Kenyan Journalist, Yassin Juma Free of COVID-19 Chooses to Stay in Ethiopia

Yassin Juma

Kenyan Journalist, Collins Juma, better known as Yassin Juma is COVID-19 free.

The freelance journalist who spent over two months in an Ethiopian prison was last week moved to a government isolation facility.

“Kenya Embassy in Ethiopia has managed to assist Collins Juma Osemo alias Yassin Juma, Kenyan journalist arrested in Ethiopia, to move to government manage isolation facility after he tested positive to COVID-19 at Sostegna police station where he was held until yesterday,” Foreign Affairs ministry tweeted.

He contracted the deadly virus while being held at Sostegna police station. He later tested positive on August 13, his lawyer Kedir Bullo confirmed.

At the time of discharge, the journalist had completed the 14 day isolation period at Woreda 7 Health Centre.

Ethiopia’s guidelines dictate that all asymptomatic patients are deemed cured after 14 days of isolation.

Yassin has however chosen to remain in Ethiopia with friends.

He was arrested at the beginning of July while covering protests that erupted in Ethiopia’s Oromia region following the death of musician Hachalu Hundessa.

Hundessa, an alleged activist for the Oromo ethnic group was shot dead while driving in Adis Ababa.

Yassin was apprehended over his close ties with prominent Ethiopian media mogul Jawar Mohammed.

He was accused of crimes related to subverting authority and fueling violence.

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