Kenyans continue to criticize legislators for calling upon President Uhuru Kenyatta to offer them a standby Helicopter services this Covid-19 period.
Just a day after Matungu Member of Parliament died from Covid-19 virus, the MPs have come together to pile pressure on the State to look into their safety.
This is happening amid doctors cry for payments and safety after six of them died due to Covid-19 within a span of one week.
And according to the legislators who were mourning their fallen colleague Murunga, they argued that there was an urgent need to provide a standby helicopter for all of them.
“We’re requesting, and I have managed to talk to the Clerk of the National Assembly about this, that we should be given a hotline number to helicopter services just in case,” Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi suggested.
After learning of increased public wrath, Senator Johnston Sakaja and Mutula Kilonzo Junior jumped to their Twitter handles with an explanation to cool the public temperatures.
“The biggest threat to a democracy is a sensationalized electorate that is ill informed. I rarely agree with our noisy neighbors but only 1MP spoke about choppers. Majority dwelt on improvement of facilities at the sub-county for all. Of course that would be boring to report,” Sakaja responded as his counterpart Mutula said:
“We (the MPs)are demanding for helicopter evacuation, while my friends in KMPDU are asking for allowances and Protective gear for doctors trying to save COVID patients. We deserve the vitriol directed at us by the Public!”.
That one person is making ALL of us to appear insensitive
— Sen Mutula KilonzoJR (@SenMutula) November 18, 2020
According to family members, the late Matungu MP Murunga could not get to hospital fast and even the nearest Mumias facility was not in position to admit him leading to his death.
In their meeting which focused on their safety, MPs also unanimously agreed that county hospitals needed to be well equipped for such eventualities too.
Majority leader Amos Kimunya, on his part, made a request that all hotel meetings be stopped and that MPs should carry their activities in Parliament building from today.
“We do not want to put the lives of our members at risk,” he stated.
They all mentioned the late Murunga as a dedicated politician who mingled with everyone equally and who kept his electorate close to his daily activities.