Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka said it may be too soon to open the economy because covid-19 has caused a lot of deaths and losses across the world.
He spoke while receiving food and non-food items to the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation from Chinese Foundation BF SUMA.
“I urge serious caution before we can say business as usual. That could make the difference between life and death. There’s so much tragedy around this covid-19, that it may be too soon to open the economy,” the politician said.
He urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to seek advice from all concerned experts before deciding whether or not to open the economy on June 6th.
“I know that the president will be addressing the country on 6th June. I urge him to really receive all the expert advice because Kenyans are unsure whether they should just go back to normal daily activities or not,” the Wiper leader said.
Kalonzo Musyoka also insisted it was too soon to open schools. He did not want students to be infected by the virus should the schools open without proper safety guidelines.
“We can’t allow students to go back to class and infect other students and infect their parents back at home. Before we know it we can have a wider tragedy than we can bare,”
“We suggested the Minister of Education do full consultations with the stakeholders before they can say children should go back to school. I have heard a lot of conversations by Kenyans saying there will always be national examinations and schools” Kalonzo Musyoka said.
According to the politician, some countries are crumbling under the pressure of too many covid-19 patients. Their economies have also been greatly affected and the recovery process may be difficult.
He did not want Kenya to go through the same tragedy because of easing restrictions too soon.
“World economies are on their knees. A country like Italy has a national debt of 160% of its GDP. How on earth is a country like that going to manage?” the Wiper leader said.