Kenyan athlete returning from India bundled from matatu by passengers, quarantined

By Elijah Cherutich On Wed, 25 Mar, 2020 14:14 | < 1 min read
Samson Rutto
Samson Rutto says he has not eaten since Tuesday, March 24. PHOTO | ELIJAH CHERUTICH

An athlete who was returning from India and cleared at JKIA heading to Eldoret for self-quarantine was bundled out of a matatu at Mau Summit.

Samson Ruto says that other travellers overheard him speaking on his phone as he revealed to his family and friends that he had landed in the country and was heading home for self-quarantine.

Ruto jetted back from India after the marathon he was to participate in was cancelled but he had challenges getting direct flights, forcing him to make several connecting flights.

He says that he was cleared at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and asked to observe self-quarantine rule when he landed on Sunday, March 22.

He says some of the health officers from Nakuru took him from Mau Summit Police Station where he had been taken and dumped at Kenya Industrial Training Institute Nakuru.

He says he was led to a room without power, beddings and water and has not eaten since Tuesday.

“Everybody is running away from me because I am suspected. I am not getting any help,” says Rutto.

The athlete says he does not have enough money to cater for his needs during the self-quarantine.

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