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Radical measures introduced as Covid-19 strikes Kenya’s legislature

Following the recent surge in the number of new Covid-19 infections the Nairobi County Assembly is now to operate under new guidelines after a good number of the members tested positive.

The Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) and the staff were asked to present their Covid-19 free certificate to access the building, to enable them to continue with the usual business.

Not all looks gloomy for the ward chiefs, as the County Assembly Service Board and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) have cushioned things for the legislators after initiating free Covid-19 testing for the MCAs, and the City hall staff at Charter Hall.

Confirming the developments, County Assembly Speaker Benson Matura stated that the initiative was taken to curb the sudden surge in the numbers of new infections after over 20 MCAs tested positive for the disease.

He added that most of the assembly activities are currently being undertaken virtually, with strictly the leadership of the county allowed to attend the plenary.

This comes just hours after the Kirinyaga County Assembly was closed for two weeks after a number of MCAs tested positive for the virus.

“This shall allow for intensive fumigation and continued observance of the Ministry of Health COVID-19 protocols and guidelines at the County Assembly precincts. It shall also allow for uninterrupted isolation and observation of the confirmed cases as well as observation of those who have come into contact with them,” a statement by Speaker Anthony Gathumbi explained.

A similar move was taken by the Nakuru County Assembly on November 2, 2020, following an increase in the number of infections among the members and the subsequent death of Hell’s gate MCA John Njuguna.   

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