Last week, a high-end nightclub in Westlands was accused of using its security team to routinely deny entry to non-Caucasian clients.
The allegations were posted on Facebook by one Wamathai, who narrated how they were barred from entering the Alchemist Bar at around 11pm by the security personnel.
“At around 11pm Saturday night six of my friends and myself made our way to the Alchemist lounge in Westlands. However while at the entrance the bouncers informed us that we could not get in without giving a solid reason as to why, what shocked us more was that while we were still standing at the entrance trying to make sense of the situation, other ravers who were white were allowed entrance without any question,” said Wamathai.
Another Facebook user Dexter Findley, a white man, also claimed to have witnessed black people being turned away at the entrance or being thrown out the club or the dance floor, ostensibly to give whites space.
The posts cause an uproar from Kenyans on social media.
Now, one of the owners of the nightclub, Peng Chen said that he was equally shocked by the allegations and asked Wamathai to contact him.
“We cater to people of all races. We have employees from all races. Until last Saturday, we have never had any complaints about discrimination. We are sorry if these allegations are true and would love for the people affected to come and talk to us since no one has reached out yet,” Peng, who is the former Easy Taxi Managing Director, told Heads Up.
Peng and his girlfriend, former TV anchor Michelle Morgan, own the bar