A Chinese national in Kenya is in trouble after being caught on a video on Wednesday making disparaging remarks about Kenyans, including their president, Uhuru Kenyatta.
This comes just hours after the end of the China-Africa cooperation summit where the Chinese government demonstrated its commitment to supporting Africa.
The man, named Liu Jiaqi, was recorded in the brief video saying that “all Kenyans [are] like a monkey, even [President] Uhuru Kenyatta”.
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Racist Chinese Liu Jiaqi who was caught on tape calling Uhuru and Kenyans monkey people, filthy, poor and black to be deported on racism grounds
— Extend Home (@EXTENDKenya) September 6, 2018
The video is reported to have been recorded by an employee of Liu who was about to lose his job.
The employee was heard complaining about unfair treatment by his Chinese employer, but he [employer] interrupted saying he was getting that treatment because he was Kenyan.
“I don’t like here, like a monkey people. I don’t like [to] talk with them. Smells bad and poor… and black. Who like them? Why not the bright people like the Americans?” he added.
“So why are you coming to do business here?” the employee asked.
“For money…money’s important,” he replied.
Following the emergence of the clip online and complaints from many, Liu, who is said to be a motorcycle dealer, was arrested.
According to Kenya’s Immigration Department, Liu’s permit had been cancelled and would be deported on racism grounds.
Chinese National by the Name Liu Jiaqi who was captured on video yesterday using abusive words has been arrested. His work permit has been canceled and will be deported on racism grounds. Via @GKihalangwa cc. @InteriorKE @FredMatiangi #AskImmigrationKE pic.twitter.com/o0hS6d219K
— Immigration Kenya. (@ImmigrationDept) September 6, 2018
As at the time of filing this story, Liu had been driven to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for deportation but yet to comment on the development, according to Kenyan media.
In recent years, China has made huge investments in Kenya, such as the new railway linking Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to the coast.
At the just ended China-Africa summit, Kenyan President Kenyatta expressed his appreciation to China for its “commitment in supporting Kenya’s development goals.”
For such derogatory words to come out of a Chinese national in Kenya to the president right after, has been described as rather unfortunate, and many believed that Liu should have been charged before being processed for deportation.
Here’s how people are reacting to the development:
Liu Jiaqi shouldn’t be deported that fast. We want to meet him hapo Ngara and have a little chat about his experience in Kenya kwanza.
— Mark Cuban (@kenyan_mcuban) September 6, 2018
Liu Jiaqi should first face trial in Kenya, & serve time in our remand prisons before being deported back to China. Using offensive/abusive language against our President 1.) undermines his status as a symbol of national unity & 2.) Undermines our sovereignty as a citizenry.
— BORN HUMBLE ?? (@oburaoniala) September 6, 2018
It’s great that Liu Jiaqi is being deported and all. But think about it. If he just decides to walk back into Kenya, would our expert security be able to identify him and stop him?
— Ruckstwen Rekana (@Ribfoe) September 6, 2018
Why is Liu Jiaqi deported? Don’t we have laws governing actions of foreigners in kenya? Shouldn’t this guy be prosecuted and jailed for breaking the law?
— Roba Fayo (@robafayo) September 6, 2018
Liu jiaqi should not be deported.he should be prosecuted here in kenya n imprisoned hata kama ni two months hapo kamiti before deportation. Jamaa atapatana nayo hapo kamiti akifika china atawaelezea
— Dominic kaka (@kakapage) September 6, 2018