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Parliamentary sittings put off after Uhuru's movement order

Monday April 6 2020

Speakers Justin Muturi and Ken Lusaka

Speakers Justin Muturi (left) and Ken Lusaka who on April 6, 2020 announced that the sitting of the Senate scheduled for Tuesday April 7 and that of the National Assembly scheduled for Wednesday have been put off indefinitely. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

MARTIN KINYANJUI
By MARTIN KINYANJUI
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Sittings of the National Assembly and the Senate which had been scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday have been postponed indefinitely, Speakers Justin Muturi and Ken Lusaka have announced.

In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the Speakers said the move was as a result of a directive announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta banning movement in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus (Civid-19) pandemic.

Kenya has so far recorded a total of 158 coronavirus cases with 82 per cent of them being reported in Nairobi and another 14 per cent in the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa.

MOVEMENT BANNED

It is for this reason that the President announced the cessation of all movement by road, rail or air in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan area and the three Coast counties.

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This has in turn affected the sitting of the Senate scheduled for Tuesday April 7 and that of the National Assembly scheduled for Wednesday.

“In the circumstances, it has therefore become necessary to inform you that it will not be possible to hold the Sittings of the Houses of Parliament as scheduled, until further notice.

“The leadership of the two Houses is consulting and shall advise on the means by which urgent business that is before the Houses of Parliament shall be transacted remotely and members shall shortly be advised on this,” the Speakers said in their statement.