28th June 2020

Covid-19: Kenyan students stuck in Sudan evacuated

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A total of 129 of the 191 students who got stranded in Sudan due to the coronavirus pandemic, jetted into Kenya on Saturday night.

Several coastal leaders and civil society organisations, including Governor Ali Hassan Joho of Mombasa, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and Muslim for Human Rights, have been coordinating the return of the students.

On Saturday evening, June 27 a KQ plane arrived at the Moi International Airport Mombasa in Mombasa from Khartoum, bringing the students back after being stuck for over 90 days owing to travel restrictions and cancellation of flights.

Other leaders who contributed for their airfares were MPs Athman Shariff (Lamu East), Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir (Mvita), and businessman Suleiman Shahbal contributed.

According to Muhuri, Athman made payment for 20 students; Nassir 19; and Joho 25.

Joho also paid 50 per cent of the airfare for 68 students: Shahbal 20; and Jumwa 4.

“We are still appealing to well-wishers to help bring back students who remained in Sudan,” said Muhuri.

The students who were received by a number of County officials and other family members, landed at Moi International Airport-Mombasa at around 7:45 PM.

Family and friends of the students expressed their appreciations to the County leadership, all wellwishers and to Jumuiya ya Wanafunzi wa Pwani led by their president Patrick Mwavula for the lobbying.

The students who majority are residents of Mombasa had received sponsorship to study in Sudan. Others are from Lamu, Kwale, Taita Taveta, and Kilifi counties.

They would be subjected to mandatory Covid-19 testing and 14 days mandatory quarantine at the Kenya School of Government in Mombasa according to the Ministry of Health guidelines.

They were not tested while in Sudan due to lack of testing kits.

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