Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta provides a speech on the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC on February 5, 2020. Eric BARADAT / AFP.
Kenya’s president on Wednesday apologised for violence meted out by police following the declaration of a nationwide curfew final week to curb the unfold of coronavirus.
“I want to apologise to all Kenyans for… some excesses that were conducted,” President Uhuru Kenyatta mentioned in a stay broadcast from State Home, throughout which he additionally launched two younger Kenyan coronavirus survivors.
“But I want to assure you that if we work together, if we all understand that this problem needs all of us, and if we pull in the same direction, we will overcome,” Kenyatta mentioned.
Police have used heavy-handed techniques to implement the nightfall to daybreak curfew since its introduction on Friday, with tear fuel, baton expenses and the alleged firing of stay rounds.
A 13-year-old boy died within the capital Nairobi on Monday after being shot whereas standing on his balcony as police pressured individuals into their properties on the road beneath.
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Sporadic clashes have additionally been reported within the western metropolis of Kisumu and the port city of Mombasa the place officers chased, beat and fired tear fuel at night commuters final week.
“I want to thank all those who are ensuring that they maintain their work schedule by allowing our Kenyans to leave work on time in order for them to make the curfew,” Kenyatta mentioned.
The curfew is amongst measures that Kenya has taken geared toward slowing the unfold of coronavirus. It has additionally closed borders and faculties, and inspired individuals to remain at dwelling and keep away from gatherings.
A lockdown has but to be imposed, however Kenyatta mentioned Wednesday that tighter restrictions had not been dominated out.
“We as a government are preparing for the worst, but together with the 47 million Kenyans are hoping and praying that we do not need to take further measures,” he mentioned.
Kenya has up to now recorded 59 instances of coronavirus and one dying.