Uhuru hints at ending countrywide curfew

Monday, October 18th, 2021 23:57 | By

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday hinted at a possibility of lifting the nationwide curfew soon.

While addressing Karatina residents, on his way to Kirinyaga, he said: “In the days to come, we will look at it.

I am working, and very soon, you will hear it. I don’t want to speak too early.” 

Uhuru was responding to calls from residents who urged him to lift the curfew that has persisted for almost two years since the first Covid-19 case was reported locally in March last year.

At the same time, the President urged residents to continue following the protocols set by the Ministry of Health, to ensure they are safe from the scourge that has devastated the world, killed millions, and sent economies into remission.

“You need to also protect yourself from the disease, so that when we re-open there are no more deaths, and you will be free to live as you want,” he added.

And on a light note, the President said: “I am also delighted to say that I am contented, you know why?

Because, these days, you go home early and you are now multiplying, or who do you think will vote tomorrow if you do not multiply?”

On October 4, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe extended curfew for a further 30 days, on account of the high Covid-19 positivity rate, adding that the re-opening of the country was dependent on vaccination numbers. Kenya hopes to vaccinate some 10 million adults by December and a cumulative total of 27 million.

Yesterday the country recorded 33 new infections after testing a sample of 3,530, translating to a 0.9 per cent positivity rate.

Ministry records showed 93 Covid patients were reported to have recovered while one died of the disease. 

Uhuru’s hint came a day after Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi urged him to lift the night curfew, saying it is worsening the economic situation in the country. 

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