You will not be spared but arrested if found outside during curfew-IG Mutyambai

Inspector general of police Hillary Mutyambai addresses a past event|COURTESY|Capital FM

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,27TH MARCH,2020-Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has now warned that those found outside their homes within the stipulated 7pm-5am curfew period will be dealt with according to the law.

Mutyambai spoke during a press conference held at Afya House on Friday evening where it was announced that there were no new positive coronavirus cases in Kenya.

The IG also said only those included within the list of essential providers will be allowed to move during curfew, adding that they will however be required to provide legitimate identifications.

“The curfew applies to the entire territory of the Republic of Kenya starting today from 7pm-5am until further notice. It prohibits public gatherings and processions during the curfew. Any person who violates the curfew commits an offence and shall be arrested and charged in a court of law,” said Mutyambai.

“I assure Kenyans that once you stay at home, you will not be arrested. Police will be working in a multi-agency team.”

He further directed police officers who will be on duty during the operation to mount road blocks across the country so as to also restrict movement of motor vehicles.

The police boss stated that the curfew, effective Thursday 7pm to Friday 5am, will continue until further notice.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, during the same address, urged Kenyan citizens to abide by government directives and stay indoors during the stipulated hours.

CS Kagwe said the curfew had been necessitated by the difficulty in maintaining social distancing among citizens and implementing self-quarantine for those coming back from coronavirus-hit countries.

“A lot of our people who have been infected are as a result of social interactions, from our own observations, usually in the evenings and at night. Even where we have asked people to do self-quarantine for the mandatory 14 days, we have observed the habit of social distancing during the day and flouting it at night,” he said.

“This is unacceptable. Even in public transportation, the rules are observed during the day and flouted in the evening and at night. Further, we have observed that a lot of the people who have the potential as carriers of the disease are fairly young people who tend to socialize at night.”

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