Starehe MP Charles Njagua Kanyi aka Jaguar on Thursday opined that China should write off Kenya’s debt and the money should be channeled towards other activities.
Through Twitter, the lawmaker argued that telling those who live from hand to mouth to stay at home is not the best decision unless the government provides for them.
“Coronavirus originated from China. They have to write off Kenya’s Sh.650 billion debt. We can channel repayments to small traders and informal settlements like Mukuru. We cannot convince people who live from hand to mouth to stay at home unless we provide for them,” he said.
The former secular music star added that social protection measures must be in place before lockdown of the congested areas. For example, suspension of rent and loans for the duration of the lockdown.
“The provision of free food. Utilities used within this period such as water and electricity has to be free.”
The MP was heavily criticized by netizens for his reasoning and was accused of looking for sympathy from residents of his constituency.
Among those who joined the virtual-lynching is former Sassy NTV Swahili news anchor Doreen Majala, who advised the legislator to consider seeking the services of a consultee before making such reckless, ill-informed remarks in future.
Mhesh you need a Consultee before you tweet some things. One of legal mind perhaps https://t.co/oAYfw0HXfV
— Doreen Majala (@doreenmajala) March 19, 2020
Kenya’s Health ministry on Thursday said that the number of coronavirus patients in Kenya remained seven, adding that eight other suspected cases had all returned negative results.
In his update for the day, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the eight people were tested over the last 24 hours and that they were being processing for discharge from hospital.
“Today we are not reporting an increase in positive cases,” he said, noting the testing will continue as suspected cases are identified.
CS Kagwe said the seven patients are six Kenyans and a Burundian and that all these cases were imported.