Govt to Trace Lockdown Evaders with Drone Technology

  • The government will now use drones to track down lockdown evaders especially those in the one zoned area sneaking into and out of other parts of the country.

    Speaking to Nation, Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya, said that the drones will be used to arrest rogue Kenyans who are evading roadblocks.

    “We must do everything possible to tame suicidal Kenyans from irresponsible movements that can cost them their lives," he said.

    Police putting up a road block in Nairobi CBD
    Police mount up a roadblock in Nairobi CBD in June 2020.

    According to the administrator, drones fitted with high-density cameras would be able to monitor any movement from a distance of five kilometers.

    Natembeya noted that the technology would enable police to arrest boda-boda riders who have been aiding people to evade the roadblocks. 

    "We have realised there are people who have continued using panya routes to move in and out of the disease infected zone, some using boda-boda. We will tighten security at the roadblocks and use drones to arrest those evading the roadblocks,” said Natembeya

    He further noted that more roadblocks would be erected to enforce Covid-19 containment measures.

    The officer further issued a stern warning to those breaking the law and urged them to take personal responsibility.

    "I wish to take this opportunity to issue a stern warning to those flouting the lockdown restrictions. Culprits will face the full force of the law," he said.

    The administrator also warned police against accepting bribes to allow people to flout the containment measures saying. Such officers, he said, will face immediate disciplinary action.

    According to Nation, some rogue motorists were parting with between Ksh2,000 and Kshh8,000 to pass through the roadblocks.

    On Monday, April 5, Molo Sub-county chief Hassan Waweru, confirmed that two rape cases have been reported in the area as travelers evaded the roadblock through informal routes. 

    "It is sad to see some boda-boda riders taking advantage of travelers. I am urging the public to adhere to the government-imposed restrictions as a way of preventing the spread of the virus. It is not a punishment," Waweru said.

    Police officers manning a roadblock that went up in Eastleigh estate on May 7, 2020 after the government ordered a lockdown over a spike in Covid-19 cases.
    Police officers manning a roadblock that went up in Eastleigh estate on May 7, 2020, after the government ordered a lockdown over a spike in Covid-19 cases.
    Daily Nation