A section of Kisumu residents could not hide their joy after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the night curfew during his speech at the Madaraka Day celebration at Wangu'ru stadium in Kirinyaga County.
Dismus Odhiambo, a boda boda rider lauded the move by the president noting that the abolition of curfew will make him make a lot of money.
He said that the night curfew affected his income flow as he would not work at night.
"Ever since the curfew was initiated, I have suffered a loses because sometimes I would go home with as low as sh.250. Now that that curfew has been lifted I am hoping to make more money," he said.
On the other hand, Pamela Achieng, a fishmonger at Kondele, told K24 Digital that now that curfew has been lifted, she will no longer experience harassment from the police unlike when it was in place.
She said during the curfew days, she could constantly be harassed by the police which sometimes resulted in major losses to her business.
"There was a time I was forced to leave my fish as I ran for my life since the police engaged us in running battles for about an hour. Following the incident, I lost my fish worth Ksh.4200, " Achieng said.
In that line, Boniface Akatch, a human rights activist at Kondele, condemned the police for brutally attacking residents while implementing curfew regulations.
He noted that there were a lot of residents more so the youths that were affected by the police brutality while enacting the curfew rules.
"The unorthodox means the police used to implement the covid-19 containment regulations reveals the deep rot in our law enforcement organ," Akatch said.