Results of the voluntary Covid-19 tests for MPs and Senators between April 2 on April 4, 2020, have been released.
A statement issued by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi on the evening of Wednesday, April 22, revealed the status of the legislators.
“Honourable members will recall the part of our early response measures included encouraging all Members of Parliament and members of staff to undergo voluntary Covid-19 testing and that a voluntary testing exercise was carried out between April 2, and 4, 2020, here within the precincts,
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi during a past sitting.
“In this regard, I wish to confirm that for all the individuals who were tested including all members of Parliament from both houses and members of staff, there were, quite thankfully, I must say, no confirmed Covid-19 cases,” the statement reads in part.
The testing proceeded earlier allegations that several members from both legislative houses had contracted the virus.
Speaker Muturi, however, called upon the lawmakers to maintain utmost hygiene, ensuring that they adhered to the given directives in the fight against Covid-19.
“However, honourable members, let me sound a word of caution. We should not relent and we must continue to uphold the sanitisation measures including wearing of face masks at all times, hand washing or use of hand sanitisers and observing strict social distancing, amongst other measures,” the statement reads.
Muturi informed that the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) was in the process of organising another testing exercise.
The exercise, he informed, would be voluntary, targetting all Members of Parliament and staff. He further stated that staff of cleaning companies contracted by Parliament would also need to undergo testing.
“Honourable members, I encourage all of you and all members of staff to take advantage of the opportunity to take the test that the Parliamentary Service Commission and the Ministry of Health are providing free of charge,
“The dates when the exercise will be conducted will be communicated as soon as practicable,” the statement concluded.
Elgeyo Marakwet Kipchumba Murkomen sanitizing his hands before entering the Senate on March 31, 2020.