- Individuals arrested for flouting COVID-19 protocols were picked from various joints and taken to Kilimani police station where they were detained
- The offenders argued their cases and were released on a community order that will see them clean up Nairobi streets daily from Monday to Friday, March 26
- According to the court order, they will be engaged in community services at various facilities such as Marikiti and Muthurua markets
At least 57 city residents who were arrested for flouting various COVID-19 protocols over the weekend will be engaged in community work for one week.
The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) said the individuals were picked from various joints and taken to Kilimani Police Station where they were detained.
However, they argued their cases and were released conditionally on a community order that will see them clean up Nairobi streets daily from 8am to 5pm starting from Monday to Friday, March 26.
The NMS directorate of enforcement will oversee their services at various facilities such as Marikiti and Muthurua markets, Globe Roundabout, along Nairobi River, and other assignments.
"The National Police Service will re-arrest and arraign in court those who do not abide for a stiffer punishment," the NMS warned.
It would be recalled that in his 14th presidential address on COVID-19 situation in Kenya on March 12, President Uhuru Kenyatta extended the nationwide curfew for 60 days citing a high infection rate.
At the same time, he directed all bars, restaurants and other joints operating at night to close by 9pm during the 10pm to 4am curfew period.
"The nationwide curfew is hereby extended for a further containment of 60 days. In that regard, all bars, restaurants and other establishments open to the public must close by 9pm," he ordered.
During the 60-day containment period, only essential services providers, factories and construction site workers will continue to operate during night shifts.
A high-level team of the inter-governmental co-ordination framework was tasked with the responsibility of assessing enforcement and weekly compliance levels of the revised containment measures across the 47 counties.
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