News that at least 17 Kenyan MPs have tested positive for COVID-19 continued to raise anxiety across the country.
Most Kenyans have been left guessing who the MPs could be following the news that shook the National Assembly and the Senate in equal measure.
Reports indicate that 52 MPs were subjected to the test after National Assembly clerk Michael Sialai presented their names to the Ministry of Health which directed the legislators to take tests at Pathologists Lancet Laboratories.
subjected themselves to the voluntary tests.
Legislators who were directed to quarantine ahead of the tests included members of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and the Delegated Legislation Committee.
The MPs in these two committees were suspected to have had contact with Rabai MP Kamoti Mwamkale who tested positive for the virus.
Mwamkale who attended the two committees on Tuesday, March 17, is reported to have had contact with Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi who tested positive for the virus before he recovered, got arrested and charged.
Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka who neither conformed nor denied the reports about the COVID-19 status of the 17 legislators however, said he tested negative alongside his bodyguards, drivers and family members. Photo: The Standard.
“I can only talk of myself having done the test here together with my family and security. I know that my results are negative. Other MPs who tested voluntarily were given there results confidentially and only them know their statuses,” Lusaka said.
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior also made his COVID-19 status public saying he had tested negative and urged Kenyans to be vigilant against the virus.
He equated the battle against COVID-19 to war for survival.
“Last week, we were subjected to voluntary COVID 19 tests. The results were communicated directly and posted on email. I tested negative. Stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitise, social distance and follow the MOH guidelines. This is a war of survival,” said Mutula.
Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot was among MPs who had travelled to UK. Photo: People Daily.
Some National assembly staff are reported to have contracted the virus too with clerk Sialai sending a bulk SMS to cancel Tuesday, April 6, special sittings in what was feared to be a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
MPs reported to have travelled to London with a patient who tested positive for COVID-19 include senators George Khaniri (Vihiga) and Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho) alongside National Assembly members Adan Keynan (Eldas) and Naomi Shaban (Taita Taveta).
Keynan and Shaban were last month ordered out of Parliament after it was established they had just travelled back to the country from UK.