Workers at Sonlink K. Limited, the Chinese company dealing in motorcycles in Ruiru Town, Kiambu County, have painted a picture of a racist, cold and callous C.E.O they had in the name of Liu Jiaqi, who was caught on tape demeaning Kenya and her people.
Operations at Sonlink K. Limited have since been stopped, with a spot-check at the company premises showing signs of zero activity at the establishment throughout Thursday.
Journalists, on a fact-finding mission at the company Thursday, were welcomed by giant padlocks on the doors, with the company yard entirely closed.
Only authorized persons were allowed within the premises of the heavily-guarded company, which is located on the Northern Bypass.
The label of the company, which security guards manning the premises said were there on Wednesday, had been removed.
Its stalled operations happened hours after the State, through the Immigration Department, confirmed the arrest and cancellation of Jiaqi’s work permit.
The department further said the businessman, who a Kasarani resident, was in the process of being deported.
In the short viral video, the Chinese international, who has been widely condemned by Kenyans from all areas, appears to be in the midst of a dispute with his Kenyan employee.
Workers in the neighboring companies reveal that the CEO has been “arrogant”, “abusive” and “belittles Kenyans as people who cannot survive on their own”.
Led by Edward Injanje, the workers said the company has been firing Kenyans “anyhow”, without substantive grounds.
Efforts to reach a labour office in Ruiru for a comment were futile.
However, employer of Jiaqi, through spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy, Zhang Gang, said the video was recorded in June this year and the CEO was punished.
“The personal talk and personal feeling of this young man does not represent the views of the vast majority of Chinese people. 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,” read part of the statement.
This is not the first time Kenyans, working in Chinese companies have victimized Chinese staff, including managers for portraying racial habits.
In this year, Kenyan workers on a new Chinese-built standard gauge railway alleged racism and discrimination by Chinese staff and managers, allegations which the government dismissed.
President Uhuru Kenyatta this week in Beijing, China attended a China-Africa Forum for Cooperation (FOCAC) 2018 conference where China promised to better its bilateral relations with Kenya.