Chinese Embassy slams restaurant over racism

March 26, 2015 3:55 pm
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The restaurant in Nairobi's Kilimani area has been in the news lately after African patrons were denied entry after 5pm/CFM
The restaurant in Nairobi’s Kilimani area has been in the news lately after African patrons were denied entry after 5pm/CFM
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – The Chinese Embassy in Kenya has condemned the offensive customer treatment of African patrons by a Chinese restaurant in Nairobi.

The restaurant in Nairobi’s Kilimani area has been in the news lately after African patrons were denied entry after 5pm.

In a statement sent to newsrooms, the embassy says it has raised concerns and reprimanded the owner of the restaurant pointing out that the eatery did not have any right to have selective admission of certain persons and denial of admissions to others.

“Much as the restaurant has in the recent days suffered an armed robbery, the management ought to have taken thoughtful measures, “says the embassy.

The embassy says the act has caused unnecessary yet unavoidable misunderstanding and threatened to jeopardise the mutual trust and friendship between the Chinese and the Kenyan people.

“China-Kenya relationship has remained close and cordial with mutual interests spanning a wide spectrum of common interests and arenas of cooperation including development of the infrastructure trade culture and education should anyone encounter something that would lead to strive between China and the people of Kenya should not hesitate to inform us,” the statement read.

The Embassy has warned that such reckless acts from any Chinese people in Kenya will be dealt with accordingly.

“We are sure that the management of that particular restaurant has learnt its lessons and believe that all other owners of Chinese restaurants in Kenya have taken note. We do not expect such reckless conducts from any Chinese business people in Kenya forthwith and failure to heed that warning will be countered with severity, firmness and alacrity it deserves,” the Embassy added.

The restaurant has been temporarily shut down over flawed licensing.

READ: Chinese eatery at centre of race row temporarily shut

The Nairobi County government says the owners of the restaurant have no change of user from residential to commercial which is a requirement to operate a business in Nairobi.

The county said the restaurant owners did not have a valid liquor license and have not complied with the public health requirements for food handling and testing despite orders to do so within the specified period.

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