COVID-19: Kilifi fires warning shot at residents flouting rules

From Left-Right: Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi and Senator Stewart Madzayo singing the National Anthem at Pwani University ground during this year's Mashujaa Day Celebrations. The Covid -19 Response Commitee has issued warning for arrests on those flouting the ministry of health guidelines on Covid. | PHOTO BY Ramadhan Kambi for Uzalendo News

The Kilifi Covid response committee has issued a fresh warning to motorists and residents flouting the Covid-19 health protocols that they will be arrested. – By Ramadhan Kambi. 

Speaking during this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations, County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka said matatu operators, boda boda cyclist and private vehicle owners had ignored all the health guidelines and are now returning to their normal chaotic style of operating. 

“We have noticed that people are returning to normal lives when it is clear that the second wave of the virus pandemic is here with us. We have seen a trend where people are being ferried in crowded matatus, flouting the social distance protocol. We also have people going around without wearing masks, clearly exposing themselves to the diseases. Soon, we shall soon start a crackdown on this so that we can have sanity and that the health guidelines must be adhered to,” he said. 

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi said currently the county has so far recorded more than 400 cases of Covid-19 patients with the disease taking away the lives of six people in the county since it was reported in the country. 

He blamed politicians he said were fuelling the spread of the virus by engaging crowds and failure to follow the laid down health guidelines. 

“We as the politicians are partly to blame for this and my colleagues here, please, if you go to a place where these Covid-19 protocols are not followed, don’t be part of those braking it. Talk to the community and tell them the dangers they are exposing themselves to and then leave. These crowds mounted by politicians are a recipe for the spread of the virus,” he said.