Murugi to state policy on HIV/Aids next week

Wednesday February 2 2011

By Nation Reporter

A Cabinet minister is next week expected to state the government’s official policy on HIV and Aids.

This comes in the wake of a string of controversial statements made by Special Programmes minister Esther Murugi in the last two weeks.

On Wednesday in Parliament, Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara asked the minister to explain statements she made at a recent workshop for MPs on HIV and Aids at the Coast.

Curb spread

Ms Murugi had said that people suffering from HIV and Aids should be isolated to curb the spread of the virus.

Although she was heckled at the meeting, she went ahead and quoted former Cuban president Fidel Castro, who had also suggested that HIV/Aids sufferers be kept away from other members of society.

Mr Imanyara was concerned that the minister appeared to be “pursuing a policy of isolation.”

This is not the first time that the minister has stirred controversy through her statements.

Last week, while responding to questions on the drought situation in the country, she said the government would ensure that there would be “a minimal loss of both humans and livestock” this year.

Withdrew statement

Turkana Central MP Ekwee Ethuro challenged her to substantiate this and she subsequently withdrew the statement and apologised for the remark.