Kakamega residents have decried the use of excessive and unnecessary force by the police while enforcing the revised Covid-19 restrictions.
They have also claimed sincere efforts by police to contain the spread of the virus does more harm than good when they crowd flouters in police vehicles and cells since they predispose them to the deadly virus.
The residents voiced out that the police use the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to roll back freedom, crush dissent, and target minority groups.
A narrative has been circulating in the country that government elites, fearing the disease, tend to favor the imposition of lockdown and curfew, while the poor without a safety net, fear the risk of diseases if poverty and hunger if they are not allowed daily participation in the informal economy.
The residents said that the general authority subjects them to strict restrictions and rules even in places where it is impossible to observe Covid-19 rules.
They said that the use of fear and intimidation to work within the president's directive has yielded mistrust In the residents in government services provided to contain the virus.
They have petitioned the police to use a more humane-based approach in enforcing the Covid-19 rules rather than using criminal and punitive ways.
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