What you need to know:
- Nairobi County has continued to be the epicenter of Covid-19 contributing to at least 47 percent of positive cases reported countrywide.
- Speaker Benson Mutura said they have a full in-tray as they are currently in the middle of budget-making process.
Nairobi County Assembly is set to resume its plenary sessions tomorrow (Tuesday) after a two-week recess, despite the assembly being hit hard by Covid-19.
The assembly has had a spike in the number of members testing positive for coronavirus disease during the third wave that continues to ravage the country.
Nairobi County has continued to be the epicenter of Covid-19 contributing to at least 47 percent of positive cases reported countrywide.
This led to President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 26, 2021, asked parliament as well as county assemblies within the five "disease-infected" counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos and Nakuru to go on recess until further notice.
However, Speaker Benson Mutura said they have a full in-tray as they are currently in the middle of budget-making process and grounding the assembly will not be possible.
The Speaker also said the House has a number of reports from the different committees of the House to be considered by the House Business Committee for debate.
He, nonetheless, said he will read the communication by the President to the members to make a decision on the way forward.
Hit hard by Covid-19
"We are resuming on Tuesday (today) and I will read the communication from the President and then it is upon the members to decide because those powers are with the House," said Mr Mutura.
"The calendar of the House is constitutional mandate exclusive to the leadership and I or even the President don't have the powers to dictate what to do. However, we are in the budget making process and so we cannot ground completely," he added.
Mr Mutura said the assembly has been hit hard by the third wave of Covid-19 but was reluctant to reveal names and the numbers "as that will lead to stigmatisation" of the affected members.
He, nevertheless, said they have instituted precautionary measures like being the first county assembly to hold virtual sittings and have also limited in-person meetings within the assembly's precinct.
"Covid-19 is here with us and we have been hit hard just like any other institution in the country. But we are discussing on the best way to manage it. We are more cautious and we are lucky that nothing serious has happened," he said.
Of the 1,184 new cases announced on Saturday, Nairobi County accounted for 613 of the cases and was followed by Kiambu with 92, Nyeri 59, Kericho 47, Uasin Gishu 38, Machakos 37, Meru 33, Kajiado 28, Nakuru and Nyamira 26 each.
Nairobi leads in the overall number of cases with 64,469 of the 138,077 cases as of Saturday followed by Mombasa with 10,140; Kiambu 9,168, Nakuru 7,121, Uasin Gishu with 4,056, Machakos 3,948 and Kajiado 3,941.