Former Gatanga Member of Parliament, Peter Kenneth has urged the government to opt for total lockdown. According to him, this is the only way to deal with the deadly coronavirus effectively.
Kenneth suggested the government should opt for a lockdown lasting between a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of four.
Total suppression, according to Kenneth, is the only method to defeat the virus. He claims he bases his advice from what he has seen and read from other countries.
Peter Kenneth, however, acknowledged all the efforts the government was putting in combating coronavirus.
Although he acknowledges the measures set are excellent, Kenneth notes some Kenyans are not following them.
He went ahead to give the example of Kilifi’s deputy governor. Mr Swaburi did not self-quarantine despite travelling to Germany.
This unacceptable act put many people at risk since he interacted with citizens as he undertook official duties.
Consequently, Kilifi Governor, Amason Kingi, has gone under self-quarantine. He came into contact with Swaburi putting him at risk of contracting the virus.
Kenneth also noted maintaining social distance is an issue. Although the government has advised Kenyans on this, many are not following this directive.
The former lawmaker acknowledged the coronavirus explosion is a looming danger in the country.
He further adds that after two weeks (incubation period), there might be a coronavirus outbreak.
Kenneth saddened by the situation claims he does not even want to think about how the case will be during that time.
However, according to the former policymaker, all this can be prevented by a total lockdown.
Government to provide food and amenities
The former MP, however, urged the government to come up with a way of feeding people during the lockdown period.
This is an important aspect to consider while planning for total lockdown. Majority of Kenyans live from hand to mouth.
Total lockdown will mean thee families will not be able to fend and provide for themselves.
Kenneth advocates the government to develop emergency contingency measures to deal with this situation.
During a recent interview, government spokesman Cyrus Oguna admitted lockdown is on the table for consideration.
However, he added the lockdown is not necessary if Kenyans follow instructions exactly as given to them.
These lockdown calls come at a time when Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho also called the government for total lockdown.
Like Kenneth, he feels this is the best way to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.