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Gov’t told to ease Coronavirus restrictions

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[UDM Secretary General Khamisa Maalim Zajja (Centre) during press briefing. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

United Green Movement –UDM Party Secretary General Hamisa Zaja wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to ease the Coronavirus restrictions for Kenyans to resume economic activities.

The Coronavirus restrictions such as the nationwide night time curfew and the cessation of movement in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Mandera counties was imposed to curb the spread of the virus.

Speaking in Mombasa, Zaja said it is time to end the Covid-19 restrictions and allow Kenyans to go back to work and help ease the impact of the Coronavirus-linked restrictions imposed in March.

She said the Coronavirus measures have created economic and social hardships whose effects are being felt in several parts of the country.

Discrimination

She also accused the state of engaging in impunity and discrimination saying the restrictions is affecting the poor more than the rich and the powerful in the society.

“The restrictions cannot be sustained indefinitely and should be eased in a bid to revive the country’s crumbling economy” she said.

She said emphasis on curbing the spread of the virus should not be at the expense of the socio-economic fabric of the country.

Defiance

Zaja said if the restrictions are not eased as soon as is practicably possibly they would lead members of the public across the country in defying the restrictions which are now causing sufferings.

“We cannot allow the situation to continue any longer and it is time businesses are allowed to operate through lifting the restrictions” she disclosed.

She said the president should allow the country’s economy to function while the government maintains an aggressive response toward containing the virus.

The women activist also revealed that with indications that 80 percent of the Covid-19 infections in the country being mild cases there should be no justification to continue with the restrictions.

On his Saturday speech, President Uhuru Kenyatta shunned the dreams and expectations of many Kenyans by extending cessation of movement in Mombasa, Nairobi and Mandera counties.

Kilifi and Kwale residents who got a reprieved after their counties were ‘unlocked’ said the move had less or no impact at all after Mombasa remained locked down.