10 Senior Government Officials Who Tested COVID-19 Positive

Since the first case was recorded in March 2020 in Kenya, more than 16,268 had tested positive of COVID-19, while Kenya had lost atleast 274 patient to death.

Only 7,446 had recovered from the disease as of July 25th 2020.

Among those who got infected, and some died, they were well known and prominent Kenyans.

Likewise, top government officials were also tested positive and unfortunately some of them died

Here are famous senior government officials in Kenya.

1.Dr. Doreen Adisa

Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki at 38 years old died of COVID-19 after being admitted to the Aga Khan University Hospital at 10pm.

She lived oblivious that she had diabetes conditions until she diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) at the time of death

Lugaliki started her career at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital immediately after her undergraduate studies.

She later worked at the Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Aga Khan University Hospital as a gynaecologist consultant.

2.James Oyigi Onyango

The late Kenya Ports Authority travelled from Mombasa to his home in Siaya in about three days.

He later died after arriving at his home. His blood samples tested positive of COVID-19.

James became a subject of national talk in away he was buried and his family given a tough time in giving him a dignified send off.

3.KQ Pilot Daudi Kibati

This long serving pilot at Kenya Airways seemed to have paid the ultimate price of governments policy to continue flying despite the early warning

He died on April 1st in 2020 a week after his international flight to New York city in bid to evacuate stranded Kenyan in USA.

He became ill on 29th March before his demise.

According to sources at Kenya Airways who requested anonymity, Captain Kibati, who piloted the Dreamliner 787, was tasked with evacuating Kenyans from a city ravaged by the virus under very strict timelines.

The flight had to leave New York City before the lockdown was announced New York Governor Andrew Cuomo began and it had to arrive in Nairobi before March 25.

The former Kenya Airforce pilot aged at 61 years was forced into self quarantine with his first officer at Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi

Kibati had also flown to Italy, then it was the world epicenter of COVID-19

His first officer tested positive along with some of the crew members on the New York – Nairobi flight

 4.Tony Waswa Wetang’ula

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi lost their dear brother Tony Waswa to COVID-19 during the month of May in 2020.

Tony Waswa Wetang’ula who also doubled up as Wanyonyi’s aide passed on while undergoing treatment the Agha Khan Hospital, Nairobi.

“He is one of my younger brothers and he has been working with my brother Tim, helping him. Tim is working with disability and you need somebody close to you to help you navigate through life so Tony has been working with Tim all these years and he has been part of his life,” Wetangula said.

5.Nairobi County Askari

Governor Sonko took to Facebook to mourn one of his men who succumbed to COVID-19 in July

6.Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi

Kilifi DG Saburi has been a controversial COVID-19 patient since the first case was reported in the first days of March 2020 in Kenya.

DG Saburi landed on 9th March but tested negative on 23rd and 26th March in 2020.

He is currently facing charges of carelessly interacting with public and violating self- isolation order.

7.William Kamoti MP

The Rabai Member of Parliament tested positive after coming into contact with DG Saburi.

After this incident, 38 MPs were forced into self isolation for fears of contracting the disease

8. Cyrus Oguna

Top government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna has tested COVID-19 positive .

A statement from the eloquent speaker noted that he was in a stable condition, as well as receiving good treatment

Social media reactions

9.Bishop Margret Manjiru

It is true that Bishop Margret Wanjiru was confirmed positive of COVID-19, however, the manage in which the news was delivered to Kenyans has angered Kenyans.

The former Starehe MP is said to be in ICU but a section of Kenyans are asking why she does not deserve her confidentiality as well as due respect so as to recover.

Kenyans also questioned the ‘mocking’ byline displayed by NTV while announcing her tragic news

10. State House Officials

In mid June, 2020, Four staffs working at the State House in the Kenyan capital Nairobi tested positive for COVID-19.

Communication from State House noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his family were safe during the incident .

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