Over the past few days, police officers have been erecting barriers around the city to impound the 8PM curfew breakers.
Photos and videos circulating on social media show snaking traffic jams as motorists brave the cold hoping that the officers will be hit by some shreds of tenderness, and allow them to go home.
While it is true that the curfew was rightly imposed by the government, as part of the country’s coronavirus containment measures, citizens and the government should share the blame for the chaos that the curfew issue has brought.
Yes, people should plan their days well, so as to beat the curfew hour, but the government has had a lot of time to plan the city properly, to minimize traffic jams, that always hit our major roads in the evening, which is why even if one leaves work as early as 5PM, they might still not manage to get home in time.
We have for years, been promised decentralized bus stations and the BRT transportation system, as a means to eliminate the Nairobi traffic, but so far, the Nairobi administration has nothing to write home about on the two concepts.
The only alternative that Nairobians have, as a means to avoid getting stranded, is the railway system, and we all know how often our trains stall in the middle of nowhere.
The current situation should be an eye-opener to the relevant authorities, that they can do much better, even as the rest of us strive to abide by the law.
Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:
Big Blow To Ruto As Mount Kenya MPs Disown Rigathi Gachagua Negotiations
Nyeri Town Member of Parliament Ngunjiri Wambugu has dismissed a meeting called on Sunday by Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua as not representative of the Mount Kenya region.
The meeting which brought together 48 Members of Parliament from the region was set up ostensibly to negotiate with Deputy President Dr. William Samoei Ruto on the future of the region.
“These were not Mount Kenya leaders but people who are already in DP Ruto’s camp and therefore they cannot negotiate on behalf of the region”, said Ngunjiri.
Night Tragedy As Several Police Officers Are Feared Dead In A Fatal Road Accident At Thika Road
A fatal accident occurred at Thika road yesterday night which reportedly resulted in the death of some police officers.
According to the source, a truck accidentally rammed into a police lorry which had been parked across the road hitting several GK land cruisers hence injuring some officers.
The police had put up roadblocks at Allsoaps to ensure curfew orders are strictly adhered to.
Joint BBI team holds marathon meetings ahead of special sitting
The parliamentary team on BBI has begun marathon meetings to conclude its report ahead of the special sittings next week.
The joint Justice and Legal Affairs committee held a day-long closed-door meeting at the Windsor hotel, where the consultants it hired to clarify sticky issues in the Bill presented their findings.
“We can’t tell when we are going to conclude this process, may be in a day or two. It is still too early,” a source in the committee said.
Now that the coronavirus positivity rate has gone below 10 percent, do you think there is hope for the country to reopen before May 29?