Kenyans who die abroad will have to be buried in the respective countries following the government’s stringent restrictions in the fight against coronavirus.
Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau on Tuesday said that it will not be possible to bring the bodies home due to the COVID-19 situation.
“We also request Kenyans to bear with us to bury those who die in the diaspora within 24 hours,” he said.
He further revealed that Ruth Anyango Ogonda, the Kenyan administrative attaché who died in Los Angeles, had been battling with high blood pressure but her cause of death is yet to be established.
The PS also said five Kenyans have died in the U.S. in the last month ‘not necessarily because of COVID-19 but issues related to the situation.’
In the same briefing, the PS also said that some of the Kenyans living in China were mistreated amid efforts to contain the COVID-19.
Kamau said the reality is that it was unfortunate that Kenyans have been discriminated against in the process of Chinese authorities trying to contain the situation to avoid a resurgence of the virus.
He said the discrimination targeted foreign nationals but the government has collectively responded to the matter through the African Union.
“Unfortunately, these measures have in some instances precipitated unfair responses against foreigners particularly of African origin, from some members of the local community in Guangzhou, especially landlords.” he said