ODM Leader Raila's Message to Kibra Residents After CS Kagwe's Tough Talk

  • Raila Odinga pictured during the Nation Prayer Service held at State House Nairobi on March 21, 2020..jpg
    Raila Odinga pictured during the Nation Prayer Service held at State House Nairobi on March 21, 2020..jpg
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  • ODM leader Raila Odinga on Friday, May 22, urged Kenyans to follow government directives that have been set to combat the spread of coronavirus.

    Raila implored Kenyans to avoid large crowds during burials and ensure that social distancing was observed.

    Speaking to reporters, Raila advised Kenyans to maintain a crowd of 15 individuals during burials.

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    Hundreds of Kibra residents gathered at the District Commissioner's office on Friday 10th April 2020
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    Further, he advised Kenyans to bury their loved ones in the County where they die, to avoid movement and further spread of the disease.

    "If someone has died, kindly ensure that it is only the family members who attend. Also, ensure that the ceremony does not last for more than an hour," the Special AU envoy stated.

    His emphasis came a day after Health CS Mutahi Kagwe raised concerns that Kibra's COVID-19 numbers were surging upwards at a high rate.

    While giving the daily update, the CS expressed his disappointment adding that seven people had tested positive in Siaya County a group of mourners traveled to the County from Kibra.

    "Somebody in Kibra, without the authority to authorise anybody to travel, signed a document that allowed and respected by Police all the way from Kibra taking mourners for a funeral.

    "The mourners themselves were positive and therefore were identified by our teams in Siaya. There is a reason why we call for a cessation of movement from Nairobi," Kagwe added.

    Yet again, on Friday, May 22, Kagwe announced that eight more individuals had tested positive for the virus in Kibra.

    He vowed that action would be taken in the estate.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a daily press briefing in April 2020
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a daily press briefing in April 2020
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