Majority of Kenyans want curfew rules in war enhanced

Monday, June 8th, 2020 00:00 |
A hawker sells his wares in Eastleigh a day after cessation of movement rule was lifted in the area. Photo/PD/KENNA CLAUDE

Majority of Kenyans now want curfew measures announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta to  contain coronavirus disease to continue even as they expressed concerns over the rising cases of the virus, a new survey shows.

The survey by Infotrak shows that at least half of Kenyans, at 57 per cent, agree the curfew that ran from 7pm to 5am should remain until the coronavirus situation is deemed manageable.

Already, the President has extended the curfew but will now be observed from 9pm to 4am for the next 30 days.

“A third of Kenyans said the curfew should be done away with completely so that people can move freely while another 12 percent said the curfew should be relaxed and imposed for shorter duration,” said Infotrak Research and Consulting director Angela Ambitho when she released the findings of the survey yesterday.

Rising cases

The move came even as  81 per cent of Kenyans said they are worried about the rise in the number of cases as compared to 75 per cent in April.

The highest level of worry was reported in Nyanza at 89 per cent followed by 86 in Western, 81 in Eastern while Rift Valley, Nairobi and Central recorded 80 per cent, 79 per cent and 78 per cent respectively.

Kenyans at the Coast are the least worried of coronavirus at 76 per cent.

By regions, the highest support for the curfew was recorded in Rift Valley and  Western with 61 per cent followed by Nairobi with 59 per cent and Central and North Eastern with 52 per cent and 51 per cent respectively.

However, 39 per cent of Kenyans from Coast said the curfew should be lifted, followed by North Eastern at 36 per cent while 34 per cent of Kenyans in Central and Nairobi respectively said it should be done away with completely.

The report has also shown that majority of Kenyans believe disobedience to safety measures is a major hindrance to the fight against coronavirus disease in the country.

The survey showed that at least 71 per cent of Kenyans cited failure to adhere to government directives has been a major hindrance.

Ambitho said lack of awareness of the disease at 42 per cent was also a key hindrance to the fight.

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