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At least 1, 500 people charged for flouting Covid-19 rules

As the government reiterates that people should observe the Covid-19 measures to combat the virus, some Kenyans seem not to take the rules seriously.

Over 1,500 Kenyans on Friday appeared in various Nairobi courts and charged with violating Covid-19 rules.

The offenses committed are a breach of dusk to dawn curfew orders, failing to wear masks fully covering the mouth and nose while in public places, and failure to maintain the social distancing usually not less than 1.5 meters.

Most of the offenders pleaded guilty to the offenses and were fined between Sh200 and Sh1000, after which they would be released.

However, the few that failed to raise the fines were subjected to community service.

The judiciary, in a statement, noted that is set up temporary courts at the Kasarani Stadium, which would handle the violation of covid-19 cases.

The temporary courts were set up earlier this month after deliberation between the Chief Justice, the ministry of sports, and the Director of Public Prosecution in a move aimed at combating the dreaded virus within the corridors of justice.

Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi said the judiciary is maintaining the Health ministry regulations by ensuring that the social distancing directive is observed as the Covid-19 cases are being handled.

Andayi added that the judiciary is ensuring that court users and accused persons have access to water, soap, sanitizers, and have masks to curb the spread of the virus.

Immediately the country reported the first coronavirus case; the judiciary shut down courtrooms and only allowed very few cases of a plea, which were to be run in open places.

Amid the pandemic, most cases are being heard online via platforms like Skype, Microsoft teams, Zoom and Google meet and also serving court orders through WhatsApp.

Despite there being complaints from a section of lawyers on the quality of judgment delivered online, most of them admit that they will have no option other than coping up with providing justice using technology amid the pandemic.

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