At least 17 MPs have tested positive for Corona virus, results from the random testing conducted at Parliament has revealed. The news of the 17 positive cases which include MPs and senators has caused panic and sent shock waves across the country as the dreaded virus continues to spiral out of control.
The 17 are among the 52 legislators who were tested by Lancet Kenya and had their results communicated directly and via email on Tuesday after taking the voluntary test last week.
Others are MPs who were taken into mandatory quarantine after coming in contact with Rabai MP Kamoti Mwamkale. The National Assembly had through its clerk Michael Sialai forwarded the list of MPs from two committees to the Ministry of Health for testing.
Among those who were taken into mandatory quarantine included members from the Delegated Legislation Commitee and Justice and Legal Affairs Commitee.
The two committees with members totaling 38 came in contact with Rabai MP Kamoti Mwamkale on the 17 of March. Kamoti has since tested positive and is in ICU at Premier Hospital in Nyali, Mombasa.
According to a letter authored by Lancet and addressed to Health CS Mutahi Kagwe; the 17 MPs who tested positive for Corona virus are;
John Mbadi, Caleb Kositany, James Orengo, Omar Mwinyi, Junet Mohammed, Gladys Shollei, Irungu Kangata, Mwinyihaji Mohamed, Simba Arati, Imran Okoth, Sylvanus Maritim, Godfrey Otsotsi, and Caleb Amisi.
Among the legislators who attended Suleiman Dori’s burial and have tested positive are, Issa Juma Boy, Khatib Mwashetani , Benjamin Tayari , and Kassim Tandaza (Matuga).
Other politicians said to be under quarantine are nominated Senator Millicent Omanga and ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna.
The testing positive of 17 MPs weeks after coming in contact with Rabai MP Kamoti might be a pointer that the virus may actually take time before showing full blown symptoms.
As the dreaded virus continues to wreck havoc and sent shivers across the country, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has called on Kenyans to exercise personal responsibility, warning that the pandemic may take a couple of months before it’s completely suppressed.
Kagwe had during the Tuesday afternoon presser urged Kenyans to hope for the best but prepare for the worst which was perhaps a subtle indication of the bombshell he will be announcing.
Sources have now revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta was to go to Holy Family Basilica for the requiem mass and final sendoff of the late retired retired Archbishop Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki but shelved the plans after the results of the 17 MPs who tested positive came out.