After a video which went viral on Social Media, in which a Chinese national was shown caning a Kenyan hotel staff, the suspects were arrested and investigations launched.
They were later taken to court and accused of an assault. It was later discovered that Kenyans who work for Chez Wou Restaurant in Kileleshwa, Nairobi were whipped on reporting to work late.
The four were Deng Hailan, Chang Yueping, Ou Qiang and Yu Ling.
Their actions were condemned by the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng saying that all Chinese nationals in the country should abide by the Kenyan laws.
On Thursday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i ordered their deportation shortly after a court asked to continue being detained for more investigation on assault and immigration offences.
“The court has considered the fact that the suspects are a flight risk and they will abscond court if released. I allow their detention for 15 days,” ruled Hellen Okwami, the principal Magistrate.
The court found on Thursday that the four suspects lacked work permits and their immigration documents had expired.
In 2019, the Cabinet Secretary issued similar orders for deportation of other four Chinese nationals who were found engaging in retail business activities in Gikomba, Nairobi.
Coincidentally, the four were also in the country with Invalid documents.
The CS further warned all foreigners found engaging in small scale trade that they risked being deported when found.
“We do not have a classification of foreign traders coming into the country to conduct trade or hawk,” he explained.
Another case is that of Liu Jiagi who was deported following his arrest for referring to the President, and the people of Kenya, as monkeys.
The suspect was secretly captured in a video by his worker he had hired in his shop in Ruiru, Kiambu County.