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Covid-19 Discrimination: Govt Calms Muslims Over Lockdown Uproar

by Robert Mwangi
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The government has moved to calms some members of the Muslim community who felt that they are getting discriminated them in the war against Covid-19 pandemic.

A section of the Muslim leaders had claimed that the lockdown in Eastleigh area in Nairobi and Mombasa’s Old Town was targeted to a certain group. The two areas have been earmarked as Covid-19 epicenters.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Saturday, 9th May, led a government delegation to Eastleigh to meet with the business leaders.

Matiang’i denied that authorities were victimising the Muslim people.

“Our aim is to flatten the curve. Don’t think the measures we are taking are meant to harass you,” Matiang’i said, adding that he was sent by President Uhuru Kenyatta to deliver the message.

Others who attended the meeting included Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan.

Sakaja asked the residents of Eastleigh to cooperate with the government in the fight against Covid-19.

“If we obey government instructions, we will overcome this pandemic very soon. Let’s work together and we will defeat this,” Sakaja stated.

In an interview with BBC, the Kamukunji MP had claimed that the government imposed a lockdown without involving concerned leaders.

Hassan also said the decision would increase the rate of crimes as most people would lack food and other basic needs.

Religious Route

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman on Thursday, 7th May, cited a Hadith (narration) on how Prophet Muhammad handled pandemics during his reign.

“Prophet Muhammad said, If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place,” said Dr. Aman.

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