Lobby Faults Chinese Embassy for Denying Disabled County Official Visa

The Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance programmes officer Masese Kemunche./ thehaguetrials.co.ke [Courtesy of thehaguetrials.co.ke /]

A civil society organisation has condemned the Chinese government for denying Nakuru County’s director for youth affairs Patrick Kimemia a visa to China citing severe disability.

Through its programme officer Kemunche Masese, the Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance, is now demanding that the Government of Kenya investigates the matter, in addition to taking the appropriate action in line with international human rights instruments.

“The news that the youth affairs director was denied a visa to China because of “severe disability” is disturbing, disgusting and appalling! How can China, in my view, a very grounded democracy, espouse such mediocrity in the 21st Century? We at the Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance would like to demand that the Government of Kenya expeditiously investigates this matter and takes appropriate and decisive action in line with international human rights instruments,” stated Masese via his Facebook page on March 3.

Kimemia was expected to attend a seminar on Livelihood and Development for English Speaking African Countries in China.

Terming the decision as disturbing and disgusting, Masese through his Facebook page, also wants China to apologise to Kenyans as well as issue a visa to Kimemia saying failure to do so would imply that China does not respect Kenya.

“Unless there is another reason; and particularly of criminal nature, China should unreservedly apologise to Kenya and Kenyans and issue a visa to Mr Kimemia as a member of the human race whose rights are God given to enable him pursue the desires of his heart; a free, unfettered soul. Failure to do so would imply that China does not respect us and we would not have any reason to respect her. Waiting for action,” added Masese in his status.

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