Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi has asked the police not to be brutal on Kenyans as they enforce curfew.
He said majority of citizens are already economically distressed and that any cruelty will break their hearts.
Mr Mudavadi said what Kenyans want in the wake of coronavirus pandemic is love and civility and not the brutality witnessed on the first day of the curfew last Friday.
“Enforcement of the curfew does not mean terror and brutality to the citizens. Treat the citizenry with civility,” said Mudavadi.
He said police action could be counterproductive in ongoing efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.
“The police have gone about it in the manner that is extremely inconsiderate and inhumane. They give an impression they are dealing with a hostile population that must be cowed through brutal force. It is useful to remind the Government that it is not at war with its citizens,” said Mudavadi.
He said the curfew has also paralysed public transport, a situation that has forced some people to wait at bus stops for many hours.