The Parliament Attendance System in Kenya has been programmed in such a way that only the first 60 members of parliament attend a sitting in the chambers during the COVID-19 pandemic period that has ravaged the world.
In efforts to minimise close contact of the MPs with the staff and colleagues, the house adopted this measure to keep the numbers manageable and few with sitting points spaced out in the chambers, handwashing stations, use of sanitizers, fumigation and sanitization exercises, wearing of masks, virtual sittings, voluntary testing sessions, and minimal physical and social contact.
This was revealed by Uasin Gishu County MP Gladys Boss Shollei, “Many MPs are not attending parliament sittings as the house booking system locks out any MP who attempts to get space after the 60th has booked attendance.”
MP Shollei was speaking during a #Covid19AndGovernanceKE virtual session organised by Mzalendo Watch where the presenters included Sen Isaac Mwaura and Veteran journalist Macharia Gaitho spoke extensively on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected governance in Kenya.
MP Shollei urged the media to interrogate the use of different funds set aside to assist in this COVID-19 period for example kazi mtaani saying accountability must be demanded in the use of public funds.
She also said that the Government should not act surprised by the pandemic since the country has dealt with floods & other forms of disasters in the past, but a discussion on the same would make the situation better.
She, however, warned that during the COVID-19 period, the executive has tightened its hold on the legislature demonstrated in the budget-making process and de-whipping of members.