The President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday banned entry and exit in Nairobi metropolitan with effect from 7 pm till April 26th 2020 when 21 days will be over.
Addressing the public, through a press conference, Kenyatta said that the move will affect all travelling by rail, road and air. These new restrictions have been put across following confirmation of 6 deaths from the coronavirus whereby Nairobi accounts for 82 per cent of all reported COVID-19 cases in Kenya.
“Only vehicles ferrying cargoes will be allowed and they will be assigned a single driver,” said the President. To curb the spread of the virus, there has been set roadblocks for all neighbouring countries: Garissa road for people commuting from Northern parts of Kenya, Ngong road, Kiserian, Isinya, Thika road among others. Kitengeal, Athi River, Katani are also included.
Giving elaboration on the set road blocks, the Principal Secretary, State Department of Interior Karanja Kibicho said that there will be no excuse whatsoever because the laid restrictions are not set to punish the citizens but as a way to combat the spread of the disease hence saving people’s lives.
However, asked in an exclusive interview about those whose quarantine period ends within the 21 days of movement ban, the government spokesman Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna stressed that there is no excuse for any sort of appeal towards the restriction.
“I would like to say that the life of 47 million Kenyans is much more important and can’t be jeopardized because of one person,” stressed Oguna. The retired Colonel further said that everyone has the responsibility to protect their lives.