Hawkers and a section of street traders in Kisumu are now crying foul as they accuse the City’s County Government for allowing foreign hawkers to invade the streets for business.
The foreigners are mostly from the DRC, neighboring Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda.
Their businesses according to a number of Kisumu residents thrive because the foreigners know how to be aggressive and offer very flexible rates.
Some have also embarked on door-to-door sales mechanism, slowly outshining and getting local traders out of business.
The foreigners however argue that they are not in any way pushing anyone out of business but just taking the advantage of the spirit of the East Africa Community which allows for free trade amongst the states.
Most of them hawk wears, beauty products, utensils and indoor ornamentation in large bags.
Their preferred locations include night clubs, hotels and homes.
A few reveal that they get goods cheaply from their countries and get to Kisumu and settle on single rooms as they plan on how to hit the market with no stalls or business premises, making away with extra costs like rent, therefore maximize profits.
All they have to pay are daily hawking fees of KES 30 to the County Council.
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