China has no plan to colonize Kenya - Jubilee Secretary General

China has no plan to colonize Kenya - Jubilee Secretary General

23 September 2018 Sunday 15:23
China has no plan to colonize Kenya - Jubilee Secretary General

Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju has defended China’s interests in Kenya saying that the Asian nation has no colonial experience to take over the country.

The Cabinet Secretary without a portfolio said those criticising China's activities in Kenya are only jealous.

"China has never had a colony and it has no experience to colonise other countries," Tuju said in a video posted on Chinese media websites.

He spoke at the launch of the Sichuan and Chongqing Chamber of Commerce in Nairobi. 

"China does not have a propaganda machine but those who are jealous are having sleepless nights to fight China in Kenya," he said.

"I can’t name those countries which are jealous of China because I am a diplomat. But people know them."

Without pointing directly to the West, Tuju said the dissenting forces were using the media, NGOs to drive propaganda against the Asian nation.

"We know those who are fighting to bring problems between China and Kenya."

He asked China to expand its activities in the country in order to take on its competitors strongly.

"Thank you very much for the investments you bring to this country. You are also our ambassadors and you can tell other investors in your country about us," Tuju said.

Tuju's remarks came at a time China has overtaken the World Bank to become Kenya's single largest creditor, accounting for 72 per cent of the total debt owed to foreign lenders. 

Despite setting up multi-billion shilling infrastructure development projects, the local industries are closing down over cheap imports from China.

There is a fear that China might take over strategic public entities, such as airports and ports, to recoup the public debt if Kenya fails to pay.

But Tuju said China does not have instruments of propaganda but has come out strong to torment its competitors.

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