National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has dismissed claims that six MPs have tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to Speaker Muturi, only two MPs have tested positive with one of them currently in isolation after being discharged from hospital.
“I wish to note that, as of today, June 30, 2020, far from the speculations reported in the media and elsewhere, information available to the Office of Speaker indicate that, we have two cases of the virus that have been reported among Members of Parliament,” he said in a statement.
Muturi’s statement comes a day after reports that six members of parliament were ailing from the coronavirus disease with some in critical condition. Muturi called on the media to desist from sensational reporting on the copvid-19 pandemic.
“I have deliberately given this information to reassure the public and dissuade the ongoing speculation. Whilst the need for information is critical to the public, the media should in the first instance note that the medical details of individuals, including Members of Parliament, are confidential and ought to be treated as such,” he said.
The speaker stated that parliament has taken necessary steps to combat the spread of the disease including adopting the Ministry of Health Guidelines to reduce human social interactions which accelerate the rate at which the virus spread.
Parliament announced the limitation of the number of MPs that can access the chamber with virtual meeting for committees commenced where necessary as a way of combating the virus spread.