Sunday afternoon, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe appeared to have been a totally different person.
He had visibly lost his usual calm demeanor which had previously earned him recognition as a level headed leader who would always absorb the shock of the CORONAVIRUS scare on our behalf, as he went on to reassure the nation that there was no reason to get into unnecessary panic regardless of the damning nature of the disease.
When he appeared on our screens on Saturday during the live transmission to update us on the Covid-19 pandemic, the CS was evidently livid and for a good reason.
On that day, he boldly confirmed to the restless nation that Kilifi County Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi had tested positive for COVID 19.
What seemed to have irked Kagwe even more and appeared to have equally jerked the whole nation just as much as the blatant refusal by Saburi to quarantine himself.
Even more alarming was the fact that he ended up interacting with a host of individuals, some of whom are high profile personalities.
Upon his arrival from Germany, he was reportedly in direct contact with Governor Amason Kingi. Kingi is said to have been accompanied by his Mombasa counterpart Hassan Joho to a scheduled meeting with ODM leader Raila Odinga who was in Mombasa the following day.
Raila then flew from Mombasa directly to Tuju’s home at Karen in Nairobi where he also interacted with Deputy President William Ruto. Elgeyo Marakwet senator Murkomen accompanied the DP during the visit to the home of their party’s secretary-general alongside a host of other leaders.
The following day, on Saturday, Raila and Ruto both graced a prayers’ meeting attended by all high profile leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Reports have it that Governor Kingi, upon realizing the risk his deputy had exposed him to, went ahead and isolated himself.
The incident has sent a wave of panic down the spines of Kilifi County government employees some of whom are also said to have come into contact with the Saburi.
A member of staff who identified himself as Mulei even went ahead to release a video that has since gone viral on social media where he is heard hurling expletives at the deputy governor for behaving in an inhumane manner, accusing him of risking the lives of many other Kenyans by defying government directive that orders those who have arrived from abroad to quarantine themselves for two weeks.