Governor Joho donates 5000 masks to Kenya police
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho donated 5000 masks to Kenya Police Service to help fight against Coronavirus.
The masks were handed over to the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai on Thursday in Mombasa County.
The Governor urged the police officer to man themselves at roadblocks with the masks and give them to civilians who do not have masks instead of arresting them.
“We are producing thousands and thousands of masks every day here in the county of Mombasa. So anytime your officers would need masks you are welcome to receive them from us… We have agreed that anyone who drives through a roadblock without a mask will be given one,” said Joho, in a press briefing with Mutyambai.
He implored the civilians to take an initiative of wearing the face mask to avoid colliding with the police since everyone in the country battling the coronavirus pandemic.
“I appeal to every citizen… wear a mask. Wear a mask or you will be prosecuted… But most importantly understand that the mask is for your own safety.”
I.G Mutyambai thanked the governor for his efforts and actions whose interest was to ensure Kenyans remained safe in the wake of the pandemic.
On Monday while in Mombasa County, I.G Mutyambai directed police officers to arrest anyone found in public without a face mask.
He said putting on a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country was now compulsory in line with the gazette notice issued by the Office of the Attorney General on April 6, 2020.
According to the gazette notice, failure to wear a face mask is punishable by a fine of Ksh.20,000 or six-year jail term or both.
However, the number of coronavirus cases in Kenya jumped to 225 after nine more patients tested positive for the virus following the testing of 803 samples on Tuesday.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, in a press briefing on Wednesday, said the country is not out of danger yet, noting that all the nine patients are Kenyans who had no history of travel outside the country but were identified through contact tracing.
One more patient has also succumbed to COVID-19 in the country, raising the total number of deaths to 10.