President Uhuru Locks Self Out of State House

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta during the press briefing at State House on June 6, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta during the press briefing at State House on June 6, 2020.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has, for a while now, reportedly not set foot inside State House preferring to work from the comfort of his home.

    A report by Daily Nation indicated that the head of state had restricted his movement into the house on the hill since a number of his staff tested positive for the deadly Covid-19 virus.

    According to State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena, the head of State also prefers virtual meetings unless in the case of sensitive intelligence briefs in which caution is put in place.

    "Movement in and out of State House has been restricted," confirmed Dena.

    Presidnet Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at State House, Nairobi during a webinar hosted by the Atlantic Council on June 18, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at State House, Nairobi during a webinar hosted by the Atlantic Council on June 18, 2020.

    It was also established that his staff members, both at State House, his home and at the office undergo routine check-ups to ensure that they do not endanger the health of the president.

    The four who tested positive after mass tests that were carried out on Thursday, June 11, are still in hospital where they are recuperating from the virus.

    "We have staff working from home and some from various government offices and at the State House as well.

    "The president is holding meetings virtually as well as from his office at Harambee house. The four staff are at the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital and are fairing on well," she added.

    When the confirmation of the positive tests was made on Monday, June 15, State House noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his immediate family were not infected and that procedures for vetting State House workers residing outside the facility had been heightened.

    "State House would like to inform Kenyans that His Excellency the President and the first family are safe and free from Covid-19," stated Dena.

    Since then, State House revised its access rules and rolled out a raft of measures to ensure that the spread of the virus remains at a minimum.

    First, State House closed off its gates with those already inside the residence not allowed to leave while those outside the facility denied access.

    The executive wing of the house that hosts key officers including the State House comptroller and the spokesperson was placed under partial lockdown and remained out of bounds for a majority of State House employees.

    5,811 people have been infected with the virus which has claimed 141 lives so far.

    A file image of State House in Nairobi
    A file image of State House in Nairobi
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