Nairobi County Suspends Assembly After Spike in COVID-19 Cases

Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura stated that more than 40 cases have been reported as of Tuesday, April 6.

Nairobi County Suspends Assembly After Spike in COVID-19 Cases

The Nairobi County assembly has suspended its sessions indefinitely after a high number of COVID-19 cases was reported.

Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura stated that more than 40 cases have been reported as of Tuesday, April 6.

In addition, two Members of County Assembly (MCAs) are currently on oxygen.

The assembly was to resume sessions on Tuesday after a two-week break, despite being hit by the COVID-19 virus.

The assembly has had a spike in the number of members testing positive for coronavirus disease during the third wave that continues to ravage the country.

Nairobi County has continued to be the epicenter of the virus, contributing to at least 47 percent of positive cases reported countrywide.

This led to President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 26, 2021, to order parliament as well as county assemblies within the five "disease-infected" counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos and Nakuru to go on recess until further notice.

However, Speaker Benson Mutura stated that they have a full in-tray as they are currently in the middle of budget-making process and grounding the assembly will not be possible.

The Speaker also said the House has a number of reports from the different committees of the House to be considered by the House Business Committee for debate.

He, nonetheless, said he would read the communication by the President to the members to make a decision on the way forward.