Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o has been put under the spotlight for what residents of the lakeside county say is a poor response by his government towards preventing the spread of the deadly Coronavius in the area.
According to some posts shared on social media, other than engaging innocent citizens in running battles during curfew hours, no other precautionary measure has been taken to avert the outbreak of the illness within his jurisdiction; with neither the town nor market places disinfected.
Last month, the former Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary-General appointed himself to the position of acting County Executive Committee Member in charge of Health in Kisumu County.
In a statement released by the County government of Kisumu on March 20, the Governor announced new appointments after which he declared himself the Health CEC until a substantive appointment is made.
Bwana @AnyangNyongo ,what are you doing to your county to stop rise of Covid19 other than your police engaging in running battles with your citizens,,, Disinfect the town and market places, tukue ahead in fighting its emergence and spread in Kisumu cnty🙄🙄
— OmondiWinston (@Itiswinny) April 6, 2020
Bana the guy is inactive bana hakuna kenye uyu jamaa anafanya bado to vitu ziko kama normal
— AFC raccoon ❁ (@milehkevin) April 6, 2020
Anyang’ Nyong’o a professor with 11 degrees is still struggling to contain even nurses in his county and having planless plans on how to deal with Covid 19 in Kisumu.
— Mjengo Specialist (@ItsJoeKE) April 5, 2020
The professor even struggles to provide sanitizers https://t.co/6gQTM1I4gR
— MD Sisa™, Lomondo Kotido (@Sisa_Ian) April 5, 2020
— #Am_Anti_Covid_19 (@Mbengei_) April 6, 2020
His plan was – collect two salaries and two sets of allowances during a national global crisis. Bravo Professor you are the disease you once fought in the 80s -90s. https://t.co/YlUyBko4YT
— Eric K (@manric540) April 6, 2020
Alisoma kupita mtihani ,sio real life issues. https://t.co/8LfKTPgm8i
— KabarakFinest001 (@KabarakFinest01) April 5, 2020
This comes at a time when President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the confirmation of 16 new coronavirus cases which now raises the total number of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kenya to 158.
In a State address from State House, Nairobi, Uhuru also disclosed that the death toll from the coronavirus in the country had risen to 6 after 2 more individuals succumbed to the disease.
To contain and limit the spread of the disease to other parts of the country, the President announced a cessation of all movement by road, rail or air in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area; and the counties of Kilifi, Kwale, and Mombasa.
The Nairobi Metropolitan Area is designated as Nairobi City County, Part of Kiambu County up to Chania River Bridge (Thika), including Rironi, Ndenderu, Kiambu Town; Part of Machakos County up to Athi-River, including Katani; Part of Kajiado County including Kitengela, Kiserian, Ongata Rongai and Ngong Town; and all other areas as set out in the Order.
Meanwhile, the President has urged Kenyans to remain vigilant and exercise caution by wearing a mask when outside the home, cleaning hands with soap for at least 20 seconds several times a day and avoiding all areas with people who will be closer to you than 1.5 meters.