17 Kenyans Arrested With Fake Covid-19 Certificates At JKIA

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  • 17 Kenyans were arrested in the night of Thursday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) with fake Covid-19 certificates.
  • This latest development comes in the wake of the United Arabs Emirates doubting the genuinity of our certificates. According to the UAE, some Kenyans have been providing fake certificates on arrival to their country.
  • Consequently, the United Arabs Emirates has temporarily halted Visa issuance to some thirteen African countries.

17 Kenyans were arrested in the night of Thursday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) with fake Covid-19 certificates.

The 17 were found in possession of fake Covi-19 certificates with four more people being pursued. This latest development comes in the wake of the United Arabs Emirates doubting the genuinity of our certificates. According to the UAE, some Kenyans have been providing fake certificates on arrival to their country.

Consequently, the United Arabs Emirates has temporarily halted Visa issuance to some thirteen African countries. That now makes Kenya to be one of the thirteen countries to be denied visas from now henceforth by the United Arabs Emirates Countries (UAE).

Some of those countries they issued travel bans on are Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Tunisia amongst others. According to UAE, these countries pose serious security concerns and threats to their citizens.

This move comes after Kenya recorded 780 more cases of Covid-19 out of a sample of 6,158 tested within the last 24 hours. In total, Kenya now has Covid-19 case load standing at 80,102.

Cases of people resorting to shortcuts with regards to Covid-19 certificates are common in Kenya, with others seeking the help of unqualified health practitioners to get these certificates in a bid to travel from one place to another.

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However, this habit is risky in that it endangers not only the lives of such people but also the ones in the countries they travel to. Further, it makes those they share planes or vehicles with be on the receiving end just in case they are positive while possessing those “covid-19 negative certificates.”

The ministry of health officials went to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to verify if the 17 Kenyans were actually in possession of fake Covid-19 certificates.

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