President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday addressed the nation, where he revealed the number of measures the government has put in place to revive the economy and return things to normalcy due to COVID-19.
While making the address from State House, the President appalled to Kenyans to adhere to the measures in place, saying that they were not meant to hurt them but rather to protect them from the virus,
This, the President exemplified with popular videos and memes netizens have been posting prior to today’s address. On of those popular memes is an edited video of people singing the Sarafina freedom song, which went viral online for the better part of recent days before the nnpunceent.
President Uhuru Kenyatta reveled that he had seen the memes, and told Kenyans that this was not a matter of Freedom or Independence but a matter of safety to the nation.
“Wakenya wenzagu, najua ni wakati mgumu. Nimeona meme mingi ambazo mumetumatuma huko sijui ati freedom day ati independence day. Hii si mambo ya independence hii ni mambo ya maisha jameni” said the President in Kiswahili, before adding that the measures were for the safety of Kenyans.
“Hatufai kuumiza mtu yeyote, inafaa tuulinde maisha ya wananchi wetu. Jameni heri uwe hai ndio uweze kukula hiyo hepi ambayo unatafuta, lakini ukiishia, hiyo hepi ambayo untfut siku moj itakupeleka kaburini,” he said.
During the address, the dusk to dawn curfew was extended for a further 30 days, with the time moving to 9 pm and 4 am from 7 pm to 3 am. Cessation of movement in Eastleigh, Kwale and Kilifi counties was also opened.