On March 13 this year, the Kenyan Government suspended all public gatherings in the country following the confirmation of the first case of coronavirus case.
All inter-school events and conferences were also canceled as the female patient, who had traveled to the United States through the United Kingdom, immediately quarantined.
Following the directive, many institutions, including both of the country’s assemblies, were shut down. Churches and Mosques had no option but to use online platforms where the faithful could stream live masses and services.
Those who defied the order, like Godfrey Njoroge of Apostolic Faith Ministries-Maputu and Pastor Kevin Wekesa of Jehovah’s Witnesses Manyanja, Bungoma, found themselves in hot soup as no-nonsense law enforcement officers whisked them away into custody.
Despite Health Cabinet Mutahi Kagwe having announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Kenya have since risen to 42, some Kenyans, like Mandera South Member of Parliament Adan Haji Ali Sheikh, don’t seem to be taking the deadly Chinese Virus as seriously as they should.
On Tuesday, Kenyan activist-cum-politician Boniface Mwangi blasted the North Eastern Region lawmaker for continuing to hold public meetings and thus putting his own and constituent’s life in danger.
In the photos shared on Adan Haji’s Facebook page, none of the coronavirus precautionary measures on matters social distancingK are followed. In some images, up to ten people are squeezed in small-sized rooms, further increasing the chances of spreading the contagious disease.
Ironically, in one of the captions, he purports that the purpose of the meetings is to ‘sensitize” the masses on COVID-19.
On social media, Kenyans heavily condemned his actions, with some calling on to the government to move in swiftly and ensure he is arrested and placed under forced quarantine.
Two days ago, Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi reached out to Kenyans and his Kilifi County residents, asking them to forgive him for violating President Uhuru Kenyatta’s self-quarantine directive to those who had traveled from abroad.
Saburi tested positive for Coronavirus after undergoing tests on Sunday, March 22, and currently stares at a jail term or fine for refusing to self-isolate upon arriving in the country from Germany via Amsterdam on March 6. His actions sparked nationwide fury with loud calls for his arrest echoed across social media platforms.
An article by the Daily Nation on Saturday, March 28, revealed that the deputy governor regretted his actions as he continues to receive treatment for the virus.