Senate expresses reservations over increasing number of foreigners

Written By: Franco Kundu
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The Senate has expressed its reservations over the increasing number of foreigners predominantly Chinese who are edging out locally owned business and firms from the import and retail sector. 

The senate was also told that local small scale traders and importers are being subjected to frequent, undue and unnecessary inspections and raids by government officials.

While contributing to a petition signed by 21 traders, senators noted that Kenyans are not being given ample time to comply with new regulations.

The petitioners who are keen to support the Government’s efforts in the fight against counterfeit and contraband goods various concerns must be addressed that include harassment by agencies and officials.

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Led by Johnson Sakaja [Nairobi] James Orengo [Siaya], Moses Wetang’ula [Bungoma] and Imana Malachy [Turkana] the senators realized that small scale Kenyan traders are being frustrated by cartels and criminals in the importation business.

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They also accused Government regulatory agencies citing the Kenya Bureau of Standards for laxity.

While Ledama Ole Kina [Narok] called for the protection of Kenya’s integrity her nominated counterpart Mary Yiane [nominated] described the trend as an economic sabotage.

Senator Yiane wondered under which policy are some police officers just walking into people’s business ventures and consequently declare that some goods are substandard.

Meanwhile, insecurity in Turkana is bound to continue paralyzing transportation of oil to Mombasa County for refinery and undermine other sectors unless adequate measures are put in place.

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Turkana County Senator Imana Malchy has told the Senate that recently residents blocked the road near Ngamia 1 oil field to protest at the poor state of security.

He indicated that locals were only expressing dissatisfaction at the manner in which they have been discriminated against amid run away insecurity.

Despite a presidential order to kill armed bandits Malachy said the vice still exist. 88 percent of locals in Turkana the senator said live below the poverty level hence the need to ensure their live status is improved.

Kenya should not allow the discovery of oil in Turkana County become a curse just like in other countries according to Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula. Wetang’ula said he was in Turkana County last week and most people are concerned about their security.

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He said that for a long time some residents Turkana, Samburu, West Pokot, Baringo, Lamu and Mandera counties live in fear and called on security agencies to intervene.

Wetang’ula warned that in Nigeria due to lack of clear legal guidance the Ogoni people complained to the Government about the manner in which oil resources were being shared before the situation degenerated into lawlessness.

Other Countries that are suffering internal strive due to oil resources the senate was told include Angola, South Sudan and Sudan.

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