A Chinese national who was seen whipping a Kenyan worker in a video clip that went viral online on Saturday has been arrested.
Deng Hailan, 49, was videotaped caning a male Kenyan waiter at Chez Wou Restaurant in Nairobi’s Kileleshwa area for allegedly reporting late to work. He was arrested after officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) raided the restaurant on Sunday morning.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the DCI said the detectives also discovered that Hailan, who works at the hotel as a chef, does not have a work permit.
Also arrested during the operation were three other Chinese nationals. Two of them, Chang Yueping and Ou Qiang, who are both chefs at the eatery, were arrested for allegedly holding expired visas while the third, Yu Ling, a cashier, was apprehended for holding a visitor’s visa but without a work permit.
Eight Kenyan nationals working at the restaurant were also taken to Kilimani Police Station to assist in investigations, the DCI said.
On Saturday evening, the Chinese Embassy in Kenya responded to the viral video by urging Kenyan authorities to investigate the incident and punish the culprit if found guilty.
“The Embassy noticed a video clip about a Chinese chef and Kenyan colleague issued by K24 TV today. We support the Kenyan police to investigate the whole issue thoroughly according to Kenyan laws. Whoever violating the law will face legal consequences,” said the Embassy through Twitter.
Police said the suspects will be charged with assault causing actual bodily harm.