The Chinese embassy has told Kenyans to stop harassing the Chinese nationals in Kenya even when Coronavirus tensions are on the rise.
The embassy made an announcement on Thursday, February 27, 2020, stating that the discriminatory messages by Kenyans are endangering the lives of the Chinese who are in Kenya.
“We call upon a rational and scientific approach towards Chinese communities, firmly object any irresponsible and even racist remarks as seen from one of the MPs today,” said the embassy.
Kenyans were outraged when a Chinese Airline, carrying 239 passengers was cleared to land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport amid tensions of the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Kenyans blamed the Government for allowing the Chinese flights to Kenya while other countries have canceled their flights to the Coronavirus epicenter.
According to the Government spokesperson, all the 239 passengers were allowed into the country on the basis that they would self-quarantine themselves.
A group of Chinese nationals believed to have landed in Kenya on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, were seen walking in Athi River Sidai Estate even after they were ordered to isolate themselves.
“If these people are supposed to be on self-quarantine, why are they outside walking around an estate with over 100 houses?” one of the Athi River residents asked.
In response to the inquiry by the public as to why the Chinese nationals were walking freely in the country, the Embassy said the Chinese spotted in Athi River were taking supplies to a Chinese fellow who had arrived in the country on Wednesday.
The Embassy said the Chinese female had followed the Government instructions and had quarantined herself upon arrival to Kenya.
However, it was later established that the Chinese nationals who were spotted walking in Athi River were wearing face masks.
Meanwhile, the high court has issued an order that all the 239 Chinese nationals be evacuated to a KDF facility until they are completely confirmed negative of Coronavirus.