Machakos Senior Chief urges traders, parents to follow corona preventive measures

By Cornelius Kimbui in Machakos

Machakos Township Senior Chief Joshua has urged traders to ensure they comply with Health advisories, in their respective business environments to ensure effective prevention of the corona virus menace.

He asked the people to avoid congestion by only attending very essential meetings saying they will arrest those who fail to adhere to the preventive advisories.

The Chief noted they would not hesitate to close clubs and hotels that did not observe basic hygiene or required sanitary standards.

He told parents to be vigilant with their children especially during the period they are away from school.

Addressing the press in his office, Kimeu said parents should make sure their children do not idle in markets and shopping centres.

Kimeu said idleness and bad company expose innocent children more so youths to smoking cigarettes, bhang and drinking cheap illicit liquor.

The senior Chief pleaded with parents from his location to ensure they tame their children by ensuring they give them chores which are supervised throughout the day to keep them occupied at home.

“It is very wrong for the parents of such children to let them wander around markets aimlessly all day, they will obviously fall prey to bad company,” Kimeu said.

He urged parents in Machakos Town to keep close eyes on their children.

Kimeu said school going children may take advantage of being at home  to engage in alcohol consumption and illicit sex.

He said parents should be vigilant and sensitize their children on the dangers of drug abuse

“Parents do not send your children to visit relatives during this period. Please stay at home with your children and teach them moral values for the sake of making their lives brighter. Sending children to relatives may lead them to engage in drug abuse thus ruining their lives,”he said.


Chiefs in Athiriver are also conducting village to village sensitization on COVID-19 or coronavirus in a bid to curd its spread.

Led by Kinanie Chief Jospaht Musinga, the administrators urged residents to take precautionary measures given by the public health officers.

Speaking to County Champion, Musinga said the campaign message seek to correct the wrong perception in many local villages that observing high standards of hygiene.

Chief Musinga led his fellow administrators in educating residents on how to avoid contracting coronavirus.

He urged residents to strictly follow Ministry of Health advisories to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (the official name of the coronavirus) disease.

Mr. Musinga said they inspected schools to ensure the President’s shutdown order was adhered to.

The Chief told residents should avoid direct contact with others such as shaking hands, kissing and hugging for their safety.

“Let us all do what we are required and take precautionary measures. The government is doing all it is required to do to prevent more cases. What we need to do is to first observe hygiene at any given time,” said Musinga.

The Coronavirus symptoms include dry cough, tiredness and shortness of breath and incubation period ranges from 1-14 days and that almost 80 percent of people recover from the disease.


Yesterday, the government issued new directives to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic through the public means of transport.

In a presser at Afya House, Nairobi, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, gave guidelines that aim at reducing congestion in public service vehicles.

“14-seater matatus will carry a maximum of eight passengers; 25-seater vehicles a maximum of 15 passengers, 30 seater vehicles and above to maintain a sixty per cent maximum of sitting capacity,” the CS stated.

Kagwe further informed that the new guidelines issued would similarly extend to the Standard Guage Railway (SGR) and commuter trains plying through the country every single day.

Machakos Township location Senior Chief Joshua Kimeu

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