Clerics demands repatriation of 239 Chinese who landed at JKIA

Sheikh Juma Ngao (centre) addressing the press.The council has called for the return of the 237 passengers who arrived in the country from China over corona virus fears PHOTO:File

The Kenya Muslims National Advisory Council (Kemnac) wants the government to arrest and repatriate the 239 Chinese nationals who landed in the country on Wednesday.

Addressing the press in Mombasa, Kemnac gave the government a 72 hour ultimatum to arrest the nationals who were advised to self-quarantine themselves over coronavirus fears.

They arrived on-board a China Southern Airlines airplane landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Kemnac Chairman Juma Ngao threatened to mobilize Kenyans to demonstrate against the government if it does not suspend flights from China.

“The government is not even ashamed to inform citizens that they have set 11 beds as a measure to control victims of Coronavirus”, he said.

Further, Kemnac wants the government to evacuate 100 Kenyan students currently stranded in Wuhan -China.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health stated that all the passengers, who were on the Chinese plane, had been given a green light to enter Kenya and were advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

On Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that a national isolation facility should be completed and be ready to receive patients within seven days.

He also directed that isolation centers in all referral and level five hospitals across the country be set aside by 15th March 2020.