As many as 6 legislators have allegedly been hospitalised after reportedly testing COVID-19 positive causing anxiety in the National Assembly.
The lawmakers are admitted in different hospitals in Nairobi, with one said to be in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) battling for his life.
Following the news that were spread in low tones due to the sensitivity of the matter, several other MPs rushed to the hospital for checkup, after they interacted closely with those infected.
Among those said to be in the hospital is a ranking member of the National Assembly, who by virtue of his office, is feared to have exposed himself to many of his colleagues, with confidential sources indicating that more than 20 legislators had gone for tests after learning of his hospitalisation.
One of those infected is a first time MP from Western Kenya and another one from the Coastal region, who interacted closely with the colleague in ICU.
“There is a major scare. Many of those who interacted with him have had to go for tests, and this figure might even be high by Monday (today) when the results of the majority who voluntarily did the tests are released. I know at least six MPs have so far turned positive and are in hospitals, one is in ICU,” said an MP quoted by the paper.
Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai has denied that the National Assembly’ sadministration was not aware of any Covid-19 case among the MPs or members of staff, but added that since medical matters are a private affair, they would not know unless the affected publicly disclose their status.
“If true, it would be a matter of great concern, but as of now, there is no report made to us of any case,” Sialai said.
Mr Sialai said it was possible for legislators to privately undergo tests and not disclose, and as such, Parliament may not know of such cases.
In April, several MPs were forced to self-quarantine after they interacted with Rabai MP Kamoti Mwamkale who had tested positive.
In the Senate, several senators, including the Minority Leader James Orengo and the Minority Whip Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, had to undertake tests after they interacted with leaders from Kilifi County, who were suspected to have been positive.
Last month, Star News reported about the meeting of Luhyia leaders and legislators that took place at Francis Atwoli’s expansive home in Kajiado County flouting government directives on basic safety measures and causing Uproar among Kenyans.
Atwoli’s meeting brewed Controversy after videos emerged showing the leaders partying recklessly and capped it all by holding an overcrowded press conference much to the disbelief of many Kenyans.
Social media users, condemned that the political class was “preaching water while drinking wine”.
However, Mr Atwoli dismissed reports the gathering flouted Covid-19 safety rules, saying his guests were all tested by two medics deployed at his Kajiado home before the meeting.