Over hundred 100 charged in Mathioya for flouting Public Health guidelines

By Ndungu Gachane                                           

Over a hundred locals in Mathioya Sub-County of Muranga County have been charged in court for flouting Covid-19 regulations, area OCPD Pauline Mwangi has announced.


Mathioya OCPD Pauline Mwangi. She said over a 100 people have so far been charged in court for flouting social distancing guidelines. Photo by Ndungu Gachane/ KK Online News

According to the police boss 80 cases have been successfully argued in court with those found guilty penalized for failing to wear masks, failing to adhere to the social distancing guidelines as per the Ministry of Health directives.

She said the victims have been fined between Sh2000 to Sh10000 while 40 cases are ongoing.
“About 80 cases have been finalized and those found guilty penalized while about 40 suspects are out in bond, those found contravening the Ministry of Health directives on Public Health measures have either been penalized or are out on bonds but their cases are active in court,” the OCPD said.
She noted that the cases are minimal compared to other areas thanks for the locals for adhering to the regulations and the police for enforcing the law.
“The only single biggest challenge in our area is the issue of social distancing, but my officers are trying their level best to enforce the law and to arrest those failing to adhere to the guidelines,” she told the press on Saturday.
On his part, Mathioya Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner (DCC Kipchumba Rutto who is the chairperson for the Sub-County Covid-19 19 response team said his team has been able to man his jurisdiction a move that has worked for the good of the locals.
Mathioya Sub County Deputy County Commissioner Kipchumba Rutto address the press at his office on May 30. He said the biggest challenge in Mathioya was failure by locals to observe social distancing guidelines. Ndungu Gachane/ KK Online News.
But Mr Rutto said police are now targeting a section of the residents who have now converted their homes into make-shift pubs and bars after the closure of bars.
“We are aware that after the closure of bars, some people are now taking beer at their estates but very soon we shall apprehend the suspects and take them to court, I have instructed the Nyumba kumi members and the administrators to enhance surveillance and to investigate the matter,” the DCC said.
He added that 20 youths will be employed in each of the 25 Sub- locations in Mathioya to clean the environment and in return get stipends derived from the ambitious National Government’s 10 billion Kazi mitaani initiative.
He said vetting will be done by village heads and assistant chiefs at the locational level, Assistant County Commissioners at the divisional level and the Sub-County security committee before handing over the names to the County Commissioner for consideration.
Mr Rutto said his team has distributed close to 20000 masks to the locals, enhanced information, education and communication about the novel coronavirus to locals and issued 125 bags to some 124 households affected by floods and landslides.

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