Kenya bars Eid celebrations by extending lockdown in Eastleigh

A shopkeeper carries crates of bread in Eastleigh, Nairobi, on May 7, 2020, following the Kenyan government's announcement of partial lockdown in two COVID-19 coronavirus hotspots, Eastleigh in Nairobi and Mombasa City for at least 15-days, where there shall be no movement into and out of the places. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP) (Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Government of Kenya has extended its directive on cessation of movement directive in Nairobi’s Somali dominated estate, Eastleigh, a move that could bar Eid celebration and hinder the estate’s booming business.

During Covid19 daily briefing in Nairobi, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the restrictions on both Eastleigh and Mombasa’s Old Town will be added to 15 days in efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

According to the minister, the cessation of movement will be in place until June 6.

He reiterated that restaurants and mosques in the two regions will remain closed during the period.


Free targeted testing is also ongoing at St Teresa’s Boy’s Secondary School, New Eastleigh Primary School and Zawadi Primary School in Nairobi.

With only two days remaining to the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan, it is obvious that Idd-ul-Fitr celebrations will be marked differently this year across regions as well Nairobi’s little Mogadishu.

Shopping centres and markets which usually used to be a beehive of activities in the last few days of the month are now like castle in ghost town. Thousands of Muslims especially Somalia at this time used to flock the places to buy clothes and food in readiness for Idd but this year, no one attempts to that extent thanks to Coronavirus pandemic.

Kenya government earlier in the week extended the dusk to dawn curfew until June 6 similar to cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi counties

Meanwhile Kenya announced 66 new cases Wednesday among them two foreigners bringing the national tally to 1,029 cases since corona virus confirmed in the country March 13.