‘Happy New Year’ or premium tears? Kenyans await President Kenyatta’s speech on restrictions
- It has been 70 days since the dusk-to-dawn curfew was imposed in Kenya on March 27, 2020; since then, the government has extended the 7pm to 5am curfew several times and cessation of movement in 5 counties twice.
- In April 25, the government announced the extension of the nationwide curfew for 21 daysL.
- On April 6, the government had imposed a ban on movements within the counties of Nairobi, Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa and Mandera before an additional 21 days on May 17.
Expectations are high among Kenyans about President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Saturday message on the review of current restrictions and cessation of movement measures effected to curb the spread of COVID-19.
It has been 70 days since the dusk-to-dawn curfew was imposed in Kenya on March 27, 2020; since then, the government has extended the 7pm to 5am curfew several times and cessation of movement in 5 counties twice.
In April 25, the government announced the extension of the nationwide curfew for 21 days; on April 6, the government had imposed a ban on movements within the counties of Nairobi, Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa and Mandera before an additional 21 days on May 17.
Despite the COVID-19 surge across the world, many countries on the continent have eased their lockdown restrictions.
Even European countries, the hardest hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic, began easing their measures in May.
The Ministry of Health on Friday announced that COVID-19 infections in the country had risen to 2,474 after 134 more patients tested positive for the disease.
And now, with indications that the Kenyan government may also loosen their grip on restrictions, hopeful Kenyans may just be setting the target a bit beyond the skies.
Below are some of the expectations by Kenyans on Twitter ahead of President Kenyatta’s speech:
Let’s be patriotic this fine Saturday #June6th and send warm wishes to Our beloved President His Excellency, Commander In Chief, & Majority Leader of both Houses of Parliament Uhuru Kenyatta. Let’s be humble citizens. pic.twitter.com/VRgVZUhzRd
— Ahmed Mohamed ((ASMALi)) (@Asmali77) June 6, 2020
Guys for TODAY, please call Uhuru Mr. President or His Excellency. Let's avoid those nicknames.
— Neo (@MisterAlbie) June 6, 2020
Yeah, let’s start a thread of everything we love about Uhuru Kenyatta. I’ll start
I love his shirts, I’ve never seen anyone who rocks those shirts the way our country dzaddy does!!! A1
— Mᴀɪsʜᴀ Nɪ KᴜTᴀᴘ (@QueenGathoni) June 6, 2020
Uhuru Kenyatta is the best president in the world. The builder of ports, airports, railways, hospitals and many kilometres of roads. The master of free education, protector of the poor and father of the vulnerable. The employer of youths. In short, today fanya kama wewe bro
— ItsMbuve™ Reuben (@MwanaaRegina) June 6, 2020
Mr President Uhuru Kenyatta,Containment on Hotspot areas is okay, we all agree. But please give us a 24hr economy we recover from the already bad mess. Hatuwezi vumilia zaidi aki!#UhuruDontLiftLockdown
— Solomon Kimani (@solomonkimani_) June 6, 2020
This day #6thjune President Uhuru Kenyatta will :
1. Continue locking down Nairobi and Mombasa
2. Reopen Eastleigh and Old Town
3. Reopen Kwale and Kilifi
— Kinyash (@kinyashmc) June 6, 2020
President Kenyatta going through Twitter this morning. pic.twitter.com/TBO9NwxcWy
— Pharmacovigilante (@LouisKibathi) June 6, 2020
If Uhuru Kenyatta lifts cessation of movements there will be mass exodus from major towns and may lead to explosion of corona virus cases. The only realistic/reasonable option is to reduce curfew hours! #June6th
— Lloyd Onyango (@lloydOnyango) June 6, 2020
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