MCAs have formed a habit to disregard all Covid-19 guidelines. With most of them holding retreats, physical meetings, and seminars, they have been spreading the virus among themselves and staff.
Reports show that more than ten counties are battling the virus, whereas most of the officials continue to disregard safety protocols. The officials are more concentrated to hold their meetings in hopes of earning more cash rather than check on their health safety.
According to Wycliffe Oparanya, more than eight county assemblies have shut down while operations on some sectors have scaled down. Several ward representatives and staff have been infected in Nairobi. Peter Warutere, County Assembly Health Committee chairman blames the MCAs for the surge.
Mr. Warutere says the issue should be addressed forthright as they are expected to be leading the nation and are looked upon by citizens. He also adds that meetings should be held virtually rather than physically.
The Roysambu MCA is concerned as well as he observes that almost all the MCAs are not social distancing. Others are still going about their activities normally.
There have been a number of officials like director of communications in Homa Bay-Nyanza Maurice Aluoch, and John Njuguna Njenga, Hell’s Gate MCA, who have succumbed to Covid-19.
In counties like Kakamega, work has been put on hold as the MCAs and executives test positive for the virus. The county headquarters and the assembly have had a spike in the Covid-19 cases due to ignorance from the officials.
Other counties like Nyamira, Kisii, Mombasa, Bungoma, and Trans Nzoia have to close for one to two weeks. They have reported cases of the virus among the officials and staffs.
Most of the MCAs in some of the counties have refused to isolate themselves after testing positive for the virus.
Ward representatives have been holding committee meetings physically. Likewise, the executives have been operating from the office. This led to a suspension of the sittings by Joshua Kiptoo the speaker and Barnabas Kosgey the clerk. Consequently, seven of the ward representatives have tested positive and been put in isolation.
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