Residents of Eastleigh in Nairobi have lamented the cessation of movement in the area saying it is some form of punishment.
While some believe the order is aimed at saving lives, others think they are being targeted, suggesting there are other areas in the city that might have more cases of COVID-19.
“We welcome the government’s decision but we think it is knee-jerk. It is unfair.
“At the moment it looks like a punishment and it will be very unfair unless the government will give them stipends,” said Ahmed Asmali, a leader in the area.
Adding: “People are talking about the high number of Coronavirus cases in Eastleigh…this is because there has been testing in Eastleigh for three days. If the government went to gikomba or the CBD, for example, …they will probably get over 1000 cases.”
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday announced the cessation of movement in and out of Eastleigh and Old Town in Mombasa effective May 6, 2020 at 7pm.
This will continue for the next 15 days but residents of the said areas will be allowed to shop within.
No one will be allowed to move in and out of the areas and public transportation has also been banned.
This comes as Kenya recorded 47 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the national tally to 581.
32 of the new cases are from Mombasa, Nairobi has 11 cases, Busia 2, Kiambu 1 and Kwale 1.
Five new cases have been reported in Eastleigh while Old Town has recorded 18 new cases.
The CS noted that Eastleigh and Old Town are hotspots and the government was forced to announce the new measures to curb the spread of the virus.