(Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left) and COTU SG Francis Atwoli. GRAPHICS/SIMIYU WAKAJUANESS).
Nasa Leader Raila Odinga and COTU Secretary Francis Atwoli’s age brackets are among those restricted by president Uhuru Kenyatta from attending places of worship.
In his presidential address, President Uhuru opened churches, mosques and other places of worship but while restricting the number to a maximum of 100 participants being not less that the age of 13 and not more than 58 years.
This, the president justified, that was to partially give freedom to worshipers but with deep eye on curbing any further spread of the Covid-19.
“Places of worship to start reopening but with only 100 participants who cannot take more than one hour. Those under age of 13 or above the age 58 cannot attend,” the president ordered.
Records from governments and World health organisations show that persons over the age of 58 are more vulnerable to the disease, reason they need to be guarded.
Even though Uhuru did not mention names, former Prime Minister Rt Hon Raila Odinga and Cotu Secretary Francis Atwoli are aged 75 and 70 years old respectively as well as several leaders in the business, political and social class.
There has been a nationwide debate from Kenyans on the double standards the government speaks while restricting the spread of the Covid pandemic.
Even though the president has extended bans on public or political gatherings, a number of high profile leaders have been holding meetings at various places while visibly flaunting the social distancing directives.
A month a go, Mr. Atwoli was highly criticized when he hosted close to 40 leaders from Western Kenya at his Kajiado home.
In a video that was widely shared on forums, Governors, CS Wamalwa, Senators and MPs were seen in the meeting with several leaders dancing to music without observing the preventive guidelines.
Other politicians who are above 58 years include:
- ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi (58)
- President Uhuru Kenyatta himself (58)
- Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula (60)
- Jubilee Party Vice Chairman David Murathe (between 60-65 years)
- Health CS Mutahi Kagwe (62)
- Former VP Moody Awuori (91)
- Kalonzo Musyoka (66)