Scores Arrested in Police Crackdown on Kenyans Without Masks [PHOTOS]

  • Police in Garissa Town on November 6, 2020.
    Police in Garissa Town on November 6, 2020.
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  • Several people have been arrested in an ongoing crackdown against individuals not complying with Covid-19 containment measures.

    The operation which commenced in various parts of the country saw the arrest of people not wearing facemasks as well revelers in bars operating beyond the allowed 9 pm apprehended. 

    Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai had on Thursday, November 5, directed that anyone found flouting the Covid-19 rules, would pay an instant fine of Ksh20,000.

    Police in Garissa Town on November 6, 2020.
    Police in Garissa Town on November 6, 2020.
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    "I have directed National Police Service officers to enforce curfew orders from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am without fear or favour and with strict adherence to the standard operating procedures (SOPs)," read an excerpt of the statement.

    In Garissa County, police rounded up residents who were in the streets without face masks.

    Police in Murang'a raided a bar where revelers were in entertainment joints past the set hours.

    The residents were bundled into a police vehicle where they were then taken to a local police station.

    In his statement on November 4, Mutyambai stated that officers would work with the National Transport Service Authority (NTSA) to cancel licenses of motorists flouting curfew hours.

    Police in Garissa town on November, 6, 2020.
    Police in Garissa town on November, 6, 2020.
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    On Wednesday, a joint operation between The Kenya Coast Guard Service and GSU officers conducted a crackdown at the Likoni Ferry targeting people without facemasks.

    Commuters found without facemasks, alongside those wearing them on their chins, were rounded up and walked through several military-style punishments to serve as a lesson.

    “They asked me to lie down for 10 minutes. I was not putting on my mask properly and the officers called me and asked me to do the punishment,” one of the commuters narrated.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta, extended the nationwide curfew until January 3, 2021 as he announced that the curfew would now begin from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and directed eateries and bars to close at 9 p.m. 

    Police in Murang'a during an operation on November 5, 2020.
    Police in Murang'a during an operation on November 5, 2020.
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