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DP Ruto’s Kakamega meeting disrupted after police lob teargas

A meeting of a section of leaders in Western Kenya ended prematurely after police lobbed teargas to disperse crowds in Malava Kakamega County.

The meeting which was to take place at MP Malulu Injendi’s home in Malava constituency was set to be attended by the Deputy President William Ruto as sources close to the DP had indicated to journalists.

The meeting however ended prematurely due to the law enforcers’ interference.

In a video that is in possession of, Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali is seen trying to convince police officers that they were within the Ministry of Health Covid-19 set guidelines and hence should be allowed to continue with their planned meeting.

“Why would you decline to allow even a hundred of us to sit as long as we achieve the 1.5 meter social distance, in field as large as this one at Hon Malulu’s home?” Washiali argued.

Former Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale who is a close ally of the Deputy President castigated the officers for selectively effecting the set guidelines by Ministry of Health meant to tame the spread of Covid-19.

Khalwale argued that with proper social distancing the President and his Deputy hosted over 200 members of National Assembly at Statehouse few weeks ago and wondered why their meeting couldn’t be allowed to continue.

“At statehouse Nairobi President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Ruto two weeks ago presided over a meeting of 223 MPs properly spaced. We are spacing ourselves and if we are breaking the law you correct us, but you cannot beat me in my home, where do I go?” the former Kakamega Senator posed.

The Ministry of Health has raised concerns over the rising numbers of Covid-19, and in their daily briefings they have continued to call on all Kenyans to continue following the set guidelines to help tame the spread.

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