E*******n Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has announced the immediate closure of schools even as the country enters the final week towards the August polls.
In a statement, Prof Magoha said that that move is aimed at helping the government prepare well for the polls, slated for Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
“As you are all aware, Kenya is scheduled to conduct its National Elections on Tuesday 9th August, 2022. Therefore, following further consultations, I hereby convey the Government’s decision on the immediate closure of all basic e*******n institutions with effect from Tuesday, 2nd August, 2022 until Wednesday, 10th August, 2022 to ensure that preparations and conduct of the upcoming elections is carried out seamlessly,” Prof Magoha said.
“Schools and Parents are advised to ensure that learners from all basic e*******n institutions proceed on their half-term break effective Tuesday, 2nd August, 2022 and resume on Thursday 11th August, 2022. This communication supersedes any earlier communication on the closure of basic e*******n institutions,” he added.
This comes even as political temperatures in the country soar, with President Uhuru Kenyatta exchanging barbs with his Deputy William Ruto.
Uhuru while launching the Nairobi expressway told Ruto to focus on selling his agenda, rather than spreading what he termed as “lies”.
“Uza sera zako wachana na mimi. Mimi nafanya kazi yangu nimalize. Nyinyi endeni muuze sera mkipewa ni sawa mukininyima twende nyumbani pamoja,” Uhuru said.
Uhuru’s response comes after Ruto attacked him on Friday accusing him of issuing threats.
Ruto said the president had held a private meeting during which he threatened him and his allies.
“I want to ask Mr President, please, you should not be the source of threats in Kenya. Stop threatening Kenyans, your work is making sure all Kenyans are united,” he said while speaking in Kapsabet, Nandi County.
“Stop saying we will know you are the president, we are the ones who elected you to the presidency. Stop threatening us, We cannot be threatened.”
“With a lot of respect be a decent human being, we are the ones who helped you so stop pretending now, you have started threatening me but as long as you don’t harm my children, let us respect each other.”
Also the government could be priviy to intelligence where some politicians may want to use students to create a c****s ahead of elections next week.