‘Come to the bar!’ Kenyans online scoff at Gov’t directive to close all bars for census

Kenyans on social media have laughed off a Wednesday directive by the government ordering the shut down of all bars countrywide for two days starting Saturday for the national census exercise.

“We are going to close all our social places especially the bars at 5pm to give you an hour to be home before the enumerators arrive at 6pm so that they can find you at home,” said Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i at Embu Stadium during the official opening of the 10th edition of the Water Services Companies Games.

A section of Kenyans however took to networking site Twitter to lash out since weekends, for a majority of them, is usually set aside for spending in bars, catching up with friends or watching football matches.

One such Twitter user even stated that the directive should be lifted and instead census enumerators should “go to the bar” since there will be an English Premier League (EPL) match pitting Liverpool against Arsenal on Saturday.

Yet another even joked that if bars are closed and they are confined to their houses, then they will buy the entire weekend’s stock worth of alcohol, drink indoors until they “black out” and are unable to open the doors for the enumerators.

Below are some more hilarious reactions to the directive:

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