All staffers and Members of the County Assembly of Uasin Gishu will be subjected to mandatory COVID-19 tests before proceeding to self-isolation.
This comes after the county assembly lost one of its members to the virus. Huruma Ward MCA Peter Kiiru Chomba succumbed to the disease.
The speaker to the assembly Hon. David Kiplagat stated on Sunday in a presser that pleriminary autopsy reports showed the MCA succumbed to COVID-19.
All members of staff have therefore been asked to proceed on a 21-day compulsory leave.
“We wish to confirm to the public that we have received the autopsy results of the deceased, and we can confirm that he died from COVID-19, in lieu of this notice, all members of staff and county MCAs will undergo screening, the assembly’s premises will also remain closed for 21 days,” the Assembly speaker said.
The County Governor Jackson Mandago who was at the presser expressed concern at the manner in which residents are flouting COVID-19 guidelines laid out by the Ministry of Health.
“We have dropped guard, I have been around town; people do not wear masks and there is no social distancing, I have seen supermarkets that people are no longer washing hands, we need to go back to the measures that had reduced the infections,” Governor Mandago said.
To prevent any further transmission of the virus, the public viewing of MCA Chomba’s body which was slated for Monday has been called off.