Doubts raised over latest Corona orders

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 00:00 |
Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago.

Kenyans took to the social media yesterday to share their apprehension on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s address to the nation which among other things announced closure of bars, shortening of hours of doing business and asked security apparatus to enforce the orders.

One Kenyan said: “At war with an enemy killing 50 people a month. I am sorry but there are by far worse enemies to fight.

Three times as many people commit suicide a month, many because of a dwindling economy.”

On her part, Diana Mungai said she didn’t hear the president say anything to do with revival of the economy in his 43-minute speech.

“I didn’t hear a remedy for our economy. This is very boring and unfortunate.

Stop being so corrupt had you built facilities we’d be ready to combat the situation...but now see...panic and bad news...God be our helper,” she wrote.


However, on his part, Paul Sigilai expressed frustration at Kenyans for ignoring obvious and helpful measures as spelt out by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The health measures are well emphasised by the Kenyan government through the Ministry of Health (MoH).

“Our citizens are not wearing masks properly, most don’t cover their mouth and if they do they leave noses open.

A large number of citizens are either ignorant or don’t take this matter seriously. I am in the CBD for six days in a week as a cop and even if you remind them, they just walk away.

The president is right, the fight is seriously individual in this war with an invisible enemy namely Covid 19,” said Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago.

Last week, the Pubs Entertainment Restaurant Association of Kenya (PERAK) asked the MoH to withdraw a set of regulations they described as punitive.

The regulations were circulated for public participation, bar the sale of alcohol to sit-in patrons at restaurants, eateries, bars, food courts, entertainment joints and other places.

“The protocols on the reopening of the tourism sector included eateries and restaurants but not bars, discos and entertainment joints,” PERAK Chairperson Alice Opee said.

The association also asked the government to note that in countries such as South Africa and India, banning the sale of alcohol has not had a significant demonstrated effect on the rate of infection.

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