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Social media exposes racist attitudes in Kenya

Posted by Administrator on January 25, 2012

The tourism industry in Kenya, both private and public sector, are investigating claims made over the Christmas and New Year period, when African Kenyans went public on Twitter and Facebook, narrating experiences of being denied access to hotels and resorts and in one case being asked to leave from Flavio Briatore’s Billionaire Resort in Malindi.

At the time, Mohamed Hersi, General Manager of the Sarova Whitesands Resort, made a few visits to the places mentioned, in his capacity as an elected representative of the tourism industry, and found to his disdain that he, too, was denied access to some resorts for not being booked or having come without making prior arrangements with management.

While most resorts, hotels, safari lodges, and camps in Kenya and East Africa as a whole, treat any guest as a valued guest, there seems to be exceptions to this rule, and the now-closed African Safari Club was most notorious for discriminating against local Kenyan visitors attempting to come into their maximum security facilities – as one stakeholder from Mombasa put it at the time – trying to spend their money on drinks and food.

It is Kenya’s declared policy to achieve a 50:50 ratio in a few years between domestic and foreign tourists, something which will hopefully compel a few errant hotels and resorts to open their doors to any and all visitors coming in, as incidentally mandated by their terms and conditions of business, licensed by government, unless they are operating as a private members club, which was not the case in any of the incidents reported.

Most disturbing at the time when the tweets and Facebook posts were flying around en masse, were reports that African kids had been ushered to other pools, leaving the main pools for the “wagenis” (foreign tourists), which if found correct – investigations are still ongoing – would amount to a clear case of racism, based on the color of one’s skin and not the color of the money in their wallets. Such management has no place in today’s East Africa and should be told to pack and go, while the owners ought to be taken to court to face charges for violating license conditions and for racism.

Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/27590/social-media-exposes-racist-attitudes-kenya

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3 Responses to “Social media exposes racist attitudes in Kenya”

  1. THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN KENYAN SOIL BY ANY MEANS

  2. Kangemi said

    The said discrimination behaviors are very deplorable and should never be condoned….

    Sadly, we’ll complain till the cows come home about this but never lift a finger when talking about treatment of domestic help and casual labor. …I think the issue is more pressing!

  3. peris said

    hapo umenena bro.soo many domestics help are going through hell in the hands of their employers.nobody listens to their cries even the so called chiefs.yes i agree with you kangemi the issue is more pressing.mnyonge apewe haki.

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