By Mourice Serreta
President Uhuru Kenyatta has lifted the secession of movement into and out of the Nairobi metropolitan area, Mombasa county and Mandera county saying it shall lapse today or at 4 AM tomorrow Tuesday the 7th of July 2020.
Addressing the nation today from his Harambee House Office in Nairobi, President Kenyatta has however extended the nationwide curfew that is currently in force betwee the hours of 9PM and 4AM for a further 30days.
‘By reopening Nairobi, Mombasa, and Mandera, we must be aware that we will all be more at risk. We must exercise cautious optimism. Avoid reckless abandon.” President Kenyatta says.
The Head of State also warns of reverting to lock-down should the status of Covid-19 in the country deteriorate.
‘According to experts and stakeholders, we have not yet met the irreducible minimum 100% however, after further dialogue, we have reached a reasonable level of preparedness across our counties.’ President Kenyatta says.
On places of worship, President Kenyatta says only 100 individuals are to be allowed in those places of worship and not for not more than 1 hour.
“Individuals can attend worship in strict conformity with all applicable guidelines and protocols. Only a maximum of 100 participants will be allowed at each worship ceremony.” He says.
He further outlines that restrictions on the operation of bars to take-away only and the restriction of the number of persons who can attend weddings and funerals extended for a further 30 days.
On matters reopening of educational institutions, President Kenyatta says stakeholders are still working on modalities to be announced in due course.
International air-travel, he says will resume on August 1 adding that local flights to resume on July 15 under strict guidelines in phased re-opening.
‘This order to partially reopen will only bear fruits if we recognize that this exercise is a shared responsibility. Be your brother’s keeper,’ he further stated.
The President also directs the National Crime and Research Centre to probe 3 issues; the escalating cases of gender based violence, worrying trend of cases where the girl child has been dis-empowered and the violation of children’s rights.
‘I am concerned by increased tensions in our homes…Cases of GBV have increased, mental health cases & teenage pregnancies escalated. I appeal to institutions to exercise civic responsibility to bring the issues to an end…If the family is weak, a nation is weak’, he notes.
In the next 21 days , he states, they shall study the patterns of interactions and the spread of the disease.