New policy will kill jobs, car dealers say

Sunday April 21 2019

A moto bazaar in Nairobi

A moto bazaar in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Samuel Baya
By Samuel Baya
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The government will implement the national automotive policy over our dead bodies, used car dealers have said.

Fearing that the guidelines would destroy their livelihoods, players in the used car industry are in overdrive to have them rejected.

Kenya Auto Bazaar (Kaba) in its ‘Wakenya Hatuwezi Hii’ campaign says the proposed policy is a sugarcoated poisonous capsule that could make the country a captive of multinational car manufacturers.

Kaba chairman John Kipchumba (below) said if implemented, the policy would deny Kenyans the freedom to have cars of their choice.

“Kenyans will take expensive loans to buy vehicles. The policy will destroy competition by creating a protected market for multinationals through local assemblers and new motor vehicle franchise holders,” Mr Kipchumba told the Sunday Nation.

The association says implementation of the policy would render mechanics, taxi drivers, matatu operators, car dealers, clearing agents and millions of other Kenyans jobless.