by Beatrice Ambasa
April 10, 2021

Thirteen activists who started the #UnlockOurCountry movement and were arrested during a protest on Wednesday in the CBD will be arraigned at the Kibera Courts over demonstrations.

The 13 will be represented by veteran human rights lawyer Dr John Khaminwa, who recently represented Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in the ongoing Sh10 million graft case.

Their arrest comes days after President Uhuru Kenyatta declared a lockdown and curfew for five counties (Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru) that were considered to have experienced increased cases of the covid-19 outbreak, a movement to convince the president otherwise was started.

During the nationwide address on Friday, President Kenyatta released new measures to tackle the virus's spread. These measures did not exactly sit well with Kenyans who were affected by the lockdown.

Major personalities from the Entertainment, Tourism, Education and Hospitality industry came together and started the movement #UnlockOurCountry, where they highlighted the grievances people working in these industries were facing.

Different artists, including musicians, comedians and dancers, promoted the movement on their social platforms, with others such as Khaligrapgh Jones going live to ask Kenyans to support the campaign.

The protests also called on the government to lift the lockdown, affecting many Kenyans by rendering them jobless.

Six people were previously arrested when the protests happened in the Central Business District (CBD) in Nairobi and were fined Sh3,000 each.