Government warn boda boda riders flouting rules Nairobi, Thursday April 9, 2020

The government is warning boda boda operators against being used to fluot  movement restrictions in and out of the designated counties of Nairobi, Kwale , Mombasa and Kilfi.

We have also noted with serious concern, that our Boda Boda operators are not fully observing the directive of carrying only one passenger and wearing face masks,” said Hon. Mutahi Kagwe, the Cabinet  Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe during today’s media briefing on coronavirus.

He noted that the riders risk not only their bikes being impounded by the authority but also their livelihoods. “ Let me remind you that we will not hesitate to introduce even stiffer measures in the best interest of the country,” he warned them  and  urged  all other operators to compel with the rules set.

The CS called on small businesses to take the necessary precaution while operating in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. “Our country’s economy relies on salonists, mama Mbogas and barbers but we have noticed a lot of abuse when it comes to social distancing in this sector and I am seeking their cooperation, so that the government does not have to take extreme measures to achieve compliance,” he warned.

“We cannot allow Kenyans to die because of non-distancing in any sector, so l am appealing to those of you who are carrying out the hair cutting business and saloons to ensure social distancing, fumigation of working places and ensure masks are used at all times,” he stressed.

The CS highlighted that although there are gains in the government collaborative efforts to combat the Coronavirus pandemic, the level of exposure on how face marks are being sold in the streets is worrying and urged the the public to take necessary precaution to maintain their level of hygiene arguing that the masks remain a high risk area of infection.

The CS lauded the efforts being done by the County Government of Kitui, through the Kitui County Textile Centre (KICOTEC).  The facility is now producing an average of 30,000 facemasks per day that are certified by KEBS and will be available to the public.

At the same time, CS Kagwe cautioned  Kenyans against traveling within their countries during this Easter holiday and urged them to stay in their houses and within their estates.

“Because people are not going to work places and they are no parties, no bars then where are you going,” he posed and made  a  special  plea to all Kenyans to strictly stay at home, and to continue observing all the other measures the government has put in place.

“Do not host parties, and make the usual Easter visits. Stay at home. By people staying at home they will not only be helping the government but will also be protecting themselves from contracting coronavirus,” he advised.



Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing a press conference to update the status of coronavirus at Afya House today and confirmed that more 5 people tested positive making a total of 184 cases in the Country.