Curfew: Industrialists warn against police brutality

Monday, March 30th, 2020 00:00 |
President Uhuru Kenyatta during a past event

Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has bemoaned alleged harassment by police, of essential service providers, in the enforcement of the curfew announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Last week, while announcing the daily curfew as one of the measures to protect citizens, the President provided a list of essential service providers allowed to operate during the curfew period to ensure that Kenyans continue to access food and basic products.

KAM chairman Sachen Gudka said the association has appealed to the National Security Advisory Council and Security Personnel to work together with essential service providers, under the agreed guidelines agreed  for the sake of getting the country through the difficult period.

“We have promised to work closely with the government to develop more collaborative frameworks to deliver essentials to Kenyans during this difficult moments as the situation is increasingly dynamic and called for adoptive and quick approaches,” he told the press. 

The manufacturers lobby and partners such as Kenya Private Sector Alliance met on Friday with the Inspector General of Police, as well as the Covid-19 Multi-Agency Planning Team to agree on protocols which would guide both law enforcers and producers to avoid disruption of production.

Amongst the agreed proposals were on production where manufacturers should be organising production shifts such that there is little or no worker movement during the curfew period and carry job identification cards to use during the curfew period.

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