Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has ordered the deportation of Chinese citizens operating businesses in Gikomba market and other parts of Nairobi.
Speaking during the launch of a new immigration center in Nakuru on Wednesday, Matiang'i said the foreigners were illegally engaging in local trading.
“It is illegal for foreigners to engage in local trading in Kenya. We do not 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 and ensure they have their dinner at their countries by tomorrow evening,” Matiang’i declared.
The order comes a day after the Business Daily published an article on how Chinese nationals had taken over businesses in Gikomba, including trading in second-hand clothes popularly known as Mitumba.
Local traders have been lamenting the influx of Chinese nationals who have taken advantage of their financial muscle to control the supply chain from import to wholesale and down to the retail level.