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Passengers block COVID-19 positive Minister from boarding plane

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  • Official says colleagues at the ministry were surprised when the minister unexpectedly returned to his office after he was set to travel to Nairobi via Kenya Airways plane on Saturday.

JUBA – South Sudan’s minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management Peter Mayen was forcefully pushed off a plane on Saturday by passengers after he forced himself through airport with a positive COVID-19 test results, one passenger and an airport staffer told Sudan Post on Saturday evening.

According to a humanitarian affairs ministry official, the minister was heading to Kenya when he surprisingly returned to the ministry. He had an appointment with his Kenyan counterpart to discuss and sign a humanitarian response plane on Sunday, according to the official.

“The minister was going to Nairobi, Kenya because he was set for a meeting with the minister of humanitarian affairs of Kenya to discuss and sign a humanitarian response agreement,” the ministry official said on condition of anonymity.

“But we were surprised that he returned to the ministry and we didn’t know that he has COVID-19 because these things are confidential.”

Official says colleagues at the ministry were surprised when the minister unexpectedly returned to his office after he was set to travel to Nairobi via Kenya Airways plane on Saturday.

A passenger who said he was among the people who pushed him out of the plane said airport staff seems to have compromised that he get into plane with the passengers because the crew members informed them that they couldn’t do anything as security officers failed to prevent the minister from boarding the plane.

“What happened is that the minister was positive with coronavirus, but the security officials didn’t want to prevent him from boarding the plane and the plane staff told us about the matter and because we are concerned with our own health, we pushed him out of the plane because it is against the law and not healthy,” the passenger said.

An airport security officer refused to comment and said “matters such as this are confidential and are handled by the people who have that condition.”

Mayen is a controversial figure who has in the past been involved in a quarrel with a businessman over four vehicles that Mayen had borrowed. – Sudan Post 🔺

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