Police officers have caught up with a group of Kenyans who violated the government’s movement restriction and traveled from Nairobi City County to Homa-Bay County with an empty coffin, only for the vehicle driver to test positive for covid-19.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Saturday 18 April also confirmed the incident revealing that a group of Kenyans traveled from Nairobi to Homa-Bay after violating the government’s set directive restricting Kenyans from traveling to and from the city as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking during the national press briefing at Afya House, Kagwe narrated that the group duped police officers manning road blocks that they were going to a funeral and even had a coffin in the vehicle they were travelling in.
CS Kagwe further revealed law enforcement officers in Homa-Bay however caught the group barefooted after opening the coffin only to find it empty and immediately placed the group under quarantine.
“The governor of Homa Bay informed me of a group of people who travelled from Nairobi in a private vehicle pretending that they were attending a funeral, fully equipped with an empty coffin. Those people travelled all the way from Nairobi to Homa Bay during this period when we have stopped movement,” Kagwe narrated.
“Thanks to the Homa Bay administration, somebody got suspicious and opened the coffin (and found it empty). They were immediately put in quarantine and today, I can confirm, that the driver is positive. This person has now taken the disease to Homa Bay for very selfish reasons,” Kagwe added.
Kagwe further called upon Kenyans to follow the government’s measures to the letter, be disciplined and responsible adding that unless we adhere to the rules, this disease will finish us.
Kagwe also warned lorry and matatu drivers from ferrying people in and out of the restricted areas, adding that those found breaking the set directives they will be dealt with accordingly.
“We have also noted that there are people who are not complying with the movement restrictions in and out of counties, and even from neighbouring countries. On this I want to caution truck drivers who I’m informed are smuggling people from one restricted area to another,” Kagwe warned.