More than 750 people were stopped from holding a meeting at the Maanzoni Lodge in Machakos County to strategize for 2022 amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Police officers on Monday, March 30, arrested Maanzoni hotel manager Chris Musau and the leader of a youth group consisting of 720 people.

Officers who acted on a tip-off claimed that the group had convened to discuss Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential campaign.

Machakos County Commissioner Esther Maina confirmed the incident and stated that charges would be levelled against the two.

“Yesterday, I got information from the public that there were 750 youth who were at Maanzoni lodge.”

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“We arrested the Manager and Wachira, their youth leader,” the County Commissioner stated.

Maina added that the group was flouting the Public Health Act and the directive by the Ministry of Health to ensure that there was social distancing between individuals.

“How can they allow 720 people to stay together at a time when the country is fighting against the Coronavirus pandemic?” she questioned.

Further, she stated that the two would be charged while the 720 youth would be screened and released.

Athi River police boss Catherine Ringera said they were not under arrest and that they would be screened before being released.

“It is hard to hold such a group for now. We will test and screen them before they are released,” she said on Tuesday morning.