Kenya’s first COVID-19 patient Brenda battling for Miss Tourism International crown in Malaysia

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Ivy Brenda Rotich, the first Kenyan COVID-19 patient. [Photo: Galaxy FM]

Ivy Brenda Rotich, the first Kenyan COVID-19 patient has flexed her wings to battle for Miss Tourism International pageant whose finals will be held in Malaysia Sunday, January 17.

Brenda has been rallying support from Kenyans through her social media profiles.

She has in the past been crowned Miss Kericho Tourism. Now, she will be running against 30 other beauties from all over the world.

“Meet your new Miss Tourism delegate to Malaysia. Join me as I battle it out with Miss Tourism contestants from all over the world for the Final Crown. Help me bring the crown home so the world can discover Kenya’s magical story and the untold wealth of destinations. You can win 10,000/= by voting for me. Just FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW and comment “I VOTE KENYA” under their Facebook post. Let’s run this!…,” Ivy wrote on social media.

Brenda is an alumni of Moi Girls High School in Eldoret where she pursued her O Level.

She them proceeded to the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) where she pursued Information and Telecommunication Engineering. She also attended the Multimedia University of Kenya.

Her engineering career saw her work with Kenya’s telecommunication giant Safaricom before moving to Incotech which is based in England.

She was the first person to be diagnosed with COVID-19 in March 2020. She had flown from the US via London.

She developed breathing complication after her return to Kenya and was rushed to hospital where she tested positive for COVID-19.

After recovering, she made a public appearance in the company of Brian Orinda who got the virus from her.

The duo appeared alongside Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and later held a video call with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

What followed was backlash by Kenyans who accused her of faking her COVID-19 status and allowing to be used as “government projects to push an agenda.”