Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has called upon Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe to act on the speculations that several legislators had tested positive for Covid-19.
The Jubilee legislator took to his social media page on Wednesday, April 8, referencing headlines by People Daily and The Star newspaper that alleged 17 MPs had tested positive for Coronavirus, asking Kagwe to reveal the names.
“Dear CS Mutahi Kagwe. If its true 17 MPs have tested positive for Corona Virus, it is only fair you release the names so that Kenyans who have interacted with them can rush for testing,” Kuria stated.
He further argued that on average, lawmakers, by the nature of their duty are capable of infecting up to 3,000 people each and therefore projected the probable infection rate by 17 legislators at 50,000 cases.
A report aired by KTN News on the evening of Tuesday, April 7 stated that the suspected MPs were believed to have travelled to the UK where they might have contracted the virus.
However, Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has since stated that he could not substantiate or refute the allegations.
“You know testing was voluntary and this is very confidential. The doctors gave 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 articulated.
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi refuted the allegations stating that they were mere fabrications.
“It is not true. Results are given to individual members,” Muturi told Daily Nation.
Following the allegations, and CS Kagwe’s stern warning against misinformation and serious legal action for any person or entity channeling false news, Moses Kuria called upon the CS to act promptly.
“If not true, arrest the owners of The Star and People Daily as you promised a few days ago,” Kuria stated.
Reports have since emerged alleging that the special sittings slotted by parliament for April 8 were cancelled for fear of infection.