Operations at the Naivasha Law Courts have been suspended indefinitely after four members of staff tested positive for COVID-19 disease.
The move comes barely a week after a suspect from Gilgil Police Station was isolated after he arrived in the courts with a very high fever.
In a notice signed by the Chief Magistrate Kennedy Bidali, the court has been closed down for purposes of fumigation and pleas will now be taken via-video communication.
“Kindly note that the court will not open today for purposes of fumigation,” read the notice that saw litigants turned away.
Health officials in the area are now said to be contact tracing all the officers and orderlies who came into contact with the four court workers with the help of police and the courts.
Naivasha Sub-County Police Commander Samuel Waweru confirmed that pleas were being taken at the police station following a request by the courts.
“We have received a request that all persons from different police stations in Naivasha and Gilgil take their pleas here as they fumigate the courts,” he said.
Meanwhile, police in Naivasha have opened an inquest after a police officer was accidentally run over and killed by his colleague at Kasarani area last week.
The officer who was attached to Recce Unit died while undergoing treatment as his colleague recorded a statement at Kongoni Police Station.
According to Waweru, the two officers hailed from Kasarani estate and were good friends and were also recruited at the same time.
He said that initial investigations pointed to the deceased as the one who caused the accident after jumping on the way as his colleague drove away leading to his death.