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President Uhuru bans political gatherings, directs that funerals be conducted within 72 hours

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday March 12, 2021 banned all forms of political and large social gathering in the country for a period of 30 days effective from March 12, 2021.

While addressing the nation from the State House on Friday March 12, Uhuru made announcement stopping all political and large social gatherings for a period of one month and directed the police to strictly enforce the order regardless of the social status of individuals.

“Cognizant that the propagation of the corona virus disease within our borders has been fueled by political gatherings and large social gatherings, I direct that all forms of political gatherings are hereby prohibited for a period of 30 days, effective midnight on this March 12, 2021.

“Whoever breaks the directive to not hold political rallies, including myself, will be dealt with according to the law,” Uhuru stated.

The Head of State also directed that funerals be conducted within 72 hours with a maximum of 100 mourners. 

“On funerals, they shall be conducted strictly within 72 hours after death. Attendees will be limited to 100 for both funerals and weddings,” he directed. 

In line with the guidelines issued by the Inter-faith Council, only a maximum of one-third of the capacity of places of worship will be allowed at each worship ceremony.

“There shall continue to be strict maintenance and enforcement of public social health measures, including regular washing of hands with soap and water or use of sanitizers, physical/social distancing in all public places,” President Kenyatta added.

The president promised to protect all Kenyans against the Covid-19 but urged everyone to exercise self responsibility.

“We have developed a culture of civic responsibility, the government will do its part to protect Kenyans but the first line of defense is the people,” the head of state said.

Uhuru further directed the Ministry of Health through its Cabinet Secretary to enhance and enforce border health security especially on informal entry points.

“Kenya is entering a critical phase in the management and control of the pandemic. The vaccines that arrived have been tested and our own medical experts are persuaded that its safety profile is bankable,” Uhuru added.

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