Senate bans physical committee meetings.

In a bid to reduce the spread of corona-virus ,the speaker to the Senate has stopped all physical committee meetings in the Senate for one month,reported The Star.

Just a few days ago the same decision was made by the national assembly, with the same aim.

“We had a liaison committee meeting, which has all the chairpersons of committees, and agreed that all meetings should be held virtually,” Lusaka said.

He said that the decision is subject to review after one month.

Critical Commitees such as County Public Accounts and Investments Committee (CPAIC) will then be allowed to hold physical meetings on a case by case basis.

“But for CPAIC, it is important that they hold physical meeting because of the huge documents that they go through. But in the meeting, we agreed that we suspend all physical meetings for one month and review the situation after,” he said.

CPAIC is mandated to mornitor how the billions sent to counties by the national government are spent.

The panel interrogates the county chiefs to account for the disbursements.

The council of governors through a letter to the speaker last week urged the Senate to avoid exposure to COVID-19 infections by holding virtual meetings.

“We call upon the Speaker of the Senate to emulate the example of the National Assembly, which has since dispensed with physical appearance. I urge all the governors to appear virtually as their health comes first,” CoG chairman Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) said.

In a phone conversation with one of the dailies ,the speaker said that owing to the fact that some Legislators falls within the vulnarable age category, and have other underlying health conditions, Governors’ appeal was very critical.

“After one month, we will review and CPAIC will handle each case on its own merit. Those (governors) who request virtual meetings we will allow them,” he said.

Last week, The National assembly Justin Muturi suspended all physical commitee meetings as well as discouraging physical contacts within parliament.

The orders were prompted by reports that many Mp’s had contracted Corona Virus.

John Mbadi, the leader of minority in the national assembly revealed that 36 parliamentary staff had been confirmed covid-19 positive.

“Parliament is a small area with a very high population. Already among us a few members have contracted the virus and we don’t know because many of us have not tested,” he said.

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