President Kenyatta has told off Kenyans criticizing the government over its decision to gift flowers to UK healthcare workers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Uhuru, in his Labor Day speech on Friday, May 1st, said the move was a way of marketing Kenya’s flower industry, which has been adversely affected by the Covid-19 global crisis.
“Hayo maua tumetuma, corona itaisha na watakumbuka soko ikifunguliwa, watanunua maua ya wale waliwakumbuka wakati wa shida,” said Uhuru.
(This flowers will remind the UK that we stood with them during Covid-19 pandemic and when the crisis ends, they will buy our flowers)
A seemingly infuriated Uhuru further asked Kenyans to “think before posing nonsense on social media.”
“Coronavirus will not be with us forever, this is the time to think of how we shall revive our economy, it’s very important to see ahead, we must think of ways to revive our economy,” he noted.
“Think before you start talking nonsense on this social media of yours. This is not the time for us as Kenyans to be petty, this is not the time for us to be cheap, this is the time for us to plan the future.”
A Kenya Airways flight carrying 300 bouquets of roses left the country on Friday night and arrived in London on Saturday, April 25th.
The flowers were received in London by Flamingo Limited UK and have been distributed to Covid-19 frontline workers including doctors, nurses as well as recovering patients in a campaign dubbed ‘Flowers for Hope.’
The initiative was launched by a committee constituted by President Kenyatta and chaired by Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i.
It brings together the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Kenya Airways, and the Kenya Flower Council. The UK is one of Kenya’s largest floriculture market.