Kenya ex­pelling racist Chi­nese man

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - World/region -

NAIROBI – Kenya has ar­rested a Chi­nese busi­ness­man af­ter a video of him mak­ing a string of racist re­marks was widely shared on so­cial me­dia, the gov­ern­ment said yes­ter­day.

The Chi­nese na­tional, iden­ti­fied as Liu Ji­aqi, is be­ing pro­cessed for de­por­ta­tion, said Kenya’s im­mi­gra­tion depart­ment.

“His work per­mit has been can­celled and (he) will be de­ported on racism grounds,” the im­mi­gra­tion ser­vice said on its Twit­ter feed.

In the two and a half minute video shared on Twit­ter and else­where, Liu, who ap­pears to be in the midst of a dis­pute with one of his em­ploy­ees, is recorded is­su­ing a litany of racist slurs.

“Ev­ery one, ev­ery Kenyan . . . like a mon­key, even Uhuru Keny­atta. All of them,” he said.

Af­ter the em­ployee sug­gests Liu should “go back to China” if he feels that way, the busi­ness­man re­sponds with fur­ther abuse.

“I don’t be­long to here. I don’t like here, like mon­key peo­ple, I don’t like talk with them, it smells bad, and poor, and fool­ish, and black. I don’t like them. Why not [like] the white peo­ple, like the Amer­i­can?”

He added that he only stays in Kenya be­cause “money is im­por­tant”.

It was not clear from the video ex­actly what Liu’s job was.

Some Kenyans on so­cial me­dia called for Liu to be charged rather than sim­ply de­ported.

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