Kenyans who were caught up in Covid-19 lockdowns around the world have started arriving home.
Last week, the mission reached an agreement with Kenya Airways to fly home some 223 people caught up in India’s 21-day total lockdown, which has been extended to May 17.
About 300 people, including tourists, have booked to fly to Nairobi.
Last Friday, Kenya’s ambassador to China Sarah Serem said 183 Kenyans have been working and residing in the country or were businessmen affected by the closure of the airspace in bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.
To facilitate their travel, Serem had asked those who had an expired or lost passport to submit their documents to the embassy for processing.
The Kenyans were also required to obtain a Covid-19 certificate prior to being cleared to board.
Foreign Affairs confirmed that 130 Kenyans will be on a Kenya Airways flight that is expected to arrive in the country on May 9 from Guangzhou.
Ugandans are still stranded. It should be remembered that, the Foreign Affairs Ministry rubbished a proposal by Kyandondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi to repatriate Ugandans and Africans stuck in China.
In a letter dated 15th of April addressed to the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Kyagulanyi said he has partnered with an American media owner and businessman Neil Nelson to evacuate 285 people from China including Ugandans and other black Africans.
He asked the government to allow the people into the country. According to Kyagulanyi, they have secured a privately chartered Quantam Jet Airbus A330-200.
In his letter, Kyagulanyi says the travellers would be taken care of while in quarantine.
Government however asked Kyagulanyi, to leave foreign Affairs matters to the President.
Joel Ssenyonyi the Spokesperson People Power says that Kyagulanyi and his partners will cater for all of the costs, including the quarantine and feeding. He says the government should not ignore its citizens suffering abroad.
Betty Aol Ochan, the Leader of Opposition says that Kyangulanyi’s offer is based on humanitarian grounds and not for politics.