Kenya’s National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale has dismissed allegations that the Somali and Muslim communities are engaged in unethical business practices.
He said Somalis have been profiled because of their increased investment within central Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.
“We have a right under the constitution to own businesses,” Duale said after Eid prayers at Nairobi’s Sir Ali Muslim Club.
Muslims in Kenya, esspecially the Somali community, say they have been victimised on social media. They are accused of taking over the Nairobi city centre and other high-income areas through large businesses and restaurants and, their source of capital has always been questioned.
“We’ve not taken over anyone’s business. We’ll continue to own businesses up to State House,” Duale further said.
Duale also warned against use of religion or ethnic backgrounds to discriminate against individuals.
“Let those who pretend and want to profile our community know that Muslims have many days to live,” Duale said.
Duale’s remarks come after social media users accused the Somali community of being behind importation of sugar which police said contained mercury and warned importers with arrests. Police seized the sugar in the Somali-dominated neighbourhood of Eastleigh in the capital.