End Curfew now hashtags started by Kenyans. Kenya extended the nationwide curfew from 10 pm to 4 am, as announced by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. The curfew was imposed from 30th July. In relation to this, Kenyans have raised concerns about curfew-related deaths. #EndCurfewNow
A funeral was held in Embu county on Friday for two brothers allegedly killed by police officers for breaking COVID-19 curfew rules.
Family members and student activists allege 22-year-old Benson Njiru Ndwiga and 19-year-old Emmanuel Mutura Ndigwa were allegedly killed whilst in police custody. They were reportedly last seen on the evening of August 1, detained for allegedly being outdoors beyond a 10 p.m. timing for local curfew imposed as part of coronavirus containment measures.
Rights group Missing Voices say their bodies were found two days later by family members at a local morgue. A section of Kenyans are pushing for the resignation of Interior Minister Fred Matiangi over their deaths.
Family members were joined by hundreds of mourners at the funeral in their hometown of Kianjokoma in Embu County. Speaking during the service, student leader Jennifer Mukami called for justice for the two men, saying the police must be held “accountable”. Kenya’s Independent Policing Oversight Authority has opened an investigation into the deaths.
Following these cases of “curfew deaths”, Kenyans have gone to Twitter to demand the president to end curfew in an Hashtag #EndCurfewNow
Below are some of the tweets:
Other Tweets from Kenyans
Irene Wamaru@irenewamaru It’s time to end this curfew. It’s serving no purpose. In a country where freedom of movement is enshrined in the constitution, it’s time they stop killing us just for being outside at hours dictated by them! #EndCurfewNow
KOT OCS@Itsmeshackil· Guys, I don’t know how we are going to do it, but we need this curfew in Kenya removed by end of the month of August. We can’t continue losing our lives and livelihood to a misguided curfew. Join me in this, share #EndCurfewNow
The Human Rights Watch has raised concerns over an increase in police brutality and extrajudicial killings whereas in the 2017 election, more than 100 innocent lives were claimed while dozens during this Covid times by the Kenyan police.