The Nairobi County Assembly has recessed sittings indefinitely following a high infection rate of COVID-19 among the MCAs.
The Nairobi County Assembly Speaker, Benson Muturi, on Tuesday, said that the Assembly had more than 40 COVID-19 cases. Of these, two were in critical conditions and needed oxygen.
It is the second time the Assembly is going on recess over COVID.
Put health first
Majority Leader Abdi Guyo moved the motion of adjournment, saying that the pandemic had greatly affected the House despite the President’s directive.
“Most of us are victims of the virus, including myself, who has just recovered. We need to put our health first if we are to continue serving our residents,” Guyo said as he passed the motion.
He also said that they would hold committees virtually and that no plenary session would occur within the chambers. They would only meet for special sittings.
“If there is an important business, we can call for a special sitting, but aside from that, MCAs should keep off the county assembly.”
Minority Leader Michael Ogada supported the motion, urging the House to observe the Health Ministry’s health protocols.
“Nothing is as important as life…This virus is real, and it is striking hard.” Ogada had said.
When announcing the lockdown in the five hardest-hit counties, President Kenyatta had asked parliament and county assemblies in affected counties to go on recess until further notice.
The five affected counties are Nairobi, Nakuru, Kiambu, Kajiado, and Machakos. Movement out of these counties to those outside the zone is also forbiden.
The Assembly had planned to meet today and proceed with business as usual, but the high number of COVID cases among members has caused concern.
In total, at least 50 MCAs have contracted the virus, with 35 of them having recovered. However, at the moment, four of them are hospitalized. The rest are recovering from home.
Kenya is currently in the midst of a more severe third wave, which had seen infections and deaths hit record highs.