On April 7th, a report that aired on KTN News has left Kenyans with speculation over the health of several legislators who might be positive with the deadly coronavirus.
It is believed that the legislaors might have contracted the virus when they went for a trip to the United Kingdom.
The reports have gone viral but the senate speaker, Kenneth Lusaka, in an interview said he could neither confirm nor deny the reports.
“You know testing was voluntary and this is very confidential. The doctors give results to individual members who went for testing. I can only talk about myself because I did the testing here plus my security and my family. I know my results. I am negative.
“But for the rest of the members who have done the testing, they are being given their results as individuals, so the only person who would know is the individual who was tested and the Ministry of Health. I cannot speculate nor say that this has happened,” he said.
The national assembly speaker, Justin Muturi, said the report was not true and that it was a fabricated story.
BBC journalist Ian Wafula confirmed that one of the MP’s who wanted to remain anonymous said 17MP’s had tested positive for COVID-19.
17 MPs and Senators in Kenya test positive for #COVID19. Some while on trips abroad and others through local transmissions/interactions. Source: MP; identity withheld,wrote BBC Journalist Ian Wafula oh his twitter account.
The national assembly sitting that was supposed to be held on 8th April has been cancelled.
According to the senate speaker, legislators are looking into using technology for plenary sessions as a precaution amid the coronavirus crisis.
Rabai MP Kamoti Mwamkale tested positive. It is feared that more than 50 legislators and staff might have interacted with him.