Coronavirus: Kenya slams China over racism

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African on streets of China after they were kicked out of residences; Courtesy Photo

By Ash Kings

Kenya has rebuked China over coronavirus-related discrimination against its citizens in Guangzhou province noting that no Kenyans there had died from COVID-19. 

“The reality is that this has been a very unfortunate outcome. It must stop” Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

Kenyans living in China have posted videos on social media depicting racial discrimination against them and other Africans as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Kenyans, especially those in Guangdong live in constant fear because of the the ill-treatment in the on-going racial discrimination tagged on coronavirus pandemic.

Kamau said the groomy scenes should cease. He also lauded the continental body African Union (AU) for responding positively though the situation persists.

Africans have been evicted from apartments and turned away from hotels despite having no recent travel history or known contact with COVID-19 patients.

Kenya and China have however agreed that the incidents will not ruin bilateral ties between the two countries.

Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng however assured the Foreign Affairs Ministry that Kenyans and Africans in China will be given the protection they deserve.

The latest developments come as Kenya’s Foreign Ministry reported that five Kenyans had died in the United States from coronavirus.

The number of cases in Kenya has risen to 216 after eight more people tested positive.

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