Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr worried over these Chinese men

This is how it starts - Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr

Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior worried over Chinese men taking over stalls at Kenya's Gikomba, Nyamakima and Kamukunji markets

Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr on Monday expressed worry that the Chinese would soon be elected into government.

The Senator shared a front page article by Business Daily that highlighted details of Chinese nationals who have set up shops at Gikomba, Kamukunji and Nyamakima markets in Nairobi.

"I predict that we will soon elect a Chinese MCA. This is how it begins," Senator Kilonzo tweeted.

According to traders in the market, the Chinese have taken over the supply chain from importing, warehousing, to wholesale and eventually retailing which is putting Kenyan traders at a disadvantage.

"We used to distribute to other towns like Kisii and Eldoret but the Chinese have also opened shops there," one Lydia Njeri explained.

Kenyan laws on foreign investors to blame

Authorities have blamed the influx of Chinese traders in Kenyan markets on relaxed laws on how foreign investors access the Kenyan market.

"We must make our work permits more expensive to the extent that those coming must be heavier investors; but we must also agree that China now controls almost every aspect of our economy after we allowed them to do it," stated China-Dubai Traders Group chairman James Kariuki.

The relations between Chinese nationals and Kenyans have been frosty with most citizens now treating the foreigners with wariness.

Various cases of aggression from the Chinese against Kenyans have been reported including the slur by Chinese man Liu Jiaqi who referred to Kenyans and President Uhuru Kenyatta as monkeys.


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