After the extension night curfew for more days, lockdowns and other restrictions including night movements to contain COVID - 19 have stifled revenues and hindered economic growth countrywide. Kenya has entered a critical phase in managing and controlling the pandemic hence citizens travelling in and outside the town have been forced to adhere to night curfew rules.
Police have been put in forefront to ensure measures and other regulations are adhered to. However, citizens have witnessed a chaotic moment while boarding or alighting public transport vehicles. Many Kenyans most of them coming late from their work place occasionally meet police officers waiting for them at various bus stops forcing them to run for their lives.
In this regard, Kenyans have termed this as counterproductive measure in fighting the spread against the virus. Interviews to bus related curfews in the country further revealed that there was severe police brutality in respect of commuters boarding or alighting public service vehicles. Some citizens were subjected to whipping and money being extorted from them.
In the recent days, Human Right Watch confirmed accounts from many parts of the country where police officers violently enforced curfew regulations by beating, arresting and extorting money from commuters. Kenyan authorities have kindly been asked to ensure that police officers do not use excessive force while enforcing curfew rules and regulation on commuters inline with efforts to cub the virus.
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