Machakos Governor and 2022 Presidential hopeful Alfred Mutua has suspended his countrywide tours following a spike in Covid-19 infections in the country.
Speaking after concluding his coastal region tour on Monday, November 2, the governor urged politicians to suspend rallies to curb the spread of the virus.
“I have decided to stop my countrywide campaigns to popularise my manifesto after it emerged that Covid-19 cases have continued to increase on daily basis.”
“Times are hard and we cannot go ahead and risk the lives of Kenyans through campaigns. It has become difficult for Kenyans to observe health guidelines at political rallies,” said Mutua.
The Machakos governor also expressed his fears on the rise in Covid-19 deaths.
“We cannot be so greedy with 2022 campaigns by putting lives of millions of Kenyans at risk through social gathering. I urge all politicians to stop campaigns and join the government in spreading the gospel of observing the health guidelines,” he added.
Mutua had pitched camp in Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi counties since Saturday where he met his supporters in his countrywide meet-the-people tour.
This comes as Governors continue to mount pressure on President Uhuru Kenyatta to reintroduce lock down.
In a memorandum to be presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, November 4, the governors further want President Uhuru to close bars and restaurants as well as ban political rallies.
The governors also want President Kenyatta to shift the curfew to start from 5am – 7pm with Oparanya warning that the situation is likely to get out of control if the State does not act swiftly.