Chinese have destroyed business for Kenyans: Kenya and China have enjoyed a cordial relationship for quite some time now. However, the one-time good relationship has been dwindling over the years especially following the invasion of Chinese business people in the Kenyan market.
It has always been out in the public that Kenyans get most of its products from China.
This ranges from manufactured electronics, furniture and a host of other things like second-hand clothes, commonly known as mitumba.
Well, all was well and Kenyans, mostly hawkers were happy importing the products and selling them in the country on a small scale.
However, tables turned when the same manufacturers, namely the Chinese invaded Kenya all in a bid to sell their products on small scale.
Some even hit Gikomba market and Nairobi CBD with the products, competing with locals for customers.
Things went South when the Chinese traders, acting as manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers decided to slice their prices, bagging more customers, and leaving Kenyan traders suffering with no sales.
Kenyan traders were infuriated by the move and complained in a move that attracted the attention of Interior CS Fred Matiang’i who ordered for termination of foreigners’ work permits and deportation of all small scale traders competing with Kenyans in the streets.
Well, nothing seems to have happened as some were deported and sooner or later, Kenyans forgot about it.
The Chinese traders seem to be back in the country and are still flourishing their business while killing those of Kenyans’.
Mgahawani.com has learnt as at January 2020, 7 out of 22 boutiques opposite Jamia Mosque in Nairobi belong to Chinese.
To make the matter worse, they are selling their good at half price of those sold by Kenyan traders.
With that said, it is clear Kenya has become more of a home to foreigners, mostly Chinese than Kenyans themselves.
Most Kenyan businesses have been failing each and every day with Chinese’ thriving, which begs the question, where is the government in all this to protect and help its citizens.