In what now seems like a reckless act that was done to prove a point, Mukhisa Kituyi found himself contravening the law, something that is likely to stain his clean record since he is trying to cast the image of a distinguished straightforward presidential aspirant.
A couple of weeks ago, a video of Lurambi member of parliament, Bishop Titus Khamala mocking Mukhisa Kituyi went viral. In the widely shared video, the MP attacked the former United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi for not attending funerals. Urging Western voters not to consider him for the presidency, he said that Mukhisa had been abroad for so long and doesn’t even attend funerals.
This past weekend, in a move aimed at promoting his image amongst village folks as a thoroughbred, and a true local, the former Kimilili MP attended the funeral of Peter Watangwa, the father of political scientist Robert Watangwa, held in Matili village, Kimilili constituency, Bungoma county.
However, the only problem with this is that the funeral, which was quite dramatic as it witnessed a public differing of opinion between Mukhisa and Wetangula, contravened the Covid safety regulations reinstated by the president on Friday. The event exceeded the 100 attendees limit by far, and social distancing wasn’t practiced. A number of the mourners in attendance could also be seen with no facemasks.
Recent days have seen a spike in Covid infections, a development which was sadly compounded by the announcement that ODM leader Raila Odinga had also contracted the disease.
On Friday, the president urged Kenyans in a heartfelt plea to follow the Covid safety regulations, and while banning political rallies, put himself on the pedestal, pledging to lead by example. He said that with the ban which he had just announced, he expected every politician to abide by it, and he would be the first to do so.
In the past, even after the president has banned political gatherings, politicians have gone ahead to organise such all the same. This has been worsened by the fact that the president himself has been seen violating his own regulations.