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Uhuru’s New Directives on Curfew

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President Uhuru Kenyatta

The expected and unexpected

Today, President Uhuru Kenyatta during his eagerly awaited briefing has issued more directives and eased some amid concerns of the Covid-19 pandemic that has become a global epidemic.

Even as some Kenyans wanted the lift on lockdown including the president himself, the president said through scenarios presented by the experts to lift the lockdown, it is not a dilemma between right and wrong but a dilemma between two rights.

The president however said he has reconciled himself with the fact that the crisis requires a long term strategy.

I took time to reflect on what must be done. If we lift the cessation of the movement ban, how will this help us fight the pandemic? And if we do not, how will the ban affect our economy, especially the micro-business enterprises and those who derive their livelihoods from them?

President Uhuru Kenyatta

In regard to this, the president issued the following directives and orders.

Cessation of movement in Kilifi and Kwale counties, Eastleigh and Mombasa old town areas, to lapse at 4.00 am on 7th June 2020 with education returning to normalcy from 1st September this year.

The cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi metropolitan Area, Mombasa, and Mandera, the ban of all forms of gatherings and national wide dusk to dawn curfew have further been extended by 30 days.

However, the dusk to dawn national wide curfew commences at 9 pm and ends at 4 am to accord all Kenyans an opportunity to enjoy a full day’s work effective from 7th June 2020.

Felicity Gitonga

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