(Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga)
In an emotional appeal to Kenyans, the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has pleaded and shared with Kenyans several measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Kenya saying “If we don’t take personal control now, there will be no control to take later”.
Here is his full message:
“My fellow Kenyans, we know from history that plagues change sofieties in fundamental ways. Where Covid-19 will take we cannot tell for now. But we know we have to fight it. We need a new breed of patriots for a new breed of war. The war is not for the armed selected few. It’s for every man and woman, every boy and girl.
Here is my appeal.
Let’s personalize this war.
I am calling on every Kenyan to use his or her existing personal connection and ask them daily to protect themselves from Coronavirus. Let each of us make daily phone calls, have video chats, send emails and text messages to friends, family and acquaintances including chamaa members, prayer group members, business people, riders, touts and drivers, former and current school mates etc and encourage them to avoid crowds, observe social distance, wash their hands and wear masks, even improvised homemade ones.
Let’s follow up daily to find out if they are managing to comply or they have challenges. Do not struggle with strangers, focus on people you have a personal relationship with.
To the youth of Kenya, this is your chance to be our country’s new soldiers, new saviours. Use the advantages the technology has put in your hands like smart phones and social media to encourage your friends to stay safe and to keep them company from a distance.
My fellow Kenyans I have known you for long. I know your strong faith and belief in friends, family, social networks and acquaintances. I know your determination, kindness and humour even in grim situations. Let these come to play now. Let’s make this a people-for-people moment, let’s go all out to tell our friends to tell their friends that window is slowly shutting. If we don’t take personal control now, there will be no control to take later.
You remain in my thoughts and prayers.” Raila Odinga