Raila Urges Kisumu Residents To Observe COVID Protocols

Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has asked the residents of the lakeside city, Kisumu, to strictly observe the Covid-19 protocols as the City hosts the Madaraka Day celebration tomorrow.

The opposition chief implored the residents to put on face masks and keep social distance while inside and outside Jomo Kenyatta  International Stadium where the event will be held.

Raila Odinga
Raila Odinga

“There will be set ways of making them social distance and see that they adhere to the set rules of managing COVID spread. People will be arranged in the stadium as will be set by the organisers as we cannot have a celebration without them,” he told the local radio station, Ramogi FM.

Initially, there were fears that the venue could be changed over the upsurge of Covid-19 cases in the city, however, the State House confirmed the venue on Saturday.

Only 3000 people will be allowed into the stadium to curb the spread of the Indian variant that was detected in the city few weeks ago.

“His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta would like to, once again, appeal to all Kenyans to continue observing the Covid-19 containment measures, even as they observe the 58th Madaraka Day Celebrations,” read part of the statement from the State House.

“The President particularly appeals to the passionate residents of Kisumu City to give the best account of themselves by avoiding situations that may compromise national efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement further stated.

Madaraka Day Celebration is an annual event meant to commemorate the day that Kenya took power when it attained internal self-rule in 1963.

Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye and First Lady of Republic of Burundi Angeline Ndayubaha will be the guest of honours.

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