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A lawmaker has filed a motion seeking to compel the government to provide free facemasks and hand sanitisers in the fight against Covid-19.

Lugari MP Ayub Savula also wants the government to ensure free distribution of food to vulnerable families in the event the country declares a total lockdown.

The motion comes in the backdrop of gazettement of the Public Health Act regulations that made wearing of masks in public places mandatory.

“Following the gazettement of the Public Health Act regulations declaring all people in Kenya to wear masks, the Government should distribute them free to the public,” states the draft motion.

“The Government should also distribute hand sanitisers in all public places, taking cognizance of the Public Health Emergency,” it adds.

National Assembly is set to resume its sittings today following a month-long recess, and would be discussing among other things measures announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta to cushion Kenyans from the economic impact of the viral disease.

Last week, the government gazetted hefty penalties, including a fine of Sh20,000 or a six months’ imprisonment or both if found breaking directives in the Health Act regulations.

According to the regulations, failure to wear a mask while using public or private transport and failure to maintain social distance are among the offences that will attract the penalties.


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