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UDA supporters arrested for defying Covid-19 measures

Police have arrested 15 members affiliated with William Ruto’s UDA for defying Covid-19 measures.

Security officers arrested the 15 United Democratic Alliance supporters in Bonchari while attending a meeting at St Angelic Teachers College, Suneka town.

The group spent the night at Suneka police station on Sunday night, before their arraignment at Kisii High Court, on Monday morning.

According to a statement by former South Mugirango lawmaker Omingo Magara, the arrests was a way of intimidating those associated with UDA.

Magara supports Teresa Bitutu who’s running for MP on a UDA ticket. They were released after paying a Ksh 5,000 cash bail each.

“The Covid-19 measures have clearly stated how many people should attend a meeting,” said Magara.

He added the 15 arrested people met the expected threshold. Magara said those carrying out the arrests could focus on better things than intimidating UDA allies.

The widow of the late legislature Hohn Ooro is among 15 candidates given the go-ahead to contest in the upcoming by-elections.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), will carry out the exercise on May 18.

Following the rise in numbers of Covid-19 cases in the country, President Uhuru Kenyatta banned all political gatherings.

Despite lifting the ban on cessation of movement, the Head of State declined to lift the ban on political gatherings.

He said allowing for politicking will cause a surge in the number of infections.

Currently, the number of infections in the country stands at 160,422, 108,861 recoveries and 2,763 fatalities.

So far, 886,288 have received vaccines against the dreaded disease.

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