Kenyan Governor Includes Hennessy in COVID-19 Care Packages

A Kenyan governor is being criticised for his decision to include alcohol in the county’s COVID-19 care packages. Gov. Mike Sonko confirmed the news during a media briefing that sample bottles of the popular cognac were included along with food, hand sanitiser, cleaning products and other essentials. The governor stated that he believes alcohol can potentially kill coronavirus.

“I think from the research conducted by the World Health Organization and various organisations, it has been believed that alcohol plays a major role in killing the coronavirus,” Sonko says in the video below while clearly dressed to impress.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) was quick to condemn the inclusion of alcohol in the care packages, and recommend that people should reduce their current alcohol consumption. The WHO explained that alcohol could inhibit the immune system, making people more susceptible to the virus.

The Hennessy brand also distanced itself from Sonko’s claims, telling Nairobi News “Hennessy would like to stress that the consumption of our brand or any other alcoholic beverage does not protect against the virus.”

Mike Sonko is no stranger to controversy. Last year, he was arrested on alleged corruption charges and was forced to drop several of his governing responsibilities. Sonko is currently out on bail awaiting trial for allegedly embezzling over three million dollars – charges which he denies. Whatever Sonko’s motive, a few sample bottles of any premium spirit won’t go far. Something every frequent flyer knows too well.

Kenyan Minister Hennessy 1

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