Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has urged Kenyans to abide by the ban on alcohol in restaurants and eateries instituted by President Uhuru Kenyatta in his address to the nation on Monday.
CS Kagwe, speaking at Afya House on Tuesday, defended the ban saying it was meant to enforce social distancing by reducing socialization to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The CS, in his usual light-hearted humor, hence asked Kenyans to set aside the popular sausage and two beers order now christened the ‘Kagwe Special’ when they visit restaurants and instead shift their focus to two sausages and a soda.
“Mambo ya sausage moja na beer mbili is over and if you buy drinks, take them home and then invite 15 of your friends for a BBQ and effectively transform your home into a shebeen or karumaindo, you will be contravening the regulations and therefore liable to punishment,” he said.
“The idea is to stop socializing and therefore preserve social distancing. Going forward, sausage mbili, soda moja is the new norm.”
“I’m not saying that we’re prohibiting you from walking into a supermarket and buying your kanywaji. Subsequently, supermarkets and wines and spirits which we have not closed must not be converted into parking lot drinking sprees.”
He also warned Kenyans against now transferring the drinking gatherings to their homes saying they would be placing their families at risk.
CS Kagwe directed Public Health officials in counties to work in tandem with police officers in enforcing the set rules without fear of favor of anybody of any social or political class saying; “COVID-19 haitambui VIP, and neither will we.”
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