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President Uhuru Kenyatta extends curfew hours

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 extended Covid-19 curfew hours for another 60 days following advice from the National Emergency Recommendation Committee (NERC).

In his statement, President Uhuru stated that the curfew hours for Covid-19 will continue to be observed from 10.00 pm to 4.00 am for another two months.

However, the head of state lifted the 7pm curfew hours for 13 counties in the greater Western region that were previously termed as Covid-19 hotspot zone including; Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay, Migori, Busia Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, and Trans Nzoia.

President Uhuru also issued directive suspending all public gatherings and meetings including political rallies for a period of 60 days with immediate effect.

He further announced that all social gatherings including weddings, funerals have been restricted to 100 people and that all of them should adhere to laid down covid-19 containment measures.

Additionally, Uhuru directed that all burials should be held within 96 hours after the confirmation of the death, places of worship were instructed to adhere to the one third (1/3) rule for in-person worship and congregational worship according to guidelines issued by the Inter-Faith Council (IFC)  while Bars, restaurants, and eateries were all instructed to continue adhering to the rules previously issued by the Ministry of Health.

His announcement comes hours after meeting with political party  leaders in Mombasa County. The meeting was attended by Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Gideon Moi (KANU), and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya).

The political party leaders who attended the meeting pledged to play a major role of encouraging Kenyans to abide by the Covid-19 containment protocols and the uptake of covid-19 vaccines.

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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