NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – At least 10 Members of Parliament from Central Kenya are raising concern over difficulties facing small-scale traders and jobs issued to foreigners that can be done by Kenyans.
Speaking at a press briefing, the leaders led by Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro called on the government to create a level playing field for all business owners regardless of their size.
“We want our business people to work in a very conducive environment; we do not want people from other countries hawking here, it is shocking that nowadays you walk around the city and meet a Chinese roasting maize or hawking, really? what skills do we need for that kind of a job?” he wondered.
While raising concerns on challenges facing small business traders, the MPs said that Kenyans should be given priority in employment before other people are considered in order to reduce the level of unemployment especially among the youth.
“We must protect our own patriotic business people; these people need to work and take care of their families thus no one should take their place. Our young people need jobs for their own livelihood,” said Kiambu MP Jude Njomo.
The leaders also demanded immediate release of goods worth Sh12 billion held in Mombasa Port for more than six months.
They accused government agencies of sleeping on their jobs saying business people are becoming targets of rogue law enforcers.
“The government must define clearly what counterfeit goods are and come up with standards that cut across and establish the reason why most established manufacturers are opting to import instead of manufacturing locally,” said Embakasi Central MP Benjamin Mwangi.
On Tuesday, President Kenyatta said the government will streamline its process so that it accords Small and Medium Enterprises the support they deserve.