A contingent of police officers raided the residence of Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi on suspicion he was holding an illegal political meeting.
It is reported that on the night of Tuesday, August 24, more than 13 men in blue uniform stormed Maangi’s official residence in Kisii where more than 10 youths were arrested and later released on cash bail.
While Kisii County Police Commander Francis Kooli said they were effecting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ban on political gatherings to flatten the Covid-19 curve, Maangi, a close ally to DP Ruto said he was being harassed due to his relationship with the deputy president.
“We did not have any illegal meeting…I am alone here. I do not want to point fingers, but everybody knows that I am a friend to the deputy president…and there are those who believe that anybody associated with the deputy president should not be allowed to hold any meeting,” he said.
On Wednesday, August 18, President Uhuru Kenyatta extended the suspension on all physical public gatherings including political rallies and campaign meetings for another 60 days in a move aimed at flattening the COVID-19 curve.
On Monday, August 23, the Head of State dismissed claims by a section of Tanga Tanga leaders that his government is using government state agencies to fight those allied to his estranged deputy.
“If anybody has evidence that I have weaponised or used any agency to look after so and so, they should come out,” President Uhuru said.
It is understood that despite President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ban on political gatherings, some leaders have been ignoring the warning.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy, and the opposition chiefs have been holding meetings despite the ban.
It should be noted that political leaders especially those eying the presidency have been defying the government’s order to hold political meetings for what appears to have given priority to leadership positions and do not care if such rallies could at the end spread Covid-19.