Eastleigh Residents Threaten to Defy Health CS Mutahi Kagwe's Orders [VIDEO]

  • Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe speaking during a presser outside Kenyatta National Hospital, April 2020.
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe speaking during a presser outside Kenyatta National Hospital, April 2020.
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  • Eastleigh residents on Wednesday, May 20, took to the streets to protest the extension of the cessation of movement order by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

    The residents from Eastleigh South took to the streets and threatened to defy the government's orders, most of them stating that they did not have enough food to eat.

    "We as residents of Eastleigh are not boarding the cessation of movement. We will not cooperate anymore after this because we have done all the cooperation required," a resident stated.

    A photo of residents protesting in Embu Town on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
    Residents protesting in Embu Town on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
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    One of the community health workers stated that many of the residents were not going for Covid-19 testing.

    "Most are not opening their businesses and hence, do not understand why they need to go for testing. They do not have food, nor money," she stated.

    In terms of relief food being supplied to the residents by the government, the health worker noted that many were left out of the program.

    Additionally, the residents complained that they had adhered to directives set by the government and did not understand why the cessation of movement had been extended.

    "They are not giving us food. They should just allow us to go to work and fend for ourselves," a visibly angry woman complained.

    "We want them to give us the freedom to move in and out of Eastleigh so that I can go back to my matatu business and get some money," another joined.

    The complaints came moments after Kagwe announced that the extension of the cessation of movement in and out of Eastleigh and Mombasa Old Town until June 6, 2020.

    The CS explained that the cessation of movement was aimed at combating further spread of the virus.

    "We have also continued to see the rise across the counties and therefore arising from this situation and in order to contain further spread of the virus, the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus announces as follows.

    "An extension of the cessation of movement in and out of Eastleigh in Nairobi until Saturday, June 6 and an extension of the cessation of movement in and out of Old Town Mombasauntil Saturday, June 6, 2020," announced the CS.

    Watch video courtesy of K24;