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Politicians and Industry Leaders Both Issue Calls for Action in the Aftermath of Kenyan Hotel Beating Video That Went Viral

Outrage is continuing to build in Kenya over the video that showed Chinese chef Deng Hailan violently beating one of his employees at a Nairobi hotel. The assault reportedly occurred last week and the video was posted online over the weekend but it is still a big topic of discussion online, in the media and increasingly among both political and industry leaders, who are calling for action to ensure this kind of thing does not happen again.

Reactions to the Deng Hailan Assault Video

  • HOSPITALITY: The Association of Hotel Professionals in Kenya called on Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Najib Balala, to conduct a “forensic audit” of all foreigners currently working in the Kenyan hospitality industry. “We have information that there are many foreigners working in hotels including star rated establishments with dubious and fake qualifications,” said the association’s chairman Robert Kinyua. Several of the Chinese detained following the incident did not have proper work permits. (THE STANDARD)
  • POLITICS: MP Rigathi Gachagua warned Chinese contractors working in his constituency against mistreating any Kenyan casual laborers. “I have seen you beat people in Nairobi. Don’t try that here, you will be in trouble if you do that here. We know we owe China money as a country but you don’t have to beat us because we owe other people money. It’s not a joke,” he said. (TUKO)
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