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‘No blacks’ Chinese restaurant manager denied bail

A Chinese businesswoman running a restaurant at the centre of a racism row has been charged before a Nairobi court with operating it illegally.

The court on Thursday ordered Ms Zhao Yang be detained for two days after the prosecution objected to her release on bail on grounds that she is a foreigner and has refused to surrender and disclose details of her immigration status.

TOURISM LICENCE

She denied that on March 23 at around 11am, along Galana Road in Kilimani, Nairobi, being the manager of the Chinese Restaurant jointly with others not before the court, they were found operating the restaurant in contravention of a section of the law prohibiting the operation of a Class B restaurant without a tourism licence.

Ms Zhao Yang wears  an expressionless face as the charges were being read out. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU
Ms Zhao Yang wears an expressionless face as the charges were being read out. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU

Ms Yang has also been charged with being engaged in employment without a work permit.

An affidavit in objection to her release, sworn by investigating officer Charles Wandera, said that while on inspection duties in Kilimani, it was established that the restaurant was being run by the suspect.

NO WORK PERMIT

“The accused is a foreign national, a Chinese, and during interrogation she declined to disclose her place of residence and her immigration status. We asked her to produce her work permit and she did not have one.”

The affidavit was presented before resident magistrate Miriam Mugure.

The magistrate ruled that there were compelling reasons to deny Ms Yang bail and directed that she be held at the Lang’ata women’s prison till Monday, when the case will be mentioned.