A KENYAN TV station on Saturday broadcast a video that showed a Chinese man caning a Kenyan in an open compound. Describing the footage as disturbing’, K24 Digital said it was an exclusive clip of the Chinese meting out punishment to a late employee.
The video was ‘showing a senior Chinese hotel officer whipping a Kenyan waiter over allegations of reporting late to work. The video was recorded at Chez Wou Restaurant in Kileleshwa, Nairobi last week,’ the channel added.
The said worker is seen being instructed to lean on a table while they took turns to flog him without showing mercy to the expressions of pain and writhing by the unnamed employee.
On Sunday, the police Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) acknowledged the incident by quoting the K24 tweet and said it had dispatched detectives to probe the video and circumstances surrounding it.
Their findings revealed that the aggressor was indeed a Chinese national by name Deng Hailan, a chef, who was an illegal economic migrant because he was working without the necessary documents.
‘Also arrested were two other chefs Chang Yueping & Ou Qiang who hold expired Visas. Chang holds a work permit but his compatriot doesn’t.
‘Yu Ling, a cashier at the hotel holding a visitor’s visa but without a work permit was also arrested. Eight Kenyans who work at the hotel were also escorted to Kilimani Police Station for further interrogation,’ a DCI post on Twitter read.
Meanwhile, on Monday, the quartet was arraigned before a court, which remanded them in custody for three days pending further investigations.
For their part, the Chinese embassy in Nairobi said it was aware of the video but that it ‘supports’ investigations that are underway.
‘We support the Kenyan police to investigate the whole issue thoroughly according to Kenyan laws. Whoever violates the law will face the legal consequences,’ their tweet read in part.