Nairobi residents defy Uhuru’s order, vow not to stay home due to Covid-19

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Residents of Nairobi who mainly depend on daily wages for survival have vowed not to remain in their respective houses as ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

These however urged the president to instead pay them to stay in their houses.

“We normally have to go out for us to put something on our table for our children,” 

“If Uhuru want us to remain in our houses, then the president must come out with a clear plan of how we will get our daily meals even if it means sending us some little cash,” they said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday, March 15, ordered closure of all learning institutions across the country.

The president further ordered workers to work from home in renewed efforts aimed at minimum the spread of Corona Virus.

ITALY, Milan: In a photograph taken by Make It Kenya, 8 September 2015, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta looks on at the Make It Kenya international brand campaign launch in the Italian city of Milan. Introduced by the Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism (MEAACT) to promote and enhance Kenya’s position as a global leader in tourism, commerce and investment, the VIP event at Kenya House, an extension of Kenya’s Expo pavilion that is located in the centre of Milan and being used to further showcase Kenya’s cultural and economic assets, saw President Kenyatta officially activate the new digital portal MakeItKenya.com and supporting social media platforms. The digital elements have been specifically designed as a source of rich sharable content that will connect the world to Kenya, through people’s computers, smart phones and digital devices. MANDATORY CREDIT: MAKE IT KENYA PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

He further advised Kenyans to practice cashless transactions, buy foodstuffs in bulk as well as urging residents to self-quarantine as Coronavirus threats escalate.

However, ever since president Uhuru Kenyatta declared this order over weekend, very few have remained in their houses as majority prefer to work and get paid than remain in houses.

Majority of those still going to work are mainly those from self employed sector such as construction industry, hotel industry, security among others.

This comes at a time cases of new Coronavirus in Kenya are still increasing. 

According to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, the number of new infections have reached four as at Tuesday, March 17.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in Wuhan China, the number of deaths have reached 7000 worldwide.

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