ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi has called on the Maa community to remain united and work together even as the country looks forward towards the 2022 general election.
Reiterating his ambitions to become the 5th President of the Republic of Kenya Mudavadi called on the larger Maa community to support his bid as he promised that he will mainly focus on reviving the economy of this country.
The ANC leader however re-affirmed his support for President Uhuru Kenyatta in the fight against corruption lauding the recent report released by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and calling on the Office of the Director of Public prosecutions to thoroughly scrutinize the report on the KEMSA probe and do justice for the people of this country.
While accompanied by Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku, Mudavadi was quick to point out his long-lasting cordial relationship with the people of Kajiado and the larger Maasai community.
Governor Lenku on his part acknowledged the close relationship between the ANC leader and President Kenyatta and urged Mudavadi to continue supporting the President in his development agenda even as he seeks to succeed in him in 2022.
Lugari MP Ayub Savula supported Lenku’s sentiments saying that he is sure that President Kenyatta will support Mudavadi’s 2022 bid in the wake of uniting this country and pushing forward the strides to develop this country after Uhuru’s term.
They were speaking at Maparashi Hills in Kajiado County during the Maasai Oleng’sherr Ceremony.
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President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday made an extensive inspection tour of national government development projects in Mombasa County.
The Head of State started his day-long inspection at Liwatoni on Mombasa island where the government is constructing the Ksh 1.9 billion Likoni pedestrian floating bridge.
The 1.2-kilometre bridge, the first of its kind in the region is at 51 per cent completion rate and will be ready for use by end of this year.
When complete, the bridge is expected to ease pressure on the Likoni ferry crossing by taking up most of the foot traffic, leaving the ferries to serve vehicular cargo between Mombasa and the South Coast.
From the bridge, the Head of State who was accompanied by Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho crossed over to the adjacent Liwatoni fishing complex, a facility that the Government is upgrading into a full fishing port.
The President expressed satisfaction with the ongoing rehabilitation of the fish landing site which he said will help create jobs for the youth and boost the coastal economy.
Speaking to small scale traders at Liwatoni, the President rallied them to take advantage of the bridge and fishing port projects to grow their businesses.
President Kenyatta tasked Governor Joho to work with national government agencies in developing modern business stalls in the area so as to enable the traders to benefit from the increased human traffic expected when the bridge comes into use.
On his part, Governor Joho said his administration will continue partnering with the national Government in implementing projects aimed at improving the wellbeing of Mombasa residents.
From Liwatoni, the Head of State took a boat ride to the new Kipevu Oil Terminal (KOT) where he was received by Infrastructure CS James Macharia.
The Ksh 40 billion new KOT, which is currently under construction, is a 200,000 DWT capacity facility capable of handling import and export of all petroleum products.
The oil jetty has a dedicated high volume Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) channel which is expected to enhance the supply of cooking gas in Kenya and the region.
The new KOT is part of an elaborate Mombasa port expansion programme that includes the construction of new dry cargo berths, sites the President also visited.
From the port, the President crossed Kilindini channel to the Kenya Navy Base in Mtongwe where the military is developing an ultra-modern slipway and shipyard.
In Mtongwe, the Head of State was taken on a tour of the new facility by the Commander of the Kenya Navy Major General Jimson Mutai.
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The Nairobi Metropolitan Services has Saturday confirmed that officers from the National Police Service will augment the provision of security at the Pumwani Hospital, Mbagathi Hospital, Mama Lucy Hospital and Mutuini Hospital in Dagoretti to prevent disruption of services.
The security team has also since been changed and a Customer Care desk set up after a mother delivered at the gates of Pumwani Hospital.
The Director of Health Services Dr Josephine Kibaru-Mbae through a statement said that NMS regrets the incident and commends the nurses who quickly came to assist the patient.
The Nairobi health workers have at the same time ended their go-slow after a return to work formula was agreed on by both parties.
Dr Mbae in the statement also confirmed that the mother and child are both well and were discharged on 18th September 2020.
“We take this opportunity to apologise to all Kenyans and our mothers in particular for this unfortunate incident,” the statement read in part.
The statement by NMS comes shortly after a video making rounds on social media appears to show a woman delivering right outside the Pumwani Hospital gate.
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US health officials have rowed back on controversial advice issued last month that said people without COVID-19 symptoms should not get tested.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says anyone in close contact with a known infected person should take a test.
Friday’s “clarification” returns the CDC’s stance on testing to its previous guidance, before the August alteration.
Reports said the controversial advice had not been given by scientists.
Sources quoted by the New York Times said it had been posted on the CDC website despite experts’ objections.
Most US states had then rejected the guidance, Reuters reported, in a stinging rebuke to the nation’s top disease-prevention agency.
Some observers suggested the controversial move could have reflected a desire by President Donald Trump to reduce the growing tally of COVID-19 cases.
At a rally in June, Trump told supporters he had urged officials to “slow the testing down, please”. A White House official dismissed the remark as a joke.
However, administration officials denied any political motive, telling Reuters that the change reflected “current evidence and best public health practices”.
Experts welcomed the change of tack on Friday.
“The return to a science-based approach to testing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is good news for public health and for our united fight against this pandemic,” said Thomas File, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
In its “overview of testing” for healthcare workers the CDC now says: “Due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, this guidance further reinforces the need to test asymptomatic persons, including close contacts of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection.”
It advises people to take a test “if you have been in close contact, such as within 6ft of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection for at least 15 minutes and do not have symptoms”.
The US has recorded nearly seven million cases of coronavirus, more than a fifth of the world’s total. It has the world’s highest death toll, with nearly 200,000 fatalities.
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Kenya has Saturday recorded 105 new COVID-19 cases out of a sample size of 2,868 tested in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative number of positive cases to 36,829.
The Ministry of Health through a statement said from the 105 cases, 103 are Kenyans while 2 are foreigners. 83 are male while 22 are female.
The youngest case recorded was a two-year-old infant while the oldest is a 95-year-old.
Dristibution of the cases by counties is as follows: Nairobi 33, Busia 15, Mombasa 9, Bungoma 8, Kiambu 4, Nakuru 4, Bomet 4, Garissa 4, Taita Taveta 4, Kajiado 3, Kakamega 3, Kisumu 3, Machakos 2, Meru 2, Kitui 2, Trans Nzoia 2, Murang’a 1, Nyeri 1 and Laikipia 1.
On a positive note, 68 people have recovered from the disease, 38 from the home-based care program while 30 have been discharged from various health facilities.
No fatality has been reported in the last 24 hours. Kenya’s fatality rate remains 646.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have signed a new collaborative framework which will accelerate joint public health efforts that put the most marginalized and vulnerable populations first.
The new Strategic Collaboration Framework builds on a robust 70-year collaboration between the two organizations and prioritizes four strategic areas for immediate attention and action at all levels of the organizations: universal health coverage, through a primary health care and health systems approach; mental health and psychosocial wellbeing and development; public health emergencies; and maternal and child nutrition.
Additionally, the two organizations signed a new joint programme on Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being and Development of Children and Adolescents.
This 10-year collaborative effort will promote mental health and psychosocial well-being and development, increase access to care for mental health conditions, reduce suffering and enhance the quality of life among children and adolescents, and their caregivers
Both organizations are particularly concerned about the urgent need to better tackle issues affecting adolescents.
Depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents, and suicide is the second leading cause of death in adolescents.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed huge gaps in accessing health, well-being and nutrition services among children and vulnerable populations,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “There has never been a more urgent need to work together. This new framework will help us strengthen health and food systems, and invest in mental health and psychosocial support in every country in the world.”
For more than 70 years, WHO and UNICEF have worked together worldwide to ensure children survive and thrive, and benefit from a safe and clean environment.
The two organizations collaborated to provide high-impact health, immunization, nutrition, HIV and early child development interventions, as well as safe water and sanitation services in every region of the world, including in fragile and conflict settings.
“At the heart of our work with UNICEF is seeing that every child not only survives but ultimately thrives and transforms their communities and future generations,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “With great appreciation and respect for our unique and complementary roles, we stand together in our commitment to achieve health for all. As this pandemic demonstrates, no-one is safe until everyone is safe.”
Today, WHO and UNICEF continue to work together to stop the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that every woman and every child have access to the essential health services they need, including immunizations and health check-ups.
The two organizations are also working together to support countries to introduce and deliver COVID-19 vaccines under the vaccines pillar of the “Access to COVID-19 Tools – Accelerator” (ACT-A) initiative, along with Gavi, CEPI and global immunization partners.
Additionally, the organizations are strengthening health systems through primary health care, as agreed in the Declaration of Astana, and the UN High-level declaration on UHC, in order to accelerate the achievement of universal health coverage and Sustainable Development Goal 3 targets by 2030.
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US social media giant Facebook has announced it will be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria, next year.
It will be its second office on the African continent.
According to the company, it will also be its first African office to house a team of expert engineers.
The social media giant opened an office in Johannesburg in 2015.
Its Nigerian office will hire teams working in sales, partnerships, policy and communications.
In a statement, Facebook said it hoped its new hub would develop products created by Africans for Africa and the rest of the world.
In 2016, the company’s founder Mark Zuckerberg visited Lagos on his first trip to the continent.
Since then the company has helped open a tech community hub space in the city.
Earlier this year Facebook announced it would be teaming up with telecoms companies to build a 37,000km (23,000-mile) undersea cable to supply faster internet to 16 countries in Africa by 2024.
The Local Organising Committee of the WRC Safari Rally has rallied behind the resumption to sports protocol released by Sports Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed.
Through a statement sent to newsrooms WRC Safari Rally CEO Phineas Kimathi termed the release of the report as timely saying its submission will lead to resumption of sports albeit cautiously.
‘’These protocols are timely and will help us, as a nation, resume various sporting activities with attendant caution and discipline. As the WRC Safari Rally and motorsports in general, we wish to assure the Cabinet Secretary and the Government that we shall follow and enforce these protocols to ensure safety for both our competitors and also officials, spectators and various other parties involved in motorsport. ’’. Kimathi said.
Motorsport alongside Archery,athletics, horse racing, and polo were some of the non contact sports set to return under adherence of containment measurers.
Kenya is set to host the WRC safari rally in July 15-19th 2021 after it was cancelled this year following the global oubreak of corona virus.
Following the release of the report the Kenya Motorsports Federation is expected to announce a revised 2020 Kenya national rally championship,KNRC, calendar .
Only two rounds,Guru Nanak rally, February, and the Nyahururu rally,March, had been held when the series was put on hold following the government’s ban on public gathering to stem the spread of the corona virus.
2020 KNRC CALENDAR
February : KNRC 1- Guru Nanak Rally
March : – Nakuru Rally
April : Mombasa Rally
June : KMSC Rally
July : WRC Safari Rally
August : -Nanyuki Rally
October 3-4: RSC Rally
November 7-8: KNRC 8 – VCCCK Rally
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The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 126-114 to go 1-0 up in the NBA Western Conference final in Florida.
Anthony Davis top-scored with 37 points and 10 rebounds in what was the Lakers’ first conference final series appearance since 2010.
The second match of the best-of-seven series takes place on Monday.
“It took a quarter for us to kind of figure it out,” said LeBron James, who added 15 points, 12 assists and six rebounds for the Lakers.
“I’m not saying we fully figured them out because it’s too early in the series to say that.”
The opening quarter was edged by the Nuggets but the Lakers overpowered their opponents in the second period.
Power forward Davis’ 33 points by the end of the third quarter guided the Lakers to a handsome 23-point lead and one step closer to winning their first NBA title in a decade.
“We haven’t done anything special,” Davis said. “We basically took care of home court. We have three more to go.”
Ill discipline from the Nuggets, including star trio Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Paul Millsap, ultimately hampered a comeback.
Jokic and Murray’s contribution of 21 points each was not enough – and Nuggets coach Mike Malone afterwards criticized his side’s defense.
“Our offense was able to score the ball but there was little defense,” Malone said, after the Lakers were gifted 24 free-throws in the second quarter.
“Twenty-four times in one quarter, and we were called for 16 personal fouls in that quarter,” Malone said.
“On top of that, seven turnovers – again fueling their break.”
The Nuggets will now have to muster the spirit they showed in coming from 3-1 down in their previous two series wins to reach their first-ever NBA final.
The Miami Heat play the Boston Celtics on Sunday for a chance to go 3-0 up in their Eastern Conference final.
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Over 60 families in Laikipia County have benefited from free modern houses constructed by Habitat for Humanity Kenya in a plan to give needy families a better place to live.
The families have also been put under a cash transfer program where they will receive Ksh 3,000 per month for upkeep to deal with the hardships brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at Kandutura in Rumuruti where some of the beneficiaries are located, Habitat for Humanity Country Director Ruth Odera said that the major aim of this project is to see needy families who were living in deplorable conditions be uplifted.
Odera said that they will work with all partners including the county government to make sure that this happens so that construction can resume.
Board Chairman Koome Kiragu said that they are involving locals in construction of the low-income houses in a bid to train them and transfer skills.
Kiragu said that after the COVID-19 pandemic is over they will enter into another face of construction where more families will benefit noting that the organization has so far spent over Ksh 60 million for the house project in Laikipia.
He said that they will reintroduce the Global Village system where partners from foreign countries under the organization come in to assist in building and also training where they leaving construction equipment behind for use by the community.
The beneficiaries expressed satisfaction noted that since the pandemic struck, they lost their jobs and only have the assistance from the organization to rely on.
The same project is being undertaken at Segera ward in Laikipia North where Mukima Secondary School which was fully constructed under this program is situated.
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Wajir and Mandera County residents who are predominantly pastoralists are now embracing horticulture following the installation of Irrigation projects in the region.
Residents of the two counties have embraced irrigation agriculture by utilizing community water pans and sinking boreholes constructed by the National Irrigation Authority to provide water in the semi-arid region.
This is in line with the country’s Big 4 Agenda on food security and Nutrition.
Mansa Irrigation Project in Tarbaj is one of the 20 irrigation projects in Wajir County implemented by the National Irrigation Authority.
About 700 acres of land has been put under irrigation in the county, benefiting about 700 farmers directly.
In Mandera County, 22 Irrigation projects covering about 1,240 acres of land has been initiated, benefitting about 1,240 farmers directly.
Lehele Irrigation project in Kotulo Sub County is one of the projects that has seen farmers embrace fruit and vegetable farming.
Among the crops grown in the projects are mangoes, bananas, pawpaw, oranges, kales, tomatoes, and capsicum among others.
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Over 1600 students from Jomvu constituency in Mombasa County are set to benefit from school bursary courtesy of the Constituency Development Fund(CDF).
According to the area MP Badi Twalib a total of 739 students from public universities and 821 others from colleges will benefit from the fund.
Speaking while handing over a cheque to Postal Corporation of Kenya officials who have been tasked to distribute the cheques to schools, Badi said this will help parents with school fees after schools are re-opened.
“We are getting to tough times after this corona period, most parents will not be able to take their children to school because of lack of school fees, I believe these bursaries will help the parents” said Badi.
A total of ksh12,150,000 has been used for the programme.
The Mp further challenged youths to come out and apply for the Shs 1.9 Billion school furniture project launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday.
The project is part of Government’s post COVID-19 stimulus program with Jua Kali artisans expected to supply 650,000 locally assembled desks.
Badi also challenged the government to ensure the project is free from corruption to ensure the youths benefit from it.
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We could all use a little motivation and words of encouragement now and then. We hope that this small collection of quotes by famous people will invigorate and light a fire within you.
1. No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. – Lupita Nyong’o
2. Failure is a great teacher and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer. – Oprah Winfrey
3. Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, God-like, feature that only the special among us will ever taste. It’s something that truly exists in all of us. – Will Smith
4. Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.” – Deepak ChopraDeepak Chopra
5. Saying it is impossible to live without failing at something is impossible. Unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. – J.K. Rowling
6. There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela
7. The reality is: sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You are never too big to lose. You are never too smart to lose. It happens. – Beyonce
8. The way get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney
9. Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. —William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
10. A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything. – Malcolm X
Universities have been asked to expedite repair works to ensure they are ready for phased re-opening ones the Government announces.
The Principal Secretary State Department for University Education and Research Amb. Simon Nabukwesi while visiting select universities said that very few universities have made maximum progress in implementing the guidelines and are conducting online sessions as they await inspection for health safety.
“We may announce re-opening anytime but it is essential that all universities comply with the COVID-19 preventive measures if they are to reopen and avoid the spread of infections or even death among students,” said the PS.
The PS emphasized that social distancing is the most critical factor in ensuring the safety and health of students, hand washing with soap and or use of sanitizers, wearing of face masks and monitoring body temperature is the minimum requirements for their health and safety while at the institution.
Amb. Nabukwesi, however, said the reopening of universities for normal learning sessions will be on a case-by-case basis based on approved compliance with Ministry of Health COVID-19 protocols.
The PS while on a visit to the South Eastern Kenya University campus in Kitui and Machakos University said he was impressed by the efforts already put in place by the two institutions to ensure the environment is safe to accommodate student’s ones learning fully resumes.
He, however, noted some anomalies such as limited handwashing areas, lack of automatic sanitizer dispensers and proper emergency facilities in the dispensaries.
Amb. Nabukwesi also observed that financial constraints were a challenge and encouraged the institutions to utilize the minimum resources available.
The PS also inspected ongoing Government-sponsored projects at the two institutions and said the Ministry will continue supporting them financially to enable them to complete the constructions.
He also encouraged the universities to seek collaborations with private partners.
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