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CS Matiang’i: Governors don’t have powers to order lockdowns, cessation of movement

by | May 4, 2020 | Counties | 0 comments

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i announced on Monday, May 4 that governors have no power to declare lockdowns or issue cessation of movement orders in their respective counties.

Appearing before the National Assembly Delegated Committee, CS Matiang’i maintained that only the President and the National Security Council has powers to declare cessation of movement as he asked police officers not to implement such orders from governors.

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“I want to tell our police officers not to respect any cessation of movement imposed by counties that is not approved by the National Security Council and signed by the president,” the CS said.

Adding that,

“The Public Order Act is in black and white that cessation can’t be issued by any other person other than the president.”

This comes two days after Mombasa governor Hassan Joho threatened to enforce a total lockdown Old Town after residents refused to avail themselves for mass testing.

“If you think you won’t be tested, be ready. You will be tested, my friend… We have come to say it today and we will not say it again. You will be tested. Take it from me, you know I don’t mince my words, you will be tested. If you refuse then we will have to lock you in your houses, so that if you are positive you infect yourselves in there,” said Joho.

Last month, Murang’a governor Mwangi Wa Iria also barred people from other counties travelling to Murang’a, saying the visits were putting residents at risk of contracting COVID-19.

“I know this will be unpopular but I do not want visitors from other counties in Murang’a. Murang’a people should also stay in Murang’a; experts say this virus is spread by people moving from one place to the other,” Wa Iria asserted.

Mandera governor Ali Roba and his Wajir counterpart Mohamed Abdi also imposed a temporary ban on the sale and transportation of miraa in the regions over COVID-19 fears.

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On the other hand, Migori governor Okoth Obado called for closure of Kenya’s border with Tanzania in his county, arguing that cases could be imported into Migori.

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