Asian shop-keepers in Nairobi have been plastering "Sale" signs across their windows in an effort to dispose of their stock quickly.
Asian shop-keepers in Nairobi have been plastering "Sale" signs across their windows in an effort to dispose of their stock quickly. This follows warnings that Asian traders will have to leave and hand over their businesses to Africans.
Already one batch of 304 "quit" notices has been issued, an the Government is preparing to issue a second list shortly. About 666,000 Kenyan pounds (about 732,000 sterling; 180,000 US dollars) has been allocated in loan funds for African traders to take over the firms.
Probably anxious to avoid the fate of Ugandan Asians who were expelled, leaving their businesses behind, many Kenya Asians have been quick to get out, and the rate of African take-overs has been much slower. Mr. Jaes Mburu, the Provincial Commissioner for Nairobi, announced that 116 African had applied to take over the firms belonging to the 304 Asians whose orders to leave expired at the and of October. But only 53 had actually assumed control of their new businesses. There had been difficulties through some asians closing their stores and going away without notifying the authorities of their whereabouts. One African businessman, a tourist agent, said he was facing stiff competition from non-citizen rivals who had better contacts overseas.