Man goes on hunger strike, wears sack clothes after wife forcefully quarantined


Man goes on hunger strike, wears sack clothes after wife forcefully quarantined
Joseph Mathenge protests the forceful quarantine of his wife in Nyandarua.

A middle-aged man in Ol Kalou town, Nyandarua County, has now gone on a hunger strike and resorted to wearing sack clothes to protest the forceful quarantine of his wife.

Joseph Mathenge’s wife, Jane Njeri, was placed under mandatory quarantine for 14 days at the Nyandarua High School after returning home from Migori.

The mother of two is a retail trader at the Ol Kalou fresh produce market and had reportedly travelled to purchase foodstuff for sale.

Upon returning, she was summoned to the Ol Kalou Police Station only to later be whisked off to the quarantine facility.

Mr. Mathenge has blamed his wife’s woes on alleged business rivalry saying prior to her arrest, he had been warned by one of her fellow traders at the market.

“In this market of Ol Kalou there are women cartels. Last week, my wife travelled to Migori to buy some edibles. When I passed by the market the other day, one of the women told me they were aware that my wife would be quarantined once she comes back…and it came to be,” he said.

“She came back yesterday and was summoned to the Ol Kalou Police Station and I accompanied her. She was locked in and I was told that they were waiting for a team to come and test her.”

Speaking to Citizen Digital at the J.M Kariuki Memorial Hospital, Mr. Mathenge revealed that his efforts to seek an audience with the Nyandarua County Police Commander had all been in vain, further vowing that he will continue to go for days in protest.

He further implored the county health officers to screen his wife and establish whether or not she should be quarantined, adding that she is suffering at the centre and should be released.

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