Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna has said that a lockdown might be considered in the country to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Oguna made the remarks on Monday, March 23 saying that the lockdown idea will be trashed only if Kenyans strictly adhere to the safety guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.


“A lockdown is something that is always on the table but we don’t want to get there and we will not get there if our people are able to obey the advisory and measures that have put in place by the government. It is a place that no country wants to go. No society is comfortable with it,” he said.

Mutahi Kagwe and Col. Cyrus Oguna

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and Cyrus Oguna (left) at a past event. Photo: courtesy

However, Oguna maintained that even in lockdown situation, the government will not lift taxes noting that the government must be able to fund its operations from taxes.

“The taxes cannot be entirely lifted because the government must continue to operate. The government is not a business enterprise, it must be able to fund its operations from taxes. There is no government globally that has been able to remove all taxes because of a situation like this,” he asserted.


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