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Matiang’i orders deportation of foreigner traders in Kenya

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i. PHOTO| COURTESY

By Mkarimu Media

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has ordered the deportation of all foreigners trading in Kenyan markets.

Tge order comes amid public outrage over the increased presence of Chinese nationals trading in Nairobi’s Gikomba market.

“We are not issuing work permits to traders. We don’t do that as government. We don’t have a classification of work permits called traders and any people who are in markets trying to trade,” Matiang’i spoke in Nakuru adding,”Those are illegal immigrants they are here illegally and our security understands that. We will deport them.”

He further pointed out that foreigners are not issued with work permits while they are already in the country.

“We stopped issuing work permits in Kenya. Anyone who wants a work permit will have to apply for it from wherever they are, in their country, and they will only come here once they have been issued with a work permit,” he said.

“The six (foreigners) who were seen trading in Nairobi, by tomorrow they will be having supper in their country.”

Local traders in Nairobi’s Gikomba, Nyamakima and Kamukunji markets have been lamenting over the unfair competition posed by foreigners especially Chinese nationals who have set up shops in the area.

According to them the Chinese nationals are posing a threat to the Kenyan traders due to their financial advantage and ability to take strategic control of the bulk importation of cheap second-hand goods from their country.

“They might take control of the whole market in future if the government takes no action,” Paul Mutemi a trader at Gikomba market told Mkarimu Media.

Locals have threatened to take action into their own hands if the government is going to be slow on this matter.

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