KENYAN PRESIDENT TO REOPEN AND EMPOWER AFFECTED CITIZENS

Kenyan Head of State Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is planning to ease restrictions on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. PHOTO /CORRESPONDENT

KENYAN PRESIDENT TO REOPEN AND EMPOWER AFFECTED CITIZENS

By Denis Omondi

President Kenyatta’s seventh address to the

Nation on Covid-19 was dominated by his eight

point plan to economic recovery caused by

coronavirus pandemic, also worth noting was

the commander-in-chief hinting at possible

return to normalcy soon.

Majority of Kenyans are already jumpy and

cannot wait to see the restrictions lifted. The

coronavirus fatigue is real and is being felt

world over with some countries going ahead to

carry out phased return to normalcy.

“Stay home, Stay safe, let’s flatten the curve”,

has been our guiding principle right from the

moment we reported our first positive case. I

am, however, worried if we as a country have a

curve at all.

The numbers of Covid-19 confirmed cases have

a very unpredictable trend and I bet they can’t

give a regular curve. Do we know if we have

reached our peak? If yes then when was that

and if no then when will we reach it.

The health ministry had earlier predicted some

ten thousand confirmed cases by the end of

April. This never manifested. Here we are, still

going strong, getting into June with less than

two thousand cases. The model used was,

without a doubt, inaccurate and the explanation

was that the predictions are not cast on stone.

Some have since argued that the predictions

are unnecessary as they are scary, create

anxiety and very embarrassing .

CS Kagwe asked us not to drop the ball too

early. Am not certain whether it is time to ease

our restrictions. But just like other Kenyans, am

waiting for that time when the novel corona

virus will allow us to behave normally without

treating us abnormally and only time will tell .

Denis Omondi is a Journalism Student at Kenyatta University, Kenya
omondidenis2018@gmail.com
www.africantimes.co.ke

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