Former Football Kenya Federation chairman Sam Nyamweya has faulted the incumbent FKF president Nick Mwendwa for sharing retired Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno’s Covid-19 status to the public.
Reports reveal that Otieno’s health condition was first disseminated to the general public by the federation, an act that Nyamweya terms unethical and a big shame.
Hours after it was reported that Otieno was hospitalized for coronavirus on Tuesday, Kenyans of good will streamed to all social media platforms showing solidarity with the former Kenyan international defender.
However, Nyamweya did not find any wrong doing in the country standing with its legend, but bashed Nick Mwendwa for the “height of irresponsibility and shameless insensitivity to reveal an individual’s health condition without due process. Sports Africa has established.”
“It is disturbing to learn that the source of this private information on the health condition of an individual is Football Kenya Federation, which, through its outgoing president Nick Mwendwa, gave out this information to the public,” Nyamweya regretted.
“While Kenyans are right in standing in solidarity with their national team legend, it is a big shame that information exclusively meant to be confirmed by the family or next of kin of the patient is now in the public domain through unauthorized persons.
“It is the height of irresponsibility and shameless insensitivity for any individual to disseminate to the public through whichever platform or whatever the motivation would be, to share information about someone’s health.”
Kenya, like the rest of the world, is grappling with serious effects of coronavirus, among them stigma and victimization. The country has so far recorded over 6000 positive cases with over 140 fatalities.
In view of the above information, Nyamweya reiterated that such sensitive matters can only be shared to the public by authority of an individual (patient).
“Personal health is a very private matter and information relating to that can only be subject of public knowledge by authority of the individual, their family and/or next of kin.
“If indeed it is the federation that, through Mwendwa’s authority, which made this information public then one is left wondering how lower we have sunk in our moral axis in the name of trying to be relevant.
“Of what value would it be to the federation or to any other person for that matter to share such private information when not even government which releases Covid-19 data on a daily basis has never been tempted to reveal the identities of the victims of the pandemic to the public?
“Shame on those responsible for this callous act of going ahead to share images of those battling the disease in their ‘worst’ condition in the name of procuring sympathy from the public.”
The FKF presidential aspirant also cautioned that individuals should exercise their freedom of expression without falling into the temptation of meddling in people’s private health matters.
“Yes, those who have tested positive and currently battling Covid-19 need our sympathy and prayers but the same should not be procured through careless exposure and irresponsible, near savage, sharing of private information.
Let us all be reminded of the responsibility that the freedom of expression as a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution comes with and resist the temptation to meddle into people’s private health matters, especially during this pandemic.” Nyamweya warned.
SPORTS AFRICA has not independently read where exactly is Musa Otieno admitted.