Catholic priest in Kenya charged with negligence for spreading COVID-19

On April 16, a Kenyan court of Nairobi has charged a Catholic priest, Richard Onyango Oduor of spreading the coronavirus among the general public.

Catholic priest Richard Onyango Oduo had a travel history to Italy and was put under compulsory quarantine by the Kenyan authorities. The Kenyan court has charged him for having “negligently spread an infectious disease” after authorities said he failed to adhere to coronavirus quarantine rules.

Catholic priest Richard Onyango Oduo is the second person in the country who have been charged with negligence. Earlier, Gideon Saburi, the Deputy Governor of the coastal region of Kilifi County was charged of negligence which he denied and has been freed on bond while being ordered to self-quarantine.

Richard Onyango Oduo has also denied the charges in a Nairobi court, and was freed on a 150,000 Kenyan shilling ($1,415) bond. He has been ordered to spend another 14 days in quarantine and reappear in court on May 2.

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