A section of Members of Parliament have raised concerns over influx of Chinese hawkers in Nairobi's central business district.
The more than 10 MPs drawn from Nairobi and Central Kenya regions want the government to deport the foreigners for taking jobs that can be done by Kenyans.
Led by Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, the parliamentarians have urged Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to move with speed and kick out the foreigners from the country.
“While we applaud Dr Matiang’i for the recent crackdown on illegal immigrants, we want him to revisit the exercise since it seems it did not sieve all the foreigners because Chinese are all over hawking."
“We had a Chinese calling our President a monkey the other day. We have been insulted and we can’t allow this to continue,” said Laikipia Women Representative Catherine Waruguru.
MP Nyoro says the situation is so bad that the foreigners are operating their own stalls in Nairobi’s largest open air market, Gikomba.
“We see Chinese roasting maize in Nairobi. They own stalls in Gikomba Market. Why should they come and hawk when we have jobless youth?
“As youthful MPs, we will not allow this to happen to our young people and we want the government agency concerned with the influx of Chinese traders to tell us if they are unable to evict those foreigners doing jobs that can be done by locals. We must guard the jobs for our people,” Nyoro said.
The MPs have further demanded that Trade Principal Secretary Chris Kiptoo explains how the Chinese acquired the work permits they are using.
“We want him to tell us who gave them those work permits?”