Motorists in Nairobi were Saturday night forced to stay on the road for several hours after they were caught up in the night curfew of 8 pm to 4 am.
Police mounted roadblocks on major City roads along the Thika Superhighway, Waiyaki Way, Mombasa Road, Jogoo Road, and Lang’ata Road, causing major traffic snarl-ups stretching several kilometres.
The roadblocks mounted at 8 pm were reportedly opened up shortly after midnight.
The action by police sparked outrage among Kenyans on social media who accused the government of being insensitive to the plight of many Kenyans who have to fend for their families despite the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
In a revised Gazette Noticed dated April 12, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Dr Fred Matiang’i said the ongoing curfew would run until May 29, 2021.
“This order shall apply during the hours of darkness between eight o’clock in the evening and four o’clock in the morning with effect from March 29, 2021, and shall remain in effect for a period of sixty days thereof,” he said.
Even those with the curfew pass can’t get in front of the snarl up to be waved home. This is what happens when you treat people based on the color of their careers. This is what happens when you put people who don’t think to be in charge of Gov’t policy.
However, the curfew will start at 10 pm and end at 4 am in counties outside the lockdown zone of Nairobi, Kiambu, Nakuru, Kajiado and Machakos.
The five counties were put under lockdown on March 29 when President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered a cessation of movement in and out of the zone.
On Sunday through Twitter, Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said that observing the measures which include strictly respecting the curfew time which starts at 8 pm for one zone and 10 pm for the rest of the country should be a collective responsibility.
“It is important to continue observing the Covid-19 infection control and containment measures if we are to quickly flatten the infection curve and have our lives get back to normal,” said Oguna.