Nairobi Police Clarify on Mounting Roadblocks This Weekend

  • A police roadblock at Chania, border of Murang’a and Kiambu Counties
    A police roadblock at Chania, border of Murang’a and Kiambu Counties
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  • An ecstatic feeling swept across the country after President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, October 20, announced that the nationwide dusk to dawn curfew had been lifted.

    The news was well received by a majority of Kenyans who had relentlessly urged the Head of State to revise the curfew regulations that he had set in March 2020.

    After the news, social media erupted with Kenyans unveiling plans on how they would embark on their partying spree.

    Police set up roadblocks isolating the Nairobi Metropolitan Area on April 7, 2020.
    Police set up roadblocks isolating the Nairobi Metropolitan Area on April 7, 2020.
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    However, reports circulated on social media on Friday, October 22, indicating that police would mount road blocks along major roads at night in order to enforce traffic laws and reintroduce the dreaded alcoblow.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Nairobi police boss, Augustine Nthumbi disputed the claims but affirmed that police officers were on high alert and would not hesitate to take action.

    "We have not yet planned to take such action but no one is stopping us. If we want to, we can enforce the law. You know the work of a police officer entails emergencies and occurrences."

    "It depends on the personal choice by the officers in command, that we can decide to take any action that we deem necessary, any time of the day or night. So it's not a must we plan and announce that we have taken such an action," Nthumbi stated.

    He also advised Kenyans to maintain law and order as well as observe Covid-19 containment measures.

    Recently, Health Cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe, announced that the closure of bars would revert to the earlier set time of 11 pm or the time allowed by the licensing authorities.

    This was demystified by Kiambu Bar Owners Association chairman, Richard Kagiri, who recently told Kenyans.co.ke that those whose licenses read bar and restaurant, would operate for 24 hours. He also clarified that night clubs are licensed to open until 2am.

    The announcement signaled essentially a gate free pass for Kenyans to embark on their wild ventures and party sprees. However, alluding to this, Kagwe urged all Kenyans to maintain peace and get vaccinated.

    "Our appeal, therefore, is to all those who are eligible for vaccination to turn up in vaccination posts. The reduced positivity rate does not mean that the pandemic is over and that there will be no other wave. Nothing is further from the truth," Kagwe stated.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe During the Official Launch of Kenya's Largest Oxygen Plant at the MTRH on Monday, August 30, 2021.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe During the Official Launch of Kenya's Largest Oxygen Plant at the MTRH on Monday, August 30, 2021.
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