobi International Trade fair. China has lowered tariffs on Kenya’s exports to address the unfavourable balance of trade and strengthen trade relations between the two countries. Photo/FILE Nation Media Group
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Few days after Kenyan small scale traders operating in the country’s biggest second hand merchandise hub, Gikomba, raised an alarm over the Chinese traders infiltration into the market, Interior Cabinet Secretary has responded.

Speaking in Nakuru on Wednesday, 139 kilometers from the capital, June 12, during the launch of e-passport center, Dr. Matiang’i ordered for immediate deportation of Chinese nationals operating trading stalls in the market.

“It is illegal for foreigners to engage in local trading in Kenya. We do not have a classification of foreign traders coming to Kenya. We will escort them to the airport, bid them bye and ensure they have their dinner at their countries by tomorrow evening,” said Dr.Matiang’i.

The CS urged the foreigners to apply for work permits from their home countries before seeking work in Kenya.

He promised Kenyans a good migration governance policy which aims at contributing to rapid economic growth.

A section of Nakuru leaders condemned the Chinese move to establish stalls for various merchandise such as shoes, clothes and household items while asking the government to stop issuing permits to foreign workers as there are Kenyans who have expertise in various fields.

“There are some companies who have their entire team, even drivers who are all foreigners. Such expertise can be acquired from the locals,” said Lee Kinyanjui, Nakuru Governor.

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source: https://www.panafricanvisions.com/2019/chinese-traders-hawkers-are-in-the-country-illegally-interior-cs/

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