Kenyan senate has ordered that no senator will set foot in Parliament to attend committee meetings from next week as the Senate leadership moves to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The announcement comes days after the National Assembly partially locked down its activities amid fears of ballooning cases of MPs and parliamentary staff contracting the contagious virus.

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka said all physical committee meetings have been suspended for a month to check the spread of the contagion.

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

The speaker said the situation will be reviewed after one month where critical committees such as the County Public Accounts and Investments Committee (CPAIC) may be allowed to hold physical meetings on a case by case basis.

“But for CPAIC, it is important that they hold physical meetings 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.

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