MP Wants All National Assembly Members Quarantined

  • An image of Kathure Murungi
    Kathuri Murungi addressing fellow Members of Parliament at the National Assembly.
  • South Imenti MP Kathuri Murungi has suggested that all MPs should be quarantined after coming into contact with their colleagues who had travelled to the United Kingdom. 

    According to a report by Daily Nation on March 26, Murungi who was in contact with some of the MPs who had recently travelled to the UK, decided to do a Coronavirus test after inhibiting some symptoms.

    On Sunday, March 22, his results from Kemri came out negative after being put into quarantine at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.

    "I encourage my colleague honourable members to do self-isolation for 14 days and if necessary, check yourselves into any hospital since early detection can be managed. It is good to be sure than sorry," he urged.

    An image of Kathuri Murungi
    Kathuri Murungi addressing people in a past gathering.

    Murungi recalled his interaction with a section of MPs who had recently visited the UK, "I remembered that I saw one of them in the chamber at the entrance seated but not so comfortable. She was a bit uneasy."

    "The samples were drawn on arrival for onward transmission to Kemri labs. I could see how tense the medics were as they handled me. They were not sure of my status.

    "It was agreed that I should be put under compulsory isolation at the Aga Khan Hospital since I had confirmed to them that I had interacted with MPs who had arrived from the UK. I just wanted to be sure of my health and that of my family," he added. 

    Kenya had so far confirmed 28 cases as of Wednesday, March 25, with most of them being from people who jetted into the country.

    A number of people who arrived into Kenya did not observed the self-quarantine rule and went about their business normally.

    A perfect example is Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi who, for two weeks, failed to self-quarantine, attending office and public meetings, despite having just arrived from Europe which is rocked by the Coronavirus.

    Rome-based priest Richard Oduor is another case, as he presided over a funeral in Siaya and later tested positive for the Coronavirus.

    Travellers who arrived into the country before the ban on international flights on Wednesday, March 25, have been put under mandatory quarantine.