Narok Senator, Ledama Ole Kina, has dismissed the impact of the just concluded WRC Rally Championship, calling the Naivasha event a super spreader.
Responding to whether he attended the event, Ole Kina said he had more pressing things to worry about.
“I wasn’t in Naivasha, neither did I follow the proceedings. Instead, I was busy, attending a fundraiser for a patient in Oloropil ward in my constituency.”
More things to worry about
Ole Kina said that he remained aware of the risk that COVID-19 posed and termed the Naivasha event as a super spreader event.
However, he also said the economic impact of the event was neither here nor there. At the moment, the major concern for Kenyans, he said, was staying healthy and COVID-free.
“That event, in my view, was a huge super spreader event for the fans,” the Narok Senator said, “You could see the jam from Mtarakwa to Naivasha. It was a nightmare.
“In my view (the economic impact of the event) is neither here nor there. I think we have more problems to worry about.
We seem to have forgotten COVID-19. Look at what is happening in Kisumu. More people are dying now and the numbers are not what they are portrayed by the Ministry.”
Event amidst surging cases
The event in Naivasha, which started on Friday, saw some of the people attending the event break public health guidelines, a cause for concern for the country. Currently, Kenya is entering into a possible fourth wave of infection, as the positivity rate rises above 10% in previous days.
Kimani Ichungwa also stated that the event’s impact was not to be understated. However, he also agreed with Ole Kina that things didn’t need to stop for the event.
“Just because the President is somewhere does not mean that you drop everything and line up behind him,” Ichungwa said. He said patriotism was supporting the country and not the President.