Council of Governors (CoG) Chairaman Wycliffe Oparanya on Monday, July 27, had to distance himself from his colleagues' statements after reports emerged that his recent tally of counties that have met the 300-bed capacity may have been erroneous.
According to a report shared by the Daily Nation, only 5 counties are prepared to handle a surge in Covid-19 cases, and not 26 as the Kakamega Governor had announced on July 24, forcing him to ask his team of governors to each carry their own cross during the extra-ordinary summit meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“The chair is not amused and has since declared that he is not going to talk on behalf of the governors as far as the beds capacity directive is concerned. Each governor for himself/ herself,” the report further reads.Some of the beds placed within the Covid-19 emergency treatment tent at the Machakos Stadium, April 20, 2020
President Uhuru is said to have discreetly sent out his own team of inspectors across the country, to affirm if indeed the counties had achieved the 300-bed capacity requirement.
Following the reconaissance, it is alleged that besides Nairobi, only Mombasa, Murang’a, Kiambu, Machakos and Kakamega are the only counties that put in place the necessary structures to handle the soaring infections.
The new allegations could not have come at a worse time for President Uhuru who was expected to address the nation on the same day.
Kenya has witnessed a spike in Covid-19 cases ever since the president ended the cessation of movement order on July 6.
According to Health CAS Rashid Aman, the country is yet to hit its peak infection phase, which he said would be witnesed in August and September 2020.
Ever since the county borders were reopened, the virus has spread to all but 3 counties namely, West Pokot, Baringo and Samburu.
On Sunday July 26, Kajiado County recorded the second-highest number of covid-19 cases in the country with 102 individuals testing positive.
During his speech on July 6, President Uhuru announced that a surge in cases would force him to reactivate the lockdown at zero option.
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