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Behave or face county askaris, Lenku warns enterprises

Governor Lenku says administrative action will be taken against business enterprises that do not abide by the issued social distance guidelines

By Our Reporter

Kajiado County government has warned that stern actions will be taken against enterprises that will disregard government directives, aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic — with particular emphasis on social distancing.

In a press release today, Governor Joseph ole Lenku charged the County Directorate of Inspectorate Services to ensure that trading activities are conducted within the recommended one metre distance.

“Administrative action will be taken against business enterprises that do not abide by the issued social distance guidelines,” says the document in part.

This follows recent reports by the Ministry of Health alleging that new transmissions of the pandemic are community driven, owing to people’s “indiscipline” — in disregarding observance to the social distancing, and other directives.

The enforcement officers are expected to give special focus to; retail markets, cattle saleyards, supermarkets, bus parks and health facilities.

At the same time, the local government announced a raft of measures it will undertake to cushion the business community against negative economic impact of coronavirus pandemic.

In the press release, Ole Lenku acknowledged that many business enterprises are suffering huge losses while others have closed, a matter he says has grossly threatened food security in the county.

In salvaging the situation, the governor directed the County Department of Finance to waive taxes and levies which effectively exempt traders from paying; daily market and transit cess fees on agricultural produce, slaughter house inspection fees and monthly parking fees for passenger services for the months of April to June.

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