"Sale" signs went up in the windows of many Aisan businesses in Nairobi on Thursday (11 Jan) after the latest government move to "Kenyanise" the economy.
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Background: "Sale" signs went up in the windows of many Aisan businesses in Nairobi on Thursday (11 Jan) after the latest government move to "Kenyanise" the economy.
In all, 418 Asian traders were given notice to wind up their businesses and leave the country by the first of June.
An estimated two thousand men, women and children will have to leave Kenya and it's though most will head for Britain. Under a quota system, Britain gives permits to some 1,500 heads of Asian families form Kenya each year.
The Kenyan government began a phased removal of Asian aliens long before President Amin of Uganda ordered his mass expulsion. It has been regularly issuing batches of quit notices each January since 1967. Of 200-thousand Asians in Kenya at independence in 1963, only about half remain. And nearly 50 per cent of them are Kenyan citizens with rights guaranteed under the Constitution.
SYNOPSIS: In Kenya, another four-hundred-and-18 Asian traders have been given notice to wind up their businesses and leave the country with their families.
On Thursday, the day after the notices were issued, those businesses affected had already started to liquidise their assets "Sale" signs went up in windows throughout the commercial centre of the capital, Nairobi.
Eventually, the businesses will be owned by Kenyans. The latest decision was part of a long term operation by the Nairobi government to "Kenyanise" the economy.
When the country became independent in nineteen-sixty-three, there were about two-hundred-thousand Asians in Kenya. Now, only about one-hundred-thousand remain. And half of these are Kenyan citizens, with rights guaranteed under the Construction.
It's though in Nairobi that most of the Asians who have to go will head for Britain. Under the present quota system, britain accepts fifteen-hundred heads of Asian families from Kenya each year. Commerce Minister James Osogo says he believes the latest order is in line with the wishes of any true Kenyan.