Questions Raised As DP Ruto, Uhuru & Raila Assemble Huge Crowds

  • A collage of political rallies. President Uhuru Kenyatta (Top), Deputy President William Ruto (Bottom Left) and Raila Odinga.
    Politicians holding rallies. President Uhuru Kenyatta (Top), Deputy President William Ruto (Bottom Left) and Raila Odinga.
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and ODM Party leader have been the subject of intense debate following road rallies held between Septmber 9 - 10.

    The president caused a stir at Ruaka shopping centre on Wednesday 9, after he made an unexpected stop while driving through the area.

    Hundreds of people, majority of whom had no face masks on, flocked around his car, as he opened the sunroof and started addressing the multitude, urging them to be wary of the virus.

    "We need to be cautious. You have all seen how people are dying in other countries. Let us first come together and beat this thing then I can open up the restrictions because I know the youth want jobs," he said.

    Raila Odinga addressing a crowd in Taita Taveta on September 9, 2020.
    Raila Odinga addressing a crowd in Taita Taveta on September 9, 2020.
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    On the same day, Raila was spotted in Taita Taveta where he also managed to pull a huge crowd of local residents, before going on to make his address.

    He primarily focused on drumming up support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

    "I took a moment to touch base with residents of Taita Taveta, a progressive county that like the rest of the Coast, has always supported change over the status quo through the years. The mood for change remains real here. Thank you, Taita Taveta for the warm welcome," he remarked.

    A day later (Thursday) his close ally and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho joined him in Taveta.

    Not to be left behind, DP Ruto took his team for a tour of Kisii, with photos of the mammoth crowd going viral.

    Watch DP Ruto in Kisii County

    Kenyans took to social media to question the level of risk the attendees were exposed to during these rallies, amidst the pandemic.

    Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was one of the very first to comment, as he questioned the level of double standards when it came to adhering to the government's directives on Covid-19 preventive measures.

    Senator Murkomen jokingly responded by quoting the famous line from the Animal Farm 'All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others'.

    The public gatherings engineered by the three, who are arguably the most popular leaders in the country also led some to question the threat posed by the Coronavirus.

    Health CAS Rashid Aman on Monday, September 7, warned that the virus was still very real, and that the country was at risk of undoing all the progress made in combating the Covid-19 pandemic.

    "We can definitely see a spike in cases if we do not observe the rules and regulations. Like we have seen in other countries as regulations are relaxed, some have had a second wave of the pandemic," he stated.

    Deputy President William Ruto speaking in Kisii County on September 10, 2020
    Deputy President William Ruto speaking in Kisii County on September 10, 2020
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