Sunday, March 29th, 2020
Publié le 30.03.2020 à 01h18 par APA
Sept personnes contaminées du virus du Covid-19 ont recouvré leur santé, à en croire les chiffres officiels rendus publics ce dimanche 29 mars sur le site d’information du gouvernement sur la pandémieCette avancée est sans doute la résultante des soins prodigués aux malades, internés au CHR-Lomé Commune. Des soins dans lesquels l’usage de la Chloroquine est introduit depuis quelque temps, à en croire le Prof Majesté Watéba Ihou, le Chef des opérations de soins de la riposte contre le Covid-19 au Togo.
Il y a une hausse manifeste du nombre de guérison. D’une seule personne officialisée le jeudi 19 mars dernier, la patiente de 42 ans et premier cas de contamination déclaré dans le pays, on enregistre six de plus une dizaine de jours plus tard.
Le nombre de personnes contaminées est, certes, monté à trente, contre vingt-huit la veille ; mais la bonne nouvelle concerne celui des cas guéris. Ce sont six malades de plus, qui ont été annoncées guéries et donc ont recouvré la totalité de leur état de santé. Ce qui porte à sept le nombre total de patients déclarés ayant recouvré la santé, sur les trente personnes contaminées.
Kenya enters the third week since the first coronavirus case was announced.
Evidence from countries worst devastated by the plague shows that the full-blown stage comes after two weeks; that is when the virus’ incubation period ends and its effects become manifest.
At the weekend, Kenya’s infections hit 42, but with nearly 1,000 people tested, there are high chances more cases will be detected.
The urgency is to stop the spread because the country does not have the capacity to respond should we reach crisis level.
The health system is hamstrung and personnel inadequate and insufficiently prepared.
Since Friday, the country has been put on curfew to restrict movements to contain transmissions. It is too early in the day to determine the impact. But that is inevitable.
Experience from other parts of the world have shown that forced curbs of movements slow infections considerably.
That is why many countries ordered lockdowns, putting complete stop to movements and confining citizens to their homes.
Kenya opted for dusk-to-dawn curfew as a lesser evil.
A majority of the citizens live from hand to mouth, which necessitates them to go out to eke a living to keep their families.
Two issues are critical here. One, citizens must observe and obey the curfew directive. Besides, citizens must observe the regulations on social distance and hygiene. Unnecessary travels have to be put on hold.
Two, curfew must be enforced in a humane manner. This is why we have consistently asked the police to exercise diligence and restraint in handling citizens; they should desist from causing violence and mayhem as witnessed on Friday.
Those found violating the curfew regulations should be arrested and taken to court.
Moving forward, the government has to intensify efforts to curb the spread of the epidemic.
It should commence random tests as announced last week by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, especially in the hotspots such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi, Malindi and Kajiado.
Contact tracing alone is not enough. There are many people who have been in contact with those affected but cannot relate with that fact yet they are at risk.
Crucially, the government has to consider and roll out further interventions to cushion the vulnerable, including the elderly and unemployed.
Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta pronounced a stimulus package to mitigate the impact of the contagion, which was commendable.
But that is not enough. Social subsidies, including food and water rations, are essential.
Water ministry, counties and regional water authorities have to enhance water supply and waive costs especially to informal settlements.
In sum, the government should step up campaigns to curb the epidemic. Equally, citizens must observe health regulations and adhere to the curfew directive.
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted sports activities globally, leading to the postponement of major tournaments.
The 2020 Olympic Games, 2020 European Championships and 2020 World Athletics Under-20 Championships are some of the international competitions that have been postponed.
The World Athletics Continental Tour Challenge and World Athletics Under-20 Championships, which were to be held in Kenya, have also been postponed.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed recently said renovations at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, and the Nyayo National Stadium will continue as the world battles the deadly virus.
The stadium had already been closed by the time the first confirmed case of Covid-19 was reported in Nairobi on March 13.
Kenya had been lagging behind in preparations for the two events and their postponement offers the government and Athletics Kenya more time to prepare.
Workers and sports administrators supervising the renovations must take precautions to avoid contracting the disease even as they work round the clock to ensure Kenya is not caught off-guard when normalcy resumes in the world of sport.
With most training camps and public sports facilities closed, athletes should devise unique training programmes to stay in top form.
Once the threat of coronavirus is dealt with, the government should renovate the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret, Kamariny Stadium in Elgeyo-Marakwet, Mombasa County Stadium, Nairobi City Stadium and the Ruring’u Stadium in Nyeri.
If you are looking for divine inspiration, then this article is not meant for you.
I am not qualified to preach but I may change my mind when the urge to buy a private jet overwhelms me.
I will rely on your M-Pesa (north of a thousand bucks, of course!) in the name of the Lord, at my phantom ‘Church of the Forever Riches’. I hope you will grant me the ‘miracle’ villas and SUVs.
Now back to earth. The president made a proclamation for prayer recently following the outbreak of Covid-19 and asked Kenyans to dedicate Saturday, March 21, as the ‘National Day of Prayer’. The first country to seek divine intervention on coronavirus.
Unlike previous times, when the ruling class prayed at the precincts of five-star hotels, this time round we were asked to pray wherever we were.
Great advice to complement the war on Covid-19. Prayers in Kenya have always intrigued me. You ask?
If we are so prayerful, and indeed we are, we should not have thieves in government. There is not a government session that starts without prayers.
I have been to many a meeting in government offices and, on cue, we would all close our eyes as the most ‘righteous’ one led the prayers.
Lest you didn’t know, I never closed my eyes. I behave like a naughty child and keep them open with one on my bag.
I have been pickpocketed in very interesting and unexpected places. Does our embezzled tax come to mind? That has got to be some smooth pickpocketing style! You now understand my anxiety?
I also find prayers before meetings patronising. They are always held in a Christian format with no regard for other faiths.
I keep my eyes open because I do not believe there is sincerity in such prayers. If, indeed, there was, we won’t have that many public servants dipping their fingers in the public purse.
It’s like those praying are asking God to save them from being caught! I use these prayer sessions to count cattle in Marsabit.
There is so much pressure to behave religiously in Kenya that, if you are independent minded, you stick out like a sore thumb.
The pretentiousness by some of us of being moral and upright just by turning up to a mosque, or church, is one that gets me a little jittery.
If you do not walk around with some religious swag, you get shunted into the devil’s crib by fanatics for being immoral – and it is all too easily done.
But is our moral gauge based on what we wear or how we appear to others than behaving morally regardless of religious prostrations and outwardly appearance?
The poor, who have no money to indulge in expensive burka or a gold crucifix, have the same opportunity to have their prayers heard.
Whether we are praying to Allah, Jesus or a tree in Karura forest, prayers should be less about showing off and more about good intentions that we carry in our hearts, minds and souls.
The ‘wrong prayers for wrong things’ are exemplified well in prosperity churches that have overrun the country.
Like an abusive mother who eats hers and her children’s meals as she watches them starve, the ‘shepherds’ (read pastors) in prosperity churches get richer faster than their ‘flock’ (That word fits the bill!).
Robbing the poor in the name of God has become the norm and prosperity churches are spitting out more millionaires than any other industry.
They have become crafty at benefitting from the poor’s vulnerabilities, as our politicians will them on with phoney tithes called harambee.
If prayers for material wealth were sincere, the preachers and the faithful would be on an even keel wealth-wise as ‘manna’ from God is for all, but alas!
Legally, fake pastors are just as bad as fraudsters; only that the former fool us by hiding behind the scriptures.
I promised not to be preachy but once God is mentioned it is too easily done. Excuse Moi and be glad I haven’t demanded any change from you! (See first para on ‘tithe’).
As we take to prayer to complement the work of our scientists to tackle Covid-19, we may, perhaps, need to ask whether we are praying honestly.
A nation that talks to God earnestly need not find itself topping the league of corrupt countries but should be a shining example of a pious society.
Indeed, faith has been proven to boost our immunity and help to improve some types of mental health issues through meditation, such as anxiety.
Covid-19 has shown us how behavioural changes can bring about safety from viruses.
I believe they can also create an honest society. It is time we started to match those prayers with honest behaviour around public coffers and God’s work.
A post-mortem analysis of disease outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics have noted the negative impacts fear had on preventive outcomes.
Fear — though a normal, understandable and a universal human reaction — in excessive doses, it is fatal.
Nonetheless, fear can be tapped for attitude and behaviour change when subdued as a servant and not a master.
As a master, it sends wrong signals and results in unhelpful mass hysteria and avoidance of otherwise helpful messages.
Franklin Roosevelt saw how fear was going to stoke the fire in America’s already bad situation.
At a time when economic depression had hit its rock bottom, he coined a phrase that resonates well with our current scenario — “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.
That phrase did not only win him the presidency but resurrected the dying American spirit amid looming doom.
In 1997, the avian flu (H5N1) was first reported in humans with a seemingly very high mortality.
Luckily, there was enough information about this virus, whose natural reservoir was wild birds. The influenza virus was fatal in domestic birds.
It easily crossed to humans through contact with fluids and tissue of infected or dead birds.
In early 2000s, there were localised outbreaks with the potential of a global spread. Millions of birds were destroyed in a bid to stem the spread of the disease.
Few countries in Africa reported the disease but almost all countries reported the fear even where the threat was minimal.
Huge economic losses were reported — not because of the disease but fear. Studies have since attributed part of the fear on wrong messages shared.
In 2014, during the longest, largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak, a team of anthropologists made a disturbing discovery in Liberia.
Efforts were directed at West African countries that were the epicentre of Ebola.
It was wrongly assumed that risk perception index was high enough to push suspects to the nearest Ebola centres.
Many deaths had occurred at home and those taking care of them also tested positive. That revealed the negative effects of fear.
The slogan “Ebola Kills” was found to evoke excessive fear; it took over as a master and the disease claimed more than its epidemiologically assigned share.
Information and communication technology has advanced. There is demand for information and so is the supply.
The demand is a good audience trait but there are issues with the suppliers: all of a sudden, everybody has become an expert on Covid-19. Social media is awash with all sorts of messages.
Fear arising from correct information will always be within a threshold that arouses correct behaviour.
The president and the Ministry of Health and its partners — Word Health Organisation and Unicef — have done an excellent job in giving the public correct information on virtually all aspects of Covid-19.
The mass media, too, has gone out of its way to run pro bono adverts on the coronavirus and invite to their studios experts to discuss the disease.
But, as expected, non-experts have joined the fray with messages that insinuate an Apocalypse or Armageddon.
During the Ebola epidemic, misinformation and myths from such sources were the greatest threat to the containment of the disease.
As a result, people took their patients to witchdoctors, others stayed with them at home and it was all lost.
Misinformation and myths arouse fear and prescribe the wrong solutions or none.
Now a pandemic is much larger than an outbreak or an epidemic, one reason we should choose wisely the kind of sources that give us information on Covid-19.
The kind of fear we should have is the one that tells us to seek medical attention when we experience clinical signs of Covid-19.
These are: shortness of breath, coughing and sneezing. A fear to make us observe social distance. That which makes us wash our hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and running water.
Information that is not founded in science or from sources that are not experts in medical or related fields should be treated as noise.
In a span of less than three months, coronavirus disease Covid-19, whose origins have been traced to a live animal market in Wuhan, China, has killed tens of thousands of people and counting globally with over 445,000 infected.
The viral infection, which is believed to have been transmitted from wildlife to humans, has resulted in disruption of life as we know it and is literally bringing the world to a standstill.
There are fears that this global pandemic will have far-reaching socioeconomic consequences for many months, even years.
Wildlife markets are often in less-than-stellar conditions. The animals are often kept in small cages, which make it difficult for the larger ones to comfortably move around.
The cages are stacked on top of each other and, as the animals defecate, their faecal waste drops onto those below them, leading to intolerable conditions and easy transmission of infections that eventually led to our current predicament.
When the consumers purchase their product of choice, most of these animals are often killed in inhumane and painful ways – which are all violations of animal welfare.
There are five freedoms of animal welfare. They include freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour; freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area, and freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
The others are freedom to express (most) normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind; and freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
From a scientific and ethical position, animal welfare seeks to provide objective assessments of the physical and mental wellbeing of animals in relation to the quality and suitability of their environments.
When justifying our treatment of animals, we must consider why an action is necessary and how it will affect them.
An animal welfare philosophical position requires that any use of an animal must be justified and that that justification must balance the ‘benefit’ to wider society against the ‘cost’ to the individual animal.
WHO IS TO BLAME?
There are limits to what we should do to animals, no matter the perceived benefits, particularly now when wildlife trafficking is no longer only about conservation but has also become a public health issue.
This is by no means a justification that we, the human populace, deserve what we are going through.
I deeply empathise with the pain and suffering of those who are unwell and those who have lost loved ones due to this pandemic.
With the world heading for a complete lockdown and mandatory stay-at-home directives, we will have moments to reflect on how we co-exist with other species.
I leave you with a question to include in this reflection: could the current situation we find ourselves in been avoided if animal welfare had been considered?
Ms Nyagah is the communications manager – East Africa at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw). [email protected]
A 67-year-old man died after he was swept away by flash floods in Rarieda, Siaya County on Saturday. Hundreds of families have been displaced in various parts of Nyanza and Busia County, following the heavy rains pounding most parts of the country.
Mr Martin Adongo Miyare, a resident of Akele village was swept away by the raging flood waters as he crossed Mawira stream.
Rarieda Sub-County Police Commander Thomas Ototo said the body was taken to Madiany Sub-County Hospital mortuary for postmortem.
Authorities are now grappling with the headache of ensuring social distancing, proper sanitation and other health safety measures for the more than 1,000 families that have been forced to move to safer grounds, in the wake of coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The most affected areas are Budalang’i in Busia, Nyando in Kisumu, Nyatike in Migori and West Ugenya and parts of Rarieda in Siaya County.
For the second day, families in flood-prone areas of Budalang’i spent the night in the cold on Saturday.
More than 500 families were rendered homeless after flood waters submerged their homes on Friday evening. They are now camping in schools.
On Sunday, some victims were seen trying to salvage household items which they took to Bumadeya, Runyu, Budala and Makunda secondary schools.
Young boys move their chickens to safer grounds after their home was submerged by floods in Budalang’i, Busia County, on March 29, 2020. PHOTO | GAITANO PESSA | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Area MP Raphael Wanjala on Saturday instructed all residents in the affected areas to move to safer grounds.
The affected villages include Runyu, Rukala, Mau Mau, Mabinju, Rugunga, Lugare, Bulwani, Obaro, Igigo, Siginga and Bukoma.
However, some of the victims who spoke to Nation said they are in dire need of food, clean water, mosquito nets and medical supplies.
“Our biggest problem is food. The floods have brought along mosquitoes. We also need of clean water and medication especially for young children,” said Mr Joseph Odongo.
Mr Wanjala urged the families to be patient as efforts to manage the situation begins.
“I understand that we may witness delays in distribution of relief food to affected persons due to coronavirus pandemic. I urge Kenyans of goodwill and the Red Cross to support the affected families,” he said.
Transport in the constituency, especially in Bunyala North has been paralysed after a number of bridges were swept away. In some areas, residents were forced to wade through waters to access shopping centres.
In Ugenya Sub-County, several residents of Mdondo Village and Mahawa scheme were also displaced by floods after River Nzoia broke its banks on Saturday.
Ugenya Deputy County Commissioner Pamela Otieno said 101 families have been affected. Ms Otieno said the affected families need health supplies, foodstuffs and shelter.
She said at least 18 households are camping at Lunga Primary School in West Ugenya.
In Kisumu County, about 600 families are braving the cold weather after they were displaced by floods in Nyando and Nyakach. The worst affected areas include Sangoro, Achuodo, Kasae and Kakola-Ombaka village. Kakola-Ombaka Chief Jacob Ongudi said they have been forced to host displaced families in churches and schools.
“The situation is pathetic with the issue of social distancing. We have been forced to spread the affected families in various schools and churches,” said Mr Ongudi.
He said the affected families are camping at River of Life Church and Ombaka and Nyamasao primary schools.
In Migori, more than 40 families of flood-prone Nyatike Sub-County have been urged to move to safer grounds as heavy rains continue to pound the county. The most affected area is North Kadem Ward. Area MP Tom Odege and County Disaster Management Chief Officer Joshua Ngwala urged locals to take early precautions to avert any calamity.
Mr Odege termed the rising water levels in rivers Migori and Kuja “timely pointers to a looming disaster,” which could be averted.
“The rains are increasing daily and locals must remain careful. Our major rivers have given us earlier warning signs that call for quick action,” the MP said.
He added: “We have witnessed serious flooding in the past and this time we should not be caught unawares. The aftermath of the long rains may be undesirable so I call on people to remain vigilant and move to safer grounds.”
By Saturday, locals had started moving from their homes. The most affected villages are Nyora, Kabiro, Were and Modi. The residents urged the county government to help them get better shelter.
“There is no doubt this area will be flooded, the county should come to our aid and settle us in safer areas since land owners cannot allow intruders on their parcels,” said Mr John Oluoch, a resident of Nyatike.
A family in Budalang’i moves household items to safer grounds on March 29, 2020 after flash floods hit Bunyala Sub County Friday evening. PHOTO |GAITANO PESSA| NATION MEDIA GROUP
Locals blamed the flooding on flaws at the Lower Kuja Irrigation Scheme’s outlet, which they say was improperly done.
Ms Jane Atieno, one of the flood victims said the irrigation scheme had resulted in devastating effects, with nearly the entire village risking getting submerged in the floods.
Ms Atieno, whose house was swept by floods in January, blamed the county disaster management team for failing to provide her with alternative accommodation.
“I almost drowned with my three-year-old twins. I had noticed the water levels rise but I didn’t expect it to rise to this extent. This time round, the disaster team should ensure we are settled before the situation worsens,” she said.
North Kadem MCA Lucas Wagayi called for government intervention.
CAMP IN CHURCHES
“The government should find a lasting solution to the perennial floods in this area. Locals risk contracting diseases if drastic measures are not put in place to address the situation,” he noted.
In December, several families were forced to camp in churches and chiefs’ camps after the two rivers burst their banks.
“What we experienced last year was worse than what we went through in the previous years. Several people sought refuge at my office and neighbouring churches while the majority were left stranded,” Kakelo Kakoth Location Chief Sospeter Odege told Nation.
“Three bridges serving the area were swept away after rivers Kuja and Ongito rivers burst their banks. Our children cannot cross over to schools. We are calling on Migori County government to come to our rescue,” said Mr Ploycarp Alego, a resident of Nyora village.
Reports by Dickens Wasonga, Gaitano Pessa, Ian Byron and Elizabeth Ojina
Police in Trans Nzoia on Sunday arrested a pastor and 20 faithful for violating the government’s order banning public gatherings in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Saboti Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner, Khalif Abdulai said the police sprang into action after a tip off from the public.
Mr Abdulai said Pastor Benard Tali and the faithful are in police custody and will be charged with violating provisions of Public Health Act.
“We found service ongoing, consequently I and the security team led by the OCS arrested the presiding pastor and congregation numbering 20 and they are in police custody,” he said.
Meanwhile, in Kwanza a pastor – Benson Kiptoo, his assistants – Florence Moraa and six faithful were also arrested for going against presidential directives.
“Other members of the church managed to escape as operation is still ongoing to monitor any social gathering,” said Trans Nzoia County Police Commander Ayub Ali.
A few days ago, the government suspended all public gatherings in the country after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the country.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that the suspension is a way of preventing further spread of the virus.
Côte d’Ivoire/prévoyance sociale: l’IPS-CGRAE prend des «engagements fermes» pour lutter le Covid-19
Publié le 29.03.2020 à 21h18 par APA
L’Institution de prévoyance sociale – Caisse générale de retraite des agents de l’Etat (IPS-CGRAE), structure citoyenne et soucieuse du bien-être de ses assurés sociaux, a, face à la menace du Coronavirus (Covid-19), édicté plus de 80 mesures barrières comme des « engagements fermes » en plus des 21 décisions de restrictions du gouvernement ivoirien.L’IPS-CGRAE a décliné les 21 décisions du gouvernement « en plus de quatre-vingt mesures conçues comme des engagements fermes et immédiatement applicables », à travers un document intitulé « Mesures de restrictions face à l’épidémie de Coronavirus (Covid-19) » publié sur son site internet.
Cette campagne vise notamment à informer et sensibiliser davantage, les assurés sociaux, partenaires et le grand public, des mesures prises par l’institution pour préserver prioritairement la santé de ses pensionnés en tant que catégorie de la population particulièrement vulnérable à cette pandémie.
Face à la pandémie liée au coronavirus, l’Etat de Côte d’Ivoire a pris d’abord 13 mesures barrières puis 8 autres ensuite pour briser la chaîne de contamination. En renforçant ces dispositions en interne, l’IPS-CGRAE veut contribuer fortement à réduire drastiquement la propagation de la pandémie.
Sur le respect d’une distance d’au moins un mètre entre les personnes, l’institution incite les assurés sociaux à privilégier, pour toutes leurs demandes, le recours au call center (20-25-12-12) et à la plateforme macgrae.ci (https://macgrae.ci/adhesion) pour réduire leurs déplacements en agences.
Dans ses agences, l’IPS-CGRAE a entrepris de réorganiser l’accueil en faisant entrer les assurés par groupes distincts tout en respectant la distance de sécurité d’au moins un mètre entre deux personnes, mesure éditée, le 16 mars 2020, par le Conseil national de sécurité (CNS).
Concernant l’instauration du couvre-feu de 21h à 5h du matin depuis le 24 mars 2020, l’institution a aligné ses horaires d’ouverture de ses agences sur les dispositions de la Fonction publique : les agences IPS-CGRAE accueillent les assurés du lundi au vendredi de 8h30 à 14h.
L’IPS-CGRAE renforce par ailleurs son contrôle sanitaire. Elle invite les usagers et ses agents à se soumettre au contrôle de l’équipe médicale pour la prise de température systématique aux entrées de ses sites et de se nettoyer systématiquement les mains avec du gel hydro-alcoolique fourni à chaque entrée dans les locaux de l’institution.
Sur la mise en quarantaine des cas suspects et des contacts des malades dans les centres réquisitionnés par l’Etat, l’institution fait savoir qu’elle mettra en observation toute personne dont la température est égale ou supérieure à 38°C.
En outre, pour les personnes présentant des symptômes du Covid-19, elles seront isolées en vue d’une prise en charge de tous les individus présentant des difficultés respiratoires de type grippal (toux, rhume, etc…). Par ailleurs, seront évacués systématiquement tous les cas suspects vers des centres dédiés.
Au plan du respect des mesures d’hygiène corporelle, comportementale, hydrique et alimentaire, l’IPS-CGRAE recommande de se nettoyer les mains régulièrement avec de l’eau et du savon ou du gel hydro-alcoolique et d’éviter de se toucher, les yeux, le nez et la bouche lorsque les mains ne sont pas désinfectées.
En application des mesures sanitaires du gouvernement, l’IPS-CGRAE a entre autres, décidé en interne décidé de suspendre les missions et déplacements non essentiels à l’étranger sauf cas de force majeure, de limiter les missions à l’intérieur du pays, de surseoir à toute réception de délégation en provenance de l’étranger.
Il est également demandé aux agents de l’institution de prévenir la direction des ressources humaines (DRH) en cas de nécessité de voyage personnel à l’étranger, en cas de retour en Côte d’Ivoire de l’agent ou d’un proche ayant séjourné dans un pays à risque.
Le nombre de personnes contaminées au Coronavirus (Covid-19) en Côte d’Ivoire a atteint samedi 140 cas avec 39 nouveaux cas enregistrés dont trois cas guéris, selon un communiqué du ministre ivoirien de la Santé et de l’hygiène publique, Dr Aka Aouélé.
Police on Sunday lobbed teargas canisters at residents of Langas estate in Eldoret after they defied the dawn-to dusk curfew order.
The residents said they wanted more time to fend for themselves and their families. Dozens of officers were deployed to the sprawling estate associated with criminal activities to enforce the 7pm to 5am curfew.
The residents defied the government dusk-to-dawn directive saying the move denies them an opportunity to look for food.
They said the curfew could only be effective if the government supplies relief food to poor households.
“The majority of people living here are low income earners and business booms here at night, so where will they get food if you tell them to be at home by 7pm?,” said Mr George Odhiambo, a resident of Kisumu Ndogo-Langas.
Mr Odhiambo said most people cannot do their businesses normally with the curfew in place. He said most families might not die from the Covid-19 but hunger.
“Imagine hawking has been banned in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and most of us here have been depending on this kind of business for years, how will we survive? Were it not for the curfew, we could be hawking here in the estate at night to earn a living,” he added.
They are also worried that the curfew might lead to an increase in criminal activities.
“Without a proper planning by our leaders, cases of robbery might increase,” said Mr James Kamau a resident of Langas Kona.
Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdirizak Jaldesa said that no one will be spared for defying government orders.
“We are already here and we will handle this. No one is permitted to defy the curfew,” Mr Jaldesa told Nation on phone.
Uasin Gishu Police Commander Johnston Ipara warned residents against defying the curfew order.
He said that they have intensified patrols to ensure that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive is obeyed. He said that those arrested will be quarantined for 14-days at Kimalel centre at their own cost.
“We will arrest anyone who goes against the curfew order, no one will be spared. Those arrested will undergo mandatory quarantine for at least two weeks at a government facility at their own cost,” said the boss commander.
He added that they have put in place all measures to ensure that things run smoothly until the curfew is suspended.
Mr Ipara told the public that the curfew is meant to contain the spread of the Covid-19 and not to punish them.