Kenya Bans Rallies for a Month, Extends Curfew

All political gatherings, including the campaigns to amend parts of the 2010 constitution, has been put on hold at least for the next 30 days, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on March 12, 2021, as part of measures to combat the rising spread of Covid-19. The ban on rallies has likely hit the campaign for the Building Bridges Initiative Bill hard - now undergoing public participation before being passed by parliament. It will also slow down Deputy President William Ruto's campaign for next year's presidential election. In the new measures President Kenyatta also extended the daily 10pm-4am curfew by a further 60 days, adding that all bars and social establishments will be closed by 9pm. The guidelines limit those allowed in places of worship, weddings, and burial to 100. Burials, he said, should be done within 72-hours after a death.


Boda boda operators in Malaba (file photo).

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