Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has said he would deport Chinese nationals in jobs that could be done by locals if he wins elections in August.


The East Africa’s biggest economy will hold presidential and
parliamentary polls on August 9, against a backdrop of economic
hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in
Ukraine.

The Chinese embassy in Nairobi has not responded to a request for
comment.

China is Kenya’s second-largest lender after the World Bank and has
funded a number of costly infrastructure projects that have raised
concerns about Nairobi taking on more debt than it can afford.

Like other African nations, Kenya has been turning to China for
investment, technology, equipment and personnel to develop its
infrastructure.

But the planeloads of workers from China into Africa’s fragile labour
markets have created unease, with some complaining that they are taking
jobs from locals.