Three Kisii MCAs, county official arrested drinking during curfew hours quarantined

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Police have arrested three Members of County Assembly and one county official in Kisii town for defying the curfew time.

The four were rounded up on Saturday evening by police officers while drinking in one of the local bars during the curfew hours.

The four alongside seven others have now been taken to Kenya Medical Training College in Kisii for a 14 days quarantine where they will be tested before they are released.

Speaking to Citizen TV, Kisii County Commander Jabeel Munene confirmed the incident adding that more sting operations will be conducted urging the public to tip off the police in case of such  gatherings.

So far, 17 people have been put under quarantine in Kisii County for defiance of set protocols.

Last week the government announced that Kenyans found outside their houses during the dusk-to-dawn curfew will now be assumed to have been exposed to the coronavirus and will hence be placed under quarantine.

“Going forward, fellow Kenyans, all those who break the curfew rules will be assumed to have been in contact with suspected cases and hence will be quarantined for a period of 14 days,” Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said last Sunday.

She said the government would utilise the Nyumba Kumi initiatives and technology to flush out individuals congregating in contravention of the measures set to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“We have activated the Nyumba Kumi initiative and, further to this, we shall now utilize technology in tracking and surveillance of any members of the public who are congregating post curfew hours,” said Dr. Mwangangi.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe earlier announced that there were over 400 people quarantined for contravening the set directives.

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