I stand with Margaret Wanjiru: Kenyans defend ailing bishop

Kenyans online have trooped to social media sites to stand in solidarity with Bishop Margaret Wanjiru who was hospitalised after testing positive for coronavirus.

A hashtag IstandwithBishopWanjiru was launched instantly after a local TV station run a headline purporting the former Starehe MP was diagnosed with the virus after conducting prayers.

Agitated Kenyans protested against the explosive headline “Positive after Prayers,” terming it insensitive and uncalled for, coming at the time the country was battling a global pandemic.


Wanjiru who served as the MP for Starehe between 2007-2013 was taken ill on Thursday, May 21, and was admitted in an Intensive Care Unit (UCI) after she was diagnosed with the dreaded virus.

The founder of Jesus Is Alive Ministries reportedly hosted about 18 people in her house before she was diagnosed with COVID-19. The contacts also reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

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It is from this meeting, according to reports, that Wanjiru and her friends believed to be church members allegedly contracted the killer virus.

Kenyans, however, dismissed the assertion and castigated the TV station for running an alarmist headline aimed at causing panic and portraying the ailing bishop in bad light.

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