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Hundreds flout COVID-19 rules in funeral attended by MoH DG Dr Amoth

Acting Ministry of Health Director General Dr Patrick Amoth got himself on the receiving end after attending a burial in Mukurweni, Nyeri County, with over 300 attendees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amoth, whose familiar voice was heard while addressing the mourners, was leading a delegation from the Health ministry to represent Health CS Mutahi Kagwe who was also expected to attend the event.

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Other leaders in attendance included Mukurweini MP Anthony Kiai and Nyeri County Assembly Speaker John Kaguchia.

About 20 ushers had been posted at the entrance to screen mourners and hand out face masks to locals, many of whom showed up without.

Members of the press were not allowed to acess the event and those who forced their way in were roughed up by hired goons.

Journalists Joseph Kanyi, Melita Ole Tenges and Charles Muriithi who filmed the occurrences of the funeral from a distance were spotted and roughed up by a group of goons who demanded them to delete all recordings and photos they had taken.

This comes even after the government set out regulations banning all social gatherings and specifically limiting the number of mourners attending a funeral to 15.

When asked why some individuals flout COVID-19 rules and yet no actions are taken against them, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi said that security personnel needed to attend more important matters, hence, Kenyans should take personal responsibility to avoid contracting the virus.

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