Security personnel deployed to seal Coast counties entry points

Thursday, April 9th, 2020 00:00 |
Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitio addresses the press at Uhuru na Kazi building in Mombasa, yesterday. Photo/PD/BONFACE MSANGI

Coastal counties began implementing partial lockdown yesterday evening by restricting travel in and out of Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties with more security personnel being deployed to seal borders.

The government has erected roadblocks at the border points of the listed counties to restrict movement of people and vehicles as part of the its stringent move to control the spread of Covod-19 pandemic.

The development comes as transporters, traders and commuters appealed to the county and national governments to consider providing them with basic commodities to cushion them from possible adverse effects of the lockdown.

Mombasa county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo yesterday said roadblocks in Mombasa will be mounted at Bonje area, along the busy Mombasa-Nairobi Highway to restrict travels inside Mombasa.

Along the Likoni Lunga Lunga Highway bordering the Kwale County, police officers will be stationed at Ngombeni area where a roadblock will be mounted.

To control movement between Kilifi and Mombasa, a road block will be mounted at the Mtwapa Bridge along the Mombasa-Malindi Highway. At Mwakirunge area between Mombasa-Kilifi border another roadblock will be erected.

“We are warning those who may intent to default the measures we have put by using shortcuts, we will arrest you  and you will be treated as a criminal,” said Kitiyo who also warned boat riders against violating the law by transporting people across the ocean.

“Operations at the Likoni ferry will continue as usual, there will be no disruptions at the ferry, what we are restricting is people crossing from one county to another,” said Kitiyo while he insisted that curfew will continue as usual.

Those going for burials across the border points will be required to acquire a special permission restricted to only family members.

A survey conducted by People Daily established that health experts have mounted testing stations at the border points to test normal temperatures for commuters to ensure those who go through do not spread the disease.

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