City lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi has this afternoon dismissively mocked Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe over his daily Coronavirus press briefings where he updates the nation on the government’s progress in fighting the pandemic.
The Senior Counsel through his official Twitter account noted that Kenya has conducted a significantly lower amount of tests than required in order to accurately establish just how bad the situation is.
Adding that making daily announcements of the number of new people testing positive for the Wuhan flu is “nonsense upon stilts”.
Kenya has to test between 250k to 500k for the Coronavirus to have an idea on where were and where we are going…this daily announcement of "x number of people has tested positive is "nonsense upon stilts"
— Ahmednasir Abdullahi SC (@ahmednasirlaw) April 20, 2020
A majority of Kenyans in the comments section seemed to agree with the advocate famed for his high influence within the Kenyan corridors of justice, further echoing his remarks that more tests need to be conducted before a clearer picture of the status can be painted.
Exactly my thoughts. I here people saying that CS Mutahi Kagwe is overworking yet we have tested less than 15,000 samples so far. That alone is an indication that the government is not doing enough. We don’t have the true picture of the extent of Covid-19 spread in Kenya yet.
— KOT 🇰🇪 (@KOT_Loyals) April 20, 2020
Some experts modelled 10,000 infections for Kenya by end of April 2020 We are exactly 10 days off, meaning we need atleast 950 new cases a day for their projection to make sense.
— mkuu wa jeshi (@TheDuke_017) April 20, 2020
I believe Kenya doesn’t yet know where we are or where we are headed with the CoronaVirus. I have now watched three of the daily updates on tv, a waste of time! Same thing each time! A friend said it’s to attract sympathy and funding – nothing useful!
— Natalie May Horeau (@HoreauMay) April 20, 2020
We have a scam government…..Who bewitched our leaders????China we ha a bonoko ambassador,PS naye nî mwingine..name them
— kihara (@philipmukuria) April 20, 2020
During Sunday’s briefing read on behalf of Mutahi by Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi, the government looked to rule out any possibility of mass testing. Instead, the Health ministry outlined its testing prioritisation strategy.
Dr Mwangangi listed people who will be tested first as healthcare workers in isolation centres and in hospitals generally, people in places that have reported many cases, such as the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and the locations that those workers went to, and areas in Nairobi County — which account for more than 80 per cent of the cases.
Kenya’s case tally as of April 20 hit 281 with the addition of 11 new cases Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe confirmed in the daily briefing for COVID-19.
Seven of the new cases are from Mombasa County with the remaining from Nairobi county. He also disclosed that 455 people had been quarantined for defying curfew directives.
Kenya has East and Horn of Africa’s third highest tally as of today only behind runaway leaders Djibouti and Mauritius with 846 and 328 cases respectively.