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Larry Madowo Takes Break To Attend To Sick Grandmother


Madowo admitted to being overwhelmed with emotions while opening up on his grandmother’s battle with the COVID-19 virus.

CNN international correspondent Larry Madowo has taken a break from his duties at the station to take care of his ailing grandmother.

In a statement on Twitter, Madowo admitted to being overwhelmed with emotions while opening up on his grandmother’s battle with the COVID-19 virus.

He added that the experience has been draining, thus prompting the self-imposed break. He called on his followers to pray for his grandmother.

CNN international correspondent Larry Madowo. /FILE

“It’s been emotionally draining for me to talk about this story in such personal terms. I’m now pulling back to look after myself and care for my family. Please say a prayer for my grandma,” wrote Madowo on Twitter.

Hours before his promotion to the new role from being the Nairobi-based correspondent, he shared on the state of vaccination in the African continent, adding that he lost his uncle to the virus and for the last four weeks, his 96-year-old grandmother has been on a ventilator. 

“I had just finished filming at a crammed ICU treating critical COVID-19 patients in Uganda’s capital of Kampala last month when I learned that my uncle Justus had himself died of the virus across the border in Kenya. I was heartbroken and angry. 

“He was not vaccinated because Kenya didn’t — and still does not — have enough shots even for a senior like him,” he revealed. 

Madowo added that each time he notices a call coming from his home, his heart sinks out of the fear of the announcement that his grandmother passed on. According to him, she has been on a ventilator for four weeks, a dreary feat that has pushed his anxiety to breaking point. 

“The dreaded call could come at any time: COVID-19. Again,” he added. 

Because of the government’s stringent COVID-19 protocols, his uncle Justus was buried within 48 hours, making him the third person in his family who succumbed to the virus but he did not get a chance to accord them a decent send-off. 

Madowo laid blame on the rich Western countries for hoarding the vaccines. Currently, only 1.5 percent of the African population has been vaccinated. 

While addressing the nation at State House on Tuesday, June 29, President Uhuru Kenyatta promised that his government had intended on vaccinating the entire adult population of 26 million Kenyans by 2022.

“In fact, by Christmas this year, we intend to have vaccinated over 10 million adults. According to our experts, we will have built a capacity to vaccinate 150,000 people every day from August 2021,” he declared.

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the nation on June 29, 2021. /PSCU





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