Kenya: 50 MPs, Parliament Staff Set for COVID-19 Testing

 Kenya: 50 MPs, Parliament Staff Set for COVID-19 Testing

The National Assembly has submitted to the Ministry of Health a list of MPs and parliamentary staff it wants tested for Covid-19, as the country scales up efforts to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Over 50 legislators and parliamentary staff may have interacted with Rabai MP Kamoti Mwamkale, who recently tested positive for the virus.

Tracking coronavirus

The two-term MP is said to have contracted the disease after coming into contact with Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi during the March 9 burial of Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori.

On Sunday, a senior parliamentary official said that Mr Mwamkale is currently undergoing treatment in hospital.

“Parliament has since notified the Ministry of Health to trace and subject the people the MP may have interacted with,” the official told the Nation.

The official records of the National Assembly show that Mr Mwamkale was in parliament on March 17 for 19 minutes, just hours before the House adjourned.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Among those who will be subjected to testing and mandatory quarantine are members of the House Committees on Justice and Legal Affairs (JLAC) and Delegated Legislation, where Mr Mwamkale, a lawyer, is a member.

It is presumed that the two committees, with a combined membership of 38, may have held meetings in the presence of the MP.

The parliamentary staff attached to the two committees are also required to undergo tests.