By Simon Kahara
Police Officers record names of casual labourers arrested while flouting social distancing and wearing of masks while in a lorry. They were taken into Murang’a teachers quarantine center
Murang’a Teachers Training College which has been acting as a quarantine center has been closed in what Public Health Department term unreasonable and unrealistic charges by the school management.
Mr Danson Mwendia a public health in Murang’a County Government confided with KK Online News that even after officers from the County Government sought lenience and mutual understanding with the management, they remained adamant and continued to demand for exorbitant fees from those taken into the quarantine facility.
At one time, KK Online News has established, the County Government had pleaded with the school not to ask the money from the victims promising that they would foot their bills but even after the assurance, the victims were coerced to pay Sh1000 daily.
The unfortunate incident informed the County Covid-19 response team to discuss and relocate the center to a more favourable place.
The logic behind converting the training college into a quarantine center was due to its strategic position at the entry to Murang’a and a gate away to Mt Kenya counties.
Those who would be arrested flouting the Covid-19 regulations such as trying to enter into the region from Nairobi where restriction of movement has been enforced would be taken at the facility.
But due to the misunderstandings, the Murang’a Covid-19 task force which comprises of Murang’a County Government officials and those from the National Government decided to relocate the center to Kambirwa Kaa Sober center where bills of the victims will be taken care of by the devolved unit.
Murang’a South administration officers address media after arresting casual labourers who work at Marmu farm. Their boss was forced to pay Sh700000 to foot for their bills after they were placed at Murang’a Teachers Training College which acted as a quarantine center
Two months ago, casual labourers who work at Marmu farm arrested for flouting social distancing rules and without masks being ferried to their work place were placed under forced quarantine with their employer Mwalimu Murity being forced to pay Sh700,000 to foot their bills at the Murang’a Teachers Training College.
The issue about exaggerated bills raises the point could there be people who have got a loophole to make money out of the Coronavirus pandemic?