The national government in collaboration with the Governors has put in place measures that will reduce the spread of corona virus. Some measures are punitive but meant to help Kenyans atleast evade being infected by the dangerous virus.
On Wednesday 25th march, the President announced a national curfew that will take place from 7pm to 5am everyday indefinitely. The first day of the curfew has come with its challenges especially in Nairobi and Mombasa cities. Most residents were still waiting for vehicles and ferry transport in the case of Mombasa. Residents of the coastal town were ambushed by the men in uniform from 5:00pm.
The police engaged civilians who were returning home by hitting them and even splashing teargas in the air. This was frustrating especially for women who could run effectively. The police forced them to sit down on a muddy dirty ground close to each other. It was unfortunate to see this happening.
Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho called the news anchor on citizen TV station to set the record straight when most residents were still queuing waiting for the ferry after 7:00pm. Joho who was really devastated by the way the police handled the situation, claimed that what happened was not at all human and could even increase the spread of epidemic instead of reducing. “I support every effort from the government in dealing with Covid-19 but it should be done in humane way”, the frustrated Governor said. “My people started being harassed and beaten up as early as 5:00pm”, he added. Joho advised the Government to direct the employers so that they can be allowing their employees to go home as from 3:00pm. While crying on national TV the agitated governor said that the people being harassed are poor and their only sin is going home from work. “For the curfew to be effective, let everyone stay at home and the two levels of governments to provide for the humble families by providing them with food,” he narrated.