TERROR YOUTH

State warns youth against harassing Kenyans not wearing masks

CAS said the youths pretend to be law enforcement officers and are terrorising people.

In Summary

• The youths are robbing commuters in the pretext that they are not wearing masks

• CAS Aman said youths should lead the coronavirus fight from the front.

Health CAS Rashid Aman during the daily Covid-19 briefing on May 7, 2020.
Health CAS Rashid Aman during the daily Covid-19 briefing on May 7, 2020.
Image: MERCY MUMO

The government has warned youths robbing Kenyans in broad daylight under the guise of enforcing the law during the coronavirus pandemic.

CAS Rashid Aman said these youths pretend to be law enforcement officers to terrorise people over Covid-19.

"Youths are forcefully demanding money in the neighbourhoods that they are cleaning. Respect the intention of the National Hygiene Program program. It is unlawful to demand money and they should refrain from such practices," he said.

 
 
 

Speaking during a daily briefing on Tuesday, Aman said the youths should put their right foot forward to contribute to this fight against coronavirus.

"I am equally concerned with youths who are robbing commuters in the pretext that people are not wearing masks," he said.

"They cannot act as police and enforce these things. They can encourage the adherence of these measures but they are going too far if they rob them under the pretext of enforcing the govt directives."

Aman said youths should lead the coronavirus fight from the front.

"Should they continue behaving this way we risk lowering the level of compliance that we have done so far," he said.

Aman noted that Kenya has recorded 22 new cases of Covid-19, raising the country's total number to 737.

This is out of the 1,516 samples that were tested in the last 24 hours.

 
 

The new patients are aged between 20 years, and 81 years.

 

He noted that the country had lost four patients, three in Nairobi and one in Mombasa.


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