Kagwe asks Kenyans to ‘ignore’ political rallies
The government has urged Kenyans to ignore politicians and their gatherings amid fears over a fresh Covid-19 spike.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, speaking on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, also noted observed that Nairobi has registered an increase in positive cases of the virus in the past week.
“I appeal to the political class to be sensitive to the situation that is in play (the pandemic),” he explained.
“We all saw what happened in India. It was after an election that the country witnessed a rise in Covid-19 cases that stretched the healthcare system in the country. I am appealing to the political class to be sensitive to the situation that is at play. Citizens should avoid these rallies. If you do not go (to these rallies) they will not come.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta has led the way with repeated calls for a ban on public gatherings in the country for the past year.
But politicians, led by Deputy President William Ruto, plus opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, and Kalonzo Musyoka have repeatedly ignored these calls, inviting thousands of people to rallies almost on a daily basis.
Kenya has registered 200,000 positive Covid-19 cases in the past 18 months, coupled with about 4000 deaths.