Tuesday May 5, 2020 – Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has enlisted the police to ensure County residents undertake Coronavirus tests by force.

The decision came amid open defiance by Mombasa residents after they declined to heed to Joho’s appeal by failing to turn up for tests.

This comes despite strong opposition from Coastal leaders led by Nyali MP, Mohammed Ali, who vowed to stop Joho by any means necessary from forcefully subjecting people to COVID-19 tests.

“Let me say this, as a politician when it comes to health matters, let’s shelve politics.”

“Let us allow the Ministry of Health to undertake its duties.”

“Second, Kenyans are afraid to take tests as the bills charged are high to the individuals,” Moha, as he is commonly known, argued. 

Government Spokesperson, Cyrus Oguna, said that the Public Health Act invoked by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, compelled the Government to consider using every means available to ensure Kenyans were protected.

“When the Act is invoked, one may be forced to actually take a test.”

“I am saying one may be forced, not will be forced.”

“I want Kenyans to understand the provision of the act.”

“The act stipulates that if one is deemed a threat to the population, then he can be forced to go to the hospital or to take a test.”

“It empowers the Ministry of Health to undertake tests on anyone.”

“As of now, we still want to appeal to our people to come out willingly for the benefit of everyone.”

“To protect your friends, family and relatives,” Oguna clarified. 


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