President Uhuru Kenyatta has on Wednesday lifted the nationwide COVID-19 curfew sighting a significant decline in the infection rate in the last 24 hours.
Speaking from Wang’uru stadium in Kirinyaga County during this year’s Mashujaa day celebrations, the Head of State thanked Kenyans for exercising their civic responsibility.
“I particularly want to thank our inter-faith council for their co-operation in steering the resumption of in-person and congregational worship and all our health workers and security officers for their commitment to duty,” Said President Uhuru.
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President Uhuru continued by revealing how a report from the the National Emergency Response Committee on Covid-19 and the National Security Council led to the new orders.
“Accordingly, the number of persons gathering for in-person worship, is reviewed upwards from one-third of the congregants to two-thirds provided that they adhere to all health protocols as directed by the Government,” Said President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Also revealed by the Head of State was a financial stimulus programme in 14 sectors including agriculture, health, education, drought response, policy, infrastructure, financial inclusion, energy and environmental conservation.
“With significant progress registered in the containment of COVID-19, it is now time to shift our focus from survival to co-existing with the disease. In that regard, my Administration will be rolling out the third financial stimulus programme designed to accelerate the pace of our economic growth and to sustain the gains already made,” Said President Uhuru
The President directed allocation of Ksh 1 billion to subsidize fertilizer, Ksh 1.5 billion to aid the sugar sector, Ksh 1 billion towards to complete interventions in the coffee sub-sector and Ksh 1.5 billion to support communities affected by the ongoing drought.
“To secure a reduction in the prices of animal feeds, I order and direct the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, jointly with the National Treasury, to issue within seven days, a framework that will facilitate the reduction of the cost of animal and chicken feeds,” Said President Uhuru Kenyatta.