Deputy President William Ruto has announced that he has scaled down his political rallies due to the acute upsurge in Covid-19 cases. The second in command made the announcement this evening on his social media accounts. This meant that his upcoming empowerment rallies that were to happen in Machakos, Makueni and Kitui have been cancelled. This comes ahead of the national and county government summit that was convened by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Head of State is expected to issue new orders that will curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. The country has been reporting huge numbers lately in what has been termed as a second wave of infections. Uhuru is also expected to give his take on the full reopening of learning institutions. The Ministry of Education ordered school administrators to recall Class 4, Class 8 and Form 4 students after a long holiday prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. The reopening has so far elicited mixed reactions after some learning institutions reported coronavirus cases.
In Uhuru’s past national addresses, the commander in chief banned social gatherings and political gatherings. The Jubilee party leader later allowed the reopening of bars and extended curfew hours. Politicians took advantage of the loosened restrictions and Kenya started witnessing more political rallies. Ruto has been blamed for the reemergence of political rallies alongside his nemesis Raila Odinga and other top politicians.
The second in command has been addressing huge crowds across the nation. His recent tour in the Mount Kenya region attracted mammoths of crowds. This raised a major concern since the nation has been facing an increase in number of Covid-19 infections. The Ministry of health took issue with the manner in which the crowds were not adhering to the set health protocols. Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has umpteenth times pleaded with the political class to avoid hosting big rallies.