Coronavirus: ‘Kenya has abandoned its citizens

A Kenyan student stuck in Wuhan, China, has accused the government of abandoning its citizens in the virus-hit city that is under lockdown.

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Jeffrey Okundi told Kenya’s privately-owned Citizen TV that he was disheartened to see other countries repatriate their students while he was ignored by his government.

Kenya has walked back on a promise made two weeks ago to repatriate students from Wuhan once the lockdown ends. Its Ambassador to China, Sarah Serem, on Monday said the students would remain there and offered a prayer for their safety.

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Mr Okundi decried the lack of communication from the government, saying he received one call from the ambassador a few weeks ago.

He said he only saw on social media an announcement that the government would not repatriate them from Wuhan.

Mr Okundi added:

In all honesty I feel like an adopted child of Kenya or a situation where a father has decided to leave his child to be taken care of by another dad.”

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