The Immigration Department has quashed a rumour by blogger Robert Alai that a Chinese man, who was caught on tape spewing racist remarks against Kenyans and President Uhuru Kenyatta, was deported early Thursday.
This comes after Kenyans online took to micro-blogging website, Twitter, to demand action be taken against the Chinese national identified as Liu Jiaqi.
Mr Alai tweeted that Liu Jiaqi had already “boarded the plane and gone [to China].”
The Immigration Department, however, refuted that claim in a tweet posted to its official handle.
“Kindly ignore @RobertAlai tweets in regards to the Chinese national, who was captured in the video being abusive. Liu Jiaqi is being processed for deportation, and not deported as reported by Alai. That is a lie,” said Immigration Department.
Liu Jiaqi was arrested early Thursday after public uproar.
According to the Immigration Department, Liu Jiaqi will be deported on grounds of racism.
“Chinese National by the Name Liu Jiaqi who was captured on video yesterday using abusive words has been arrested. His work permit has been canceled,” the department said on Twitter.
In the video, Jiaqi is heard abusing Kenyans, and claiming he does not even want to be in the country but is only here to make money.
When asked why he did not choose another country to operate from, he does not answer.
A section of Kenyans however said the arrest and planned deportation of the Chinese national is not sufficient considering that he also used racist terms against the President.
Ekuru Aukot, a Kenyan lawyer who ran for presidency in the 2017 general election, said: “I disagree. He must first be jailed and then deported later after jail time and his company be blacklisted in Kenya.”
Erica Clement echoed Mr Aukot’s sentiments, saying: “If a Kenyan abuses Uhuru Kenyatta he would be jailed. Why should a Chinese man abuse our president and he is flown comfortably home? Fred Matiang’i This is the attitude of most Chinese. We must grow our economy and shield it from neocolonialists. We are not respected coz we beg,” one Erica Clement said on Twitter.
One Mary Jabulana posed: “Matiang’i, how do such even get visas? We are sacrificing our dignity for loans. He should meet the same fate as a Kenyan who would utter the same froth in China.”
“This racist Chinese, Liu Jiaqi, must first feel the weight of Kenyan law before he is deported. He must be sent to Kamiti maximum prison first. Deporting him first before jail weakens our own law and amounts to a big treat to him,” Mr Aukot added.