President Uhuru Kenyatta Speech on Reopening Economy (Summary)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has just addressed the nation and here is the summary of his speech:
- Cessation of movement in an out of Nairobi MA, Mombasa and Mandera that is currently in place will lapse tomorrow, 7th July 2020
- Curfew extended for a further 30 days
- Kenyans are called upon to exercise cautious optimism and avoid reckless abandon.
- In the next 21 days GoK shall observe patterns of interaction. If there will be a spike in the trend of infections, the country will return to lockdown at zero option
- How the country proceeds from here shall be determined by the behavior of each one of us individually. We are called upon to be our brothers and sisters keeper
- Kenyans are urged to avoid non-essential upcountry travel and also maintain social distancing, washing hands, sanitizing and be cautious when interacting with the elderly and those with depressed immune systems
- A maximum of 100 people allowed in places or worship at any given time. Worship services to last for not more than one hour. This will be done in line with strict conformity with all the applicable guidelines and protocols. Sunday school and Madrassa remain closed.
- PSVs moving in and out of areas which were previously under cessation will require mandatory certification from MoH in consultation with the Ministry or Transport.
- Local flights to resume on 15th July, 2020 in strict conformity with guidelines and protocols issued by MoH
- International air travel in and out of the country to resume on 1st August, 2020 strict conformity to guidelines and protocols issued by MoH
- Restrictions on political gatherings and any other gathering of that nature extended by another 30 days
- Restrictions on wedding and funeral attendance extended for a further 30 days
- MoH, in conjunction with the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development shall establish protocols for the resumption of the importation and sale of imported/second- hand clothes
- Following consultations with stakeholders in the education sector, and cognizant of the surge in the rate of infections, the Ministry of Education shall jointly with all the stakeholders in the sector notify the public on the resumption of the 2020 Academic Calendar for Basic Education and Tertiary Institutions.
EXERTS FROM THE SPEECH
As we implement the phased re-opening, I remain alive to the economic and social challenges facing our country.
Jobs have been lost, businesses have closed and livelihoods endangered. And this is the sorry state of things the world over. But history has taught us that the COVID crisis is not the first health disaster with such enormous economic challenges. There were many more before this one. However, those who overcame previous disasters and finished on top, began by first changing their mind sets.
Put differently, it is not enough for government to pump resources into the economy using stimulus instruments, as we have done. Such efforts will go to waste if the people do not co-create solutions with the government.
Those who overcame previous disasters in history did so because they acted as one. The people and their government entered into a
joint-venture to subjugate their challenges.
This, therefore means for us to revive the economy, re-open and remain open, the government and its people must pull together.
Today, I have invited you to exercise civic responsibility towards each other. But I do not want you to exercise this responsibility in the fight only against COVID-19 pandemic. I want you to have a shared responsibility with government in reviving our economy. And for us to do this by first changing our national mind-set. We have the opportunity to stitch a “new national mindset garment as it were”.
My Madaraka Day Speech of June 1st 2020 set the stage for this change in mind-set. I challenged all of us to re-imagine Kenya the way our Founding Fathers Imagined “a nation from nothing”. And today, with a much younger population, I challenge you to re-imagine our economic and business models as we re-open tomorrow. We must remember that Corona Virus is an invisible enemy. We cannot confront this enemy because we cannot see it; we can only evade it. And evading an invisible enemy calls for imagination.
Instead of doing business as usual, therefore, the moment calls us to do business unusual. When we re-open, we cannot use the old maps to navigate the new lands created by the moment. We must have the courage to let go the old MODELS of yesterday in order to find the new opportunities presented by this crisis today.
Those who will change their mind-set and embrace the new normal, will be favoured by destiny. I particularly encourage our young people to take up this challenge of re-imagining our business models.
And yes, they may have no capital, but the currency of the COVID moment is ideas and young Kenyans are a flora of ideas.
I note with satisfaction that our textile industry has already seized the moment and leveraged on the silver lining presented by the COVID-19 crisis to create opportunities for our fellow countrymen. Owing to this initiative, Kenya is today emerging as a net exporter of PPEs to the region.
I applaud the COVID-19 Response Fund for contracting the local industry to produce PPEs for our healthcare workers. I encourage other sectors of our economy to re-imagine Kenya as a net exporter.