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Business as usual in Githurai: Photo Courtesy

Covid-19 measures are being taken lightly

Coronavirus pandemic has rendered many families broke following the measures directed by the government to help combat the spread of the disease. However, people cannot sit down in the house and watch their loved ones die of hunger in the name of coronavirus measures.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe says that the ministry has observed a casual attitude with which some citizens are not observing the measures. For instance, the stay at home directive is being ignored with many people being seen in markets like Gikomba and Githurai 45 with no social distancing being practiced at all.

Business as usual in Githurai 45: Photo Courtesy

However, the CS should understand that there are many people depending on their small businesses to feed their families with some struggling to afford just a single meal for the day. Some citizens say that staying at home directive is the beginning of their death due to hunger.

Elizabeth Mukui a carrot vendor says in Githurai 45 market says “… this is what I feed my three children because my husband left us for another woman. If I sit down in the house I will be disrespecting my motherhood. If it is staying at home the government should provide us with food…”

Coronavirus cases from the current trend, are increasing daily with densely populated areas like Kawangware confirming a number of the cases. The common mwananchi “Wanjiku” has been left wondering what next if the situation worsens. Will the government be forced to feed the country?

Kagwe says that there has been extensive debate on the status of those arrested for breaking the curfew rules confirming that such individuals will not be accommodated at the usual government facilities. Instead, the inspector of the General of police has been directed by NERC to designate a curfew breaker holding place.

Felicity Gitonga

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