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[PHOTOS] Lockdown turns Eastleigh into ghost town

Kagwe said that the residents are allowed to walk within the area

In Summary

• This Thursday, the business district was a ghost town following an order by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday putting Eastleigh and Old Town in lockdown for 15 days.

• Eateries are to remain closed.

Streets of Eastleigh this morning minimal activities.Photo/Fredrick Omondi
Streets of Eastleigh this morning minimal activities.Photo/Fredrick Omondi

On any other Thursday, Eastleigh would have been a bustling hive of activity, but not today.

This Thursday, the business district was a ghost town following an order by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday putting Eastleigh and Old Town in lockdown for 15 days.

Eateries are to remain closed.

The move was necessitated after residents kept on with activities despite the government's call for Kenyans to limit movement and stay home.

With the lockdown, residents are banned from moving out of the area.

Few people were seen on the streets on Thursday and there are roadblocks.

Here are photos from Eastleigh after the first night of lock down:

Police roadblock on General Waruinge street in Eastleigh Nairobi. Photo/ FREDRICK OMONDI
Police roadblock on General Waruinge street in Eastleigh Nairobi. Photo/ FREDRICK OMONDI
Police using dogs to barricade the gate of California Estate in Eastleigh Nairobi.Photo/Fredrick Omondi
Police using dogs to barricade the gate of California Estate in Eastleigh Nairobi.Photo/Fredrick Omondi

Police roadblock outside Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi. Photo Fredrick Omondi.
Police roadblock outside Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi. Photo Fredrick Omondi.
Police officer man a road block leading to Gikomba Market in Nairobi. Photo/Fredrick Omondi
Police officer man a road block leading to Gikomba Market in Nairobi. Photo/Fredrick Omondi
Police roadblock mounted outside Pumwani Hospital in Nairobi.Photo/ Fredrick Omondi
Police roadblock mounted outside Pumwani Hospital in Nairobi.Photo/ Fredrick Omondi
A health worker heads to Pumwani Hospital past the roadblock at California Estate in Nairobi. Photo/Fredrick Omondi
A health worker heads to Pumwani Hospital past the roadblock at California Estate in Nairobi. Photo/Fredrick Omondi
Eastleigh Estate has no water and most residents rely on water vendors for their supplies. They are being denied entry to deliver water.Photo/FREDRICK OMONDI
Eastleigh Estate has no water and most residents rely on water vendors for their supplies. They are being denied entry to deliver water.Photo/FREDRICK OMONDI
Eastleigh 1st Avenue street one of the busiest business streets in Nairobi has less activities today. Photo/Fredrick Omondi
Eastleigh 1st Avenue street one of the busiest business streets in Nairobi has less activities today. Photo/Fredrick Omondi
First Avenue in Eastleigh is seen deserted after residents remained indoors and business premises remained shut.
First Avenue in Eastleigh is seen deserted after residents remained indoors and business premises remained shut.
Image: FREDERICK OMONDI
Police officers patrol the streets of Eastleigh Estate in Nairobi.
Police officers patrol the streets of Eastleigh Estate in Nairobi.
Image: FREDERICK OMONDI
Residents of California Estate in Eastleigh.
Residents of California Estate in Eastleigh.
Image: FREDERICK OMONDI
GSU truck in Eastleigh.
GSU truck in Eastleigh.
Image: FREDERICK OMONDI
A vegetable and fruits vendor in Pumwani opened her stall opposite Califonia Estate in Eastleigh on May 7, 2020, but residents cannot cross the road to go and buy from her.
A vegetable and fruits vendor in Pumwani opened her stall opposite Califonia Estate in Eastleigh on May 7, 2020, but residents cannot cross the road to go and buy from her.
Image: FREDERICK OMONDI