Questions have been raised after a Kenya national Basketball Team star was blocked from jetting out of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over fears of COVID-19.
Bush Wamukota was supposed to link up with the national team in Rwanda on Monday but was blocked at the Kinshasa International Airport over reports that he had contracted COVID-19.
Wamukota, a son of Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama, was in the country to play for TP Mazembe in a mini tournament. The talented centre plies his trade in Rwanda for Patriots.
According to sources, the player had tested negative and was given the greenlight to travel after being issued with a COVID-19 certificate. However, he was turned away at the airport, with claims that he had the virus.
Daily Nation reported that the DRC contingent, also headed to Rwanda tried to intervene but failed.
“We could not board the plane and leave him in Kinshasa because his (Covid-19) results, just like some of my players who participated in that tournament, were negative. Where on earth did the airport officials get their results from and how were their results out so fast?, wondered Congolese national team doctor Jacques Wanani said as quoted by Nation.
Kenya’s head of delegation in Rwanda Peter Orero told the media that they are working with DRC officials to resolve the matter.
Wamukota is set to miss Kenya’s first Fiba AfroBasket qualifier against Senegal on Wednesday.
His absence will be a huge blow for the Kenya Morans team, which hopes to join the continent’s basketball bonanza for the first time since 1993.
Coach Cliff Owuor’s side is pooled in Group D alongside, Senegal (Africa’s top ranked team) and Angola, the most succesful team in the tournament. Minnows Mozambique complete the pool.
All matches will be televised on KBC.