- Syas Kenyans will continue to observe laid down COVID-19 protocols as stipulated by the Ministry of Health without the inconveniences of the curfew.
- It is clear that the economic hardships continue to bite several sectors of the economy.
ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to lift the nationwide curfew.
The night curfew was imposed in April last year at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mudavadi said the curfew has made economic hardship unbearable for many Kenyans.
“The nationwide curfew is aggravating life that is already unbearable,” he said.
On August 18, Uhuru extended the curfew for a further 60 days, citing the need to bring the infection under control.
But the ANC party leader said Kenyans should continue to observe Covid-19 safety protocols as stipulated by the Ministry of Health without the inconveniences of the curfew.
His remarks were contained in a statement released after a Parliamentary Group meeting of ANC lawmakers in Nairobi.
“It is clear that the economic hardships continue to bite several sectors of the economy; transport, the small-scale traders and hospitality sector, among others,” he said.
“The message that is coming through is that it is time the curfew is lifted. We are not saying the Covid-19 guidelines should not be observed, but clearly, we cannot continue in a situation where economic hardship continues, yet we can see the infection declining. People must be given an opportunity to start recovering.”
Mudavadi also called on Kenyans to come out and register in the ongoing enhanced voter registration exercise being undertaken by the IEBC.
“The mass voter registration process that is ongoing is a very serious exercise. I urge Kenyans to get out there and register as voters. My address is to the younger generation, those ones who have just got their national IDs because an estimated five million people are said to be out there and we need them on the voter register. We want their vote to count. We want their voices and choices to count,” Mudavadi said.
The meeting was attended by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, MPs Ayub Savula (Lugari), Kassim Tandaza (Matuga), Oku Kaunya (Teso North), Omboko Milemba (Emuhaya), Alfred Agoi (Sabatia), Ernest Kagesi (Vihiga), Malulu Injendi (Malava), Titus Khamala (Lurambi), Aseka Miradi (Khwisero), Tindi Mwale (Butere), Peter Nabulindo (Matungu), Sakwa Bunyasi (Nambale) and Vihiga Women Representative Beatrice Adagala.
Also Present were ANC chairman Kelvin Lunani, secretary-general Simon Kamau Gikuru and a host of other party officials.
Edited by P.O