Lobby: Pospone Msambweni poll due to Covid-19

Group’s Executive Director Hussein Khalid [photo: Human Rights Watch]

Thursday, 22nd October – A lobby group, wants the Msambweni by-election, set for December 15th, put off indefinitely, because of the rising cases of Covid-19.

Haki Africa, on Monday wrote to IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, saying political activities, are to blame, for the second wave, of the pandemic. The group’s executive director, Hussein Khalid, says, the infections in the area, have increased, because, of the  irresponsible, political activities, within the area.

He said, “Arrest leaders like Raila Odinga and William Ruto because they are the ones leading huge rallies across the country.

Hussein Khalid, on Monday, criticized the police for allowing politicians to violate Covid-19 rules then harras other groups that want to hold gatherings. “Politicians hold rallies where more than the allowed 200 people gather, do not wear masks and do not observe social distancing. However, when rights activists want to hold demonstrations with less than 100 people we are teargassed with the police saying the gathering is not allowed

The Msambweni by-election which is seen as a political battle between ODM chief Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto has seen a notable push to the Coast to concoct support for their candidates.

Should the IEBC fail to take into consideration, the lobby group said that it will head to court to stop by-election. In line with the Covid-19 guidelines and measures, Khalid called for the arrest of all the political leaders who flaunt Covid-19 rules while leading rallies.

Khalid said, “The second wave has been greatly exacerbated by irresponsible political activities within Msambweni, Coast and the country at large.”

The constituency is set to hold the election, following the death of MP Suleiman Dori.

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