ODM leader Raila Odinga pulled a huge crowd in Kisumu town today despite the ban of political rallies as a COVID-19 containment measure.
Raila, who was in the region to inspect the preparations of Madaraka day celebrations stopped by the city to assure residents that BBI reggae will soon resume.
It is ironic for the former prime minister, who is a survivor of a severe COVID-19 attack to hold a super spreader rally.
This puts many residents at high risk as it comes at a time when the Nyanza region is leading in the number of new infections.
Raila contracted the virus in March, leading to his admission at the Nairobi Hospital, in critical condition.
He tested positive on March 12, and four days later, discharged to undergo treatment and isolation at home.
Later on, his condition worsened, prompting him to be admitted again and put on oxygen support due to difficulties in breathing.
Before his positive test, Raila was on a tour at the coastal region to popularize the Building Bridges Initiative.
However, in his testimony after recovery, Raila said that he did not understand how he contracted the disease yet he was keeping social distance and avoiding crowds.
ODM members from the coast also refuted the possibility that he contracted the disease there.
“If our party leader could have contracted the coronavirus in Coast, the situation could have turned bad within 24 hours. Raila felt sick several days after the Coast tour. We believe he contracted Covid-19 in Nairobi,” said Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo.
Recently, President Uhuru Kenyatta was also put on the spot for banning political rallies and holding one at State House days after.
Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika called out Uhuru for disobeying his own rules.
“So Uhuru bans all political meetings and public gatherings of whatever nature in the 5 counties (Nairobi included). Then hosts a political gathering and posts it on his official page for all to see?” Kihika asked.