Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta suspends political rallies and urges Covid-19 caution
BY Our team
Kenyan Government on Wednesday suspended political gatherings and rallies for a period of sixty days effective immediately and directed anyone wishing to do such meetings to do so in town halls and limit attendees to 1/3rd sitting capacity of the hall.
Addressing the nation on Wednesday shortly after a meeting with the Council of Governors, President Uhuru Kenyatta on directed all Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries to scale down all in-person engagements and only engage through virtual means where possible. He also directed that an individual without mask should not be served.
Kenyatta also extended curfew hours from 10pm — 4am to January 3, 2021. All bars, restaurants and other establishments open to the public were also directed to close by 9pm while hotel, restaurants, bars, eateries operators were directed to do all that is necessary to ensure enhanced compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
All State and Public Officers aged above 58 years, or who are immuno-compromised, to work remotely. With the exemption of those serving the Nation in critical sectors.
Kenyatta also directed all basic education classes to resume in-person learning in January 2021. Kenya currently has 57,093 Covid-19 cases, 37,846 have recovered while the country has experienced 1,039 deaths.
On Tuesday Ruto announced that he had suspended his ’empowerment tours’ of the country because of Coronavirus cases.
“The upsurge in Covid-19 cases strongly indicates that a second wave my be in the offing. For this reason, I have decided to significantly scale down my public engagements until further notice. The empowerment meetings for this weekend in Machakos, Kitui and Makueni are postponed,” Ruto tweeted.