The Kenyan Senate has suspended physical meetings for 30 days in the House to avert the spread of Covid-19.
The Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka noted that the move was informed by the fears of senators and staffers contracting the virus.
Lusaka told journalists that they had a liaison committee meeting that has all the chairperson of committees and agreed that all the meetings would be held virtually.
The Speaker stated that the situation will be reviewed after one month and critical committee such as the County Public Accounts and Investment Committee (CPAIC) would be allowed to hold physical meetings on a case by case basis because of the huge documents they go through.
CPAIC is an overseer committee that oversights the expenditure of billions of shillings sent from the national government to the counties across the country.
The committee also interrogates the county chiefs to account for the disbursements.
A week ago, the Council of Governors wrote to the Speaker asking the Senate to consider virtual meetings to avoid exposure to the contagious disease.
Speaking to journalists, Lusaka said the governor’s appeal had an advantage as some of the county chiefs were in the vulnerable bracket in terms of age and other medical factors.
The new development comes a few days after the National Assembly partially locked down its activities amid fears of rising cases of MPs and p[arliamentary employees contracting the dreaded virus.
The National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi also banned all physical committee meetings within the
parliament saying all committees should hold virtual meetings.
The new directive was necessitated after the National Assembly minority leader John Mbadi revealed that 36 staff within the Parliament had tested positive for Covid-19.
According to Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, Nairobi remains a hotspot of the virus, with Kirinyaga County being the county with a high infection rate of the virus.