Over 400 Chinese has expressed their urgency of getting back to China with immediate effect since the Kenyan government is not well equipped to deal with the Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic and the only safe place they would feel secure is their motherland, China.
The Chinese nationals have already obtained a court order which forces the government to facilitate their safe return home on Tuesday, June 16.
The Chinese also lamented that they have been discriminated against ever since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in Kenya on Friday, March 13.
“The other day, I went to a supermarket and people fled. In hospitals where we go for check-ups, the medics always insist that we should be tested for Covid-19. I am not sure whether I will come back to Kenya,” one Chinese woman lamented.
As reported by Daily Nation on Saturday, June 13, the lawyer who is representing the group, Issac Okinyo said that plans of evacuating them to China are already underway after Justice Weldon Korir issued the order.
Isaac Okinyo added the Chinese group was awaiting approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is under Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo.
“We went to court last week and argued why it was necessary for the Chinese to be evacuated since they are considered vulnerable. I don’t think there is anything to stop them. We were given the go-ahead to process their evacuation.
“They have underlying conditions and others just don’t feel safe here. The Kenyan government is facing a huge task on maintaining isolation centers which are full, testing and contact tracing is also a challenge. Let them just go back home as they wish,” Okinyo stated.
Kenyans all over have lamented that the government has been favoring Chinese nationals as opposed to supporting Kenyans stuck in China.
Reports emerged a couple of weeks ago about Kenyans and other Africans from other African nations who had been kicked out from their homes and forced to live in the streets in China.
Despite the public uproar by Kenyans on social media, the Kenyan government didn’t lift a finger to help out Kenyans who are stuck in China.
Another incident that also caused an uproar online was after a Chinese plane with 239 passengers landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after the Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic broke out.