Senate to Suspend Sittings over Coronavirus

The Senate is likely to suspend sittings over the spread of the highly infectious Coronavirus.

In a motion tabled on the floor of the house on Tuesday, March 17, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen noted that shutting down Senate temporarily would serve in containing the virus.

Senate building in Nairobi. PHOTO: Courtesy

This was after he stated that the institution was receiving high traffic of people coming in and out and that this alone could expose a serious threat.

Among those listed to be frequenting the Senate are staff, Senators, security detail and contingents of schools.

This, Murkomen said, was in furtherance of a directive given by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday that members of the public refrain from large gatherings.

The directive also saw learning at all levels of education temporarily shut down and learners ordered to go back home.

Similarly, Government agencies, ministries and state departments are also scaling down to help in containing the virus.

The novel virus has since killed over 7,000 people across the world and infecting at least 180,000.

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