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Most of those facing deportation were picked up in from various estates within Nairobi County where they have been engaging in illegal trade/FILE

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Matiangi okays deportation of 41 aliens engaging in illegal business

Most of those facing deportation were picked up in from various estates within Nairobi County where they have been engaging in illegal trade/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 20 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has approved the deportation of 41 foreigners, mainly Chinese found doing illegal business in Kenya.

Most of those facing deportation were picked up in from various estates within Nairobi County where they have been engaging in illegal trade.

A source at the Interior Ministry says most of them were also found assembling illegal gambling machines which are usually imported disguised as motor vehicle spare parts.

They did not have work permits or documentation legalizing their stay in the country.

This comes barely hours after the CS warned foreigners against engaging in illegal businesses since they will be deported.

“These machines are a threat to our society,” the CS said on June 18, when he oversaw the destruction of more than 500 gambling machines in Dagoretti South Constituency.

“It is working against the President’s 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school. We shall not accept it.”

He declared gambling a crime of monumental proportions which must be fought at all levels.

Most of the machines are brought to the country from China.

The government has already set June 30 as the deadline for eliminating illegal gambling machines across the country.

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All foreigners are also currently undergoing fresh registration, as the Government seeks t digitize their personal information.

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