The president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday ordered a night-time curfew of citizens to combat Covid-19. In his efforts, he took a massive pay cut on official’s salaries and announcing tax breaks to businesses. He did this as a measure to ease the economic impact of the crisis on Kenyans.
Kenyatta warned he would not hesitate to take more drastic measures if the Kenyans fail to observe these restrictions. The virus has currently sickened 28 people in the country.
‘’Effective Friday 27th March 2020, there will be a daily curfew from 19:00 to 05:00 across the country,’’ Kenyatta said.
The new regulations, however, exclude those allowed to move such as the medical workers and critical essential service providers. Kenyatta made a couple of announcements to ease the anxiety of many fearful Kenyans. He referred to the fight against the coronavirus as an ongoing war that the people have to be prepared for.
He ordered a tax relief for people earning a gross monthly income of up to Kshs 24,000. This is considered to be Kenya’s average salary. He also cut the maximum income tax from 30% to 25% and VAT from 16% to 14%.