President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to follow the protocols put by the government and the Ministry of Health so that the country can lift the lockdowns and curfews to allow them to go back to their normal routines.
Speaking on Saturday 23, March 2020 at the State House, the President disclosed that the government was ready to emulate other nations in lifting the curfew and re-open the economy since Kenyans cannot continue to stay at home.
However, he explained that it could only be achieved if Kenyans adhered to the protocols put in place by the government and the Ministry of Health to control the spread of the Coronavirus.
“Sisi kama serikali, kama serikali zingine mataifa yote duniani imeanza kuona hatuwezi kuendelea kusema Wakenya tukae nyumbani. Hatuwezi kuendelea kusema tu Wakenya musiende bashara zenu, musiende makazi musiende namna hiyo,” he said.
“Lakini ile kitu ambayo itatusaidia kwa kikamilifu kuhakikisha ya kwamba tumeweza tena kufungua uchumi wetu na wananchi wameweza kuendelea na maisha yao ya kawaida nimemwaambia wenzangu hii haitakuwa kwasababu ya yale serikali itatenda. Itakuwa kwasababu ya yale kila mmoja wetu kwa kibinafsi atafanya,” he added.
He went on to state that every Kenyan has the responsibility of protecting others adding that going against the measures will hurt everyone in the end.
“Wakati umefika na nimeambia mawaziri wetu na haswa maafisa wetu wa afya waanze kuambia Wakenya, waanze kueleza Wakenya kwamba hatuwezi kuendelea na lockdowns. Hatuwezi kuendelea maisha na curfew. Natukifungua hii ugonjwa ikianza kuenea, Wakenya lazima mujue ya kwamba itaenea kwasababu sisi wenyewe, mimi Uhuru, Matiang’i, wewe na Yule mwingine hatujatimiza yale masharti ambayo tumepatiwa,” he noted.
About two months ago, the President ordered a 7 pm to 5 am curfew countrywide as the government and Ministry of Health looked for a way to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
He also outlined which jobs were essential. He also ordered a cessation of movement in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Kwale, Kilifi, and Mombasa. Recently Eastleigh Estate, Nairobi, and Old Town Mombasa were put under temporary lockdown.