Coronavirus turns things upside down, Uhuru’s limo tells it all

Sunday, March 15th, 2020 19:10 | By
Coronavirus pandemic turns things upside down in Kenya. The number plate on the president's limo tells it all. PHOTO/COURTESY

As evident in President Uhuru Kenyatta's limousine whose number plate was upside down, indeed, the coronavirus seems to have caught the Head of State's security detail off guard.

It had always been a matter of when, and not if, the new Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe had warned us.

This weekend, parents and workers had fretted over what to expect on Monday since the announcement of the first coronavirus case in the country on Friday.

Some parents, for sure, had decided their children wouldn't report to school and others were anxious over what to do.

The first major announcement that revealed the scale of the coronavirus disruption in the country was made by the Judiciary on Sunday morning.

Chief Justice (CJ) David Maraga lifted the burden of anxiety among judicial officers, staff and all other people who work closely with it, including law firms, prosecutors and prison departments.

In his address, CJ Maraga suspended all court activities, except in special circumstances and serious criminal cases.

Hours later, President Kenyatta was hurriedly whisked in a new black Mercedes Benz to Harambee House where he addressed the nation.

The manner of the President's arrival spoke volumes about the extent of the upcoming disruption.

Unbeknown to his aides, President Kenyatta's car's front number plate was conspicuously upside down.

The Head of State's security detail were a bit flustered after media personnel noticed the upside-down number plate.

Announced measures

Over the next 24 hours only, only Kenyan nationals and foreigners with valid resident permits will be allowed into the country and they must be quarantined for 14 days.

President Uhuru asked employers to allow employees to work from home apart from those working in critical and essential services.

Kenyans have been encouraged to go cashless by using cards and mobile money to avert the risk of infections during transactions.

Meetings, congregations and other social events have been discouraged, including hospital visits.

The Head of State also asked malls and other essential places to provide, water, soap and hand sanitisers.

After the first case was announced on Friday, people have been forced to adjust accordingly to avert the spread of the deadly virus.

The Buildings Bridges Initiative(BBI) meeting scheduled for Nakuru next weekend was also stopped. Corona stopped reggae!

On Sunday, many faithful remained and prayed at home fearing contracting the disease that has so far infected three people in the county.

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