Ruto promises to deport Chinese involved in the retail business after concerns they’re taking up jobs made for Kenyas.
Deputy President William Ruto promised to deport Chinese nationals operating retail companies that Kenyans can perform.
Ruto was responding to a concern by a trader during the Kenya Kwanza Economic Forum in Nairobi on 21, June that the Chinese had invaded the retail market.
The trader noted that the Chinese were selling products cheaply, which threatens the existence of local businesses.
The DP assured the traders that this will not happen when most Kenyans are struggling with unemployment.
“These are Kenyan businesses and for those engaged in them, we have enough planes to deport them back to where they came from,” Ruto said.
The DP stated that Kenya has agreements with other nations governing the scope of enterprises and occupations open to both locals and foreigners.
The agreements also outline which areas require work licenses and which do not, according to Ruto.
“That level is not selling in kiosks, retail or roasting maize,” he said.
Ruto’s remarks followed a concern by a trader who was present at the forum who said that the Chinese had invaded the retail market and were selling products cheaply, which threatens their existence as local business people.
His remarks were also echoed by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
“I support this Chinese issue and when the planes are full, we can put them in wheelbarrows. Is there an African hawker in Beijing? And I want to put them on notice, that we will not only send them away but the debt we owe them, we must sit down and discuss and restructure and reschedule,” he said.