A video has gone viral, showing traffic snarl-up as residents flee from Eastleigh. This is despite the government issuing a cessation of movement to the area. From the clip, one can see fleets of cars moving bumper to bumper from the region to Jogoo road.
Mutahi Kagwe announced that the government had banned any form of movement in and out of Eastleigh. The new rule was active from the 5th of May 2020.
The cessation of movement followed a daily increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the area. CS Mutahi had previously warned that the government is ready to take stern measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Eastleigh has, for an extended period, been one of Nairobi’s core business hubs. Shops swamp the area generating income in millions to residents and the government.
Protests over the Eastleigh cessation
On the 6th of May 2020, Mathare residents took to the streets protesting the cessation of movement.
The majority of them were complaining that their economic situation was already worsening even before the termination of movement. With the restriction of movement in Eastleigh, they further complained they do not know how they will cater to their families and even provide food.
However, Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman came out comforting Eastleigh residents not to flee from their estate. He quoted a verse from the Holy Quran that said, “if you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it, but if the plague breaks out in a place where you are, do not leave it.”
These incidences come at a time that Eastleigh is recording the highest coronavirus cases in Nairobi county daily. The government insisted that this measure is essential in preventing the virus from spreading to other parts of the county.
Here is the video.