Yesterday, a Chinese national was given a choice to pay a fine of KSH30,000 or serve one year in jail after he pleaded guilty to charges of smuggling 439 pieces of worked ivory through Kenya.
The newly endorsed Chinese President Xi Jinping is currently on his first African tour since assuming office 11 days ago which will see him travel to Tanzania, South Africa and DRC. Whilst in Tanzania, President Xi described Africa as "a continent of hope and promise".
China's presence in Africa, and particular in Kenya, has become a heated subject the world over. In Destination's November 2012 issue, writer Helen Kinuthia Gathenji investigated the growing Chinese presence and influence in Kenya. Below is an excerpt:
"The Chinese operate much like a military barracks with stern communication among themselves and noticeable displays of respect for their superiors,” Kamunguna tells me, though this is something I have witnessed for myself through associating with them. In most of the construction sites, they have their offices, which are basically little shacks built temporarily on the sites. They will typically communicate in their native tongue and correlate amongst themselves. However, they are very particular about job performance and outcome. While many local employees do not have complaints about the Chinese employers, Alice Kiuna* had a difficult time. “Working with Chinese is very challenging…and in most cases they turn down opinions of natives,” she said of her time working with a goods import and distribution company. "
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