By Hon John Kiarie KJ
As a law abiding citizen, I presented myself to the Dagoretti Division Police Headquarters, to honour summons to appear at the DCIO office. I was accompanied by lawyer Hon Anthony T. Oluoch, Member of Parliament Mathare Constituency.
I responded to the concerns by government on my publications regarding the COVID 19 situation in Kenya. Two issues were raised; on the 7,000 figure and the 10,000 projection of infections by May to which I responded.
I allayed any fears that I meant the 7,000 were held in Lenana School. As they noted, in my post, the figure was the number of Kenyans who landed in the country since the onset of this calamity, who should be in quarantine, which in itself is a very conservative estimate.
On the projections of 10,000 infected cases by May, I base the figure on a scientific extrapolation published by esteemed scientific researchers in the publication “PROJECTION OF EARLY SPREAD OF COVID 19 IN AFRICA AS OF MARCH 2020” by
Carl A.B. Pearson (LSHTM, SACEMA; mailto:email@example.com) Cari Van Schalkwyk (SACEMA) Anna Foss (LSHTM) Kathleen O’Reilly (LSHTM) SACEMA’s Modelling and Analysis Response Team (SMART) CMMID COVID19 working group (LSHTM) Juliet Pulliam (SACEMA)
I continue to urge Kenyans to wash their hands, sanitise as much as they can, observe social distancing, self quarantine and adhere to the government curfew.
I have raised all the matters I posted extensively as a Member of Parliament throughly the “appropriate” channels and also once on social media as a private citizen.
As a patriotic Kenyan, and on the issue of being alarmist, I genuinely pray that I am wrong on the extent of the infections projections in the country that I published in my previous post. I love my Country with all my heart.
In the rest of the post, I just called for preparedness and made my proposals on what we should do as a country.
While thanking the Kenya Government for the response thus far and declaring my utmost respect to the National Emergency Response Committee Team under the able Chairman CS Hon. Mutahi Kagwe, I wish them GodSpeed in serving Kenyans at this difficult time.
Finally, in terms of confirmed cases, it’s important to note that we are exactly where the United States of America was on the 24th of February. What happens now going forward is not only important, it is CRITICAL.