The government has restricted travel to and from Marsabit to Mandera Counties where two cases of Covid19 have been confirmed.
Marsabit County Commissioner Evans Achoki said that the move was necessitated by the resolve to control the spread of coronavirus and protect residents from any risk of getting infected with Covid19.
Achoki said the travel ban between the two counties would be in effect for 21 days and asked wananchi from the two regions to adhere to the imposed restrictions.
The County Commissioner told KNA that the safety of Kenyans was the government’s top priority and appealed to residents of the affected counties to stay at home and observe other measures spelt out by the authorities in order to keep the deadly virus at bay.
“It is only the conveyance food supplies and other important goods that will be allowed but owners of lorries and trucks should assign in writing a driver and an assistant,” said the County Commissioner.
Achoki added that law enforcement agents have firm instructions to implement the order without exception and asked the residents to cooperate.
Achoki said the ban affects road movement both by foot and vehicles, motorcycles as well as boundary entry points of Waititi, Basir, Dabel, Badan Arero and Bosnia.
On his part, Governor Mohamud Ali observed that the two counties related in many ways besides being close to each other.
Governor Ali noted that the two regions were very interdependent especially in trade while the boundary was porous hence the need to take precautionary measures to ensure the virus does not spread.
Marsabit has not reported any Covid-19 case hence the government and other stakeholders are not taking chances in controlling its spread.
By Sebastian Miriti