Dr. Karanja came out a very controversial character, attracting strong support and opposition in equal measure, especially when he cautioned Kenyans against taking the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine, which he labelled unnecessary, useless and potentially “extremely dangerous.”
In one of his interviews with ACI Africa, Dr. Karanja questioned the quality of the vaccine, which he said had been rushed.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is unnecessary because in the history of medicine, vaccines have never been and can never be part of controlling a medical epidemic… A vaccine can never be produced in one year,” the late medic told ACI Africa last month.
He explained that the vaccine is dangerous because it was a genetically modified product, which he said had not been tested.
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In a separate video, Dr. Karanja maintained his strong opposition to the vaccination, which had kicked off in the country, saying that those who were against the vaccine meant well for the people in the country and in other African countries.
“I do not know how I can say this clearer on behalf of KCDA members to the people of Africa and especially to the people of Kenya. This vaccine is not a vaccine,” Dr. Karanja said in the video that was widely circulated.
In the same video, he called upon Africans “to rise up” and to reject the vaccine he said was going to be injected into them.
In her interview with ACI Africa April 29, Dr. Fernandes said that the late doctor always meant well for the people.
“Dr. Karanja was a strong defender of human life. He always meant well and even when he appeared controversial, one could see that he had a genuine desire to help,” she said.
A number one pro-lifer, Dr. Karanja was part of the Linda Vijana Initiative (LVI) team, providing medical advice to the young people through the organization that addresses youth challenges.
LVI founder Catherine moaned the late Catholic medic in the team saying, “I have been following the progress of my dear friend from the time he was in ICU and we have been doing fundraising for his bills. It is shocking to learn that he is no more. I am still in shock.”
IT guru Jonathan O’Toole who worked on Dr. Karanja’s videos shared his “deep devastation” at the passing on of the Kenyan medic who he admired for his strong pro-life advocacy.
“I spent a lot of time with Dr. Karanja and worked closely with him up to the last video he made for the Kenyan senate, calling for the arrest of perpetrators of abortion. He was responding to a bill by a Kenyan parliamentarian who proposed the arrest of doctors who refused to conduct abortions,” O’Toole says in reference to Dr. Karanja’s appeal on the need to protect unborn children.
Sharing about his personal interactions with the late medic, the IT professional told ACI Africa, “He was a very committed family man who adored his nine children and focused on their growth in values.”
In a Facebook post, the volunteer Coordinator of the African Catholic Legislators Network (ACLN), Alice Muchiri has posted, “Thousands of children are alive today because you fought for their right to life and their dignity. Thousands of mothers are happier and healthier today because of your works Dr. Karanja.”
“You have indeed fought a good fight, he has finished the race and above all he kept his faith up to his last breath,” Ms. Muchiri writes about the late Kenyan obstetrician and gynaecologist, and adds, “Dr. Karanja your fight for the dignity and protection of life shall never be forgotten.”
“May you join St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta in heaven, with whom you fought a fierce battle for the unborn children in Cairo in 1994,” Ms. Muchiri says in her April 29 Facebook post, and implores the Lord to “crown you with Eternal Life among His Angels and Saints.”
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.