Today will go down in the books of history as the country goes into its second ever curfew.The first curfew was in the year 1982 when a planned coup to oust president Moi out of power by some powerful military personnel failed thus a curfew had to be imposed.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew to reduce movement of people as one way to slow down infection of the coronavirus among netizens in Kenya. As security forces prepare to enforce the president’s order, some Kenyans are not quite sure what exactly this means and what will be expected from them.
CS for Security, Fred Matiang’i clarified that the only groups that will be exempted from the curfew those in the medical sector, retail, media, aviation, telecommunications, food supply chain, emergency services and security.
According to the Government spokesperson Mr.Oguna,those who might be tempted to do the opposite will be arrested by the police.He however, did not disclose the period the culprits would be under police custody considering that the Judiciary halted most of its services due to Covid-19 and also police stations have been urged not to make arrests so as to reduce congestion .
In accordance to the Public Act,”Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of a curfew order shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding Sh1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or to both,”
The Kenya police service will be helped by General Service Unit (GSU), Kenya Prisons, National Youth Service (NYS) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).