Zambia closes Chinese restaurant over ‘discrimination’
London, May 19, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Zambian authorities have closed a Chinese restaurant in the capital, Lusaka, for reportedly discriminating against locals.
The restaurant was reported to have denied entry to a Zambian man, terming him a “foreigner”.
The man described the incident as racist.
Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa has also accused the restaurant of selling products labelled in Chinese and not English as prescribed by law.
“Apartheid finished a long time ago in Lusaka after Zambia gained independence in 1964,” the mayor told the Lusaka Times website.
Local television station Muvi TV aired the story of the man who was denied entry to the restaurant:
About two months ago, Nigerian government ordered the immediate closure of Haufei Chinese Restaurant in Victoria Island, Lagos for allegedly refusing Nigerians access.
The agency shut the restaurant for alleged discrimination, noting that restaurant’s staffers admitted that it was the business policy of the Chinese owners not to allow Nigerians into the restaurant.
It said: “Today, March 14, FCCPC closed Haufei Restaurant & Mall at 33 Aboyade Cole, Victoria Island based on credible intelligence and surveillance that the business declines service to Nigerians.
“Staff of the business outfit admitted this is the policy and our operatives experienced same. Haufei Restaurant & Mall now closed for further regulatory action,” the agency said.
The cumulative effect of the protest by some Nigerians led FCCPC to carry out its investigation, which ultimately led to the Saturday clampdown.
Shi Shi Chinese, a Chinese Restaurant in Ikeja, had been accused of preventing Nigerians from entering its establishment on the grounds that they are Nigerians