By Samuel Ouma
A Kenyan court has temporarily suspended President Uhuru Kenyatta administration’s move to deny unvaccinated Kenyans government and transport services.
In an order issued on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, Justice Anthony Mrima halted the decision until an application filed by a Nairobi lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui is heard and determined.
In his suit, Kinyanjui termed the directive as unconstitutional and discriminatory.
On November 21, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe warned that those who are yet to be vaccinated will be barred from obtaining basic government services including transportation and Kenya Revenue Authority services.
“Everybody seeking in person government services should be fully vaccinated and proof of vaccination availed by December 21, 2021. Such services will include but not limited to, KRA services, education, immigration services, hospital and prison visitation, NTSA and port services among others,” he said.
The announcement caused public uproar with many people questioning why the government has to force people to go for the jab.
“All Vaccinations are voluntary. What is so special with the COVID-19 jab to an extent people are being given conditions?” paused a parliamentary aspirant who sought anonymity.