Xenophobia according to wikipedia is defined as an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which foreign or strange. It is becoming rather prevalent around these parts of late what with the influx of refugees and all sorts of nationalities dropping in to do business. The general mood is that there is an invasion and is more or less unwelcome. But is it really that bad and are we really loosing our country to foreign nationals?
If you ask me we should embrace all manner folk with hues from pink to pale to charcoal black if we really want to develop. If we observe the undisputed kings of business in the country it appears it is the 2nd and 3rd generation Asians more popularly known as kalasingas and wahindi by most folk. These are as foreign as they come and have taught the locals a thing or two about earning the daily bread. Though this is not based on any scientific study, I suggest that the business acumen attributed to the Kikuyu comunity is based on exposure to the Asians , proximity to the city and shrinking agricultural land in central province. For a man to feed his family creativity in hustling for money is a must.
Most firms in industrial area are run by Asian families and I suspect they contribute the most in terms of taxes from SMEs Save for their seemingly antisocial behaviour of hanging out at malls in the dead of night and rarely mingling with the masses their contribution to the economy and livelihoods of thousands of kenyans cannot be ignored. The same feat could not have been replicated by locals without foreign influence. The USA is built on this single principle. Get as much foreign talent as possible to live in your country and afford them an opportunity to do whatsoever they want within the law.
Foreigners bring in a fresh perspective, fresh drive and a whole new way of doing things. More often than not they are attracted by the resources they see to be underutilised and there is no way they can exploit the resources without directly or indirectly benefiting the local population.
The Somalis are another bunch that are giving the locals a run for their money on the business front. What with buying up property like its mutumba high heels and even prompting major banks to setup shariah compliant banking. At the end of the day, all the property aqcuired and developed remains on kenyan soil and the Kenyan citizens whether directly or via the government are the major winners and stand to benefit the most.
I think we should take a chill pill and learn from those who know better, polish our game and maybe we may have a chance from the Amero-Chinese onslaught. It begins with observing what the foreigners are doing and more importantly understand why they do it.