President Uhuru Kenyatta has barred all Cabinet secretaries from touring the 47 counties as part of efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease after three of his cabinet secretaries tested positive of coronavirus and are now in self-isolation.
The travel ban, which will be in force for two weeks. “The president ordered that the trips be stopped for 14 days as part of efforts to tame the spread of the disease, which is alarming for now,” said an official who asked to be left anonymous.
Sources said the directive was informed by the fact that the ministers travel with entourages that include principal secretaries and other technical staff in the various State agencies. The tours also draw large crowds that put Kenyans at risk.
Some of the CSs affected by the travel ban include Fred Matiang’i (Interior), Joe Mucheru (ICT), Mutahi Kagwe (Health), Ukur Yatani (National Treasury) and Adan Mohamed (Regional Integration) who were to visit Marsabit, Isiolo, and Moyale from today to Friday.
Peter Munya (Agriculture), John Munyes (Mining), James Macharia (Transport), and Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution) who were in western have been forced to end their trip short.