Kenyan Senators stranded in Germany due to COVID-19

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Four senators and a parliamentary staff member are stuck in Germany as various international airlines restrict flights over fear of the corona-virus.

At least 157 people have been infected in Germany.The legislators, members of the Trade Committee, had flown to Germany for a trade conference.

All the nine members of the committee were to attend the conference but the four flew straight from the Netherlands — where they had been for close to a week — to Berlin.

However, the meeting was called off soon after they arrived in Berlin. They booked a high-end hotel for one week, the period they were supposed to be there.

They are Senators Charles Kibiru (Kirinyaga, who chairs the committee), Christopher Langat (Bomet), Mwangi Githiomi (Nyandarua) and a clerk. The fourth senator’s identity has not been confirmed.

Speaker Kenneth Lusaka confirmed that the lawmakers had traveled on an official trip. He said the members were making arrangements to fly back after the event was cancelled for fear of the disease.

Sources revealed the senators requested a refund from the hotel after the conference was called off to facilitate their return but the management declined.

It was also reported that Parliament had already advanced facilitation fees to the members before their departure to Germany, an amount they had already spent.

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