A section of Kenyans on social media has expressed anger after it emerged some airlines will continue offering services to international tourists despite President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cessation of movement order meant to curb spread of Coronavirus.
They raised issue after social media user @colourmequeerke posted statements issued by Safarilink and AirKenya saying they will continue carrying foreign tourists despite Uhuru’s travel restrictions on air, water, road transport into and out of five disease infested counties.
There has been confusion among Kenyans and in the various sectors of the economy after Kenyatta’s Friday directive was followed by numerous corrections and verifications.
I'm not saying Kenya is a colonial outpost... but I'm also not not saying that. ???? pic.twitter.com/9fHs4pfaPp— parachichi (@colourmequeerke) March 28, 2021
Many of the Kenyan social media wondered why the airlines were being favoured yet road passengers and matatu operators were paying a heavy price as they are forced to strictly comply with the presidential directive meant to tame surging Covid-19 third wave.
Here is a sample of reactions as the new 8pm-4am curfew and travel restrictions ordered in Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Kajiado and Nakuru counties took effect from Sunday after an extension to allow stuck Kenyans to make their way to their preferred destination:
@StateHouseKenya can this be explained? Cushioning the elite and international tourists, while the locals suffer from job cuts and a dwindling economy. Book me an appointment with the head of state ASAP!— Larry S. Achiya ???????? (@AchiyaLarry) March 28, 2021
This is absurd !! Some people life were ruined with the flights suspension and they are playing favorites!! as like international tourists are immune or something.— Osama | أُسامة (@byosama1) March 28, 2021
So in short, the virus from international tourists doesn’t need a lockdown but the local virus does.— Éclair (@_misssweettooth) March 28, 2021
I don't know how I will get to Eldoret once I land in Nairobi,the @FlyJambojet flight got cancelled..I am a Kenyan who like the said tourists will possess a COVID Certificate of not more than 96hours ..it just doesn't add up— Waigi Njung'e ???????????????? (@wawasp) March 28, 2021