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COVID-19 crisis in county assemblies: Kirinyaga closed as several MCAs, staffers test positive

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

Through a statement released on Wednesday, the county speaker, Anthony Gathumbi, said that the assembly shall be closing effective today (Thursday, November 19) to give room for intensive fumigation process.

According to Gathumbi, the closure will allow members of the assembly to self-isolate in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Further, all MCAs have been urged to judiciously adhere to the COVID-19 containment protocols as outlined by the Ministry of Health.

Closure of County headquarters

This comes just two days after Governor Anne Waiguru had announced the closure of county headquarters for two weeks, following the spreading of the virus among county officers.

“Despite efforts to keep the offices running and staff continuing to physically interact while strictly observing MoH COVID-19 guidelines, these have not borne the desired results; if anything, cases appear to be increasing by the day at the headquarters,” said Waiguru.

The headqauters were closed effective from Monday, November 16 and officers told to work from home.

County Executive Committee Members and Chief Officers have been directed to develop plans that ensure critical departmental functions are performed while observing all MOH guidelines disease prevention and containment.

Looming crisis in the county assemblies

Kirinyaga is not the first assembly to be closed due to COVID-19 fears, on October 19, Uasin Gishu County Assembly was closed down for 21 days following a confirmed case of COVID-19.

A week later, the Mombasa County Assembly followed suit and suspended operations for three weeks after several MCAs and staffers contracted the virus.

In November 4, one of the Mombasa MCAs who had tested positive for the virus died, although it was not indicated that the former Football Kenya Limited boss succumbed to the dreaded virus.

The Kilifi County Assembly was closed for 14 days after a staff member tested positive for Coronavirus.

County Speaker Jimmy Kahindi directed all MCAs and staff members to go for voluntary testing and self-isolate themselves to curb a possible spread of COVID-19.

A week earlier, the Kakamega County government has announced the closure of its headquarters for a week following a surge in COVID-19 infections.

Kericho County has since suspended sittings for a period of 15 days after one of the staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

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