Chaos erupted in Kondele area in Kisumu County Friday night after constituents defied the 7pm curfew ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta last Wednesday.
As at 7:10pm, most businesses in Kondele were operating, with the proprietors saying they wouldn’t go home until they spot police officers. The businesses that were still open include: electronic shops, eateries, general goods stores, boda bodas, among others.
Twenty minutes past 7pm, a contingent of police officers, comprising regular and anti-riot officers, went down to Kondele to effect the curfew.
The law enforcement officers were forced to hurl teargas at the constituents, who wanted to continue engaging in trade despite a stay-at-home order being active.
The affected traders ran in different directions, including towards Manyatta and Obunga areas.
Kisumu County Commissioner Susan Waweru told K24 Digital that they won’t relent in their quest to have the curfew order obeyed.
On Wednesday, March 25, President Kenyatta announced a 7pm to 5am curfew beginning Friday, March 27. The Head of State said the curfew was imposed to minimise Kenyans’ interaction in the wake of the spread of COVID-19.
Kenya has thus far registered 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with one out of the 31 succumbing to the virus, and another one recovering.
(Additional reporting by Baraka Karama)