Romania recalls ambassador to Kenya Dragos Tigau over alleged 'monkey' slur

Former Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau also expressed disappointment in the remarks on his official Twitter page, saying the actions were regrettable.

"Appalled and disgusted at learning of remarks by Romanian ambassador in Nairobi in reference to African group members as 'monkeys' during Eastern European group meeting. Utter shame on attempts to cover up this disgrace. This is intolerable and unacceptable!" Ambassador Kamau tweeted.

According to a protest note seen by The Standard, African diplomats expressed disappointment and frustration over the 'laxity' in resolving the issue which they said had tarnished diplomatic engagements.

On Friday, the African diplomats intensified their displeasure, saying a 'private apology' was inadequate given the gravity of the offense, and insisted on a written public apology.

They said this was the only way the envoy would demonstrate genuine remorse for his objectionable actions.

The Kenyan government has, however, remained mum on the incident.

At the time of going to press, calls to the Foreign Affairs Ministry for comment went unanswered.