Machakos residents react to Uhuru’s lifting of containment measures


President Uhuru Kenyatta on May 1st announced the easing of containment measures that were announced end of March when the Covid-19 cases were soaring. Uhuru lifted cessation of Movement in the 5 zoned areas.

We talked to a section of Machakos Town residents to get their reactions and here is what they had to say.

“I used to operate my bar. It’s my source of income. After the president announced the closure, I almost fainted, but am happy since now am sure I’ll get something for school fees, food, and even personal needs.” A bar owner said.

“The president has done something good by lifting the cessation of movement. On top of that, I request all matatu operators to observe covid-19 precautions given by the ministry of health since Covid-19 is still there.” One of the Matatu operators said.

Januaries Joel, a Manager in one of the hotels in Machakos also had this to say, “I am very happy over the president’s action to open restaurants and bars. However, we know the business might still be low in terms of profits since almost everyone is complaining of not having money.”

Januaries added asking those who own restaurants or even a bar, to carefully follow Covid-19 protocols in order to flatten the curve.

“My prayer item number one tomorrow is to pray for my country for Covid-19 pandemic has hit hard. Let everyone join and pray for the country to heal.” A passerby said.

The president lifted movement cessation in the 5 zoned areas with Curfew hours now 10 pm-4 am. Places of worship have been re-opened too and bars are to operate up to 7 pm. Restaurants and Eateries were also opened. Schools will be reopened as planned on the 10th of May.

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