Kenya’s First Total Lockdown Declared

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Operations at the Lappset project site have been drastically changed after the county government declared a total lock-down of the site.

Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia issued the directive on Tuesday, March 24.

Macharia notified the workers that the directive would come into force by 5.00 p.m on Tuesday, March 24.

Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, he clarified that the lock-down would limit movement into the project area.

“There’s a project and people have been coming from outside the project area to work,” Irungu explained, adding, “So we said everybody must remain within the camp, not going out and then coming back in.”

The Lamu Commissioner clarified that the order would affect all the people who were currently engaged in work at the Lamu project site.

“Everyone including the workers and the Chinese as well, will remain within the camp, and work from there without interacting with people outside the site,” explained Irungu.

The Lamu Commissioner reiterated that the lock-down would be in effect for thirty days.

“The workers will remain within their project areas for the next thirty days and then we will review after the period is over,” he stated, adding, “They will be in for the next thirty days and work from within.”

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