Uncertainty as Uhuru's 30-day Curfew Ends

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta chairing a virtual meeting with the special coronavirus emergency taskforce on April 1, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta chairing a virtual meeting with the special coronavirus emergency taskforce on April 1, 2020.
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 27, 2020, ordered a national curfew that would be effective from Friday, March 27, 2020, and would start from 7 p.m and end at 5 a.m.

    The announcement was gazetted on the same day the curfew began, with the government disclosing that it would last for a total of 30 days.

    "This order shall apply during the hours between seven o'clock in the evening and five 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 read.

    Uncertainty now looms with most Kenyans wondering if the government will extend the curfew or whether dire measures will be put in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation at State House, Nairobi on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation at State House, Nairobi on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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    On Friday, April 24, a press statement by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced that today was the penultimate (second last day) of the national curfew.

    Kagwe acknowledged that the country had made tremendous use of this period to curb the spread of the virus.

    "It is very important that we look back and review our progress, where we are and where we are headed," he stated on Twitter.

    Some Kenyans, however, did not understand what he meant and took to the comment section to raise the questions.

    "Does this mean that curfew is over because I don't understand this English," Shivega Thomas commented.

    "It is over," another weighed in.

    "There are people who are starving because the breadwinner in the family lost his or her job. People are suffering for real. Act fast," Moses stated.

    Kenyans.co.ke tried to reach Oguna for a comment on the same but our efforts were futile.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Friday, April 24 was expected to make an announcement after he directed the National Command Centre on the Coronavirus Pandemic to review the enforcement of Covid-19 safety measures. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i had announced the review directives through his social media pages.

    "The results of the review will be announced in the next 48 hours," Matiang'i tweeted on Wednesday, April 22.

    At the time of publishing, however, President Uhuru Kenyatta had not addressed the nation and it still remains unclear whether Kenyans will go back to their norman schedules after Saturday, April 25.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the nation from State House Nairobi on April 6, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the nation from State House Nairobi on April 6, 2020.
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