Hotel risks closure for degrading African culture
22 April 2013, 16:51
Kaya elders in Malindi within Kilifi county have threatened to sue a certain tourists hotel management in the area for demeaning the cultural practices of Africans and especially Mijikenda after they were ejected out of the hotel for allegedly wearing cultural attires.
Led by secretary general of Malindi District Cultural Association Joseph Mwarandu, the furious elders said they were denied chance to join their colleagues to take meals at the hotel's dinning hall because they were in cultural attires.
Addressing the media in Malindi, Mwarandu said they will go to court to protest over the incident by the Scorpio Villa hotels' management.
He said if the hotel is found guilty of discriminating the Kaya elders for practicing their culture which is enshrined in the new constitution, it will be closed down.
Mwarandu said they had attended a meeting that brought together people from different religions at the hotel when the incident occurred.
"We had closed the meeting where we discussed issues of children in our society and wanted to join our colleagues to take meals at the dinning hall when some workers stopped us claiming that we were not allowed at the dinning hall because their hotels do not allow people wearing cultural clothes like us," said Mwarandu.
Mwarandu observed that it was not the first encounter by the Kaya elders at the hotel, a fact he noted has forced them to move to court.
"Our aim is to solve the issue according to the constitution through our courts because it is no right for someone and especially outsiders to demean our culture which is in protected by the new constitution," he noted with concern.
He said said the move by the hotel management to eject them out of the dinning hall was discriminatory and should not be allowed at all since everyone has a right to practice their culture anywhere in the republic of Kenya.
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