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Kenya MP demands China writes off Kenya’s $6b debt over the Coronavirus

Kenyan MP Charles ‘Jaguar’ Kanyi demands that China write off Kenya’s debt over the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic which was first reported in Wuhan, China. In his facebook post, the lawmaker called for scheduled debt repayments by Kenya to be channelled towards the empowerment of small traders and low-income earners.

“Coronavirus originated in China. They have to write off Kenya’s Ksh 650 billion ($6.2b) debt.

“We can channel repayments to small traders and informal settlements like Mukuru. We cannot convince people who live from hand to mouth to stay at home unless we provide for them,” he argued.

His comments sparked mixed reactions with a section of Kenyans bashing him on social media while others agreed with him.

“The reasoning from those we call our leaders is more life-threatening than Corona…How viable do you think your proposal is Jaguar?” one Edwin Omambia posed.

“Well said…Don’t allow the markets to be shut down including Muthurwa and others. We will die not from Corona but from hunger,” wrote Pauline Waithira as she concurred with the MP.

Debt owed to China by Kenya hit Ksh 650 billion in August 2019 after the country took up additional loans to fund the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project.

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