Uhuru reopens Nairobi, Mombasa, Mandera Counties

Uhuru reopens Nairobi, Mombasa, Mandera, extends curfew by 30 days

President Uhuru Kenyatta has lifted the cessation of movement in Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Mombasa and Mandera counties from Tuesday, June 7, 2020.

Speaking when he addressed the Nation on Monday, President Kenyatta said the cessation of movement will be lifted as at 4 am.

“By reopening the three counties, we are more at risk than we were when the restrictions were in place. We must, therefore, exercise cautious optimism and avoid reckless abandon,” he said.

He added that according to experts and stakeholders, Kenya had not met the irreducible minimum of 100 per cent, however, the consensus amongst them is that the country had reached a reasonable level of preparedness across the country to allow us to reopen.

The President, however, said that there shall be no movement of Public Service Vehicles unless the operators have mandatory certification from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transport.

President Kenyatta after the reopening urged Kenyans to practice civic responsibility, “you MUST become your brother’s keeper. While the government will, no doubt, do its part to achieve the desired wish of remaining open, you, mwananchi must also do what is expected of you personally to achieve it.  This is, therefore a National Call to civic responsibility.”

“We can always revive an ailing economy but we cannot bring to life those who die from this pandemic,” he said.

Making a National Call to Kenyans, he also urged people to minimize unnecessary contact and movement.

The Head of State encouraged Kenyans to consider delaying non-essential up-country travel and to exercise extreme caution and fidelity to the correct usage of face-masks, hand washing and sanitization, physical and social distancing, and concern for the health of the elderly and immune-depressed persons.

Kenyans should, however, take note that the order to reopen the country is conditional.

Should the situation deteriorate and pose a challenge to our health infrastructure, it shall be ‘clawed back’.

In the next 21 days, the government shall study patterns of interactions and the spread of the disease, any trends that signal a worsening of the pandemic, will lead to another cessation of movement withing the counties.

  

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