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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,6TH JUNE,2020– President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the nationwide night curfew for 30 more days.
In an address from State House, Nairobi, the Head of State however, said the curfew will now start from 9pm to 4am to enable businesses thrive for more hours.
The new order takes effect on June 7.
The cessation of movement in and out of Eastleigh, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale will end on June 7 at 4am.
President Kenyatta said he lifted the order, after infection rates slowed down in the four counties and following advise from experts and scientists.
“I have applied my mind to the different scenarios presented by our experts. And I have reconciled myself to the fact that to ‘open’ or not to ‘open’ up is not a dilemma between a right and a wrong. It is a dilemma between two rights,” he said on Saturday while conceding that he is firmly committed to re-opening the economy but if and when the virus situation in the country was contained.
However, Nairobi Metropolitan will remain on lockdown with restricted movement in and out of Nairobi County which continue to record high infection rates.
“Some, including myself, wanted to open up now. That was, and is still my desire. I want to open up at the earliest opportunity and get the economy going. More so, as Kenya was ranked the third largest economy in Sub-Sahara Africa this week,” he said, and urged Kenyans to continue obeying public health measures issued by the government.