Uhuru Has Extended Curfew - CS Matiang'i

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta
    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation on Thursday, December 31, 2020
  • Interior CS Fred Matiang'i has said that President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the dusk to dawn curfew to March 12.

    The CS was speaking at the Kenyatta National Conference Center (KICC) on Sunday, January 3, after a highly anticipated National Emergency Response Committee meeting.

    He further noted that the head of state stayed the curfew in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 virus even as the school calendar resumes on Monday, January 4.

    A dusk to dawn curfew beginning at 10:00 p.m. and ending at 4 a.m has been in place since the President's address in November.

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    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i address a security conference in Nairobi on Friday, June 26, 2020
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    "President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended some of the containment measures ahead of the re-opening of schools.

    "We realise we are not in the usual place, because of Covid-19. The President has issued an executive order to ensure the health of our children thus an extension of the curfew," stated the CS.

    The CS also revealed that various other containment measures announced by the Head of State were still in force. 

    During the November address, Uhuru had extended the nationwide curfew until January 3, 2021.

    At the time, the President had also directed that eateries and bars would close at 9 p.m. 

    He also directed that any political meetings should be carried out in community halls and have only a third of the capacity of Hall. 

    Speaking during the January 3 presser, Education CS George Magoha assured Kenyans that the government has done everything possible to ensure that the re-opening of schools is smooth.

    He also defended his previous directive that schools should consider teaching children under trees as it will help in ensuring social-distancing is observed.

    "The dining hall, the assembly hall, the auditorium....and of course under trees should be utilized to ensure physical distancing," he explained.

    Transport CS James Macharia also directed that all PSV drivers take a mandatory alcohol test as he also announced the doubling of inter-county trains on Monday to ease travel for learners.

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