Trans Nzoia: Politicians accelerate Covid 19 spread as infections hit 38

Trans Nzoia county commissioner Samson Ojwang (left) and area Governor Patrick Khaemba co-chairing a Covid 19 emergency response meeting in Kitale on August 12, 2020. Photo/courtesy

Politicians in Trans Nzoia County have been accused of influencing a rise in cases of disobeying Covid 19 containment measures through crowding at social gatherings that don’t observe social distancing.

The situation has been made worse with a rise in cases of hooliganism with a recent one being a case at Sabata village in Kiminini constituency where Sitatunga MCA Kaburu was harassed at a chaotic funeral.

Area county commissioner Samson Ojwang expressed concern over an increase in political theatrics at funerals saying the trend is a big blow to the war against the spread of the virus in the region.

“We are not going to hesitate to take legal action against politicians who are on the front line in disrupting set guidelines to fight the spread of the Covid 19 pandemic,” said Commissioner Ojwang.

Area Governor Patrick Khaemba wondered why the region is experiencing high voltage politicking at the expense of lives of residents as if the General elections will be held in the next two months.

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“Leaders should be instrumental in influencing behavior change among our people instead of being on the forefront to lead them in to flouting the set health guidelines,” said Governor Khaemba.

The duo who co-chairs the county’s Covid 19 emergency response team spoke after holding a meeting with representatives of the inter-faith committee on observation of regulations at places of worship.

The chairman of the committee Rev Moses Wanyonyi of Deliverance Church Kitale said churches, Hindu Temples and mosques have set in place safety measures put in place to guide worship sessions.

“We are aware of the threat of Covid 19 since we know nobody is immune from getting infected. That’s why we are applying all the guidelines prescribed for places of worship,” said Rev Wanyonyi.