The County Assembly of Uasin Gishu has been closed for 21 days after tests done on the body of the late Huruma MCA Peter Kiiru Chomba returned positive for coronavirus.
In an internal Memo seen by the Kenyan Herald dated Oct 17, all staff are to stay at home for a period of 21 days beginning Monday October 19 as a precautionary measure.
Chomba died last Saturday at Eldoret Hospital where he had been taken for treatment after developing breathing problems.
Reacting to the news of the post-mortem results which showed Chomba had covid-19, Speaker David Kiplagat has urged the residents not to let their guard down in the fight against the virus.
Here is the Speaker’s statement;
“We are all aware that we lost Hon. Peter Kiiru Chomba on the morning of 10th October 2020. We wish to inform residents of Uasin Gishu and the general public that we have received the official post mortem results that was conducted on the deceased from the family that confirmed that the cause of death was Covid-19.
In lieu of this information, Uasin Gishu County Assembly has commenced testing of all Honourable Members and Staff. Further, the County Assembly shall remain closed for Twenty-One (21) days starting today, 17th October 2020 to take all measures incidental to this information. During this period, all Honourable Members and Staff will be in self-isolation.
We ask that everyone continues to follow the Ministry of Health Guidelines of washing hands and sanitizing, wearing of masks correctly and maintaining social distance.”
The Huruma Ward MCA passed on while receiving treatment at a hospital in Eldoret town where he had been rushed to for treatment after a short illness on the morning of Saturday, October 10.
Chomba was serving his second term as an MCA of Huruma Ward and had previously served for over three terms as a Councillor in the defunct Eldoret Municipal Council.
The MCA will be laid to rest on Wednesday, Oct 21.