By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27
Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has given a directive to the government to deport four Chinese alleged to have assaulted a Kenyan engineer.
Liu Jiang, Wang Kai, Zhao Liangbin and Li Shaqing attached to China Railway No.5 Construction Company are accused of attacking Engineer Rodgers Imasa last week on Friday at Lodwar, 597.9 kilometers from Nairobi. Mr. Imasa was on his duty inspecting a road construction under the Chinese firm.
KeNHA expelled the suspects from the site on Tuesday, 21 and ordered the constructor to replace them within 21 days.
“The conduct is against the conditions of contract of staff, consequently, KeNHA on May 21, 2019 expelled the staff from the project and has made a recommendation for the cancellation of work permits for the foreign staff involved, to the relevant immigration authorities,” read the statement from the authority’s Communication officer, Charles Njogu.
According to Lodwar police boss David Mutengi, the four were nabbed on Monday while trying to leave the county to evade arrest.
The construction workers took it to the streets on Monday protesting against increasing cases of assaults and mistreatment by their Chinese counterparts.
The workers chairperson Wilberforce Dida claimed that the Chinese fought the engineer after he allegedly refused to accept a bribe from them after he faulted their work.
Dida further revealed that several workers are finding it rough in the hands of their Chinese workers saying that they get assaulted over minor mistakes during construction.
“Our people are being assaulted every day. The company is not taking workers’ safety measures seriously. We have cases where 15 locals have been injured while on duty,” he said.
Last year Kenyans expressed their dismay after it emerged that Kenyans working at the Standard Gauge Railway were undergoing racism, poor salaries and job insecurity.
It was alleged majority of Kenyan workers pocket less than a quarter of what Chinese earn and Chinese had programmed their equipment in their language forcing Kenyans to work as security guards and cleaners despite being recruited as engineers, drivers and technicians.
In addition Kenyans were not allowed to ride in the same staff van with Chinese and were prohibited from sharing the same table with them at the staff cafeteria.