A China Southern Airlines flight landed Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya with 239 people, triggering anger and shock across the country.
The incident comes after Kenya announced Wednesday that it had resumed flights to China.
Kenyans raised concern on social media, questioning the country’s preparedness to deal with the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, at a time when many African countries have ceased operating China flights.
Activist Boniface Mwangi posed a question to Kenyan leader Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Does Uhuru love this country? Because if he did, no Chinese flight would be allowed to land in Kenya as long as the coronavirus remains a threat. Our health system can’t handle a coronavirus outbreak.”
Another netizen, Nick Nimrod, chimed in.
“Just imagine China — with all the first-class resources, they haven’t managed to contain the virus from spreading for a whole two months…Now imagine how long it will take Kenya…How long Nairobi will be a ghost town…How bad the economy will hit us.”
A tweet by the Twitter account @ketruthteller has revealed a letter from Kenya Airways that indicates the suspension of the employee who blew the whistle about the Chinese flight.
— Kenyan Truth Teller (@KETruthTeller) February 27, 2020