Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has called upon President Uhuru Kenyatta to revise the curfew hours imposed on the city due to hardships being experienced by commuter hardships.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, April 21, the lawmaker asked Uhuru to give Nairobians two more hours to enable them to work and get home efficiently.
“I hold that the 8 pm curfew imposed in Nairobi be reviewed upwards to earliest 10 pm due to the nature of our public transport as well as livelihoods,” Said Senator Sakaja.
He explained that many residents in the city are innocently caught up with the curfew due to challenges in transport infrastructures.
The road constructions underway to pave way for the Nairobi Express Way have been a huge inconvenience since it has led to the partial closure of major roads such as Mombasa Road and Waiyaki Way.
Yesterday night, hundreds of commuters were pictured desperately waiting to board PSVs at the Kencom bus stage.
After enduring the long queue, the passengers scrambled to get into the next available bus, with others getting in through windows.
Earlier on, a number of students in uniform were seen in the CBD after they missed catching buses in time on Monday, April 19, night.
In a video shared by Standard digital, the candidates who were heading home after just finishing their K.C.S.E exams were captured making rounds, being on the lookout for a means of transport.
This was a saddening situation for many since the Ministry of Education had promised to ensure that each candidate gets home safely.
Sakaja explained his disappointment in the Monday night incident saying it was hurtful for him.
“As a parent, it was very hurtful to see school children who are just from finishing their exams spending the night in the cold as a result of the 8 pm curfew,” he said.
The curfew restrictions became more stringent on Saturday, April 17, night when police officers put roadblocks along major highways, forcing motorists to stay in the cold up to wee hours of Sunday morning.
The incident sparked uproar from members of the public after which the Ministry of Interior responded, saying the road blocks shall be intensified.