Kirinyaga assembly closed after MCAs, staff contract Covid

Speaker Anthony Gathumbi

Kirinyaga County Assembly Speaker Anthony Gathumbi who on November 18, 2020 announced the closure of the House due to Covid-19.

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Kirinyaga County Assembly was on Wednesday evening closed after some ward representatives and staff tested positive for Covid-19.

The assembly will remain closed for two weeks to allow for intensive fumigation and continued observance of the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 protocols.

In an internal Memo, Speaker Anthony Gathumbi said Covid-19 test results for MCAs and the staff at the assembly revealed positive cases among them.

He said the closure of the assembly will also allow for uninterrupted isolation of the affected people.

Further, Mr Gathumbi stressed that those who came into contact with the positive cases will be strictly observed and tested for the disease.

The Speaker said the clerk, Mr Kamau Aidi, will prepare a programme for the ward representatives' engagement during this time.

Support each other

He advised the MCAS and the staff to adhere to all Covid-19 prevention measures and support one another "as we go through these unprecedented times".

Majority Leader Kamau Murango welcomed the closure of the assembly, saying that the MCAs should proceed to isolation to curb a further spread of the disease in the House.

“The Speaker did a wise thing. Some MCAs and the staff have been found to be suffering from the disease and they should be treated while in isolation," he said.

Mr Murango said Covid-19 is not sparing anyone and asked the MCAs to be careful.

The closure of the Assembly comes barely two days after the Kirinyaga County headquarters was shut after some officials contracted the disease and unspecified number succumbed to it.

Governor Anne Waiguru ordered the closure to pave way for fumigation of the departments affected and mass testing of the workers.

She noted that despite strict observance of the Covid-19 measures, cases of the disease were still increasing at the headquarters.

Sources at headquarters said that three county officials have died of Covid-19 complications.

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