The Law Society of Kenya has today,28th February 2020, filed a case against the government for the continued flights from China to Kenya at a time when the world is in a health crisis over the coronavirus outbreak.
Kenyans have been sent into a panic with rumours being spread that the virus could already have made its way into the country but the government has chosen to keep it hidden to avoid causing panic.
“Pending the hearing and determination of the application a conservatory order be issued suspending the respondent’s decision to allow the China Southern Co. Airlines Ltd resumption of non-essential flights from China to Kenya,” read the papers filed by the LSK.
The suit has mentioned the former Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki the China Southern Co. Airline LTD and the Kenya Airports Authority amongst others.
The LSK has further asked that CS Kariuki prepares and presents a contingency plan to the court on prevention, surveillance, control and response systems to coronavirus in Kenya.
LSK president-elect Nelson Havi indicated that the outgoing management at the society took the task under their own hands to protect Kenyans.
Doctors also sued the government seeking orders blocking entry by air, sea or land of all persons from China, other countries considered coronavirus hotspots.
According to the Nation, the doctors cited the risk of the virus spread in the country as the main reason for the suit.
On Thursday, February 27, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo who appeared before the National Assembly Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations stated that there was no need to worry about the flights from China.
Omamo also noted that guidelines by the World Health Organisation had been adhered to in clearing the passengers adding that the passengers were undertaking self-isolation for 14 days.