6 Million German Army Masks Vanish at JKIA

  • A health practitioner in protective gear at Coronavirus treatment and isolation facility in Mbagathi District Hospital, Nairobi on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    A health practitioner in protective gear at Coronavirus treatment and isolation facility in Mbagathi District Hospital, Nairobi on Friday, March 6, 2020.
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  • UPDATE Wednesday, March 25: The German Embassy in Kenya clarified that the European nation was not blaming Kenyan authorities for the disappearance.

    In a statement, the embassy explained, "Concerning the media reports that a shipment of 6 million face masks of the German army were allegedly lost in Kenya, The embassy would like to clrify:

    "No allegations are being made by the German government against Kenya or any authorities. The German forces did not order the shipment in question."


    Germany's woes continue to pile up after a consignment of six million face masks meant to aide in curbing Covid-19 pandemic vanished mysteriously at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA),

    A statement by the German Embassy over 6 million face masks that were alegedly stolen in Kenya.
    A statement by the German Embassy on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, over 6 million face masks that were allegedly stolen in Kenya.

    According to a report by Der Spiegel, a German publication, the defence ministry in Berlin confirmed on Tuesday, March 24, that the masks had met the FFP2 standards to insure the wearers against Particles and aerosols.

    “We are trying to find out what happened," a source confirmed. The consignment was scheduled to arrive in Germany on Friday,  March 20 when it was reported missing.

    A German publication had earlier indicated that a massive consignment of masks had disappeared at a Kenyan airport.

    Medics conduct public health emergency drill at JKIA on October 19, 2016
    Medics conduct public health emergency drill at JKIA on October 19, 2016
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    The consignment, which was commissioned by Germany, was being managed logistically by the country's military as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.

    It was not clear why the consignment had to pass through Kenya en route to the European nation.

    According to the publication, the consignment was the first of its kind commissioned by Germany.

    Statistics by Worldometer indicate, the number of infections in the country surged to 30,000 cases, with 5,000 being infected on  Monday, March 23. 130 people have already died from the virus in the country.

    The disappearance reportedly irritated the German Government as well as health workers who are risking their lives trying to contain the virus.

    The state had, however, not yet paid for the consignment.

    A photo of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport's international arrivals terminus.
    Jomo Kenyatta International Airport's international arrivals terminus.
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