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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,6TH SEPT 2018-The Chinese Embassy in Nairobi has distanced itself from racial remarks made by one of its citizens who has since been deported.
The embassy says the views in the remarks against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenyans in general do not represent the vast majority.
“The personal talk and personal feeling of this young man does not represent the views of the vast majority of Chinese people,” Embassy Spokesman Zhang Gang said.
He has assured that all Chinese nationals working, living or visiting Kenya are required to abide by the country’s laws and must conduct themselves with dignity and respect.
“The Chinese Embassy always requires the Chinese companies and individuals to abide by the local law, stay and work legally in Kenya, making positive contribution to the friendship and cooperation between China and Kenya,” Zhang said in a statement issued soon after the deportation of Liu Jiaqi.
According to him Liu was punished in June by his employer when he was filmed making the comments and made to apologise to his Kenyan colleague.
He was arrested on Wednesday night and deported Thursday morning after the video in which he insults Kenyans and the President went viral.
The Embassy Spokesman said Kenya and China enjoy close ties based on mutual benefit and a win-win strategy.
The man, who seems to be in his late 20s or early 30s, made the insults while speaking to a Kenyan man who was secretly recording him while airing his discomfort. Unperturbed, Jiaqi rudely confessed that he hated Kenyans and the country because they were “poor”, dragging Uhuru’s name in the rant. “Everyone, every Kenyan is like a monkey. Even Uhuru Kenyatta, all of them. I don’t like you monkey people, you smell bad and foolish and black,” he ranted.