Uhuru finally lifts countrywide partial lockdown

President Uhuru Kenyatta (Photo/Courtesy)

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday lifted the cessation of movement ban into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties.

Speaking at his Harambee House office, Uhuru said the ban will officially be lifted at 4am on Tuesday morning.

“I order and direct that the cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Mombasa county and Mandera County shall lapse at 4am tomorrow,” he stated.

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However, the 9pm to 4am curfew is still in place and has been extended by another 30 days.

Flights will resume on July 15 on condition they strictly adhere to Covid-19 prevention measures.

Moreover, he said if Kenyans go back to the normal way of living, the cessation may be put back in place in a bid to combat the coronavirus spread.

After 21 days,  the state of the pandemic in Kenya will be reviewed and changes made according to the progress.

Kenyans were waiting for the lockdown to be lifted on June 6 during the state address by Uhuru but that did not happen.

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Uhuru said on expert advice, he not think Kenya was prepared for the reopening of the economy.

“I have applied my mind to the different scenarios presented by our experts and I have reconciled myself to the fact that ‘to open’ or ‘not to open’ is not a dilemma between a right and a wrong. It is a dilemma between two rights,” he said before extending the cessation of movement in Mombasa, Nairobi and Mandera.

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