At least six Members of Parliament have allegedly contracted the dreaded coronavirus disease and have been admitted to various isolation centrrs.
Out of the six, one is critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He is said to have come into contact with an MP from the coast and a first-time counterpart from western Kenya.
As reported by the Standard, a good number of MPs, who interacted with their diagnosed colleagues, took Covid-19 tests over the weekend.
The paper reported close to 20 lawmakers are in a panic as they waited for their test results.
“There is a major scare. Many of those who interacted with him have had to go for tests, and this figure might even be high by Monday (today) when the results of the majority who voluntarily did the tests are released. I know at least six MPs have so far turned positive and are in hospitals, one is in ICU,” an MP was quoted, as saying in confidence.
National Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai said he was not aware of the developments, noting that health is a private matter.
Sialai added that parliament organs are concerned about the health of MPs only when they are inside the premises.
Kenyans have been condemning political leaders due to their open defiance when it comes to observing the Covid-19 guidelines.
A section of the political divide had been allowed to even hold political rallies notwithstanding a ban on all forms of social gatherings.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has also come under fire for holding meetings to dewhip MPs allied to his deputy, William Ruto.
Meanwhile, Rabai MP William Kamoti was the first legislator to test positive for Covid-19 after interacting with Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi.
The two have since recovered, but Saburi is going through a court trial for allegedly exposing members of the public to a contagious disease.