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Quarantine Rules in Kenya: It is a living hell for Kenyans arriving from overseas. The government is collecting these Kenyans and dumping them in five star hotels most of them can’t afford to pay for.

For example, Kenyans who flew back on Monday were abandoned outside the Pride Inn Hotel in Nairobi, where the government expected them to pay for their 14 day self quarantine. The hotel was charging $60 (Sh. 6,380) per night. “PrideInn Hotel, which had been closed temporarily, was reopened on Monday night to accommodate passengers arriving via JKIA. A team that arrived Tuesday from Addis Ababa, Juba and other cities mingled with each other as they shared a breakfast meal that was served in a buffet. Despite the hotel indicating that all customers would be subjected to utmost screening using thermo guns by trained staff, passengers who are booked there said they are yet to be taken through any procedure. Staff at the hotel served the passengers without wearing face masks,” a report in the Daily Nation said.

Take Monday arrivals too. Kenyans who landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Monday night were subject to a shocking ordeal throughout the night. Although the Kenya government had declared that Kenyans landing at the JKIA from abroad should be quarantined some passengers who landed at 9:50pm on Monday were not addressed by anyone after their arrival via British Airways.

By 4:57am on Tuesday morning, these passengers were still stranded at the airport. Local newspaper, The Star, quoted one passenger who was identified as Wanjiru saying that there were no tests done and no direction offered to the passengers

“Wanjiru was coming from the UK. Her initial return flight was booked last year in October but was cancelled by Swiss Air on Thursday. She was to travel on Friday so her family members were forced to buy her a new ticket since her visa was also expiring,” the paper reported.

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The paper further said that the National Youth Service buses came at around 5:15am to take the passengers to Kenyatta University where they were to be quarantined. They were however turned away from the university.

“When we arrived at KU, the university has refused to let us in from 6am. This bus has no opening windows and we are like 30 in this bus,” Ms. Wanjiku was quoted. “The bus has changed route, passengers have been told they are going to try their luck at University of Nairobi, we don’t know which one.”

Moments later, she contacted the newspaper and said that they were still stuck at outside the university, with officials saying that they were looking for extra places to quarantine them. She also said that they were being asked to pay Sh. 5,000 to get tested for coronavirus. Quarantine Rules in Kenya.

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