National Politics

Uhuru hints at the possibility of lifting curfew

Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta. Image/courtesy

President Uhuru Kenyatta has hinted at the possibility of lifting the national curfew he imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease last year in March.

Speaking at the Kenya Railways on Wednesday, February 10, President Kenyatta suggested that he would lift the curfew if he is assured by Kenyans that they will observe Covid-19 safety regulations.

Hata tukifungua, mtakuwa na utaratibu mwema? Tujue lazima tujitunze na tutunze wenzetu, haswa wale wazee [If we lift the curfew, will you behave? We must take care of ourselves and reduce the risk of infecting the elderly],” said Uhuru in Swahili.

Kenyans have been living under a curfew for a little less under a year in strict measures imposed by the Head of State to save lives, policies that have partly been credited to curbing infection rates.

The Kenyan business community has blamed the national curfew that runs from 10pm to 4am in the morning of hampering business activities as close to all the businesses are forced to close by 9pm, an hour before curfew.

A section of Kenyans have on the other hand accused the police of using the curfew to swiddle Kenyans through bribery.

In a survey carried out by a local newspaper on the need for the curfew, a majority of Kenyans wanted the curfew removed in order to spur business.