Gordon Otieno Kisumu Kenya
MAREIAGES AND RELATIONSHIPS ARE NOW TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.
Since the first case was reported in this country and the number of positive cases increasing day by day and some succumbing to the virus, it was expected that our lives would not remain the same again.
As it is in evolution, the strongest survive and the weak ones perish. An adjustment on our daily activities would help in flattening the curve, that is according to WHO guidelines.
For the case of my motherland where most people do casual jobs to put food on the table, we were advised to stay home or work from home if possible, to me this directive was not practical and realistic, it resulted in mass retrenchments of casual labourers or unpaid leave.
"If we treat this virus normally it will treat us abnormally", a saying by CS Health Mr. Mutahi Kagwe which is becoming a song to our ears. The virus has been greeting our relationships and marriages abnormally even though we have been treating it abnormally, with the Government imposing partial lockdowns, curfews and cessation of movement in some counties among them the two big cities, Nairobi and Mombasa.
Most citizens have been forced to adhere to the government directives for the fear of being left disabled or being sent six feer under by the ruthless men in uniform. Most families have been kept apart by these measures save for those who were together when the measures came into force, none the less they have too suffered.
" My wife now sees me as 'kwenda huko', because I no more provide the essentials to my young family", Ayany Jowi a resident of Kariadudu an informal settlement in Ruaraka Constituency said.
Those who used to send money to their loved ones in the village can no more do so with a lot of ease, this has led to disintegration of the families.
There are those of us who used to send money for salon, airtime, clothing, rent and what have you to our girlfriends and we no more do the same, we've been given red alerts that our relationship is quarantined or tested positive for covid-19 and is admitted at the ICU at Kenyatta National Hospital, the number of relationships and marriages going through this tragedy increases daily.
Those advising the president should take these issues into consideration lest we have a broken society where every girl aged between 10-19 years becomes a mother. Let us tolarate each other during this trying time, this thing won't last forever soon enough it will be gone and we will be back in the streets to toil and feed our families.
By Gordon Otieno.