Envoy rejects claims Kenyans slept on the streets
Kenya’s Ambassador to China Sarah Serem is rejecting claims that Kenyans lodged on the streets in China after they were thrown out of their houses or hotels.
Ms Serem, speaking for the first time in the face of growing accusations that the government has left stranded Kenyans on their own, indicated the Embassy had intervened in all cases of forced evictions.
“None that we know of slept in the streets and none that we know of was evacuated from their houses,” Ms Serem said in a statement.
“The Embassy intervened in some cases where landlords had threatened Kenyans. These were all either retained in their house or taken to designated hotels funded by local authorities.”
A number of Kenyans living in China have accused the Embassy of sitting on its hands as China imposed a draconian policy of testing suspected Covid-19 patients, including quarantining them.
Many Kenyans who have braved the coronavirus pandemic now face attacks on streets, parks, their homes and hostels, and in shopping malls.