Uhuru’s Visit to Slums Sparks Debate [PHOTOS]

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President Uhuru Kenyatta pictured in Nairobi Slums on August 10, 2020.
  • On Monday, August 10, President Uhuru Kenyatta made his way to informal settlements in Nairobi to launch life-saving development projects.

    He commissioned the construction of  three new Level 3 hospitals in the informal settlement areas, and was rightfully praised for it.

    However, photos shared by the president’s communication’s office soon ignited a debate, with the Covid-19 forming the basis of the argument.

    In one of the photographs, a local resident donning football jersey associated to an English Premier League Club can be seen standing right next to a presidential guard.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta pictured in Nairobi Slums on August 10, 2020.
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    However, he seemed unpertubed by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe’s directive to always don facemasks to combat the spread of Covid-19.

    Some asked if the clinic would be ready in time to admit the hundreds who may have been potentially exposed on the day.

    As if that was not enough, the stipulation that people should maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres at all times was thrown out of the window as they thronged around Uhuru’s motorcade as is snaked through the slums.

    The president decided to make a stop in the middle of the settlement and addressed the excited crowd.

    In his impromptu speech, he informed the area residents that the three hospitals were part of 20 such facilities earmarked for various parts of the city.

    He witnessed ground breaking for the construction of 16-bed capacity hospitals at Muthua in Uthiru and Kianda in Kibra as well as a 24-bed facility at Maendeleo Village in Mukuru kwa Reuben.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta pictured at the ground breaking ceremony if clinics in Nairobi inforamal settlement areas on August 10, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta pictured at the groundbreaking ceremony of clinics in Nairobi inforamal settlement areas on August 10, 2020.
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    The health centres are being developed by the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) at an average cost of Ksh70 million.

    However, Kenyans just could not get over the brazen flouting of Covid-19 rules right in front of the Head of State.

    Top government officials have been caught countless times ignoring the very rules set out by the national government.

    COTU boss Francis Atwoli’s name has come up on several occassions for hosting political meetings at his mansions.

    His godson and Nairobi Senator, Johnson Sakaja, recently grabbed the headlines after he was caught sipping at away at a local establishment, past curfew hours.

    The two seem to be just a tip of the iceberg with several leaders captured on camera flouting the rules that were established to combat the spread of Covid-19.

    On  August 10, CS Kagwe announced that 3 more individuals had died of the virus, bringing the total tally of dead patients to 423.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe speaking in Kissi County on August 7, 2020.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe speaking in Kisii County on August 7, 2020.
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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM

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