The highly anticipated presidential address on the 6th of June is finally here.
Kenyans have been walking on eggshells today as they eagerly waited for president Uhuru Kenyatta to address them in regards to the lifting of the dusk till dawn curfew as well as the cessation of movement in COVID-19 hotspots such as Nairobi, Mombasa Kilifi and Kwale.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has today insisted that it was and it still is his wish to reopen the economy of the country. He is however expected to make decisions that will benefit each and every Kenyan.
He noted that the precautionary measures instituted by the government had aided in reducing the infection rates in the county.
“Relaxing measures by 20 percent would lead to 200,000 infections and 30,000 deaths by December. Relaxing measures by 40percent, infections would peak in November with 300,000 infections and 40,000 deaths. Relaxing by 60 percent would peak infections in October to 450,000 and 45,000 deaths,” he stated.
For that reason, the president has announced that Cessation of movement in Eastleigh and old town shall end effective 7th June. Cessation of movement in Kilifi and Kwale has also been lifted.
However, the ban on all social gatherings has been extended by another 30 days.
Cessation of movement in Nairobi, Mombasa has also been extended by another 30 days.
The highly anticipated lift of the dusk till dawn curfew has also been extended by another 30 days. However, curfew hours have been pushed a little bit with the president making it clear that effective today, curfew starts at 9 pm and ends at 4 am.
The president has also announced the gradual reopening of schools from 1st September. The ministry of education will release the new school calendar by the middle of august.
This is not what Kenyans were hoping to hear from the president today but let us all remember that these directives have been put in place for our own good.
President Uhuru Kenyatta while addressing the nation outside State House, Nairobi, on Saturday, June 6, announced that Kenya had recorded new 126 Coronavirus cases with 4 deaths.
This brings the total tally to over 2,500 with 83 deaths.