One of the Kenyan students who were stuck for weeks in China amid the Coronavirus lockdown has come out guns blazing at a local daily for misrepresenting facts about his experience.
Bernard Muthuri, a mechanical engineering student, managed to secure a flight back home in February before China went on full lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly infection, which has claimed over 3000 lives globally.
In a story published on mar. 12, Muthuri intimated to the Daily Nation that the self-quarantine period which he underwent after landing in Kenya was challenging, since he had to be completely isolated off from his family.
According to Muthuri, he decided to isolate himself since he noted that the country was ill-prepared to handle an outbreak, and did not want to be the source, in case he was infected.
His bone of contention with the Nation article about his experience was that the publication quoted him as describing China as ”hell”.
”Coronavirus: Kenyan student happy to be home from China ”hell”,” the social media caption for the story read.
In an angry social media rant, the Changan University student asserted that he did not consider China as ”hell” and that the Nation had used his name to make a false statement.
— Daily Nation (@dailynation) March 12, 2020
” I shared my story on the importance of self-quarantine and my 14-days experience of self-isolation but @dailynation went ahead and published their own headline,” he lamented.
”I wish to clarify that China is not an hell as the @dailynation is trying to purport @ChineseEmbKenya #Covid_19,” an agitated Muthuri added.
The government has twice asserted that Kenyan students stuck in China, mainly in Wuhan City, will not be evacuated since they are ”better off where they are.”