Law enforcers must act with civility – Ruto says as curfew continues
By Fay Ngina | March 29th 2020
Deputy President William Ruto has asked law enforcers to act
with ‘restraint and civility’ as the current nationwide curfew enters day three
over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.
Ruto’s plea to police officers enforcing the 7 pm to 5 am
curfew comes after several Kenyans complained on social media over the
brutality of the men and women in blue.
The Deputy President, while defending the directive imposed
by President Uhuru Kenyatta, urged Kenyans to comply with terms adding that
citizens should treat the pandemic as a ‘very serious’ issue.
“Fellow citizens, the corona pandemic is serious, VERY
SERIOUS. The GoK curfew (partial lockdown) is meant to curtail movement so as
to reduce spread of virus.”
“Us All MUST comply with the terms of curfew without
EXCEPTION. Law enforcers MUST act firmly but with restraint & civility,”
On Wednesday, March 25, President Uhuru announced the curfew
in a bid to restrict movement to avoid further spread of the disease.
“Effective Friday, there will be a daily curfew from 7 pm to
5 am on all territories of Kenya…All movement by persons not authorized to do
so or not being medical professionals, health workers, critical
and essential services providers are prohibited between those hours,” said
The essential providers authorized to be outside during the
Medical professionals and health workers, National Security
Administration and Coordination officers, Public Health and Sanitation officers
from the counties, licensed pharmacies and drug stores, Kenya Power, food
dealers wholesalers, and transporters, licensed supermarkets, mini-supermarkets
and hypermarkets, licensed retailers and distributors of petroleum products,
licensed telecommunication operators and service providers, licensed banks,
financial institutions, and payment services, licensed security firms and fire
On Saturday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced seven new
coronavirus cases in the country, bringing the total to 38.
“All the 7 cases are from Nairobi County…this now puts Nairobi County as leading with 28 cases of those who have so far turned positive; Kilifi has 6, Mombasa has 2, while Kajiado and Kwale have one each,” said Kagwe.
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