Panic has gripped National Assembly with 38 MPs and a number of Parliamentary Service Commission staff being ordered to self isolation after they came in contact with Rabai MP Kamoti Mwamkale.The mp has tested positive for covid-19.
Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai, has submitted the MPs’ names to the Health ministry for testing, and wants them quarantined for 14 days.
“We asked all the Members, especially Members of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and the Delegated Legislation Committee, who interacted with Hon Kamoti to go for self–isolation,” the clerk has said.
Parliamentary reports indicate, the MP attended meetings of the two committees. Sialai, however, said none of the MPs had shown any symptoms of Covid-19.Further, MPs who attended the burial of Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori on March 9 will undergo after close contact with Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi who is undergoing treatment for the disease. Saburi is positive.
Funyula MP Wilberforce Oudo, a Member of the Delegated Legislation commit-tee, confirmed that he had been on self-quarantine as a precautionary measure following reports that one of their col-leagues had tested positive.“I have been on self-isolation since March 17, today marks the 14th day. I have not developed any symptoms of the corona virus. I am well,” Oudo said.
The two committees with a combined membership of 38, held a joint sitting on March 17 in the presence of Kamote, who is a member of the Justice and Legal Affairs team.
Makueni MP Dan Maanzo, who is a Member of the Delegated Legislation Committee, confirmed that he had been called by officials of the Ministry of Health who asked him to self-isolate.“Fortunately I did not attend that particular meeting. I responded to all the questions concerning my health but told them I did not interact with Kamoti,” said Maanzo.
Waihenya Ndirangu (Roysambu) mp although committee member, did not attend the meeting. According to Ndirangu, the situation could be deadly had Kamoti sat through the meeting. According to Ndirangu, luckily Kamoti came in the meeting late and found those present winding up.
Baringo North MP William Cheptumo is the chairman of Justice and Legal Affairs Committee with Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Shollei in charge of Delegated Legislation committee. Kamoti, who is the first mp to to test positive, after enjoying time with Kilifi Deputy Governor Saburi.
Mps who attended Dori burial are Senators Mohammed Faki (Mombasa), Issa Juma Boy (Kwale), MPs Ali Mbogo (Kisauni), Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), Benjamin Tayari (Kinango) and Kassim Tandaza (Matuga). National Assembly Leader of Minority John Mbadi and ODM secretary General Edwin Sifuna.
Kamoti tested positive for corona virus at Premier Hospital, in Nyali Mombasa where he had been forced to quarantine after coming into contact with Saburi who is at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi.