Kenyan authorities have closed a Chinese restaurant in the capital which was accused by a local newspaper of refusing to serve Africans.

A statement from Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero late Tuesday said the restaurant known as the Chinese Restaurant will remain shut because it does not have a business permit or a valid liquor license and it has not complied with the public health requirements for food handling and testing.

Kidero urged business owners to treat customers and clients fairly irrespective of race. On Monday, Kenya's leading newspaper, The Daily Nation, reported that the restaurant does not allow Africans entry after 5 p.m. The newspaper quoted a manager of the restaurant saying Africans pose a security threat to its Chinese patrons. The story has caused outrage on social media.