Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in a storm over new Covid-19 vaccination drive

CS of health Mutahi Kagwe

The Catholic Church said it was wrong for the minister to try and ram the “vaccine down the throat” of Kenyans. They said people should be free to decide on whether to get vaccinated or not

By The Weekly Vision Online

A section of Civil Society groups and religious leaders have told off health CS Mutahi Kagwe over a planned “compulsory” Covid -19 forced vaccine regime he announced last Friday. The CS announced that the government would not be available services to the un-vaccinated by the 21st of December 2021, something they termed as “laughable, illegal and untenable”.

The Kenya Catholic Episcopal Conference, the Association of Evangelical Churches of Kenya, Black Lives Matter Kenya Chapter, and the NGO council of Kenya said Kagwe was “swimming in troubled waters” While The Rift Valley Imams, the Alliance for a Clean Environment, Katiba Watch, and the Communist Party of Kenya, termed the CS move as “draconian and unacceptable.”

Black Lives Matter Kenya Chapter national co-coordinator Jacob Okello claimed that CS Kagwe had “falsely” assumed that those “vaccinated” are “immune” to Covid- 19

Black Lives Matter national co-coordinator Jacob Okello claimed that CS Kagwe had “falsely” assumed that those “vaccinated” are “immune” to Covid- 19. He said former US secretary of state Colin Powell died of Covid 19 early in October 2021 aged 84 despite having been vaccinated, twice. The Catholic Church said it was wrong for the minister to try and ram the “vaccine down the throat” of Kenyans. They said people should be free to decide on whether to get vaccinated or not. “Allow people to decide what goes into their bodies,” the church said on its Twitter page. They warned that forcing people “in this day and age was a savage step into the dark ages!” The Evangelical churches chided Kagwe for seeking to remain “relevant” at a time the infection rates falling drastically.

They told Kagwe to stop playing “politics” with Covid 19 saying malaria, pneumonia, and HIV/Aids are killing more Kenyans as the government engages in “sideshows” The “infant mortality rates for every live 1000 births was 100” a mean average of 10 per cent, the churches said lamenting that the fight against malaria and HIV had taken the back seat.

CS Kagwe they say should be addressing mitigation measures against malaria and pneumonia killing newly born in congested Nairobi city slums. The NGO council of Kenya through its chairman Stephen Cheboi urged the CS to roll out “sensitization and education” campaigns on Covid 19 vaccination.

Wananchi, he said, should be left to evaluate the merits of getting vaccinated instead of being forced.

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