Are Police Water Canons Reserved For ODM Protesters? Questions Raised as Nairobi Fumigation Kicks Off

Kenyans on social media have questioned the means through which the government conducted the Nairobi fumigation exercise on Thursday, claiming that resources were not fully utilized.

Health officials donned in protective gear were spotted moving around the central business district for the better part of the day, spraying disinfectant on building and road surfaces in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

However, netizens were unsatisfied and wondered why the government did not deploy the dreaded police water canons, which are only seen at play during police altercations with Kenyans.

Given the large size of the vehicles, many opined that using them instead of the small cans used in farms would have a better impact on sterilizing the city.

A section of netizens was quick to point out that, it seemed the vehicles were exclusively reserved for use on ODM protesters, who have time and again tasted the wrath of the government, while demonstrating over political issues, as was the case after the contested 2017 General Election.

By the time of going to press, seven people had been confirmed infected with the novel coronavirus in Kenya.

Meanwhile, the government on Thursday ordered the release of all confiscated ethanol, which will be used to manufacture free hand sanitizers for Kenyans.

Heavy emphasis has been placed on hand hygiene in the fight against the infection that has killed over 7000 people worldwide.

Locally, several politicians, including Kericho senator Aaron Cheruiyot, have gone into self-quarantine after traveling abroad in the wake of the pandemic.

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