Deputy President William Ruto’s Tanga Tanga camp has been thrown into panic following the surge in Covid-19 infections within the Tanga Tanga brigade.
This is after a number of DP Ruto’s associates and those he interacted with were diagnosed with Covid-19, with two succumbing to the deadly virus.
Among those who have died after contracting the virus is Matungu Member of Parliament Justus Murunga who is reported to have died after contracting the virus and after reportedly being declared free from the virus.
Murunga died on Saturday night after developing breathing complications while being rushed to a local hospital in the region.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria is also among the Tanga Tanga brigade that have had a brush with the virus that has since forced the DP to cancel his political activities.
Reports also surfaced that African Independent Pentecostal Churches of Africa Bishop Stephen Ng’ang’a who hosted the DP during the chaotic Murang’a visit had also succumbed to the virus and had been given a low-key burial that was shunned by the Tanga Tanga brigade.
The church however dismissed the reports stating that ““Bishop Stephen Ng’ang’a has been sick for a long time but the recent incident at Kenol worsened his situation”.
Worrying is that a few days before their deaths, DP Ruto led his team in political gatherings and was captured on camera flouting Covid-19 guidelines, observing no social distancing, not wearing a mask, and addressing thousands of his supporters who were crowded at a time when the government in which he is second in command had announced strict guidelines to control the pandemic.
Reports indicate that his allies who accompanied him during the rallies are on high alert, monitoring their health and ready to rush to hospital at the slightest indication of any symptom.
Some are also considering taking the test out of concern that they could be asymptomatic.
Speculation is rife that as a result of the blatant carelessness and impunity of the political leaders, many more could have been infected at a time when the country is witnessing a lethal second wave of the virus that has seen infections rise to 70245 with 1269 deaths recorded so far.