It is now one month since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Kenya. In that period, 208 people have tested positive, 40 of them have recovered while nine were not lucky as they succumbed to the dreaded virus.
The number of those who have tested positive could be slightly higher depending on who you ask. Last week, reports emerged that at least 17 MPs and Senators had been confirmed positive for the virus. The Ministry of Health and the lawmakers vehemently denied these reports. They have not produced any evidence which points to the contrary.
Yesterday, the Kenya Medical Practitioners Union (KMPDU) shocked the country with claims that at least 19 health workers had tested positive for the virus. As expected, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe denied these claims in his Monday presser.
MPs will meet today to discuss some of the laws on the management of COVID-19. Ahead of the meeting, Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen has been giving some very disturbing information on social media.
According to the vocal Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Parliament has lost its oversight role and has been reduced into a rubber stamp of the Executive. This could be true but who should be blamed for this? Our MPs know nothing apart from the Tanga Tanga, Kieleweke and BBI politics.
Most of them were so quiet on the COVID-19 pandemic that we thought they had ceased to exist. We only heard their voices when Deputy President William Ruto complained about the coup happening in Jubilee.
We have also not forgotten that MPs and Senators are the only state officers who have refused to take pay cuts. How then can they claim that their roles have been taken by the Executive?
Here are the stories making headlines this morning:
Uhuru’s Bodyguard Arrested in Curfew Drama
A member of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s closest security detail was on Sunday night arrested in a curfew roadblock drama.
The officer was disarmed and arrested but was never booked after instructions from the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.
Raila Meets Anti-Ruto Politicians
African Union envoy, Raila Odinga, met with several leaders opposed to Deputy President William Ruto at Idamat, Kajiado County, reportedly holding talks on Ruto’s future.
A report aired by NTV on Monday night, April 13, detailed that Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe, Central Organisation Trade Union boss Francis Atwoli, Senate minority leader James Orengo and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed were parties to the meeting.
Tanasha in Trouble for Breaking Curfew Rules
Diamond Platinumz’ ex Tanasha Donna has been put on forced quarantine after flouting the government curfew rules.
Tanasha posted videos of herself attending a house party on Good Friday to celebrate Tim Matiba’s birthday, a manager of a popular Mombasa Road club.
She posted a video of herself driving in the dark, way after the 7 pm curfew.
Education CS George Magoha yesterday said that the government will not postpone KCPE and KCSE exams at the moment. He also said schools will reopen only when it is safe to do so because dead people cannot sit for exams. Despite these assurances, do you think national exams should be postponed over COVID-19?