Nairobi News


Consumer group to protest against Italian eatery that kicked out Leakey

A consumer lobby group has announced it will hold a protest march on Wednesday against an Italian restaurant owner accused of harassing renowned conservationist Dr Richard Leakey.

Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) has already notified the Officer in Charge (OCS) of Karen Police Station of the planned protest.

“We hereby notify you of the above peaceful demonstration on Wednesday, 25th January 2017 from 10am to 5pm to express displeasure at the racist La Casina Restaurant at The Hub Karen, Nairobi,” read the letter in part.

“We request you to offer and confirm the necessary security arrangements to ensure safety of all those who will participate in the peaceful demonstrations.”

Dr Leakey had last week accused the owner of La Cascina Restaurant, located at the Hub in Karen, of harassment after he failed to serve him tap water and kicking him out of the premise.

The incident occurred on Tuesday as Dr Leakey and his wife Dr Meave were having lunch.

The lobby group has since last week been tweeting about the incident using the Twitter hashtag #CloseRacistLaCasina.

Dr Leakey wrote a protest letter to the Ministry of Tourism, narrating how he was handed two plastic cups and told to fetch water from the toilet after he insisted to be served with tap water and not the costly bottled water.