Kisumu Senator Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o has moved to ensure there will be no speculation over his absence in the country, as he sought to be away for two months.
This follows speculation over his health when he was Medical Services minister.
Mr Nyong’o took to the floor of the Senate on Tuesday afternoon and said he was seeking permission from the Speaker to be away for academic purposes and not for health reasons.
“I hope this time round, there will be no speculation over my absence as it was the case before,” he told the House.
The Senator said he was leaving for Harvard University in Boston, USA where he would be for the next eight weeks.
“The Kisumu County Senator is leaving the country tonight for Harvard, as a Go Brutland scholar in the school of Public Health for one semester,” the Senator said later, in a press statement to the media.
Early this year, the country woke up to claims that the senator was taken ill and was in ‘bad shape’ in a foreign hospital.
However, in a Facebook post later on, Prof Nyong’o expressed gratitude for Kenyans concern and said that he was out of the country for “personal commitments” in the UK.