Senators Stranded in Germany Over Coronavirus Scare

  • Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka addressing participants during an event at Hekima University College in Nairobi on May 3, 2018.
    Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka addressing participants during an event at Hekima University College in Nairobi on May 3, 2018.
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  • Three Kenyan senators are reportedly stranded in Germany after the foreign government cancelled several flights due to coronavirus fears.

    People Daily first reported on Tuesday, March 3, that the senators met their fate after they travelled to Berlin, to attend a trade conference, only for it to be cancelled.

    The Senators include Kirinyaga's Charles Kibiru, Christopher Lagat of Bomet, Mwangi Githiomi of Nyandarua, alongside other junior Parliament staffers who accompanied them on the trip.

    Nyandarua Seantor Mwangi Githiomi addresses representatives of IDPs in Nyandarua and Nakuru counties on resettlement matters in the Senate on October 26, 2018.
    Nyandarua Senator Mwangi Githiomi addresses representatives of IDPs in Nyandarua and Nakuru counties on resettlement matters during a Senate appearance on October 26, 2018.
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    The reports further indicated that the return of the three was complicated by a limited number of flights to Nairobi due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

    Speaker Kenneth Lusaka acknowledged that the senators and staffers had travelled on an official trip and were expected back after the cancellation of the conference.

    “Yes, I can confirm, my members are in Germany's capital, but it is untrue that they stuck or stranded. In fact, they should be on their way back home. Coronavirus is a threat to the whole world and it’s not peculiar to Kenya,”  Lusaka was quoted.

    The speaker also informed that the senators were making personal plans that would see them fly back into the country soonest possible.

    The unfortunate events facing the MPs come in the wake of the National Assembly cancelling the country's representation at a summit set to be held in New York on Monday, March 9, 2020.

    The convention, on gender equality, was to hosted at the United Nations headquarters.

    File image of Parliament in session.
    File image of Parliament in session.
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