(Kenya) Coronavirus Curfew Protest: Eldoret Residents Protest against the Coronavirus Curfew
Angry residents protest against the coronavirus curfew in Langas, Eldoret Town in Kenya, details below
Residents of Langas, Eldoret town have taken to the streets to protest against the Coronavirus curfew. According to the residents, there is no way they can obey the coronavirus curfew yet they are starving since many of them live from hand to mouth.
The residents said that they have got greater fights bordering on hunger and food security. Therefore coronavirus is the least of their worries.
“Heri kufa corona, kuliko kufa njaa” said one of the residents.
Translated, this statement means that they would rather die of Coronavirus than to die of hunger.
Given that the informal sector in Kenya constitutes over 80% “the coronavirus curfew is likely to affect their income levels and deprive their source of livelihood,” quoted verbatim.
The residents were seen carrying each and holding arms while daring the coronavirus curfew enforcement officers to disperse them.
The protesting Eldoret residents completely disregarded President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directives and CS Health Mutahi Kagwe’s advice on containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Kenya.
These directives include:
- A curfew from 7.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m daily.
- Government banning all travels in and out of the country
- Only Kenyan citizens with valid passports will be allowed in only if they test positive.
- All Kenyans who arrived in the country in the last 14 days to take self-quarantine.
- All schools and learning institutions to be closed by Friday, March 19, 2020.
- Government offices and companies must allow workers to work from home unless it is necessary to work from the office.
- Cashless transactions to be used instead of cash transactions. The Cost of transactions should hence be lowered.
- Avoid any kind of congregations such as weddings, funerals, church, shopping malls, and entertainment places, minimize congestion in public transport, limit congestions in hospitals
- Hospitals and shopping malls to provide water and soap or sanitizers for their customers.