Party After Party As 6 Police Officers Are Arrested Drinking Past Curfew Hours In Kisumu

KEY POINTS

  • Six police officers have been arrested for contravening curfew rules in Kisumu.
  • The 'rogue' officers were nabbed while partying at Nyamasaria area of the lakeside city.
  • The national government revised the dusk-to-dawn curfew in 13 counties in Western Kenya to contain the spread of Covid-19.

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Police in Kisumu had no option but to arrest six of their rogue colleagues who were caught contravening recently introduced curfew rules.

The six officer were arrested partying hard in a drinking den in Nyamasaria area of the lakeside city.

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Police arrested the six cops alongside six other civilians partying at about 8 pm on Saturday – well past the curfew hours.

Five of the officers arrested are attached to Nyagacho Police station in Kericho county while one is from the Central Police Station in Nakuru county.

The six police officers were detained at Kondele Police Station. Their arrest comes only days after the national government revised the dusk-to-dawn curfew in 13 counties in Western Kenya to contain the spread of Covid-19 virus.

The counties; Bomet, Busia, Bungoma, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Kericho, Kisii, Kisumu, Migori, Nyamira, Siaya, Trans Nzoia and Vihiga have seen a spike in Coronavirus cases.

The highly contagious delta variant was detected in the region. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced a 7pm to 4am curfew in the 13 counties.

The 7pm to 4am in Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley counties commenced on Friday June 18th, with police cracking down hard on violators.

Reports by the Health Ministry indicated that the positivity rate in the 13 regions averages 21%, while that of the remaining parts of the country is at 9%.

“The surge of infections in the aforementioned counties is further compounded by their proximity to the neighboring Uganda, which has similarly reported a surge of Covid-19 infections,” said Kagwe.

The Health CS further explained that the decision had been made in consultation with the Council of Governors.

He said that the curfew will be effective together with other containment measures. He insisted that except for essential and emergency services, movement between the hotspot zone and the rest of the country was strongly discouraged.

Kagwe also suspended the weekly non-food and livestock markets in the 13 counties for a period of 30 days.

“All public gatherings and in-person meetings of whatever nature are prohibited within the hotspot zone, including house parties and sporting activities,” he said.

The CS added that all funerals and interment ceremonies within the 13 counties shall be conducted within 72 hours of confirmation of death, adding that night vigils and overnight processions prior to funerals are prohibited until further notice.

Kagwe also directed that the attendees for funerals within the 13 counties are capped to a maximum of 50 persons.

He also suspended all forms of physical and congressional worship in churches, mosques, temples and shrines in the 13 counties for a period of 30 days.

Related: Uganda Records High Covid-19 Deaths Forcing Museveni To Announce Total Lockdown

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