NAIROBI (HAN) August 9.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News.By GEORGE SAYAGIEA. Chinese tour guide at the Keekorok Lodge in the world renowned wildlife conservancy Maasai Mara in Narok County Monday night stabbed and killed a Chinese tourist following a scuffle over a dining table.
The tour guide and a Chinese couple had argued about the occupancy of the dining table with the guide insisting that he usually sat at that table.
He then brought out a knife which he used to attack the couple.
The woman, who was stabbed twice in her chest and ribs succumbed to the injuries as she was being rushed to a nearby health centre.
The husband survived with injuries.
More than 100 tourists, who were having dinner and witnessed the incident, scampered for safety, screaming as they rushed out of the dining hall.
Narok County Police Commander Jillo Galgalo confirmed the incident which happened at 7:30pm (1630 GMT) Monday night.
Husband flown to Nairobi
The police boss confirmed that the woman’s husband was Tuesday morning flown to Nairobi Hospital for treatment.
Mr Galgalo said the attacker was arrested and was being held at the Narok Police Station.
A police officer who attended to the matter, but who requested not to be named, said the tour guide had asked the couple to vacate the dining table for him but they declined.
He had argued that it was his usual sitting place at the lodge, the officer said.
“He told them that he could not use any other table and they had to leave and when they refused, he started attacking them using a knife that he was carrying,” he said.
The lodge’s management was Tuesday holed up in a meeting and said they would issue a statement later in the day.