We have to open up the country at some point — President Uhuru Kenyatta

By Vincent Kejitan | Saturday, May 23rd 2020 at 11:27
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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday hinted at easing the measures that had been put in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

While addressing the nation from State House, the Head of State acknowledged that many Kenyans were enduring difficult times but the measures in place had to be taken to ensure the situation does not get out of hand.

He, however, stated that just like other countries, Kenya will have to open up at some point.

“We cannot continue telling Kenyans to stay at home…for us to reignite the economy, everyone has a role to play.

“You have the responsibility of looking out for yourself and those around you,” he said.

Adding: “I have told officials from the Ministry of Health to start telling Kenyans that we cannot continue with the lockdown and curfew.”

President Kenyatta said if life goes back to normal and the virus starts spreading again it will be because people will not have adhered to the guidelines issued.

“If we adhere to what we are told we shall overcome. I am confident. There will come a time when we will open up the country and it will boil down to the responsibility of each and every Kenyan,” he said.

The President also rolled out an 8-point economic stimulus program amounting to Sh53.7billion.

The first element will focus on infrastructure and a total of Sh5billion has been set aside to hire local labor to engage in this undertaking.

The second element on the stimulus program is on education where the government has allocated Sh6.5billion to hire 10,000 teachers & 1000 ICT interns to support digital learning.

The third element on the stimulus program will target SME’s where Sh10billion has been allocated to fast track payment of outstanding VAT refunds & other pending payments.

Other sectors of the economy that will benefit from the package are health care, agriculture, tourism and environment.

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