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The Reason Why President Uhuru Kenyatta Fears Opening Lock-down in Nairobi

OchiengSala 06/28/2020

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Many Kenyans are expecting President Uhuru Kenyatta to reopen the economy or at least relax the current COVID-19 containment measures that include a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew and restrictions of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa comes July 6.

There are concerns that things might become worse if the containment measures are relaxed given that Kenya is yet to reach its COVID-19 infection peak.

On Saturday night, June 28, popular blogger Robert Alai claimed that the head of state fears opening the lockdown because there is a danger that people will travel to upcountry in large numbers hence putting the rural areas at higher risk.

According to Alai, President Uhuru is of opinion to extend the lock-down in Mombasa and Nairobi because the many jobless people living in the cities will rush to the villages in case the cessation of movement is lifted.

“Uhuru fears opening the lockdown because there is a danger of people rushing out of locked-down areas when opened at once.”

“Many now jobless and in the cities. They will rush to the villages in case of a lift of lockdown.” The blogger claimed.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, June 25, during a virtual meeting of the national and county governments coordinating summit, told governors that reopening the country’s economy will highly depend on the level of preparedness by the county bosses to curb COVID-19 infections.

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The President stated that the counties’ capacity to effectively contain the spread of COVID-19 in case of a resurgence will determine whether the country’s economy will reopen or not.

Council of Governors Chairman and Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya told Uhuru that many Counties had attained a minimum 300 isolation beds each.

According to Oparanya, 12 counties had met the threshold while others were on course to meet the target by the end of June.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe had this week urged the President to extend the lockdown and the dusk-dawn curfew saying that Kenya risk harsh consequences if the measures are relaxed.

Kenyans are now waiting to see if President Uhuru Kenyatta will relax the current measures put in place to fight the spread of the deadly disease when he addresses the nation on July 6.

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