No politician regardless of rank or social status will be spared if found out past curfew hours, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
Speaking during the 10th Presidential Address on Covid-19 Status on Monday at State House, Nairobi, the President ordered the Inspector General of Police to enforce the law equally to all Kenyans.
“… the Inspector General of police shall ensure that his officers spare no mheshimiwa or individual, regardless of social status or rank, who is either out of curfew or who flaunts the health protocols without being an essential worker. The rules are for every all of us, and rank or status does not exempt you from them,” Uhuru said.
This is as he extended the curfew for 30 more days in an attempt to curb the skyrocketing rise in Covid-19 cases.
Uhuru further ordered that national government Administration officers and the National Police Service to strictly enforce Ministry of Health protocols. This will involve protocols on social gatherings, particularly funerals.
He warned that strict personal sanction will ensue to all police and national government officers in whose areas of jurisdiction there will be breach of the set guidlines.
In the recent past, there has been total disregard to social distancing and gatherings by politicians, some of them Cabinet Secretaries and senior politicians.
For instance, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, who is the Chairman Council of Governors, and co-chair of the inter-governmental committee ob Covid-19, has been involved political meetings in Western region accompanied by Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa.
Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli, an ally of President Kenyatta, has also contravened this rule by hosting a political meeting in his Kajiado home in May. More than 40 politicians attended.
The President himself has also hosted meetings at State House as well as a Jubilee Parliamentary Group Meeting at the KICC.
His deputy, William Ruto, has been hosting diffent delegations from traders, clerics to tribal groupings at his Karen Office in Nairobi, as he prepares for his 2022 presiential bid.
Nairobi Senator was last weekend arrested drinking at 1am in Kilimani, an offence he pleaded guilty nad fined Sh15,000.
Such instances have created the perception that the rules were only set for the poor wananchi, as politicians criss cross the country even during the cessation of movement period.