57 Nairobi Residents Punished For Flouting Curfew Rules (PHOTOS)

The 57 who were caught defying the regulations were arraigned at the Kibera Law Court and freed on the condition of participating in community service.

57 Nairobi Residents Punished For Flouting Curfew Rules (PHOTOS)

57 Nairobi residents who defied COVID-19 regulations, inclusive of curfew will clean the streets of Nairobi under the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

The 57 who were caught defying the regulations were arraigned at the Kibera Law Court and freed on the condition of participating in community service.

The group was reportedly arrested at the popular Onyx Club in Marsabit Plaza along Ngong Road, overstaying their attendance beyond curfew hours.

On Monday, March 22, they were paraded and given instructions on what they were required to do as payment for their defiance.

NMS will work through the Directorate of Enforcement to oversee their services which will be carried out in various facilities and streets of Nairobi.

The flouters will be deployed to clean various sites include Marikiti and Muthuruwa markets, Globe Roundabout, and Nairobi River for an entire week.

They will report every day from 8 am and work until 5 pm for the week.

The enforcement agency warned that anyone who would not follow court orders will be rearrested and arraigned in court to be handed more severe punishment.

With the third wave of COVID-19 already gathering momentum in the country, daily cases have shot up to nearly 1,000 and above cases in the past week or so.

For example on Monday, March 22, Kenya had recorded a total of 122,040 cases after 1,130 people tested positive from a sample size of 5,119, a positivity rate of 22 percent, the highest in 2021.

Nairobi County has been recording the highest cases day in day out, with 730 infections, making the capital city the virus' hotspot in the country. The Ministry of Health was forced to sound a warning on the explosive rise in cases coupled with a stretched health care system.

“Our facilities may be overstretched but not overrun, on Jan 22, we had 27 cases in ICU. Yesterday, we had 121 patients in ICU, more on ventilatory support. On Jan 22 we had 1553 patients, now we have 2545. We can easily get discouraged. I want to assure Kenyans that we are still striving to get adequate ICU and isolation beds,” Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressed the media on Monday.

Many Nairobi residents have seemingly taken the threat of the new wave more seriously, with spot checks by this writer indicating that passengers in city matatus have complied with the regulations by the Ministry of Health to wear masks, although social distancing in matatus remains a tall order.

Moreover, supermarkets have tightened their COVID-19 protocols, with no shopper allowed inside without a mask.

President Uhuru Kenyatta enhanced the slew of measures to curb the spread of the disease, among them retaining the nationwide curfew for 60 more days and banning political gatherings for 30 days.