Planned field visits by CSs cancelled over rising Covid cases

The planned field visits by Cabinet Secretaries have been postponed indefinitely due to the prevailing Covid situation.

The cabinet members were to embark on an inspection tour of national government development projects across four counties starting today (Tuesday).

The third field schedule was released Monday by the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee chaired by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.

The cancellation comes in the wake of soaring Covid-19 infection rate with the country recording a positivity rate of 16.2pc in the last 24 hours, the highest this year.

“Please note this week’s visits HAVE BEEN POSTPONED  until further notice due to the prevailing Corona situation. You will be informed of the new dates once they’ve been confirmed” read a notification sent to the newsrooms.

On Monday 731 people tested positive for the disease, out of a sample size of 4,513 pushing up the caseload to 113,967.

678 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 2,129 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.  109 patients are in the ICU, 23 of whom are on ventilator support and 72 on supplemental oxygen.

Big four agenda

The cabinet members have been conducting working tours, site visits and field engagements with members of the public in relation to ongoing development projects and government programmes.

The visits are also meant to ensure that the implementation of the government’s projects has been realized under the Big four agenda.

According to the itinerary, the CSs had been grouped into four teams headed by their team leaders who are key point persons of influence in the respective regions to be toured in collaboration with the presidential delivery unit and regional commissioners.

Agriculture CS Peter Munya was to kick off the visit Tuesday morning in Embu in the company of Monica Juma, Joseph Mucheru, Farida Karoney, and Eugene Wamalwa. Jasper Mbiuki from the office of the president was also in the team. They were to oversee Gachoka Irrigation Project, Civil Servants Housing Project and Kyeni – Kathanjure – Karurumo Road.

BBI bill

Besides the inspection of projects, the cabinet members were expected to pay a courtesy call to respective governors and county commissioners and hold town hall meetings.

With the banning of political rallies owing to the soaring covid-19 cases, critics say the town hall meetings could be used to drum up support for the BBI bill even as Parliament kicked off public participation on the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020.

On Wednesday, Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko was to lead his four colleagues and State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita to Kajiado County.

On Thursday, Tourism CS Najib Balala was slotted to be in his Mombasa home turf alongside George Magoha, Simon Chelagui, Margaret Kobia and John Munyes to assess Dongo Kundu Water Supply Project, Old Nairobi Road (Jomvi Kuu – Mazeras) and the Modern Cruise Ship Terminal Project.

Friday would have been the final day and Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe was to take charge in Kirinyaga County. Raphael Tuju, Sicily Kariuki, Rachael Omamo and Amina Mohammed were to join him.

  

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