Traders from Gikomba, Nyamakima, and Kamukunji, among other sprawling business locations, held protests in Nairobi on Tuesday, February 28
The small-scale enterprise owners were protesting alleged unfair business practices by their Chinese counterparts who have courted the better of the market
A female trader asked for help from Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja
The woman noted that it was unfair to them that their businesses were on the verge of being pushed out
A trader has pleaded with the government over unfairness from their Chinese counterparts who put up China Square.
Trader asks government for help over China Square. Photo: Sauti TV. Source: Youtube
In a video that has since gone viral on Twitter, the lady lamented over China Square.
She urged the government, specifically the deputy president and Sakaja, to intervene.
The woman noted that they were getting pushed out of
business which was unfair on their part since they had employees.
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She rhetorically noted that if she had no business to run, she would jump onto the ‘mchele’ business.
“Imagine in one shop, one has like 10 workers, and they are all young men. If we tell them to leave their work, where will they go? They will get into crime. If someone like me leaves work, I will put ‘mchele’ in people’s drinks. Doing this business, imagine I have taken lots of loans to run it, and then these people come to sell it cheaply. We are not even complaining about the cost of maize flour.
As a parent, Riggy G, I am praying this gets to you save us, please. Sakaja, you came to our area of work and promised to look into our interests,” she said.
China Square controversy
The small-scale enterprise owners gathered in the city on Tuesday, February 28, to march to the Office of the Deputy President for an audience with him.
Police took after them as they manifested their resolve to camp in the city centre; they were spotted taking up to their heels as the
officers lobbed teargas at them.
They decried what they termed as ‘unfairness by business practices from a Chinese investor who put up a retail outlet in the UniCity Mall sitting on a
Kenyatta University tract. How China Square started
Nation, the China Square owner Lei Cheng, popularly known as Charlie, said he visited Kenya for the first time in September 2022.
During his visit, he toured various supermarkets, and to his surprise, he found out that most cheap items that he knew had been imported from his country, China, had been overpriced in Kenya.
Seeing a business opportunity, the 37-year-old flew back to his country and convinced some suppliers to set up a store in Kenya.
resulted in today’s China square.
After its inception on January 29, Cheng said the business started booming, and in the first two weeks of operation, he made sales worth KSh 20 million.
However, on Saturday, February 25, thanks to genius market pricing and referrals by previous shoppers, the businessman disclosed that their sales volumes had more than doubled.
Cheng said they sold goods worth KSh 10 million on a bad day.
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