Kenyan Minister Issues Apology for Statements Regarding Isolating People Living With HIV/AIDS
February 7, 2011
Kenyan Special Programmes Minister Esther Murugi on Thursday issued an apology for her comments regarding isolating people living with HIV/AIDS as a way to prevent the spread of the virus, Capital News reports. She did, "however defen[d] the statement she made at a HIV/AIDS meeting for lawmakers in Mombasa saying her statement was merely to provide examples of what other countries had done to control the spread of the virus and provoke leaders 'to start thinking outside the box,'" according to the news service (Karong'o, 2/3). Kenya Broadcasting Corporation adds that "[t]he Minister is expected to issue a statement next week in Parliament to shed light on what she meant by her statements. The statement was sought by Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara who also wants the government to state its policy on HIV/AIDS" (Kalekye/Wanja, 2/3).
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