Saturday 23 November 2019

Chinese restaurant in Africa slammed for 'banning Africans after 7pm'

Chinese food (Stock photo)
Chinese food (Stock photo)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A Chinese restaurant in Kenya has been slammed for ‘banning Africans after 7pm’.

A story in Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper alleged that its reporters had been banned entry to the eatery after they were told by a guard at the entrance that “the time for Africans is over” at 7pm.

The reporter wrote on a social media site: “There is this Chinese restaurant next to Nairobi hospital and my two colleagues Patrick Mayoyo and Dennis Onsarigo and I are meeting another colleague from Nigeria, so we decide to go there for an evening drink but we are turned off at the gate; reason?

“We are told they don't take in Africans after 7pm.

“Reminds me the Norfolk or New Stanley of the colonial era. I keep warning that China will colonise us one day and it's now happening right here. “

The newspaper reported how only locals accompanied by Chinese, European or Indian customers would be permitted entry, CNN reports. 

Social media users began to voice their opinions on the ban using the hashtag #noblacksallowed.

Restaurant co-owner told the newspaper that the ‘no Africans after 7pm’ rule was in place amid security concerns.

"We don't admit Africans that we don't know because you never know who is Al-Shabaab and who isn't," she said, referencing the Islamist militant group that is active in Kenya and neighboring Somalia.

"It is not like it is written on somebody's face that they are a thug armed with a gun," she said.

In a statement, the restaurant said: "Because of the concern of the business environment at night and the bad memory of (a robbery in) 2013, we adopted certain measures. Unfortunately, some of the measures were inappropriate, we sincerely apologize for this," the management said in a statement.

The Daily Nation newspaper also reported that the restaurant lacked alcohol, health and change-of-use licenses.

According to reports, the owner of the restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya was arrested soon after the report for not having a valid license to operate the restaurant.

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