Govt publishes standard operating procedures for officers at roadblocks

Written By: Timothy Kipnusu

The government is limiting movement of people in and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale and Mandera counties, with only those providing essential services being allowed through albeit under some strict guidelines.

The Government has officially published the standard operating procedures for law enforcement officers at the roadblocks in the designated Covid-19 infected areas of Nairobi Metropolitan, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale.

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The guidelines published by the National Multi-Agency Command centre-Covid-19 outlines the dos and don’ts of operations by law enforcers in designated points in the declared COVID-19 areas.

This comes as 54 people were put under mandatory quarantine after they were nabbed by police for flouting government directive of social distancing. 

The procedures which were still in operation have seen elements of disharmony and misunderstanding at the roadblocks with incidents of confrontations between security personnel and citizens during its enforcement.

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The regulations curtail the movement of persons into and out of the Covid-19 infected areas of Nairobi Metropolitan, Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi.

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The regulations, however, gives commercial vehicles transporting farm produce and lawful cargo, ambulances transporting patients to health facilities a leeway at the roadblocks.

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Private cars and public transport vehicles are prohibited from entering or leaving the COVID 19 infected areas.

According to the published standard operating procedures, no person shall be exempted from the rules except by authority of the Cabinet Secretary for Health certified in writing.

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Meanwhile, police officers in Maragua Constituency have taken 54 people to a 14-days mandatory quarantine after they were found flouting government directive of social distancing.

The 54 were being ferried in a Canter and a pickup vehicle from Mugoiri in Kiharu constituency.

At Maragua police station, the people mitigated their case that they were only casual labourers in search for daily bread and appealed for the police to release them.

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