Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala has called for the immediate arrest of ODM leader Raila Odinga for contravening COVID-19 containment measures by assembling huge crowds in Kakamega town on Friday, September 10.
In August, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe asked politicians to suspend their political activities and stick to the order that was earlier given by President Uhuru Kenyatta, which disallowed political gatherings for 60 days.
While calling on Interior CS Fred Matiang’i to effect the arrest of Raila Odinga, Malala wondered why Raila who was with President Uhuru Kenyatta at Mombasa State lodge when the president suspended public gatherings was the one at the forefront of contravening the measures.
“We would like the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to take action against the ODM party and its leaders who are roaming around, assembling huge crowds and spreading COVID-19 disease,” Malala said.
Malala further called for the arrest of other top ODM leaders including Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohammed, and party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna.
He said he will marshal other political parties to officially begin their 2022 presidential campaigns if Raila Odinga and his team will not be charged for flouting COVID-19 containment measures.
“If you are serious about this then we want to see that the ODM leadership has been taken action. And if you are not serious about this corona thing then let us go and do our campaigns as well because we have the muscle for that,” Malala said.
Yesterday, the former Prime Minister toured the vote-rich Western region to popularise his AzimioLaUmoja (quest for unity) attracting huge crowds at a time COVID-19 numbers are still high.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Friday, September 10, announced that the country had recorded 661 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country’s caseload to 242,945.