Raila Homa Bay meeting to proceed despite ban on gatherings

ODM party has clarified that a key political meeting bringing together delegates from the larger Nyanza region will proceed as planned despite a review of containment measures banning all forms of gatherings to curb soaring COVID-19 cases and deaths in the country.

In a statement, the ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said the meeting would be held strictly in accordance with the MOH guidelines.

He explained that it would not be possible to cancel the meeting convened by the party leader Raila Odinga since the arrangements were already complete but another one scheduled for Friday in Kakamega has been suspended indefinitely.

“It has come to our attention that in order to contain the spread of the Covid Vitus, the Government has extended a ban on Political gatherings for a further 60 days. However, in light of the fact that the arrangements for the meeting tomorrow were already complete, it has been resolved that the meeting in Sikri, Homa Bay,  SHALL PROCEED as planned, but strictly in accordance with M0H Guidelines. The meeting scheduled for Friday in Kakamega has been postponed indefinitely” he said Wednesday night in a statement.

The meeting would have kick-started a series of other regional tours by the party leader in efforts to consolidate support for his presidential bid.

The announcement was made a few hours after President Kenyatta revised the Covid guidelines during a meeting with leaders of One Kenya Alliance including Raila in Mombasa.

He met at State House, ODM leader Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper, ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi, Gideon Moi of KANU, and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula to discuss Covid-19 containment measures.

The leaders agreed to play a leading role in encouraging Kenyans to abide by the Covid-19 containment protocols and interventions including uptake of vaccines.

ODM has in the meantime urged the government to ramp up vaccination against the virus so as to fully open up the Country.

“We reiterate our Party’s commitment to compliance with the MOH guidelines in the containment of the Covid 19 Virus and urge the Government to ramp up vaccination in order for the country to speedily return to a semblance of normalcy” appealed Sifuna.



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