COMBATING THE PANDEMIC

9,760 arrested for contravening Covid-19 rules - Mutyambai

IGP says 256 bars have been closed and 463 motor vehicles detained over the same period of time.

In Summary
  • Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai said 6,043 suspects were arrested for contravening curfew orders.
  • The number those arrested for failing to wear face masks stood at 3,717 by November 11.
Police officers arrest suspects at Makadara shopping centre in Athi River on November 9
CRACK DOWN: Police officers arrest suspects at Makadara shopping centre in Athi River on November 9
Image: GEORGE OWITI

Some 9,760 people have been arrested for contravening Covid-19 directives across the country since enforcement began following President Kenyatta’s order a week ago.

Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai said 6,043 suspects were arrested for contravening curfew orders while the number those arrested for failing to wear face masks stood at 3,717 by November 11.

Mutyambai said 256 bars had been closed down and 463 motor vehicles detained over the same period of time.

 

“As at yesterday, the enforcement of Covid-19 record is as follows: arrested for contravention of curfew orders and related offences are 6043, arrested for failing to wear face masks 3,717, closed bars 256, while the number of detained motor vehicles are 463,” Mutyambai told the Star on Thursday.

The government has intensified operations against those contravening the Covid-19 directives.

The President on November 4 during his 13th address on the coronavirus pandemic directed the National Police Service to enforce the Covid-19 directives in a bid to prevent new infections.

“We will double our enforcement efforts, but the public must also play its role.  You must remember that my government’s desire is to re-open the country and remain open.  But whether or not we will remain open depends on the public’s responsiveness to Covid protocols,” Uhuru said.