Kenyan President apologizes after police accused of violence during coronavirus curfew

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2nd April, 2020 06:20:10 printer

Kenyan President apologizes after police accused of violence during coronavirus curfew

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta apologized Wednesday for violence and harsh tactics used by police last week to enforce a nationwide coronavirus curfew.  

Police have been accused of using batons and tear gas to disperse crowds in the city of Mombasa to enforce the curfew. 

"I know especially when we introduced the curfew, maybe in the initial stages, there were some challenges," Kenyatta said in a televised speech.

"And I want to apologize to all Kenyans maybe for some excesses that were conducted or happened," he said. "But I want to assure you, that if we work together, if we all understand that this problem needs all of us, and if we all pull in the same direction, we will overcome." 

According to the latest figures by Johns Hopkins University, there have been 81 confirmed coronavirus cases in Kenya and one death.

 

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