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Former Speaker Calls for Miraa ban as Corona Virus Scare Intensifies

Former Lagdera Member of Parliament Farah Maalim has called for the suspension of miraa (khat) trade and consumption as Corona Virus scare continues causing a havoc across the country.

The Kenyan government has since confirmed three positive cases of the ailment in the country. The first victim was identified on Friday, with two others testing positive on Sunday.

To tame the virus from spreading further and affecting more people, Maalim on Sunday called for an order for the suspension of the product which is mostly consumed in North Eastern and Coast regions.

He called upon governors from the two regions to help ensure full enforcement of the order once issued.

"The sale, handling and consumption of Miraa must be suspended forthwith countrywide. The Governors of Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Isiolo, Marsabit, TR (Tana River), Lamu and Msa (Mombasa) must help in the enforcement of such order to the letter. Somalia OMG stop Miraa consumption and flights + Shisha now!!!" said the former Deputy Speaker in a tweet.

His proposal came only a few hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta's directive that all primary and secondary schools be closed beginning Monday.

Already, the government has issued a similar directive against public gatherings, with Kakamega and Mombasa counties banning church and nightclub activities in that order.

The government has called for calm, urging Kenyans not to panic, insisting that it is well prepared and ready to deal with the epidemic which is already an international scare.

Kenya's first case was detected on a 27-year-old woman who had travelled back from Ohio in the United States through London in the United Kingdom.

The disease has since killed over 4,000 people across the world.

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