President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday appointed Military General Mohammed Badi to lead the newly formed Nairobi Metropolitan Services, amid the coronavirus scare. Even though this seems like a normal restructuring of the city’s service delivery plan, there may be more than what meets the eye.
With the continuous recording of new cases of the coronavirus, there are high chances Nairobi could be put under a complete lock down in coming weeks to minimize the spread of the deadly virus. The lock down will be a military by President Uhuru Kenyatta, in his capacity as the Chief of Defense Forces.
Martial law is the imposition of direct military control of normal civilian functions by a government, especially in response to a temporary emergency such as invasion or major disaster, or in an occupied territory. The country and the entire globe at large is currently facing the coronavirus pandemic.
During his speech on Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed the newly created Nairobi Metropolitan Services will take over normal civilain functions by the government, including to operationalise two matatu terminus at Desai road and Park road and to introduce hourly automated car parking services. Also, the team has been tasked reactivate garbage collection vehicles in the 100 days and ensure crackdown on illegal dumpsites.
Major General Mohammed Badi is a decorated military man who has been in charge of the Nairobi’s Moi Airbase in Eastleigh. His expertise and experience in the armed forces come in handy at this time. In case the President locks down Nairobi, the military will charge of a number of functions. Wednesday’s creation of Nairobi Metropolitan Services may point to what lies ahead; a city lock down and martial law.