When the British long ago decided to build a railroad from the Kenyan port Mombasa to Lake Kisumu and onwards, they needed a lot of manual labour to do the job. Many people were ‘imported’ from the Indian subcontinent to do the job. Many of them stayed on and up till this very day the ‘Asian’ population is visible in Kenya. Many of them work in bussiness.
Now Kenya has decided to build a new railroad from Mombasa to Lake Victoria. The government gave the work to the Chinese and now the Chinese will do the job. Not all of the jobs, just 5,000 Chinese will go to Kenya to work.
Given the high rate of unemployement in Kenya and given beautiful government projects to give jobs to the young this decision by the government has raised some questions.
We look at it from the perspective of the book written by Lieve Joris on the relationship between Africa and China.