By DANSON MUNGATANA
(Advocate, High Court of Kenya, Chairman, Strategy Committee COMESA Competition Commission, Former Assistant Minister)
I have been wondering a lot and now I would like to wonder even louder whether the corona virus will be gone after 21 days?
Fundamental questions arise: Who decided for Kenyans that it’s 21 days? Does what works for USA and UK automatically work for us? = irrespective of time lines or different weather conditions? Is it possible that the virus is our new reality? When the curve flattens, is the virus gone? I believe not! What do we do?
My humble submission is that we must accept the truth that just like many other diseases, we have corona as well.
Once we accept it is with us, we have to change the way we live. When terrorists attacked the USA, a new world order of travel started, we didn’t lock-down forever. We the human race, learnt to adjust and survive!
What do we do with this new monster of corona virus? Do we hide in our houses forever? Or do we as human race, come out to fight and survive by adjusting to the new normal?
I humbly propose that time has now come for businesses to reopen but must accept masks, sanitizers and social distancing as the new normal, don’t serve any customer or client who has no mask on.
It must be legislated with no opening without your sanitizers on or opening without making arrangements for social distancing. Consequences for noncompliance should be made clear in new legislation.
Schools must reopen, every child must have a mask as part of school uniform, sanitizers must be placed at strategic positions in the school compounds, teachers must enforce social distancing as far as is practicably possible.
Borders must reopen and passengers must carry a mandatory card to show their Corona free status from a government recognized institution just like the yellow fever card.
Planes must be sprayed like they do in certain destinations before being cleared for takeoff. Buses that are doing inter county or international routes have to be sprayed as well.
Bars, restaurants, cinemas, hotels, zoos, animal orphanages and places of entertainment must be opened with the new normal of masks, sanitizers and social distancing in place.
Places of worship must be opened with the new normal in practice.
Government must now introduce a quick way to track our movements in a day using technology to allow tracing in case of contracting the virus.
Courts and all government departments must reopen putting in to practice the new normal.
In so many words, I am saying that there’s no scientific evidence that the virus will be gone in 21 days! We must use the 21 day rest to prepare for new normal.
WE CANNOT BE ON LOCK-DOWN FOREVER WHETHER PARTIAL OR OTHERWISE.
LOCK-DOWN IS NOT A SOLUTION IN ITSELF.
WE JUST NEED TO USE THE TIME TO EDUCATE THE PEOPLE AND ALERT PEOPLE OF THE NEW NORMAL OR IF YOU LIKE, THE NEW WORLD ORDER.