Jubilee, ODM and UDA politicians and lawmakers today defied President Uhuru Kenyatta’s orders banning political gatherings as a way of containing the Covid-19 pandemic.
A spot check across the country in areas where by-elections are scheduled revealed that all parties were campaigning in full gear with crowds attending the rallies and flouting Covid-19 protocols.
In Bonchari constituency, Kisii county, where ODM, UDA and Jubilee are locked up in a duell to succeed the late Oroo Oyioka, all parties were on the ground rallying their troops with DP Ruto even calling the IUDA candidate and firing up the crowds.
ODM party camped across various churches in the area that is predorminantly SDA to drum up support for Pavel Oimeke.
Among those in attendance were party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna accompanied by Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri and other local leaders who engaged residents at Kerina Central SDA Church for Sabbath prayers to choose them at the ballot.
ODM intensified campaigns in the area, attending a funeral on 14 May 2021 and using the platform to campaign for the former EPRA boss, Oimeke who was fired after being found guilty of demanding for a bribe.
Election regulations state that all campaigns should end by midnight, Sunday 16, before the elections that are set to be held on Tuesday, May 18.
The Jubilee party on the other hand mobilized boda boda riders clad in the party colours as they snaked through the constituency in a caravan drumming up support for its candidate.