KAMPALA – A female Member of Parliament has tested positive for coronavirus, this website has learnt.
Sources at Parliament say the Kiryandongo District Woman MP Hellen Kahunde who is said also attended Plenary on Tuesday, July 14 is admitted at the national referral hospital at Mulago.
The source claims that several legislators who had come into contact with their MP Kahunde have since rushed to get tested — raising fears that the number of the positive cases could rise once their results are released.
“I have just been tipped to get out of Parliament that Ugandan female MP test positive for coronavirus…the information should be made public why are they hiding it,” MP Odongo Otto wrote to one Parliamentary WhatsApp Groups.
A recent update by the Ministry of Health confirms that one of the three coronavirus cases identified on Wednesday was identified from Kampala. The Ministry of Health didn’t provide further details on the matter.
The source claimed that the MP Kahunde is said to have contracted the virus after interacting closely with the family member who recently returned from abroad at one of the quarantine centers.
“There is a major scare. Many of those who interacted with her have had to go for tests, and this figure might even be high by Thursday (tomorrow) when the results of the majority who have gone for tests are released.
Another Parliament staff who spoke on condition of anonymity, not to be seen as discussing the health status of her colleague said the MP interacted with others freely during a Tuesday sitting.
Parliament is yet to issue an official statement about the matter.