A total of 9 contestants in the Msambweni parliamentary race have been left at the midpoint after President Uhuru Kenyatta banned public gathering on Wednesday.
The President said the gatherings, that seems to be targeting politicians have been banned with immediate effect beginning Wednesday.
The President said the order will remain effective for the next two months until January, 2021.
The Head of state blamed politicians for openly flouting the Covid-19 protocols, hugely contributing to the spread of the deadly virus.
He called on politicians to cease their political fireworks and fight the spread of the covid-19 in the country.
He warned that any politician or an individual conducting public gathering will face the full wrath of the law.
The president however, urged those intending to converge to do it in a confined place, inform the relevant authorities and by observing all the anti-covid-19 measures.
“If anyone flouts these provisions, apart from being punished, the facility will be immediately shut,” noted President Kenyatta.
His remarks have left candidates in various by-elections countrywide perplexed.
In Msambweni Parliamentary race, the contestants have been working day and night urging locals to vote for them.
The contestants among them Independent candidates Feisal Abdallah Bader and Mariam Akinyi, ODM’s Omar Boga, Wiper Democratic party candidate Abdulrahman Shee among others have been traversing the Constituency wooing voters.
[Locals attending an ODM Rally in Msambweni. Photo/courtesy].
They have been conducting public gathering with political activities heightened in the constituency.
Political big wigs among them supporters of Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga have been clashing in Kwale County blaming each other over unsubstantiated bribery claims.
Other by-elections in the Coast region scheduled for the December 15, are Wundanyi/Mwatate and Dabaso wards in Taita taveta and Kilifi county respectively.