Why the 7 Chinese traders were deported

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The seven Chinese traders who were arrested on Wednesday at Gikomba Market will all be deported back to their countries.

According to a press release sent by the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, the seven will be deported for breaking the immigration laws.

READ ALSO: Kenyans back Chinese traders after Gikomba xenophobic protest

A Chinese trader at Gikomba market.
| Source: Daily Nation |

“Officers established that three of them had no valid work permits while the other four have been engaging in employment and other income generating activities unauthorized under their respective work permit classes,” reads part of the press release.

Before the seven were arrested at Gikomba market, Kenyan traders raised the alarm that Chinese traders were taking over the market.

Due to their bigger financial muscles, they have taken over the whole supply chain locking out locals.

According to the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act 2011, it is illegal for a foreigner to trade, prospect, farm, do business, get professionally employed, or engage in missionary activities without a legal permit.

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