Kirinyaga County Assembly closed after several MCAs test positive for COVID-19

Kirinyaga County Assembly closed after several MCAs test positive for COVID-19

Kirinyaga County Assembly has been closed for two weeks after several members and staffers tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Speaker Anthony Gathumbi said the closure will be effective starting November 19, 2020.

“This shall allow for intensive fumigation and continued observance of Ministry of Health COVID-19 protocols and guidelines at the County Asembly precincts. It shall also allow for uninterrupted isolation and observation of the confirmed cases as well as observation of those who have come into contact with them,” the statement reads.

The office of the Clerk of the County Assembly is to prepare a program for engagement of County Assembly members during the closure as well as communication to staffers on when they will resume their duties.

The Speaker further advised all MCAs to strictly adhere to all preventative and protective measures against COVID-19.

Two days ago, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru announced the closure of the county’s main offices after staffers tested positive for COVID-19.

According to her, infections have been spreading rapidly among county officers despite implementation of prevention and control measures.

“Even more worrisome is some reported fatalities attributable to the COVID-19 disease. Despite efforts to keep the offices running and staff continuing to physically interact while strictly observing Ministry of Health COVID-19 guidelines, these have not borne the desired results; if anything, cases appear to be increasing by the day at the headquarters,” Governor Waiguru said in a statement.

She directed that the county offices be closed for two weeks with effect from Monday, November 16, 2020.

Departments will be required to conduct virtual meetings and use electronic devices to transmit information and data.