The Makueni County Assembly has approved the formation of a new special coronavirus committee consisting of 11 members to closely monitor and fight the epidemic.
Speaking to reporters outside the County Assembly Building, Masumba Ward MCA Harrison Nguu, who moved the motion, said there was an urgent need for such a committee.
“I saw the need to have a special committee since there are matters that need urgent intervention to monitor progress in the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus in the county.”
Nguu said the committee would be reporting to the County Assembly on a weekly basis.
County Assembly Deputy Speaker and Nzambani Ward MCA Harrison Mutie said the committee would also be mandated to ensure that the Ksh45 million allocated to fight the virus is well used.
“The committee will conduct research and see where coronavirus preventive materials such as face masks, enough water and sanitisers are needed.”
Mutie also called for the strict implementation of the directives to curb the spread of the virus.
However, Nominated MCA Elizabeth Mutindi Kiio Mutindi opposed the formation of the new committee, saying that the existing Coronavirus Rapid Response Committee was up to the task.
“The committee headed Governor Kivutha Kibwana and the county commissioner is enough. There was no need for another one, which will just cause confusion.”
Mutindi said there was full representation in the committee as the County Assembly Speaker and the deputy are also members.
The newly formed Special Coronavirus Committee is headed by the County Assembly Speaker and will be effective for three months.