Kenyan MP In Court For Flouting Covid-19 Rules

Moses Kuria, a legislator in central Kenya, was on Tuesday charged in a court of law for breaching the restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The lawmaker was charged alongside ten others reported to be his supporters.

They faced five counts, such as failing to maintain a physical distance, not wearing face masks, prohibition of gathering, alcohol consumption, and contravening provisions of curfew.

Appearing before Chief Magistrate Stella Atambo, the 11 accused pleaded guilty and were fined ksh75,000 (about 701 US Dollars) each or eight months imprisonment in a forfeit.

Kenyan MP Moses Kuria
Kenyan MP Moses Kuria

Kuria and 30 others were arrested in a hotel past curfew hours on Monday night and were locked up in a police cell.

Their arrest came after the police received a tip-off that there was a meeting of a political nature that was in contravention of the Covid-19 regulations.

The Kenyan government recently reviewed its Covid-19 rules to tame the third wave of Covid-19.

In an address to the nation, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered all pubs and restaurants’ closures until further notice.

All public gatherings, including political rallies and sports, were suspended for one month. Attendance at any social gathering was also reduced to 15.

The curfew hours in five counties were also changed from 10 pm-4 am to 8 pm-4 am, Saturday. However, the curfew hours in other parts of the country remain 10 pm to 4 pm.

The five counties are Nairobi, Machakos, Kiambu, Kajiado, and Nakuru. They were declared “disease-infected” zones since they have accounted for 70 percent of Kenya’s total Covid-19 cases.

Religious meetings were also banned in the “disease-infected” zones. However, other regions will go on with their worship services but must observe the third capacity rule.

In the new measures, the President also banned face-to-face learning in all universities, colleges, and vocational training institutions, except for final year students doing their exams.

The public service vehicles were ordered to carry 60 percent of their capacity, and public servants were asked to work from home.

The head of the state also issued a cessation of movement in the five counties until further notice.

Kenya’s Ministry of Health has been reminding its people to wear face masks, maintain social distance and practice personal hygiene to fight the pandemic that has killed more than 2,000 people in the country.

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