Kenyans outraged by order to close bars and shops for census weekend

By BBC On Tue, 20 Aug, 2019 21:38 | < 1 min read
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua at a past function. PHOTO | COURTESY
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Kenyans on Twitter are not happy about an order for all bars and entertainment venues to be shut down in Machakos County during the national census taking place next Saturday and Sunday.

The Machakos County governor issued the directive on Monday, saying the closure would allow “families to be together”.

Markets, shops, factories and construction sites have also been ordered to close.

But one tweeter said, he was upset as the directive meant he would miss a key Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool on Saturday.

Others have pointed to the losses businesses will face, querying if they will receive any compensation:

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