Wear facemask or face 6 months jail or Sh 20,000 cash bail, Mombasa Police boss warns residents


Changamwe police station clear photo in Mombasa


Commuters and matatu operators were on Tuesday morning arrested in Mombasa after a police crackdown on those flouting ministry of health regulations.

According to Changamwe police boss Joseph Kavoo, over 100 public service vehicles are in different stations during the dawn raid.

“The passengers are at the Changamwe Police Station,” he said.

The police boss disclosed that the commuters had no masks. The vehicle operators had not provided them with water and soap to wash their hands.

He added that they will appear in court later on Tuesday and charged with flouting public health rules.

All public transport users are required to wear masks that must cover the mouth and nose as part of the measures announced by the Health Ministry.

Every organization, business entity, trader or vendor is also expected to provide either water and soap to customers or an alcohol-based sanitizer approved by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).

“A person who commits an offence under these Rules shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding Ksh. 20,000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both,” the Gazette notice reads.

Further, the notice states that anyone found mocking the laws will have their vehicle detained at a police station or any other place that the IG delegates pending arraignment in court and/or for the duration of the restriction period.

Mombasa county officials lately declared concern over the growing numbers of infected patients in hospitals.

The County Governor Ali Hassan Joho urged that county officers may have to re-enforce severe measures should the condition become worse.

“I urge you, the people of Mombasa, if you want us to do well on the pandemic please wear your mask when you are close to people,” he told Mombasa residents during the Mashujaa Day celebrations.

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