Priest Arrested for Defying Govt Order; Catholic Father, Deputy Governor Expose Hundreds to COVID-19 & County Employees to Take Paycuts Over COVID-19

550. This is the estimated number of people who came into contact with patients who have tested positive for Coronavirus in Kenya. The number could be more because local dailies are reporting that rogue Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi could have interacted with more than 1000 people alone.

Of these, there are 16 police officers among them a Deputy OCS who are in self-quarantine. A priest who arrived in Kenya from Italy, the epicentre of the virus, was not forced into quarantine but allowed to visit at least five counties. Just like Saburi, the government has told us the status of the passengers in the plane that brought the priest to Kenya.

If he is sick, then the passengers he travelled with are also sick, right? The priest travelled to Siaya in an Easy Coach bus. Have these passengers been traced?

Since being appointed to Cabinet last month, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has severally warned Kenyans to prepare for the worst possible when it comes to fighting COVID-19. We could be heading to the worst possible scenario with the worst possible preparations.

We don’t need our President calling for a press conference to tell us that Google has launched the first-speed internet to help Kenyans work from home. 90% of Kenyans don’t work online. They depend on public transport to their hustles in different parts of the world. Currently, they need food more than the internet.

Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News

Kakamega Father Arrested for Defying Govt Order

A past function at Amalemba Parish in Kakamega County.
Function at Amalemba Catholic Parish

Police in Kakamega County have arrested a priest who defied government orders by converging a prayer meeting in the church on Monday.

The cleric from Amalemba Catholic Church was arrested by police for contravening a presidential directive and assembling a prayer meeting with over 15 female leaders from the church.

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Priest, Deputy Governor Expose Hundreds to COVID-19

Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi.
Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi

A Catholic priest and Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi may have exposed more than 300 Kenyans to coronavirus, according to a study of their movements before they tested positive on Sunday.

The web of contacts now becomes the biggest nightmare to the government as Kenya confirmed one more Covid-19 case, bringing to 16 the number of patients in Kenya.

Their blatant refusal to self-quarantine shows the government’s order on mandatory self-quarantine was neither working nor being enforced, until yesterday.

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Senior Nandi County Employees to Take Paycuts Over COVID-19

Governor Stephen Sang and county officers

Nandi county has recalled all health workers pursuing postgraduate studies and other cadres to report back to work.

Governor Stephen Sang has given them 24 hours to report back for training on how to combat Covid-19.  He also asked all those currently on annual leave to return to their respective health facilities for further directions.

“Those taking their courses at the University of Nairobi School of Medicine are hereby directed to report to the health chief officer, those at Moi University taking their registrar courses should report to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital CEO for training,” Sang said on Monday.

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The government has come under a lot of pressure to order for a total lockdown of the whole country as one of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. Lockdown is an emergency protocol which means people do not leave a given area. Do you think it will be fair if the government makes this move?

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