The much-hyped Raila Odinga’s Nyanza tour that was planned for Friday, August 6, has been postponed indefinitely due to the sharp increase in Covid-19 infectios.
On Monday, August 2, the ODM leader announced plans for a series of meetings across the country starting with a rally at Sikri in Kasipul Constituency in Homa Bay to chart the way forward.
Speaking in Homa Bay when he commissioned the Midland Health Center in South Kasipul Ward on Wednesday, August 4, Migori Governor Cyprian Awiti said the rally has been delayed with no other date annouced.
“Our meeting which was supposed to be graced by Raila Odinga at Sikri has been postponed. The new date will be announced later,” Awiti said.
His announcement was echoed by Suna East MP Junet Mohammed who said he was called by the Ministry of Health and the Inspector of Police urging them to suspend political gatherings due to Covid-19.
“I was called by the ministry of health and IG of police and told to stop political gatherings due to COVID-19,” Junet said in an interview with KTN News.
According to ODM party insiders, the meeting was being planned to seek views of Nyanza residents on their priorities ahead of the forthcoming elections and to drum up support for the former prime minister ahead of the crucial 2022 General Election.
The presidential hopeful had said the Sikri rally in Homa Bay County would host 100 delegates from the six counties of the Nyanza region where a major declaration on the region will be made.
“We will make a major declaration pertaining to the Nyanza region,” the former Prime Minister said noting that similar meetings will be replicated in other regions.