Police arrest Two-time London marathon winner, MCA, 20 in bar drinking during curfew

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,3RD APRIL 2020-Kapchemutwa Ward MCA Ambrose Kiplagat popularly known as “Roho Juu” was on Thursday night arrested at a bar partying after curfew hours.

Also arrested was Wilson Kipsang, a two-times London Marathon winner who was also at the popular bar in Iten.

The two were among 20 other people who had locked themselves inside the bar past curfew hours.

Police officers stormed the party and arrested the revellers who are currently cooling their heels at the Iten police station.

County commissioner Ahmed Omar said the revellers will not be released and will face the full wrath of law to serve as a lesson to others.

President Uhuru Kenyatta imposed the countrywide curfew of between 7pm and 5am effective Friday, March 27 as part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

The only persons exempted from the curfew are medical professionals, health workers, critical and essential services providers.

The Critical and Essential Service Providers who will not be affected by the curfew include; Medical Professionals & Health Workers, National Security, Administration and Co-ordination Officers, Public Health and Sanitation officers in the County Governments, Licensed Pharmacies and Drug Stores, Licensed Broadcasters and Media Houses, Kenya Power & Lightening Company Limited.

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai warned that those found outside their homes within the stipulated 7pm-5am curfew period would be dealt with according to the law.

The only persons exempted from the curfew are medical professionals, health workers, critical and essential services providers.

While explaining the logic behind the night-time curfew, Ministry of Health Director General Patrick Amoth said the move was informed by science.

Speaking to Citizen TV’s Trevor Ombija on Monday evening, Amoth said according to science people socialize more in the evenings, thereby losing the requisite social distancing.

“Curfew time was imposed because it makes scientific sense in that people socialize in evenings, that’s when they lose the sense of social distancing,” Amoth said.

Kenya has so far reported 110 cases of the new coronavirus with the Ministry of Health asking Kenyans to join in the war against the pandemic.

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