Former Harambee Stars goalkeeper Matthews Ottamax has denounced new coronavirus containment measures issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday.
The Head of State in response to a spike in positive cases and fatalities related to Covid-19 put five counties – Nairobi, Machakos, Kiambu, Kajiado and Nakuru – under partial lockdown for an unspecified period to curb further spread of the virus as health facilities remain overstretched.
In the latest directives as well, President Kenyatta ordered the immediate closure of entertainment joints and suspension of all sporting activities in the country until further notice in a bid to flatten the Covid-19 infection curve.
These restrictions have rendered hundreds of workers who solely depended on sports and hospitality businesses for a living, a concern that has left the retired shot stopper who doubles up as a football coach and part time worker at an entertainment joint disappointed.
Ottamax took to his social media pages on Saturday, expressing his disappointment with the presidential directives.
He pointed out that the containment measures will cause havoc in many homes as starvation will kick in alongside other negative effects.
“Nothing to smile about. I work as a football coach and I do a part time job at an entertainment club. All these industries have been closed indefinitely due to Covid-19 measures,” heartbroken Ottamax lamented.
“I have bills to pay, many mouths to feed and my only qualifications are the two jobs. I fully acknowledge the existence of this virus yes, but sending me home to emptiness is not an alternative. As much as we are trying to flatten the curve let’s not create another trauma in our homes brought in by hunger and anger.”
“This is the voice of many millions who still believe we can do better than sending us home.”
Kenya is currently grappling with the third wave of coronavirus scourge with experts warning about dire consequences should people drop the guard.
The ravaging outbreak has brought key economic activities in sports and hospitality industry countrywide to a grinding halt.