As the world marks the celebration of International Labour Day today, 1 May 2021, a second under the covid-19 pandemic, Kenya's President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta has issued new directives on containment of the virus in the country.
President Uhuru Kenyatta [Photo/Courtesy]
President Kenyatta spoke at State House, where only few invited guests were present, among them being; Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli, Labour CS Simon Chelugui,Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) Executive Director Jackline Mugo, among others.
COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli attending the International Labour Day celebrations at State House today [Photo/State House]
President Kenyatta recognised that the Kenyan workers have been the most affected during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has made the Kenyan economy to slow down significantly.
The president highlighted a 74% decrease in Covid-19 caseload in Nairobi, as well as 72% decrease in the One Zoned Area. He has issued public order number 3 of 2021.
One Zoned Area has been opened up, curfew hours in the One Zoned Area will start at 10 p.m and end at 4 a.m starting midnight today. In person and congregational worship will resume but capacity remains at a third of capacity.
Operation of restaurants and eateries in the zoned area will resume in accordance to guidelines by Ministry of Health. Schools across the country will resume from 10 May 2021.
All bars will operate until 7 p.m, revised from 9 p.m. All hospitals are also directed to limit the number of visitors to hospitalized patients to one visitor per day. Political gatherings suspension has been extended until further direction.
Speaking during the event, Atwoli reiterated the workers' support to the president in the fight against corruption and tenderpreneurs who are diminishing the importance of hard work in the nation.
Atwoli also stated that the resolutions reached during the recent COTU meeting at Tom Mboya Labour College included support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
He also took another jab at Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Peter Ndegwa who is accused of having asked all his workers to reapply for their jobs afresh. Atwoli also accused media houses of moving fast to ask for advertisements from Safaricom in order to kill damaging news and articles.
In most Labour Day Celebrations, workers expect review of wages or terms of work. In this year's celebration, COTU did not ask for any increment in wages, citing the Covid-19 pandemic effects.
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