ODM leader Raila Odinga has denied meeting Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi who has tested positive for coronavirus.

In a press statement signed by his spokesman Dennis Onyango on Monday, March 23, Raila termed reports he met with Saburi as misinformation aimed at causing fear and panic.


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Odinga said he only met Mombasa Deputy Governor William Kingi and spent the rest of the visit resting during his time in the coastal city.

During the Mombasa visit, Mr. Odinga did not meet with any of the leaders of the Coastal counties or their deputies, except the Deputy Governor of Mombasa County Dr. William Kingi. He didn’t meet Deputy Governor of Kilifi County,” reads the statement.

“Mr. Odinga appeals to the public to treat reports indicating otherwise as lies and malice. He appeals to Kenyans to treat such reports as the work of people who have failed to comprehend the magnitude of the challenge the nation is facing and instead find pleasure in abusing social media platforms to spread misinformation to cause fear and panic, a trend the State must arrest urgently.”

Odinga also called on Kenyans to keep to the government’s directives on hygiene and self-quarantine.

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Saburi, who is currently in isolation has been criticised in what most Kenyans have termed as carelessness. One of the county staff posted a video describing the DG as “careless and someone who has never been serious with life.”


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