Schools to reopen as planned says Uhuru as lockdown lifted

Schools to reopen as planned says Uhuru as lockdown lifted

President Uhuru Kenyatta has put to end the tug of war on whether schools should reopen for third term or not.

In his speech on Labour Day celebrations at State House, Nairobi, on Saturday, the president assured parents and learners that the school calendar will not be interrupted and that learning will resume as planned.

To further clear the air on reopening the president announced a lifting of the lockdown in the Covid-19 high risk zone of five counties.

There had been concerns on whether schools would reopen with surging Covid-19 cases.

However the he said the curfew will remain from 10pm to 4am.

The President had on March 26 announced that there was cessation of movement into and out of the counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos and Nakuru as a block.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe had last week hinted that schools could be postponed for another time due to collision on reopening date for schools and time when lockdown will end.

Kagwe said that the cessation of movement in and out of the five zoned counties will expire on 29th May which will be 19 days after the scheduled reopening.

Uhuru has further ordered bars to be allowed to operate until 7pm while restaurants will resume normal operations.

Uhuru’s lifting of the lockdown comes as businesspeople and Kenyans at large raised concerns about the state of the economy following restrictions.

Activists had on Saturday convened in Nairobi’s CBD and planned a protest march to State House to demonstrate against the measures causing pain in Kenyans’ pockets.

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