- Citizen Digital
President Uhuru Kenyatta delivered his sixth presidential address on Covid-19 measures at a press briefing at his Harambee House office on Monday, July 6.
He looked back at his last address on June 6, and the questions he faced then on whether or not to re-open the country, noting that they chose to prioritise strengthening the country's capacity to handle the pandemic.
He cited meetings with the Council of Governors, education stakeholders and religious leaders among others.
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"The question before us is have we as a country met the irreducible minimums? Are we ready to open?" Uhuru posed.
Uhuru stated that the country had not hit 100% on preparedness across the counties but had made significant progress
He announced an end to the cessation of movement order in Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties.
Uhuru further stated that the curfew from 9 p.m to 4 a.m would be extended by 30 days.
In addition, the President announced that places of worship including churches, mosques and shrines would be re-opened.
He, however, asserted that the re-opening of places of worship would be done in compliance with strict guidelines developed by the Inter-Faith Council.
"Only 100 individuals are to be allowed in places of worship and not for more than 1 hour," he noted.
The President further announced that the Education Ministry would spearhead the development of a plan to inform the resumption of the school calendar in 2020.
Depsite sustained pleas from bar owners, Uhuru announced that the closure of bars would remain in place for the next 30 days.
Local and international air travel will be allowed to resume from Wednesday, July 15 with the Ministry of Health involved in the formulation of guidelines to ensure it does not lead to a surge in cases.
He also directed that the ban on political and social gatherings be extended by 30 more days.
Uhuru appealed to Kenyans to strictly adhere to the regulations announced by the government, maintaining that the government would not hesitate to reinstate the lockdown if the situation worsened.
He asked citizens, particularly the youth, to play a key role in reviving the country's economy and by re-imagining business models and ideas.
The President also observed a worrying increase in cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) during the Covid-19 period.
He directed the National Crime Research Centre to probe the worrying escalation of gender based violence and violation of human rights.
The Centre was also directed to probe cases of dis-empowering of the girl child, and to provide an advisory of remedial action in 30 days.President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing National Government Administration Officers at KICC on July 2, 2020.
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