An ally of the Deputy President William Ruto has come out guns blazing against the government for meeting hapless Kenyans with terror on the streets yesterday. Former Digital strategist at State House, Mr Dennis Itumbi has pointed out that the police used the curfew hours not to help the poor in the society but rather to clobber their children, the old and vulnerable women.
Streets and trading centres countrywide were emptied Friday night as the dusk-to-dawn came into effect.
Police brutality ushered in the coronavirus curfew in many parts of the country Friday night security officer descended on citizens who were outdoors after 7pm.
Mombasa residents bore the brunt of police harassment, with travellers tear-gassed and even beaten up by security officers long before the curfew hour hit.
Chaos reigned around the Likoni Channel crossing, where travellers and even journalists were beaten up with batons.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, who earlier met with police commanders from Nairobi and neighbouring divisions, said city residents had no excuse to be outdoors at night, sentiments that had been reiterated by Inspector-General Hillary Mutyambai and Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.
Speaking on the events of the night, Itumbi criticized government noting that others elsewhere were busy coming up with essential facilities yet Kenyans were being clobbered.
“Countries are building temporary hospitals, turning textile industries to protective clothing manufacturers, encouraging volunteerism and innovation to fight #COVID19 NOT whipping citizens”, he noted.
He took a swipe at the government for sticking to the BBI plan which President Uhuru said is aimed at bringing the people of Kenya together and solving problems of the past. In unison with what the Deputy President had been championing for in the past, Mr Itumbi called for the scrapping of the BBI committee and reallocation of its funds to other purposes that can enhance the fight against coronavirus.
“BBI budget should be moved to buying more ICU beds and equipment. Life before Referendum!”, he quipped.
The country has now recorded 31 cases of the COVID-19 with a single death and one recovery.