The statehouse is now out of bounds as President Uhuru Kenyatta moved to curb the transmission of coronavirus pandemic. At least four of his handlers have been hospitalized.
The President himself has not stepped into the house on the hill for a while now and is, therefore, running the country from his house and Harambee offices.
Mr. Kenyatta has suspended all physical engagements and now briefings are done through Skype. Only the critical briefings are done physically but under a controlled environment.
Periodical tests have to be conducted to all Harambee house staffs to keep President Kenyatta away from contracting coronavirus. The guests that President Kenyatta kept on hosting in the House underwent tests preceded by intense screening.
Kanze Dena, President Kenyatta’s spokesperson, said that those who tested positive for the virus are still in the hospital, although recovering.
“The President is holding meetings virtually as well as from his office at Harambee House. The four staff are at the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral, and Research Hospital and are faring on well,” Ms. Dena said.
To avoid congestion in the President’s official residence, most of the essential staff were sent to work from government offices such as NHIF and NSSF offices.
Out of the need to protect the vulnerable in the workforce, President Kenyatta asked the older members to work from home.
“I hereby order and direct that all State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above, serving in Job Group S and below or their equivalents, take leave or forthwith work from home,” he said.
During the parliamentary group meeting at the Kenyatta International Convention that saw Mr. Kimunya appointed as the new majority leader, President Kenyatta announced that he was tested and the results came out negative. He also said that he was no longer operating from the State House.
The way Kenya has been handling the pandemic has been recognized in Africa and beyond.