Matiang’i orders deportation of Chinese in waiter-lashing saga

Friday, February 14th, 2020 00:00 |
Chinese nationals (left to right) Ou Qiang, Deng Hailan, Chang Yueping and Yu Ling at Milimani Law Courts. Photo/PD/CHARLES MATHAI

Alphonse Mung’ahu

Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i yesterday ordered the deportation of four Chinese nationals who were caught on video caning a Kenyan.

Matiang’i said the government cannot watch from the sides as foreigners harass and intimidate citizens.

He said the government warned that it would order deportation of others with the similar characters.

“It is the responsibility of the Kenyan government to protect her citizens and that is why we have decided to order for their deportation,” Matiang’i said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, police had been given 15 days to continue detaining the four caught on video whipping a Kenyan waiter at their hotel.

Senior resident magistrate Hellen Okwani ruled that application prosecution led by senior assistant director of Public Prosecutions, Jacinta Nyamosi has demonstrated that police require more time to complete investigation before making any decision in the matter.

She said the court has considered bother submissions from prosecution and the suspects and found that the police should be granted 15 more days instead of earlier 21 days.

Prosecution had earlier sought 21 days to have the four suspects remanded in custody to enable investigators to complete investigations into the matter.

In her application Nyamosi told the court that on February 9, police arrested the four Chinese nationals namely Deng Hailan, Ou Qiang, Yu Ling and Chan Yueping after a video appeared online allegedly of one of the suspects caning a waiter at the hotel where they worked.

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