CONTROVERSIAL CHINESE RESTAURANT MANAGER ZHAO YANG RELEASED ON SH100, 000 CASH BILL BUT ORDERED TO DEPOSIT HER PASS IN COURT.
The controversial Chinese restaurant manager Zhao Yang at Milimani law court where she was charged with operating a restaurant illegally and without a work permit on March 26 ,2015..
BY SAM ALFAN.
The manager of the ‘racist’ Chinese restaurant was released on a Sh100,000 cash bail on Tuesday.
Esther Yang’s bail was granted bail after she said, through her lawyer Cliff Ombeta, that she was willing to adhere to release conditions.
Resident magistrate Elena Agade ordered her to report to the Tourism Liason Office at Utalli House every two weeks until the case is determined.
The manager of a Chinese restaurant in Kenya at the center of racism storm was charged before a Nairobi Magistrate court on Thursday with operating a restaurant illegally.
Nairobi resident magistrate Miriam Mugure ordered Ms Zhao Yang detained for two days after the prosecution objected to her release on bail on the grounds that she is a foreigner and has refused to surrender and disclose details of her immigration status.
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 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.
“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 owner of a Chinese restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya was arrested following an uproar over its policy of banning African customers at night, according to reports.
Owner Zhao Yang was arrested for operating a restaurant without a valid license shortly after local press ran a story alleging that Kenyan reporters were turned away from the restaurant for being African.
Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper carried a story on Monday that its reporters had been barred entry to the restaurant, being told by a guard at the entrance that “the time for Africans is over” when the journalists arrived at 7 p.m.
Only locals accompanied by Chinese, European or Indian patrons would be admitted, the newspaper reported.
The restaurant, located at the junction of Galana and Lenana roads in Kilimani, Nairobi, reportedly served dogs to its customers.
Interviewed employees further said the restaurant served as a brothel and was in deplorable condition.Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero shut it down last week saying it will remain closed until the owners comply with all regulations.