A police officer in Eldoret, on Monday, March 23, made headlines following his unorthodox tactic to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.
Armed with a public address system, Eldoret OCS, Mike Lekalaile, took to the streets and pleaded with the county residents to abandon their daily activities and head home.
“I mind you. Let us make sure that we go home and the best way is by foot. Go home, please. You have been blessed, you have a home and are living a good life; why are you waiting for this disease to arrive? Let us save our people," he pleaded over the speakers while moving around Eldoret town.Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media outside Afya House on March 18, 2020.
He urged traders to close up shop and head home to try and minimize the chances of the deadly virus spread from one person to the other.
"Please go home. If you go home you will save the life of another person," officer Lekalaile kept on repeating over his PA system.
His efforts were quickly captured on video and shared on various social media platforms where it quickly went viral, with some christening him as heroic for his efforts to ensure the residents were safe and in good health.
The OCS's gentle and heartfelt plea created a spectacle, with some of the netizens stating that they were not accustomed to police pleading with them using a loudspeaker, but rather enforcing measures sternly and without any form of emotional attachment.
His officers also went around the streets and broke up crowds, and asked the people they found idling around to go home and keep safe from Covid-19.
The government, on March 22, announced that it would enforce strict measures to make sure Kenyans stay indoors.
The National Police Service (NPS), also sent out a statement of their own, asking Kenyans to save the world by staying at home, with the rest of the official statement sparking controversy.
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