CITY RESIDENT THREATENS TO CITE TOURISM PS WITH CONTEMPT OF COURT OF COURT FOR DEMANDING COVID-19 CERTIFICATE FROM KENYANS TO ACCESS GAME PARKS.

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BY SAM ALFAN.

A Nairobi resident have written to the Ministry of Tourism demanding to cease immediately from placing precondition of Covid-19 vaccination for Kenyans seeking tour game parks and national reserves ahead of the festive season.

In a protest letter to the PS in the ministry, Enock Aura said he obtained a court order stopping the government from demanding Covid-19 certificate as a condition for in-person services.

Aura says it is therefore wrong for the ministry to purport to place Covid-19 vaccination as precondition before accessing the parks.

His lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui said if the letter on November 22, by former PS Safina Kwekwe, who has since been moved to another ministry, is not withdrawn, the officials in the ministry will be cited for contempt of court.

“To then purport to DIRECT independent and private businesses to PROHIBIT and BAR
Kenyans like our Client from accessing public services on the basis of the “non-vaccination with ‘Covid-19 vaccinations”‘ yet the provision of such public services is financed through public funds is a breach of your Oath of Office to UPHOLD and DEFEND the Constitution of Kenya, and flies in the face of Article 21(1) and (2) of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Kinyanjui said.

Aura wrote the letter after it emerged that the ministry had issued a directive to tour operators to demand proof vaccination from their clients before any services.

“Our client is concerned that in your office’s stated letter, you made reference to adherence to non-existent ‘directive from the ministry of health’ allegedly made on 22nd November 2021. We know of no ‘such directive’ and if you do have a copy, thereof, we shall be pleased to be graciously furnished with a copy,” the lawyer said.

He added that to purport to direct independent and private businesses to prohibit and bar Kenyans from accessing public services on the basis of ‘non vaccination’ is illegal.

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