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Government Faulted Over Ban On Political Gatherings

Aug 19, 2021
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The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has issued a cautioned over the weaponisation of Covid-19 measures to fight political battles.

The Cohesion Body Through Commissioner Samuel Kona says that despite the challenges currently witnessed in the country it should not stifle the space for political leaders ahead of the forthcoming 2022 General elections.

In reference to the just concluded elections in Zambia in which NCIC were contracted as observers, he says that Kenya should follow in its footsteps

“Covid-19 mitigation measures should not be used to frustrate justice because events that happen right now that may affect the outcome for the political leaders in the elections will in the long run affect the credibility of the elections,” said Kona.

NCIC says that it is prudent to train the police and other government agencies on the roles they should play during the elections if they are to maintain the credibility of the 2022 elections.

The sentiments comes just a couple of days after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a raft of new measures aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19, among them an extension on the nationwide curfew as well as the ban on public gatherings and political rallies.

The move has already set the heads rolling after The High Court overturned the Presidents ban on public gatherings terming it as unlawful and unconstitutional.

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