President Uhuru Kenyatta has rescheduled his meeting with Governors to next week at the request of the County bosses. Kenyans should brace themselves for a fresh lockdown if they have their way. The President had planned to meet the governors to discuss Coronavirus containment measures following the recent spike.
Most of the governors plan to convince the head of state to reintroduce tough measures to combat the soaring Coronavirus infections.
Already, some of the county chiefs who spoke to Lion Net News said they will beseech the President to re-impose the lockdown if the alarming spike of the pandemic continues.
The President has convened the county bosses for a meeting of the Fifth Extraordinary Session of the National and County Governments Co-ordination Summit.
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There rise in Covid-19 cases across the country since the restrictions were eased have alarmed the governors and Kenyan should brace themselves for a fresh lockdown if Uhuru agrees to the pleas of the governors.
The meeting will review the impact of the phased restrictions and the virus containment measures. Only West Pokot, Samburu and Baringo, West Pokot and Samburu have not reported any cases.
Wycliffe Oparanya, the governor of Kakamega recommends the lockdown of coronavirus hotspot counties.
“If the situation gets worse, county governments will have no option but to, in consultation with the head of state, to explore the option of a lockdown in the affected counties to protect lives,” Oparanya said recently.
The government lifted the ban of movement in and out of the Mombasa, Nairobi, and Madera on the 6th of July.
Mutahi Kahiga, the Nyeri governor, said the emphasis should be on hotspot counties, where the pandemic must be contained.
“We will put all facts on the table during our meeting with the head of state. We are between a hard place and a rock but we must strike a balance,” the Nyeri Governor said.
Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui and Wycliff Oparanya have been the leading lights in the call for more restrictions in counties with the spike of the pandemic and the Nyeri governor has supported them.
“I support Kinyanjui and Oparanya and We must decide if to continue to allow movement in and out of counties,” he said.
In the meeting with the head of state next week, the county bosses will press for the re-introduction of restrictions. The Ministry of Health said Coronavirus patients will no longer be transferred to Nairobi.
The pandemic is predicted to start peaking in August and counties have been asked to build capacity to accommodate caseloads.
The rising numbers have been attributed to increased testing across the country.
The Machakos governor Alfred Mutua indicated that the meeting would look into the impact of the lifting of the lockdown on the economy but tough decisions would have to be made.
“A balance will have to be struck. The rising cases were expected and the national government has done all it could to combat the disease. We cannot blame it, “he asked.
Mutua said most of the county governments were prepared for worst-case scenarios. “It is suffering the economic consequences and be alive,” he added.
Kahiga said, “We can revive the economy after the pandemic but health has to be prioritized.”
The statement from Kanze Dena indicated that the summit will review the preparedness of counties and evaluate the overall national response and capacity to handle Covid-19.
Last Saturday, Mutahi Kagwe, the health CS announced 688 cases, the highest for a single day. So far, there have been over 200 deaths. As of Monday, the cases stood at 13,771.
When he lifted the curfew, the head of state warned the Kenyans to brace themselves for a fresh lockdown in three weeks if the Covid-19 situation escalated.