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Lenku ‘painstakingly’ orders markets closed over COVID-19 infection threat

Governor Joseph Lenku tours Ngong Sub-County Hospital.
Governor Joseph Lenku tours Ngong Sub-County Hospital.
Governor Lenku said though the closure of those livestock markets will affect the welfare of his people financially, their health is more important than everything else.

Kajiado county government has ordered the closure of all livestock markets along its borderline with Tanzania with effect from next week.

The order also includes the closure of the county’s largest livestock in Bissil town, along the Kajiado/Namanga highway.

Making the announcement, Governor Joseph ole Lenku said in Kitengela on Friday the order to take effect from next week will be in force for at least 15 days before a fresh review is made.

“I am under great pressure to close down those markets, but again the lives of our people are more important than having a thriving business,” said Lenku.

The governor said his decision to take that action is because of the situation in Tanzania as regards the spread of Coronavirus.

Two People

“It is only yesterday that we received new cases of COVID-19 infection from two people, one of the Kenyan, who had travelled to the country from Tanzania. We are taking this precaution to save lives,” said Lenku.

The governor said Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembea toured Namanga border town in Kajiado County on Thursday after two cases of coronavirus infection were reported in the region.

Natembea, Lenku said, toured Magadi ward on Friday to check on the porous border between Kenya and Tanzania around Lake Natron.

Panya Routes

This is happening after one man crossed into Kenya from Loitokitok through a panya route and another one came from the same country on May 5 through a panya route in Namanga. Both men tested Coronavirus positive later.

While in Kitengela town on Friday, governor Lenku launched three motorised sanitisation booths donated by the county government.

He called on the people to adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines in the fight against COVID-19 by washing hands and sanitising while keeping social distancing.

The governor distributed free face masks produced by Isinya Polytechnic to residents of Kitengela and said the county’s polytechnics will be producing 40,000 pieces of masks every week from this week.

He was accompanied by his deputy, Martin Moshisho, and other county leaders in the tour of Kitengela and later Isinya town.

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