NYUMBA KUMI INITIATIVE

State announces SMS number to report illegal activities during pandemic

Kenyans can now text 988 for free and report the activities anonymously.

In Summary

• Some Kenyans have defied orders of social distancing put in place to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

• Oguna one's identity will not be made public just in case one fears about being exposed.

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna during a press briefing on the Coronavirus pandemic at Afya House on May 18, 2020.
Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna during a press briefing on the Coronavirus pandemic at Afya House on May 18, 2020.
Image: MERCY MUMO

"Where can I report a church operating past curfew? We can't sleep!"

This is just one of the many messages this reporter in the past month since President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the dusk to dawn curfew in Kenya.

Some Kenyans have defied orders of social distancing put in place to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

 

The government also put measures which included the closure of bars, avoiding gatherings including parties, church services among others.

But even with this, people have continued partying.

"Since curfew and lockdown started, there has been a live band in someone's house every Friday and Saturday night in my neighbourhood. Who should I address this to?"' a message sent to this reporter reads.

Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna on Wednesday announced a messaging service where Kenyans can report any illegal activity around them using a text message.

"Text 988 to report any illegal activities happening around you. You can be sure that your number will be anonymous thus cannot be shared," Oguna said.

Oguna said this will ensure that your identity is not made public just in case you are worried about being exposed.

Via a tweet on Wednesday, Oguna said If you hear, say it, if you see it, say it, if you are suspicious, say it.

 

"You will not be charged for the message. Put the name of the county and the estate where the illegal activity is taking place," he said.

On Tuesday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said Nyumba Kumi activities have been raised along borders to prevent importation of coronavirus cases.

He urged Kenyans to report any cases of people sneaking into the country through Panya routes.

This comes after CAS Mercy Mwangangi said porous borders are now high-risk areas in the transmission of the coronavirus.

Mwangangi said the government is putting in place interventions to curb the further spread and appealed to communities living in border points to be vigilant.