Speaker Catherine Gotani Hara tests positive for Covid-19

Leader of the house Richard Chimwendo Banda has announced that speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara has tested positive for Covid-19.

Confirming the development in parliament on Thursday, Chimwendo Banda said Hara was diagnosed with the diseases on Thursday after two of her domestic workers tested positive.

According Chimwendo Banda Hara was not in contact with Members of Parliament when reported for work on Monday.

“The speaker has been isolating herself, she has been in her office and when she appeared in the chamber on Monday the first day of our sitting for the Mid-Term Review Budget Meeting of Parliament she sat on her chair and controlled the deliberations and left for her residence thereafter.” Said Banda.

He said Hara attended some business committee meetings virtually and maintained social distancing during physical interactions.

Meanwhile Banda has however said her absence will not affect proceedings in the house as she has two deputies to run business of the house.