Former Prime Minister and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has tested positive for Covid-19 and is admitted at the Nairobi Hospital.
Raila, in a statement issued on Thursday, urged Kenyans to observe all the stipulated measures, saying that Covid-19 is real.
“This evening, I received a briefing from the doctors who have conducted numerous and complicated tests on me for the last two days… While the tests were several, one important result, which I have authorized the doctors to make public is that I have been found to have been exposed to Covid-19,” Odinga said.
Odinga (76), further assured the nation that he was well feeling well and strong but was following his Doctor’s recommendation to quarantine for 14 days.
“He is responding well to the treatment he is receiving at the Nairobi Hospital and remains upbeat,” his personal Dr David Olunya said.
Critics have however accused “Baba”, as he is popularly referred to, for flouting health guidelines and risking his life and those of the people around him, including the public by engaging in political rallies, considering his age, which puts him at high risk of COVID-19 exposure.
“Raila Odinga is 76 years old. A man of that age should be able to make wise decisions. Raila made a choice to fly to the coast, that decision endangered him and the thousands who attended his rally. May he get better and leave the hospital with more common sense than he went in with,” Activist Boniface Mwangi said in a tweet.
Kenya had registered 829 new cases of Covid-19 cases as the country stares at a third wave of Covid-19 pandemic.
Did Tanzania President Magufuli Seek Treatment in Nairobi for COVID-19?
According to reports making rounds in social media, that the Kenya Forum has no independently verified, Tanzania President John Magufuli flew to Kenya for medical reasons but was not able to get admission at the Nairobi Hospital due to availability of space.
The 61-year-old president was then flown to India by a private Jet from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Tanzania’s main opposition leader, Tundu Lissu, has said President John Magufuli is in India receiving medical treatment for COVID-19 and is in a serious condition.
Magufuli, who has been openly sceptic about coronavirus has been out of public view for nearly two weeks.
Tanzania government spokesperson is yet to issue any official statement regarding the health of the President or respond to the allegations.
Magufuli has for months maintained that COVID-19 had been fended off by prayers and refused to enforce any restrictions in his country, but in recent days conceded it’s existence after the vice president of semi-autonomous Zanzibar reportedly died of the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.