Popular night club The Alchemist in Nairobi, Kenya has been closed indefinitely to conduct investigations after a video circulating online showing two separate queues for white and Indian people and a different one for black people.
The video which was posted on Twitter shows a black man in white queueing on the side that allegedly was only meant for white people. The camera pans to the security at the entrance who signals the black man to get out of that side and move towards the other side.
The man leaves without any word or complaint as the person taking the video laments at how he was treated after hoping he would be let through because of his accent.
The video quickly went viral on social media and The Alchemist apologized and made it clear that they welcome people of different backgrounds to their establishment.
“The management of The Alchemist is aware of the video circulating and has reached out to the individuals to get more information,” said The Alchemist.
“To anyone that has felt aggrieved, we sincerely apologize and look forward to sitting together and addressing the issues head on,” they added.
Despite their claims of not tolerating racism, the Nairobi County Government has closed the establishment and has promised to conduct an investigation.
According to The Alchemist, the investigation will aid them in establishing if there has ever been a policy of discrimination, reviewing if the guests were prevented from getting into their establishment and reviewing their security personnel.
Ex-Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko took to his social media to condemn the acts of the establishment stating that Kenyans should not be discriminated in their country. He also called on the government to take action.
“It’s illegal to discriminate against Kenyans on Kenyan soil. Our freedom fighters died fighting racism. Under my administration I will not have entertained such kind of nonsense. I call upon president Uhuru Kenyatta and his administration to take necessary action,” he tweeted.