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National Assembly and Senate sittings cancelled due to ban on movement in Nairobi metropolis

The National Assembly and Senate sittings that had been slated to take place this week were cancelled following the ban on movement in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan area to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart Ken Lusaka said parliament sittings will remain suspended until further notice.

“As you are aware, the two Houses of Parliament are both scheduled to hold Sittings in this week… 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,” reads the statement.

The Senate was set to hold a Sitting on Tuesday, April 7, while the National Assembly was to convene on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

The Speakers, however, said that consultations are ongoing on how urgent business before the two Houses of Parliament can be transacted remotely.

“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,” said the Speakers.

The cessation of movement within the Nairobi Metropolitan area shall be for an initial period of 21 days with effect from 7pm on Monday, April 6, 2020.

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