The sectretary general of Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) Francis Atwoli has said that there is no need for lockdown in Kenya following the outbreak of Coronavirus.
Atwoli said that a total lock down would affect many livelihoods as many people are employed on temporary basis.
“There are people who do casual jobs or are on contracts. We do not want them to lose their daily bread simply because we are dramatising the whole coronavirus thing,”
He said that the situation can be controlled and therefore there is no need for total lockdown due to Coronavirus epidemic.
He warned employers who may take advantage of the situation to sack employees without involving the trade union.
“We have had outbreaks of malaria, tuberculosis and diseases like bird flu and Ebola in West Africa, which were properly controlled and dealt with,” said Atwoli.
“We should not close down businesses as if it is a time of war. Our medics are up to the task. Let us not dramatise effects of this disease.”