Who is telling the truth? Tourism ministry’s statement clashes with police over bars’ closure time

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 20 Oct, 2021 21:31 | < 1 min read
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala. PD/NDEGWA

The Ministry of Tourism and the National Police Service have clashed in the interpretation of President Uhuru’s order concerning the lifting of the nationwide dawn to dusk curfew.

The Tourism Ministry, through Cabinet Minister Najib Balala, stated that bars and restaurants are allowed to operate past the 7:00pm restriction that had earlier been placed by the President.

Balala stated that hospitality facilities are back to normal with the Ministry of Health protocols.

“All hospitality facilities are back to normal with MOH (Ministry of Health) protocols,” Balala told a local daily.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, who also spoke to the local daily, stated that the hospitality facilities are free to resume operations past the 7:00pm closure time.

On their part however, the National Police Service has announced through an October 20 tweet that the 7:00pm closure time for bars is still effective.

The Service sought to clarify the loose ends in the Uhuru order that has been received with excitement by businessmen and Kenyans at large.

“Following the vacation of the Covid associated curfew by H.E the President during Mashujaa Day speech, existing measures on closure of bars by 7.00pm remain in place for now. Enforcement of violation of this measure to continue,” the statement read.

Kenyans and businessmen have now been left in limbo following the release of clashing statements by the two institutions.