Awiti says if given top job he would keep away for­eign­ers in small-scale deals

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

Nyali MP Hezron Awiti has said if he be­comes gov­er­nor, he will not al­low for­eign in­vestors to take up small-scale business deals that can be han­dled by lo­cal firms in Mom­basa.

The car deal­er­ship in­dus­try, he said, will be the most af­fected. Awiti said for­eign­ers are op­er­at­ing big car deal­er­ship in­vest­ments but have ex­tended their business into the small deal­er­ship mar­ket in Mom­basa. “Their pres­ence in Mom­basa in­creased dur­ing the [Pres­i­dent Mwai] Kibaki regime. We wel­come them, but they should deal with the big money in­vest­ments and leave the small ones to us,” Awiti said.

He spoke to car deal­ers, me­chan­ics and garage own­ers at Gan­joni in Mom­basa on Fri­day. The MP said the in­dus­try would have to be stan­dard­ised.

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