Mudavadi fault’s government over curfew directive

Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has faulted the government’s move to impose a dusk-to-dawn curfew saying it has caused suffering to Kenyans.

Mudavadi argued that the curfew was not necessary and condemned police brutality on Kenyans who were found outside their homes at the time of the curfew.

“There is a gap between policy formulation and policy implementation, the brutality is a reflection of a failure of the government, Curfews are not just planned and implementation unless you are dealing with a hostile community,” he said during a news conference on Saturday.

Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the curfew will take effect as a measure to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the country which has already claimed the life of one person.

Mudavadi said curfew should only be used in cases where the government is dealing with a hostile environment in a sudden and disruptive situation.

“There is a clear failure, on the part of the government, as citizens we call upon them to get back to the drawing board,” Mudavadi said.

Human rights groups have also condemned the use of excessive and unnecessary force by the police since the country imposed the curfew.