The notices served on nearly 3,000 Asian traders since last year ordering them to wind up their businesses in Kenya are now being enforced with great strictness.
The notices served on nearly 3,000 Asian traders since last year ordering them to wind up their businesses in Kenya are now being enforced with great strictness. President Kenyatta himself issued a directive to this effect earlier this month.
In Nairobi, City Council inspectors made sure yesterday (Wednesday), when this film was taken, that the shutters went down on Asian-owned shops all along the main shopping streets.
Under the Trade Licensing Act of 1967, short-term licences were issued to non-citizen traders, many of whom ignored their expiry until now. 500 appeals were lodged, but most of these were turned down.
In their enforcement drive yesterday, trade inspectors and police also checked on trading by non-citizens in certain types of goods which are prohibited to them.
Many Asian traders are now expected to seek entry into Britain. In the meantime, Nairobi's famous Bazaar street is running down. African spokesmen have welcomed the latest measures as further steps towards their people's control of the country's economy; but few Africans can afford to lease the vacant shops, or have the training to be tailors or carpet makers.