Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government’s handling the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Speaking in seante, the legislator said that Uhuru’s government is not making enough effort to ensure that all citizens are vaccinated against the virus and instead its focusing on containment measures that are not long-term.
“It is a shame madam speaker that more than a year and 2 months since COVID-19 was announced in this country, we are still debating on the elementary issues (social distancing, wearing a mask, restriction on social gatherings),
“Other countries in the world have moved from there, it is the commitment to channel resources to where it matters most,” Murkomen said.
According to the legislator, Kenya is lagging way behind in the war against COVID-19.
“The leadership of this country should be extremely ashamed for having conversations about not doing rallies, not going to church, that is backward, that is useless madam speaker,” Murkomen added.
On his Twitter account, Murkomen dismissed President Uhuru Kenyatta for not observing the COVID-19 protocols during his city tour of Nairobi slums to commission hospitals on Tuesday night.
The Head of State commissioned some level -2 hospitals at Gichagi in Kangemi and Gatina in Kawangware as well as level 3 hospitals in Mukuru Kwa Rueben, Tassia Kwa Ndege and Our Lady of Nazareth in Mukuru Kwa Njenga.
“The new health facilities are part of 24 such hospitals being constructed by Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) as part of a broad Government plan to decongest Kenyatta National Hospital, Mama Lucy, Pumwani and Mbagathi hospitals,” read a statement from the Presidential Service Communition Unit.
After the tour, Uhuru explained why he had to do it at night.
“We wanted to ensure that we were observing the COVID-19 protocols. As you have seen for yourselves, it would have been impossible to do what we have done during the day because of the number of people who would have been out there,” Uhuru explained.
Uhuru recently said Kenya will have vaccinated 20 million citizens by December 2021 in an effort to strive towards fully opening the country’s economy.