President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to address the country any time this week on the updated coronavirus containment measures.
It’s one month since he announced the zoning of five counties, and review of curfew hours with the intention of stemming the spread of the third coronavirus wave.
Bars were suspended from operating in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kajiado, Machakos and Kiambu, while in-person worship was also suspended. In the March 26th address, which was the 15th on the pandemic, President Kenyatta also directed that funerals must be held within 72 hours, and attended by not more than 50 mourners. Marriage ceremonies were limited to 30 people.
The measures were received differently by Kenyans. Majority felt that the containment of movement in the five counties, and closure of bars and restaurants had stifled livelihoods.
Now, 71 percent want the President to open Nairobi, Nakuru, Kajiado, Machakos and Kiambu counties altogether, according to a new survey. The survey by One Pulse-Kenya also says that locking down the counties any further will not be tenable, considering that schools are bound to re-open early May.
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Nineteen percent of respondents said they don’t think the counties should be opened, while 10 said they are unsure.
The surveyed collected views from 400 Kenyan (men and women), aged between 18 and 65.
“As for the curfew that has been a bone of contention for many, 55% of Kenyans living in Nairobi think that the curfew should start a bit later while 30% feel like the curfew should be completely lifted and only 10% said that the curfew should be moved earlier,” says One Pulse.
OnePulse also asked Kenyans the facilities they think the President should re-open. Forty eight percent of the respondents said places of worship and 9.4 percent bars and restaurants. An equal number of respondents (9.4%) said sporting facilities while 13 percent said none. “However, 20% feel that all facilities should be allowed to remain open.”
OnePulse research company collects feedback through the OnePulse app. The app is available on the App Store and PlayStore. The company is based in the UK and has operations across different markets across the world including US, Europe China, India.
OnePulse-Kenya has been in operation since 2019. It provides insights in real-time.