Govt Announces Duration of Curfew

  • Police order Mombasa residents on ground on March 27, 2020 just hours before the start of nationwide curfew to curb spread of coronavirus.
    Police order Mombasa residents on the ground on March 27, 2020, just hours before the start of the nationwide curfew
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  • The government has hinted at what could be the end of the curfew period currently in effect.

    In a gazette notice dated March 27, 2020, the government indicated that the curfew, which came into place on the same date would last for a total of 30 days.

    "This order shall apply during the hours between seven o'clock in the evening and 5 o'clock in the morning with effect from 27 March 2020, and shall remain in effect for a period of thirty days thereof," the notice reads.

    In this regard, the curfew currently in place is set to come to an end on April 26, 2020.

    A driver who was manhandled by police as the curfew commenced on Friday, March 27, 2020
    A driver who was manhandled by police as the curfew commenced on Friday, March 27, 2020
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    President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered a national curfew starting Friday, March 27, 2020.

    "Effective Friday, 27th March 2020, a Daily Curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. shall be in effect in the territory of the Republic of Kenya, with all movement by persons not authorized to do so or not being Medical Professionals, Health Workers, Critical and Essential Services Providers, being prohibited between those hours,” President Kenyatta stated.

    The head of state further directed that only Critical and Essential Service Providers will not be affected by the curfew.

    Those include; Medical Professionals and Health Workers, National Security, Administration and Co-ordination Officers, Public Health and Sanitation officers in the County Governments, Licensed Pharmacies and Drug Stores, Licensed Broadcasters and Media Houses, Kenya Power & Lightening Company Limited.

    Others are; Food Dealers, Distributors, Wholesalers and Transporters of Farm Produce, Licensed Supermarkets, Mini-Markets and Hypermarkets, Licensed Distributors and Retailers of Petroleum and Oil Products and Lubricants.

    Also listed as essential service providers were Licensed Telecommunication Operators and Service Providers, Licensed Banks, Financial Institutions and Payment Financial Services, Fire Brigade and other Emergency Response Services and Licensed security firms.

    The curfew has been marred with chaos and police brutality that has since seen incidents where police unleashed their wrath on Kenyans leading to injuries and even death.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, April 1, apologized to the nation over the effects that the curfew has had on them and urged better cooperation going forward.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta during a video conference at State House on Wednesday, April 1.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta during a video conference at State House on Wednesday, April 1.
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