A police commander in Eldoret town, on Monday, March 23, became the topic of discussion on social media following his usual tactic to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Armed with a public address system, Eldoret OCS, Mike Lekalaile, took to the streets and pleaded with residents to abandon their daily activities and head home.


“I care about you. Let us make sure that we go home and the best way is by foot. Go home, please. You have been blessed, you have a home and are living a good life; why are you waiting for this disease to arrive? Let us save our people,” his voice reverberated across the street.

He urged traders to close shop and head home to try and minimize the chances of the deadly virus spread from one person to the other.

“Please go home. If you go home you will save the life of another person,” officer Lekalaile kept on repeating over his PA system.

As proposed by experts across the world, the government has called on Kenyans to stay at home.

However, pundits have argued the move may not succeed given most Kenyans, especially in urban centres where a majority of residents eke a living through hawking and petty trade.

” If you tell people to stay at home, then you must ensure they’ll have food at the end of the day. So do you think I can retreat to my home to starve with my children just to obey the government’s order?,” posed Mark Macharia, a hawker in the town who spoke to Gotta.news.

There were 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Kenya as of Monday, March 23. Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced the first case of community spread-meaning the patient had not travelled out of the country.


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