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The Alchemist Bar Shuts Down to Allow Investigations Into Racism Claims

The Alchemist Bar has shut down to allow investigations into racism claims. 

In a statement shared on its social media platforms, the entertainment joint confirmed that officials from Nairobi City County offices had visited their premises to review the CCTV footage. 

The bar also noted that the officials will be checking to determine whether there has ever been a policy of discrimination. 

“Interviews and footage will be reviewed of the past events both at the gate and inside the establishment,” The Alchemist said in a statement. 

This follows a video doing rounds on social media showing a black man being sent away for joining queue which was apparently meant for white people. 

The viral video further showed that the entrance had two queues; one for blacks and the other for white people.

“Last week, when I went to Alchemist, there was a line for white and Indian people separate from the blacks. One black guy tried using the line akachujwa (and was removed) immediately,” wrote a social media user on Twitter. 

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However, in a statement, the bar dismissed the claims, noting that they had reached out to the man reportedly being turned away from the queue. 

“The man in the white t-shirt had no issues walking in. We spoke with him on the phone. He confirms he had no issues and didn’t even know that camera footage had been shot of him and released

“Our management has never had a policy of discrimination towards the people that have walked through our doors,” they argued. 

Reacting to the same, Mombasa County gubernatorial aspirant Mike Sonko condemned the incident, stating that such will never be entertained under his administration. 

“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

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“I call upon president Uhuru Kenyatta and his administration to take necessary action,” he said.

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