Governor’s Mansion Locked Down Over Coronavirus Outbreak

Tana River County Director of Communications Steve Juma
  • Tana River Governor Dhadho Godhana’s mansion is currently a restricted area after some staff members tested positive for Coronavirus.

    Speaking to, Tana River County Director of Communications Steve Juma confirmed that the Governor’s residence was currently out of bounds as fumigation was being carried out.

    “Some of the staff members who are frequent visitors at the Governor’s home including myself tested positive for Covid-19 and we were placed under isolation in our own homes,” he stated.

    Tana River County Director of Communications Steve Juma

    He added that he had been placed under isolation for 16 days with his most recent result revealing he was negative.

    “Due to confidentiality in medical records, I can not reveal who else tested positive but the governor’s home is closed off as they disinfect it,” the communications specialist explained.

    The county’s Health executive Javan Bonaya revealed that four staff members and 12 other people had tested positive at the residence.

    “I have asked the family members (of the governor) and members of the public to stay away from the residence because it is under health watch,†he stated.

    In terms of preparing for Covid-19 cases, Tana River County had a hiccup in that it did not have enough space in its referral hosptital for 200 beds that had been ordered in its Covid-19 preparedness plan.

    “We have an infrastructural problem, we are expecting 200 beds in a few weeks but we do not even know where to put them. We are trying to improvise to satisfy the government’s directives,” Governor Dhadho Godhana stated in July.

    The county head stated that as a measure to find more space they would have to seek help from residents near health facilities to rent out their homes for use as Covid-19 isolation centres.

    Tana River Governor Dhadho Godhana
    File image of Tana River Governor Dhadho Godhana
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    “You can not compare the preparedness of Nairobi and Tana River , because some counties have the facilities whereas others have been marginalised for many years – which is why the revenue-sharing debate is important,” Juma stated.

    Since Covid-19 cases were reported in Kenya, various government buildings have had to undergo a degree of lockdown after reporting cases.

    In June, State House revealed that some staff members had tested positive prompting measures to prevent more cases. MP’s offices in offices were also closed down for a while with parliament staff ordered to stay away from the premises for at least seven days in July, 2020.


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