September 24, 2020

Coronavirus in Africa: Emergency laws v individual rights

The authorities say the lockdowns, curfews, and other crowd control measures are aimed at saving lives, but overzealous enforcement has cost lives.

In Kenya, a 13-year-old boy playing on a balcony in a high rise residential building in the capital, Nairobi, was shot dead after being hit by what police described as a “stray bullet”.

Three other deaths, including that of a motorcycle taxi rider who succumbed to injuries after being beaten by police, have been reported in the local press.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has apologised “to all Kenyans… for some excesses which were conducted” by the security forces, while urging the public to abide by measures the government had put in place to contain the spread of the virus.

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