Nandi County Senator Samson Cherargei was on Wednesday forced to clarify that he has been struggling with an eye infection, after appearing in the Senate chambers wearing dark sunglasses.
While addressing the Deputy Senate Speaker Kathuri Murungi , Senator Cherargei chose to inject humor into the situation, as several legislators had their attention on him due to the sunglasses, which aren't in line with the Parliamentary dress code.
The Senator revealed that he was not feeling well, but was responding well to treatment.
"I have been seeing wonderful things that the President has done until it shocked my eyes but I am recovering," Cherargei told Deputy Senate Speaker Kathuri Murungi.
Kenyans.co.ke, reached out to a well placed source close to Cherargei, who confirmed the Nandi Senator has been struggling with an eye infection.
The source explained that Senator Cherargei had an inflammation which forced him to wear dark glasses even while addressing Senate plenary.
However, the source dispelled the rumour that the Nandi Senator could have been injured in a physical fight.
He explained that Senator Cherargei's eyes are barely red, and not swollen as many social media users claimed moments after the photos started going viral.
"I guess it is a small, painful bump on the edge of the eyelid. It is could be an infection.
"I'm sure he will soon resume working without the dark glasses on," the source stated.
An eye infection can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, or chemicals. Eye infections can be contagious, so it is important to see a doctor if you think you may have one.
Symptoms of an eye infection include redness, swelling, pain, itching, discharge from the eye such as pus, tears, or mucus.
An infected eye can also lead to sensitivity to light, blurred vision, or a feeling like there is something in the eye.
The main types of eye infections include conjunctivitis (pink eye), which is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or allergies.
The other type is keratitis, which involves an inflammation of the cornea, the clear front part of the eye. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or injuries.