Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has scolded residents of Old Town for evading Coronavirus tests describing it as the highest level of laziness and mediocrity.
A visibly furious Joho said the government had gone out of its way to roll out mass testing yet most residents of the area were spreading propaganda over the same.
He also hit out at Imams who were sneaking in people into mosques, saying their ignorance is a shame.
“You are opening the mosque, then allowing people to sneak in. When the police come, you start complaining.
"Where is your mind, what kind of laziness is this?" he asked.
“If you think you won't be tested, be ready. You will be tested my friend. Now we are bringing it to your doorsteps and it is free, there will come a time you will pay for it. So take advantage of this opportunity and get tested," said Joho.
He further stated that he was not looking for popularity, warning that if people continue evading tests then he will shut down the town completely.
“There are places where people are willing to be tested but they can’t. Others are spending thousands to undergo the tests.
“I have brought it to you but since morning only seven people have come forward, yet we have lost six lives from this area.
“I know how you people live…shared rooms, bathrooms…jikos. We will not repeat it! Mtapimwa na kama hamtapimwa tutawafungia kwa manyumba yenu.
This comes as the Ministry of Health on Saturday announced 24 new cases of Coronavirus in the country.
Out of this number, seven are from Kawangware, 10 from Eastleigh, five from Mombasa and two from Migori.
A 51-year-old patient from Mombasa has also succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours.