Uhuru Lifts Nationwide Curfew

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta at Wang'uru stadium in Kirinyaga County on Wednesday, October 20.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta at Wang'uru stadium in Kirinyaga County on Wednesday, October 20.
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, October 20, announced the end of dusk to dawn curfew put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the Country.

    Speaking during the Mashujaa day celebrations at the Wang'uru Stadium in Kirinyaga County, Kenyatta vacated the nationwide curfew which was effected on March 27, 2020, with immediate effect.

    "With the authority vested in me as president, I hereby order that the nationwide curfew that has been in effect from the 27th of March 2020, is hereby vacated with immediate effect," the president directed. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta exchanges greetings with his cabinet secretaries, from left; Fred Matiang'i (Interior), James Macharia (Transport) and Mutahi Kagwe (Health) at Wanguru stadium in Kirinyaga County on Wednesday, October 20.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta exchanges greetings with his cabinet secretaries, from left; Fred Matiang'i (Interior), James Macharia (Transport) and Mutahi Kagwe (Health) at Wanguru stadium in Kirinyaga County on Wednesday, October 20, 2021
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    Immediately the president announced the good news, a majority of Kenyans, especially those at the stadium cheered and expressed their gratitude.

    Kenyatta also reviewed upward the number of congregants allowed in worship centers.

    From his directive, two-thirds will be allowed in worship centers from the initial number of one-third.

    The president noted that 5 million adults had been vaccinated so far against Covid-19, adding that the surge of coronavirus infections had dropped.

    He, however, noted that the country wasn't out of the woods yet.

    The move to have the curfew vacated followed a review of the containment measures by the National Response team and the National Security Council.

    Kenyatta added that the council would continue to monitor the situation across the border before full reopening of the economy.

    Restaurant owners had urged the president to vacate the order decrying tough economic times.

    The Pubs, Entertainment, and Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK) noted that the entertainment sector had been sidelined as others benefit from the relaxed Covid-19 containment measures.

    Kenyans attending the Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Wang'uru Stadium on Wednesday, October 20.
    Kenyans attending the Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Wang'uru Stadium on Wednesday, October 20.
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