When news emerged that 17 MPs and senators had tested positive for COVID19 coronavirus, Kenyans took to social media with their reactions.
The reactions ranged from revelling in the news to offering insight into what this means for ordinary Kenyans.
Privilege to travel
For a long time, Kenyan leaders have always had the privilege of travelling outside the country for healthcare whenever they needed to. Despite being in a position to improve public healthcare, many chose not to.
Instead, they left their country, and constituent hospitals run down, becoming homes to cows and places for the chicken to roost.
And now, indeed, the chicken has come home to roost.
No way out
With their escape countries struggling with the emergence of the contagious COVID-19 coronavirus, our MPs and senators now do not have a place to fly for better health care.
Even if there were a country that would take them in, the ban on flight travel would not allow that. But we know that no country would let them in now.
The US, Italy, France, Britain, and other first world countries all now worry about their population. They have run out of hospital beds for their people. There is no way out for our ‘poor’ MPs and senators, who thought being in a position of leadership was all about amassing of wealth.
While, indeed, the coronavirus is not a punishment, and none of us is safe (indeed these MPs and senators may have become super spreaders), the reality of the MPs and senators not putting even a fraction of effort in building better public health has now come back to bite them, along with the rest of us, mere mortals.
Many current MPs and senators, among others in government, have underlying medical conditions. Many are in the high-risk category.
Surely, if there were a lesson on building better public healthcare, this would be a hard one. Let’s hope those that make it out alive learn the hard way. That is if they manage to be MPs and senators again. Things will change, for sure.