CAS Dado mocks Tanzania over coronavirus tests

coronavirus testsInterior CAS Hussein Dado, Mombasa county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo and Coast regional coordinator John Elungata at Old Port in Mombasa on Monday.

Interior CAS Hussein Dado has warned Kenyans against taking advises from foreigners over coronavirus tests.

Addressing Mombasa residents, Dado appeared to be scorning Tanzanian authorities, saying some administrations are using dubious means to try and drive their own views.

“Let us not be misled by people who have decided to test camels, tomatoes and bananas then they tell us they have seen some test positive,” he said.

Tanzanian president John Magufuli on May 3 dismissed imported coronavirus test kits as faulty saying secret tests done using the kits returned positive results on samples taken from pawpaw, goats and sheep.

He has since suspended the head of the country’s national health laboratory in charge of coronavirus testing.

Tanzania has drawn criticism from across the globe over their secretive nature about the Covid-19 cases on the country.

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Speaking to journalists while on a tour of the Old Town in Mombasa on Monday, Dado said scientifically, the reagents used in Covid-19 test kits were made specifically to test for coronavirus.

“So, if you put any other element it will give you a false positive or a false negative. That is science,” said Dado.

He said Kenyans should not listen to any other administration apart from that of the Government of Kenya.

“If they listen to propaganda from outside, with others taking advantage of that to insult their fellow leaders, it will be wrong,” said Dado.

He spoke at the Old Port on Mombasa’s Old Town area which is under a containment order from the government.

The Government announced a cessation of movement in and out of Old Town for 15 days from May 6 after the area became the epicentre of the virus spread in Mombasa.

As of Monday evening, there were a total of 237 Covid-19 cases in Mombasa, with Old Town leading with 67.

The number of Covid-19 related deaths in Mombasa is 17, nine of which are from Old Town.

Kenya Ports Authority and Ganjoni reported two deaths each, whereas Bamburi, Kisauni, Majengo and Nyali has one cases each.

Within the last 11 days, Mombasa county has been recording an average of 10 positive cases per day with an unwanted average of one person dying daily due to Covid-19.

Addressing Old Town residents, Dado said being predominantly Muslims, they should follow the Quran teachings, which directs that people obey their own leadership.

“The Quran says obey your Allah, and the Prophet and your leadership because leadership is chosen by God.

“So, you should follow our administration and not miracles from other regions,” Dado said.

He said the reagents that Kenyan government has will be used on human samples.

“We have no time to test tomatoes, bananas or camels,” said the CAS.

He also warned against listening to relatives living abroad who incite Kenyans against their leaders.

A few videos of Kenyans from Old Town living in the US who have been insulting Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho have gone viral ever since the governor scolded Old Town residents over their refusal to test.

“Somebody lives in the US and tries to teach us here while people are dying like houseflies (in the US),” said Dado.

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