Gov’t urged to review curfew time to 9pm in COVID-zoned area

Anestar Girls School bus at the Uhuru Park where students were stranded after they were ...
Anestar Girls School bus at the Uhuru Park where students were stranded after they were caught up in traffic occasioned by the daily curfew. Photo: Citizen Digital

The National Council of NGOs has urged the Government to review the current curfew time from 8pm to 9pm in the COVID-zoned area comprising of Nairobi, Nakuru, Kajiado, Kiambu and Machakos counties.

In a statement to newsrooms on Wednesday, National Chairman Stephen K. Cheboi said the current curfew time has proved challenging for many Kenyans as they struggle to get their daily earnings and return home in good time.

“What was witnessed in Thika Road in recent days and also in other places in some parts of the country where law enforces clashes with citizens or people arrested for not adhering to COVID19 regulations is not pleasing and thus the need for all of us to be responsible in one way or another,” he said.

According to the council, there should have a harmonious relationship between citizens and law enforcers hence the need for continued sensitization on dangers of the coronavirus pandemic and regulations governing the same.

Mr. Cheboi however urged Kenyans to continue to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures as pronounced by the Ministry of Health.

A majority of Kenyans were stranded over the weekend after police officers mounted curfew enforcement roadblocks in different parts of the city such as Thika Road, Lang’ata, Wilson Airport area and Kayole junction.

The roadblocks were mounted a few minutes after 8pm, in accordance with government directives on the curfew period.

Police officers reportedly informed motorists that they would have to spend the night on the road until the lapse of the curfew at 4am. The roadblocks were removed a few minutes to midnight.

Nairobi Regional Commissioner James Kianda defended the move saying the night-time roadblocks were necessitated by constant flouting of curfew rules.

“Nairobians should expect more going forward. It was not possible to arrest people because of numbers but several revelers were arrested and they will appear in court,” he said.

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