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Old Town residents in Mombasa use panya routes to beat cessation orders

Police had been deployed on major roads leading in and out of the area

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Despite the national government deploying hundreds of police officers to enforce the cessation of movement order in Old Town, Mombasa, residents are still sneaking out of the area.

The majority of Old Town residents are cunningly using backstreets to move out of the restricted area.

Police officers have blocked Mlango Wa Papa Road, Mackinnon Market (Marikiti area), the Barclays roundabout, Baroda and Professor Ali Mazrui Road.




Officers are manning the entire stretch of Professor Ali Mazrui Road. They are stationed behind the Huduma Centre (General Post Office building), Central police station, Barka Restaurant and the road leading to Fort Jesus.

Others are at Ndia Kuu and behind the Mombasa Club Hotel next to the shores of Indian Ocean.

However, there are so many unmanned backstreets within Old Town.

Some sly Old Town residents are now using these unmanned roads leading to Bondeni and Kona ya Kilifi.




Residents have complained that the cessation order was ill-timed.

They said the closure of Mackinnon Market (Marikiti) for 15 days will hurt them since a majority of residents are fasting.

“How do you close down a market, which serves thousands of people in Old Town. We do not have food in our homes, and we cannot move out of the area,” resident Halima Aden said.

She claimed that the Mombasa government has left Old Town residents out of the food distribution programme.




“Joho has been giving food to other regions, but we have not received anything in Old Town. Why do you close the only market we have?” she posed.

Mohammed Ali, the chairman of the traders at Mackinnon Market (Marikiti) said they received orders to close the market on Thursday.

“At least 500 traders in the fresh vegetable section, the meat section, and chicken area have been affected. The meat section and the vegetable sections will incur huge losses because their products are perishable,” Ali said.

He said the county government should have directed them to continue trading at the market, but bring in officers to ensure social distancing and hygiene.

Edited by The Star

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    South Africa
    Confirmed: 511,485
    Active: 155,892
    Recovered: 347,227
    Death: 8,366
  • Egypt 94,483
    Egypt
    Confirmed: 94,483
    Active: 47,163
    Recovered: 42,455
    Death: 4,865
  • Nigeria 43,841
    Nigeria
    Confirmed: 43,841
    Active: 22,645
    Recovered: 20,308
    Death: 888
  • Ghana 37,014
    Ghana
    Confirmed: 37,014
    Active: 3,467
    Recovered: 33,365
    Death: 182
  • Kenya 22,053
    Kenya
    Confirmed: 22,053
    Active: 13,207
    Recovered: 8,477
    Death: 369
  • Ethiopia 18,706
    Ethiopia
    Confirmed: 18,706
    Active: 10,795
    Recovered: 7,601
    Death: 310
  • Zimbabwe 3,921
    Zimbabwe
    Confirmed: 3,921
    Active: 2,835
    Recovered: 1,016
    Death: 70
  • Somalia 3,220
    Somalia
    Confirmed: 3,220
    Active: 1,529
    Recovered: 1,598
    Death: 93
  • South Sudan 2,429
    South Sudan
    Confirmed: 2,429
    Active: 1,208
    Recovered: 1,175
    Death: 46
  • Namibia 2,294
    Namibia
    Confirmed: 2,294
    Active: 2,096
    Recovered: 187
    Death: 11
  • Rwanda 2,062
    Rwanda
    Confirmed: 2,062
    Active: 913
    Recovered: 1,144
    Death: 5
  • Tanzania 509
    Tanzania
    Confirmed: 509
    Active: 305
    Recovered: 183
    Death: 21
  • Burundi 395
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    Confirmed: 395
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