Interior Cordination and Governance Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has issued a warning to all Chinese local traders to vacate with immidiate effect or face deportation.
Speaking at the launch of an Immigration Center at Nakuru, Dr. Matiang’i cautioned foreigners to respect the laws of the land, and that anyone found in violation of the law will face stern punishment
“We don’t have a classification of foreign traders coming to Kenya to do hawking or local trading. We will escort them to the airport, bid them bye & ensure they have dinner at their countries by tomorrow evening,”- Dr. Fred Matiang’i , Interior CS
This comes after traders in Kenya’s open air markets, Gikomba and Kamukunji, complained of unfair competition from Chinese traders.
One trader quoted that “Many of the market traders have their goods held up in Mombasa, while the customs were turning a blind eye on the foreigners’ goods.”
Photos of Chinese business men leaked on social media, causing an uproar among Kenyans over whether it was indeed legal for the foreigners to engage in local trade.