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Uhuru bows to pressure lifts lockdown in zoned counties

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[President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo/PSCU].

President Uhuru Kenyatta has lifted the lockdown in the five counties zoned as Covid-19 high risk areas.

On March, 26 President Uhuru imposed a cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos and Nakuru counties.

In his Labour Day celebrations speech at State House, Nairobi on Saturday the President said the curfew within the five counties will return to 10pm to 4am.

The curfew within the five counties had been changed from 8 pm to 4am.

He further urged employers to let staff work from home.

School calendar

The school calendar will not be changed.

The President, however, warned that more restrictions will be imposed if Kenyans ignore safety protocols.

“If we fail to play our individual role, like it or hate it, it is my responsibility to protect life, I will do what I can to prevent what is happening in other countries,” he said.

Uhuru’s move comes as businesspeople and Kenyans at large raised concerns about the state of the economy following the restrictions.

Protests

On Saturday, activists had convened in Nairobi’s CBD and planned a protest march to State House to demonstrate against the measures causing pain among Kenyans.

However, police stopped the protesters in their tracks.

He further reiterated that places of worship will only allow one-third of their capacity.

The President said when he announced the lockdown in March, Nairobi had a caseload of 56, 000 but it has gone down to 15, 000 by end of April, representing a decrease of 74 per cent.