Why CS Kuria wants Kenyatta University VC to buy out lease for China Square

Why CS Kuria wants Kenyatta University VC to buy out lease for China Square

A side-by-side image of Trade CS Moses Kuria and the China Square. PHOTOS | COURTESY

Investments, Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has come out to give his views on the latest craze on Thika Road; China Square.

China Square, situated on Kenyatta University’s UniCity Mall, is a one-stop shopping hub that has caused excitement as it stocks a wide variety of products under one roof and at relatively affordable rates.

CS Kuria, however, does not seem all too impressed with all this hullabaloo, and presumably wants things to change a little bit.

The controversial CS, in a tweet posted on Friday evening, said he had urged Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Wainaina to buy out the lease for the establishment.

According to Kuria, once this is done, he wants the institution’s don to then hand over the said lease to local traders in a bid to boost their businesses, which have presumably suffered a hit since China Square came to town.

The reason for his preferred move, he said, is that Chinese investors are welcome to Kenya, "but as manufacturers, not traders." 

“I have today given an offer to Prof Wainaina the VC Kenyatta University to buy out the lease for China Square, Unicity Mall and hand it over to the Gikomba, Nyamakima, Muthurwa  & Eastleigh Traders Association. We welcome Chinese investors to Kenya but as manufacturers not traders,” he wrote. 


Kenyatta University Prof. Paul Wainaina CS Moses Kuria China Square UniCity Mall

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