Kilifi leaders accuse residents of flouting Govt rules on COVID 19

Written By: Hunja Macharia/Daniel Wekesa

Kilifi County leaders have expressed concern over the reckless behavior of County residents in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi says a majority of residents are not wearing masks and are also not observing social distancing as directed by the Government.

Kaloleni MP Paul Katana said the reckless behavior is likely to cost the County hundreds of lives, calling on the County Government to enhance vigilance and ensure those flouting the rules are arrested.

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The leaders gave notice to those crowding in local palm wine or Mnazi drinking dens enjoying liquor as well as those attending burials without observing social distancing.

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It has also emerged that some bodaboda riders are sneaking people in and out of Kilifi County using Panya routes even after movement in and out of the County was banned by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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The latest reports indicate that there are people who use the bodabodas to cross to Mombasa through Mwakirunge with the MP saying they are risking the lives of others by exposing them to coronavirus.

And with Mombasa identified as a hotspot for the virus, Kingi said those caught sneaking in or out residents will be quarantined for 14 days and then prosecuted once they are released.

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The two were speaking the launch of an emergency coronavirus relief food program targeting 50,000 vulnerable families in the County.

Kingi said the only way to contain COVID-19 pandemic is to strictly adhere to the directives issued by the Government among them washing hands regularly and wearing masks.



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