Minister orders 4 Chinese deported over caning Kenyan worker

Thursday February 13 2020

Chinese nationals Yu Ling, Deng Hailan, Ou Qiang, and Chang Yueping, who are accused of assaulting a Kenyan employee at Chez Wou Restaurant in Kileleshwa, Nairobi, are pictured in court on February 13, 2020. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By Siago Cece

Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang'i has ordered the deportation of four Chinese nationals taken to court over assaulting a Kenyan worker.

The four are Deng Hailan, Chang Yueping, Ou Qiang and Yu Ling.

Mr Deng is suspected to have caned waiter Simon Osako Silo over lateness before dismissing him,

They were arrested on February 9 after detectives from Kilimani raided Chez Wou Restaurant in Nairobi suburb Kileleshwa.


CS Matiang'i's order came shortly after Milimani Principal Magistrate Hellen Okwani allowed police to detain the four for 15 days to investigate assault and immigration offences.


State prosecutors Jacinta Nyamosi and Everlyn Onunga noted in court on Thursday that the foreigners lacked work permits and that police were yet to interrogate the worker.

Ms Nyamosi said they entered the country last year on visitors' visas whose validity period had lapsed.


Dr Matiang'i has in the past issued orders for the deportation of four Chinese nationals found engaging in business activities at Gikomba market in Nairobi.

He noted in June 2019 that the four were were in the country illegally.

The CS said at the time that all foreigners working as small scale traders in Kenya would be deported.

"We do not have a classification of foreign traders coming into the country to conduct trade or hawk," he explained.

Last May, the minister ordered a review of the work permits of foreigners who had applied to conduct other businesses but ended up investing in the betting industry.