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Third Covid wave hits Brazil as deaths surpass 500,000
Demonstrators protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in Manaus, Brazil on June 19, 2021. Brazil has passed the milestone of 500,000 Covid-19 deaths. By AFP Rio de Janeiro Brazil on Saturday became the second country after the United States to surpass 500,000 Covid-19 deaths as the South American giant grapples with a third wave of the pandemic. “500,000 lives lost due to the pandemic that affects our Brazil and the world,” Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tweeted. The Health Ministry reported 500,800 deaths, including 2,301 in the last 24 hours, a toll that many experts say underestimate the real toll from the health crisis. This week the average number of daily deaths surpassed 2,000 for the first time since May 10. “The third wave is arriving, there’s already in a change in the case and death curves,” Ethel Maciel, an epidemiologist from Espirito Santo University, told AFP. Vaccination slow “Our vaccination (programme), which could make a difference, is slow and there are no signs of restrictive measures, quite the contrary.” In large cities, life seems almost back to normal with restaurants, bars and shops open and many people in the streets not wearing face masks. And yet the situation is critical in 19 of Brazil’s 27 states with more than 80 percent occupancy of intensive care beds — in nine of those states it’s over 90 percent. ‘Marathon runner’ The “second wave,” from January to April this year, was particularly deadly. The number of deaths increased exponentially with the arrival of the Gamma virus variant that originated in Manaus, in the north of Brazil. It gradually began to fall in May thanks in part to the closure of businesses when the pandemic was at its worst. Too soon But many epidemiologists believe lockdown restrictions were lifted too soon at a time when daily deaths were still up around the 2,000 mark. Contrary to what has been seen in Europe, there’s been no real trough between the different waves in Brazil. “I don’t know if it’s a third wave … it seems we never got out of the first one,” said Alexandre da Silva, a specialist in public health at the University of Sao Paulo. “It seems the pandemic has now turned into a marathon runner who is pacing his race. It’s not a sprinter who does his sprint but then loses power.” Brazil has recently received several batches of vaccines, including from US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, but the country has only managed to fully vaccinate 11 percent of the population, with 29 percent receiving one dose. The vaccination drive began late in mid-January using the AstraZeneca and Coronavac jabs. Immunize all Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who previously hit out at vaccines, has promised to immunize the entire population by the end of the year — something specialists consider unlikely. Bolsonaro has been criticized for downplaying the pandemic from the outset, opposing lockdown measures and plugging unproven medical treatments for Covid, and on Saturday thousands of Brazilians again took to the streets in protest against him. In rallies in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and elsewhere, people carried banners with…
To emigrate to the US, UK, or Canada? Find out more here
Every year, thousands of Kenyans look for ways to migrate abroad. The countries that have many targets are the United States and the United Kingdom with Canada also emerging as a choice destination for many. These three countries have unlimited opportunities. However, migrating, finding jobs, and earning adequately is not a walk in the park. This is why you must know your way around their immigration systems if you are looking to migrate. United States Immigration US DV Lottery Popularly known as the Green Card, the DV Lottery program is the most popular way of legally migrating to the United States. This is a lottery program where applications are made from October. The results are available for checking from May the following year. According to Ralph Kilondu, a Kenyan living in the US, the Green Card is the safest way to ensure you can live and work freely in the US, and enjoy benefits accessible to US citizens. US Fiancé(e) K-1 This is a nonimmigrant visa program for the foreign fiancé or fiancée of a citizen of the US. This program allows the foreign-citizen fiancé to travel to the US and marry their US citizen partner within 90 days. After marriage, the foreign citizen is allowed to apply to have their status adjusted to permanent resident. To qualify, the two partners are required to have met in person within the last two years, of which evidence may be required. Investment Green Card This is a program that is mainly used by migrating investors. The program is little-known and includes the EB-5 route. For example, in 2018, an American firm known as Atlantic American Partners invited Kenyans with a capital of up to Sh50 million to invest in the US and gain citizenship. The process of citizenship takes about two years. Interested Kenyans are also required to pay an additional Sh2 million in legal fees, and an extra Sh4.8 million in investment management fees. Canada Immigration Canada Express Entry merit-based program The Express Entry route is the most popular program for immigrating to Canada. The program manages skilled worker’s applications for permanent residence under federal and provincial economic programs. According to the Canadian immigration website, it has four categories: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canada Experience Class, and Select Provincial Nominee Programs. You are required to submit your profile which is then scored based on factors such as age, education, work experience, and language proficiency. The scores for Express Entry could be as high as 400. If you are successful, you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Normally, you will get three months to submit your application under the express entry four categories. The processing will take about six months. Most agents in Kenya charge between Sh500,000 and Sh800,000 to help with the processing. Find out what is included in the package of the agent you choose, and whether they are licensed. Some agents might be capable of organising job offers and offering you settlement assistance for a month or two. United Kingdom…
Covid-19: Uganda goes into total lockdown as infections rise
A Ugandan prison officer receives the first injection of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at Mulago Referral Hospital in Kampala on March 10, 2021. Badru Katumba – AFP Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday tightened restrictions in the country following a worrying rise in Covid-19 infections and deaths. On a day when 42 people were reported dead, and 1,000 new infections, the Ugandan leader vowed to “stop the joke” of the public violating the public health guidelines, known locally as the Standard Operating Procedures [SOP]. He stopped the movement of public and private transport vehicles. Only security, emergency and other essential service providers, including the police, firefighters and the military have been exempted. The new move tightened restrictions imposed a week ago, when cross-district travel was banned, schools closed and other public gatherings restricted yet the deaths continued to rise. At the Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, a ‘technical fault’ on Wednesday cut off oxygen supply to Covid-19 patients at the facility, leading to the death of several patients. The new highest death toll would arrive two days later when the country reported 42 deaths, raising the number of those killed by the virus to 542. “When I hear these people who have died…I am getting telephone calls from all over the place…they are telling me so and so is dying…and yet we told you from March last year, this joke must stop,” President Museveni said in his address to the nation on Friday. The country had been operating under a tight set of restrictions, including a curfew that starts at 9pm to 5am, compulsory wearing of masks and social distance in public places. The Ugandan leader lampooned schools and other learning institutions which he accused of sitting on evidence of possible infections in schools. He had said the same thing last week when he ordered schools closed. They will remain shut for the next 42 days. “It is observed that some sections of the public are not adhering to the curfew hours. As such, curfew throughout the country is pulled back to 7pm to 5.30am,” he said. The new move means Uganda, initially seen as winning the war on Covid-19 and reporting fewer cases compared to neighbouring Kenya, is now paying after its citizens dropped their guard. The measures also included restricted cross-border movement, with vehicles only being admitted into the country if transporting cargo, moving essential personnel, dealing with emergencies or carrying Ugandans returning to the country. They all will have to abide by Covid-19 measures including providing proof of a negative test. “Entebbe International Airport will remain open, but we shall ensure that no virus, or new variants enter Uganda. Uganda is a land locked country. All cargo movements to and out of Uganda will be allowed without any disruption,” he said. “Burials to be restricted to the core family as applied in the military. My uncle died and was buried in Rwakitura but I did not attend the burial, I was not going to add any value, I was not going to resurrect him,” President Museveni said. Accused of brutality…
China-built tallest skyscraper in Africa topped out in Egypt’s new capital
This photo taken on June 17, 2021 shows the Iconic Tower being topped out at the construction site of the central business district (CBD) project in new administrative capital, Egypt. By Xinhua Xinhua News Agency With a commanding view of the modern buildings sprouting up in the central business district (CBD) of Egypt’s new administrative capital, guests from China and Egypt on Thursday held a topping-out ceremony for the 385-meter-high Iconic Tower, which will be the tallest building in Africa upon completion. “This is the most important building in modern Egypt, which marks the latest achievement of our country,” Egyptian Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Essam el-Gazzar said at the ceremony. The Iconic Tower, whose construction started on May 2, 2018, is a composite high-rise building integrating office, hotel, business, sightseeing and other functions. It covers a total area of 65,000 square meters, with two floors underground and 78 floors above ground. Iconic Tower Egypt The Iconic Tower is topped out at the construction site of the central business district (CBD) project in a new administrative capital in Egypt on June 17, 2021. Sui Xiankai | Xinhua Being built some 50 km east of the Egyptian capital Cairo, the Iconic Tower is the most striking skyscraper of the CBD project being built by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC). With a total area of around 505,000 square meters, the CBD project includes 20 new high-rise buildings and some municipal projects. Egyptian and Chinese guests, including workers, engineers, owners and officials, joyfully took selfies with the landmark building during the ceremony. “Since the construction of the tower’s core tube started in April 2019, workers and engineers have been working around the clock to finish the project,” Hossam Berry, structural manager of the DAR Supervision Company in Egypt, expressed deep gratitude to the CSCEC. The tower’s core tube “has been constructed at the fastest speed of one floor every four days, and finally climbed to the top today,” Wei Jianxun, general manager of the Iconic Tower project, told Xinhua. In late February, the Iconic Tower’s base, built with about 18,500 cubic meters of concrete and 5,000 tons of reinforced iron bars, was completed with a 38-hour non-stop operation, which was hailed by Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly as “a miracle by all means.” “We have joined hands with Egypt to maintain the work momentum amid Covid-19,” said Chang Weicai, general manager of CSCEC Egypt, explaining that the construction of the project has been continuing without any disruption despite the raging COVID-19 pandemic since early last year. “Our employees will take the capping as a new start, and continue to build the most beautiful urban skyline in the Middle East under strict precautionary measures,” Chang said. Read: World’s second tallest building tops out in China Also read: China skyscraper wobbles, spreading panic in downtown Shenzhen The Iconic Tower is emblematic of the friendship between Egypt and China, as it has provided opportunities to Chinese and Egyptian engineers for exchanging their experiences on modern construction methods, he said. Egypt’s new administrative capital is designed to relocate major…
You are on your own, CMA tells Cytonn investors
Capital Markets Authority confirmed Wyckliffe Shamiah as CEO on November 19, 2020. The Capital Markets Regulator (CMA) on Thursday distanced itself from a product being offered by cash-strapped firm Cytonn. The CMA, in response to an investor’s video clip that went viral on social media, said it was cautioning investors against investing in unlicensed and unapproved entities. The investor had gone online to lay bare her frustrations, and cautioned others against investing in unlicensed and unapproved investment products. Ms Lynn Ngugi, who is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, alleged that the company was frustrating her after making an initial investment in 2019 and asking for her money back in 2020. “Cytonn has been frustrating myself and my friends. We invested with them a while back,” she said. The CMA chief executive, Mr Wycliffe Shamiah, is now advising investors to only put their money in licensed and approved entities that offer regulated products, to enable them get protection offered by the Authority through the capital market’s legal and regulatory framework. CMA says it has licensed Cytonn Asset Management Limited, which is licensed as a Fund Manager with regulated funds including the Cytonn Money Market Fund, Cytonn Balanced Fund, Cytonn Equity Fund, Cytonn Africa Financial Services Fund, Cytonn Money Market Fund (USD), and Cytonn High Yield Fund. “The Authority confirms that Cytonn Investments is not a licensed and approved entity,” Mr Shamiah said. “Investors who are affected by investing in unregulated products should report to the Capital Markets Fraud Investigation Unit (CMFIU), which is the Police Unit attached to the Capital Markets Authority. CMFIU is currently investigating the issue for criminal violations for investors in the Cytonn High Yield Solutions (CHYS),” he added. Created confusion Confusion for investors came about after the investment company set up two products with similar names to dupe investors who may not have been able to differentiate the products. For instance, the Cytonn High Yield Fund (CHYF) is regulated by CMA, while another known as the Cytonn High Yield Solutions (CHYS), was not, meaning that there was no recourse for action in case anything went wrong. The CMA, in its statement, noted that complaints regarding Cytonn mostly touched on the unregulated products. “So far CMA has not received any complaints on these regulated products,” it said. –
Zambia’s former President Kenneth Kaunda dies at 97
Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda. By AFP Zambia’s former President Kenneth Kaunda has passed away. His death was announced by his son, Kambarage Kaunda, on Thursday. It was also confirmed by President Edgar Lungu. “You have gone at a time we least expected but we are comforted that you are now with Our Father, God Almighty in heaven,” President Lungu said. Kaunda, who ruled the country since independence in 1964 until 1991, was 97-years-old This comes after news from his office Monday that he was admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka. He was being treated for pneumonia, his office had said. President Edgar Lungu had urged Zambians to pray for his recovery. Kaunda was among the few African liberation heroes still left, and is one of the leaders who fought white minority rule and agitated for liberation of southern Africa. Ceded power After ruling Zambia for 27 years, he ceded power in the first multi-party election in 1991. While he had started out as a popular leader, he was criticised for becoming more authoritarian when he banned all opposition parties. However, later amended the Constitution to end one-party politics and returned the country to being a multiparty State. He then called for elections in 1991, which was he lost to Frederick Chiluba, effectively ending Kaunda’s rule. He attempted to once again run for the presidency in 1996, five years after leaving office, but his ambition was thwarted when the Chiluba government amended the Constitution, introducing stiffer conditions for one to qualify as a candidate. Amendment Act No. 18 of 1996 of the Zambian Constitution, in Article 34(3)(b), states: “A person shall be qualified to be a candidate for election as President if … both his parents are Zambians by birth or descent…” This provision was widely considered to have targeted Dr Kaunda, as it was common knowledge that he was born of parents who originally came from the neighbouring eastern country of Malawi . They migrated to and settled in northern Zambia’s Chinsali District, where his father was a missionary.
State declares 13 Lake Region counties Covid-19 hotspots
A nurse attends to Covid-19 patient recuperating at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu County on June 10, 2021. The government has imposed strict Covid-19 control measures in 13 Lake Region counties. It has also banned movement into the counties in western Kenya and Nyanza regions. In a review of Covid-19 containment measures announced on Thursday by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Kericho, Bomet, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay and Migori counties have been declared Covid-19 hotspots. Save for essential and emergency service providers, the CS discouraged movement into and out of the area covered by the counties, which the government has declared a Covid-19 red zone. In the review, which was done in consultation with the Council of Governors and with the concurrence of the National Emergency Response Committee on Covid-19, the night curfew in the 13 counties will start at 7pm and end at 4am. Public and private sector employees in the said counties have been advised to work from home, apart from those offering critical services. Churches have been closed for a period of 30 days. Market days have also been suspended for 30 days under the recommendations that will take effect today. Attendance of funeral and burial services has been restricted to a maximum of 50 persons until further notice. All funerals and interment ceremonies must be conducted within 72 hours of confirmation of death while night vigils and overnight processions prior to funerals are prohibited until further notice. “All cross-border cargo drivers are required to possess a valid certificate indicating a negative Covid-19 result and the test must have been conducted no more than 48 hours before commencing their journey. Cargo trucks shall be limited to only two persons per vehicle,” says the directive. However, the directive did not say whether bars and restaurants in the said counties would remain operational, apart from banning public gatherings including house parties and sporting activities. The lake region has been accounting for at least 50 per cent of total Covid-19 infections in the country, with a positivity rate higher than 25 per cent. The surge in infections is higher than in Nairobi and Mombasa, which have been the epicentres of Covid-19 since the first case was announced in Kenya in March last year. Last week, the Lake region recorded 1,320 new cases, with Kisumu taking the lead with 368 cases, followed closely by Siaya (197) and Busia (196). Homa Bay registered 167 new cases, Kericho (102), Kisii (100), Migori (44), Bomet (55), Kakamega (47), Vihiga (27) and Nyamira (17). Kisumu has emerged as Kenya’s new Covid-19 hotspot, overtaking Nairobi, which, due to its huge population, had naturally assumed this position since last year. The lakeside city recently hosted Madaraka Day celebrations that are feared to have been a super spreader. –
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COVID-19: UK reports 9,055 new cases – the highest daily total since February
The UK has reported 9,055 new COVID cases, the highest daily total since February. There were also a further nine coronavirus-related deaths in the latest 24-hour period, according to the latest government data. The figures compare with 7,673 cases and 10 deaths announced on Tuesday, while 7,540 infections and six fatalities were recorded this time last week. Today’s number of cases is the highest since 25 February, when 9,985 new infections were reported. It comes as another 190,033 people had their first dose of a COVID vaccine on Tuesday, taking the total to 42,021,089. Also 230,666 had their second jab, meaning 30,440,373 have now been fully vaccinated in the UK. Yesterday marked a key milestone when the government announced more than 30 million adults had received both shots as the country grapples with the spread of the Delta variant, first detected in India. Around one million people aged 21 and 22 are now eligible to book their coronavirus vaccination. Some 972,000 text messages are being sent out, inviting them to schedule appointments for both doses via the national booking system. And those aged 18 to 20 are expected to be invited to book their appointments by the end of this week. There had been fears that younger people, who face a far lower risk of severe illness from COVID-19, might be reluctant to get inoculated. But Sir Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said that the response had seen these fears “blown out of the water”. A person receives a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at a vaccination centre for those aged over 18 years old at the Belmont Health Centre in Harrow, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, June 6, 2021 Health Secretary Matt Hancock also confirmed coronavirus vaccinations will be made compulsory for care home staff, and the government is consulting on implementing the same policy for NHS workers. Meanwhile, Public Health England’s strategic COVID-19 response director has revealed there are 25 coronavirus variants “under monitoring”. Dr Susan Hopkins told the parliamentary science and technology committee: “We’re living in a world of variants now, so everything we see is a variation of the original.” She said eight variants are “under investigation”, along with the 25 that are being monitored.
Four companies on the spot for mining salt illegally
Four companies have been accused of engaging in the salt business without licences for extraction and export permits, denying the government hundreds of millions of shillings in revenue. The four companies — Kensalt, Malindi salt, Krystalline Salt and Kurawa Industries whose managers appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly yesterday, had a difficult time defending their actions. Section 171 of the Mining Act of 2016, provides that exporting a mineral is only authorised by an export permit granted by the Cabinet secretary in charge. Illegal exports This means that the companies were required to obtain an export permit for any export consignment of the salt since 2016 when the Mining Act came into force. The illegal exports have been flagged by the Auditor-General in the 2018/19 report before parliament. The report of the Auditor-General states that the government only pocketed Sh7.2 million and Sh74.42 million in mineral export levy and mining royalties respectively for the year under review. The companies confirmed not having the export documents and when put to task, Mr Kibuti Mbogori, the general manager of Kensalt, said the salt his company was dealing in does not qualify as salt under the meaning of the Act. The Act, he said, only recognises industrial or construction salt. “The salt we are dealing with is neither used for industrial or construction minerals,” Mr Mbogori, whose company has been mining salt in the country since 1974, told the committee chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi. However, Garissa Township MP Aden Duale and Mr Wandayi faulted Mr Mbogori for misleading the committee. “You are operating in the country illegally. The first schedule of the Act lists salt that you are dealing in as a mineral. There are also regulations guiding the business. You will not be allowed to mislead this committee,” said Mr Duale. Regulation 18 of the Mining Act (Dealings in Minerals) Regulations of 2017, provides that a person shall not export a mineral unless the person holds a permit granted by the Cabinet secretary. Regulation 19 provides that a person shall not be qualified to apply for a permit to export minerals unless such a person is a holder of a mining licence, mining permit or a dealer’s permit. Royalties The audit report notes that during the year under review, at least seven salt mining companies were operating in Kenya without mining licences and for which assessment for royalties due was not done. The companies extracted the salt in the coastal region and sold their products locally and abroad without export permits, the audit says. “Although it was indicated that the State Department had engaged the salt mining operators with a view to formalising their operations as provided for in the Mining Act, delay in formalising the operations hindered the collection of revenue from the companies,” the audit report says. The other managers were Mr Mohamed Ali (Malindi Salt), Ms Hasmita Patel of Krystalline and Mohamed Hussein of Kurawa Industries. “If your position is that the Act does not apply to you, then under what environment have you been operating?” asked Mr Wandayi. He further…
MPs order to Kenya Power on secret Sh50 billion contracts
A parliamentary committee has directed electricity distributor Kenya Power to make public within 24 hours the contracts it has with 17 independent power producers worth Sh50.22 billion. The National Assembly’s Public Investments Committee wants Kenya Power to also publish the names of the owners of the companies and how each of them won the tenders. So secretive are Kenya Power contracts that even the Auditor-General told the committee she has never seen them. MPs said the secrecy is unconstitutional as Kenya Power is a public company and all its undertakings should be made public. Committee chairman Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita) said Kenya Power should submit the contracts within 24 hours to the Auditor-General, who will then go through them before the committee has another meeting to examine them. “There is a lot of secrecy in this process. If the contracts were done through competitive bidding, then they should also be opened for review. If the auditors in charge of auditing Kenya Power have not seen them, then who signed these documents? Mr Nassir asked. “No one knows how these contracts were drafted. Kenya Power is a public entity funded by public funds and any contract signed in secrecy is illegal.” Appearing before the committee yesterday, Kenya Power Managing Director Bernard Ngugi told MPs that he would need a court order and consent from the contractors to make the contracts public. “The power purchase agreements have contractual provisions which would require more time to obtain consent and authorization from court processes because of confidentiality clauses such as Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA),” Mr Ngugi told the committee. He also said the government had appointed a task force that is reviewing the contracts. But MP Paul Katana questioned how Kenya Power got into contracts with companies with a clause that bars them from making the contracts public. “How did you identify these 17 companies and why did you get into an agreement with companies that would require you to get a court order for you to disclose the contracts yet Kenya Power is a public company? Mr Katana posed. “Who are the owners of these companies, we want to know in detail whether they are Kenyans or foreigners,” added Baringo Central MP Joshua Kandiye. On the floor of the House yesterday, Garissa Town MP Aden Duale, who had asked a question to the Ministry of Energy about the directors of the power producers, failed to get any answers, with the ministry saying it needs a court order to reveal the identities of the directors. “These independent power producers are the ones making power expensive for the common man and they are owned by big people in government and the energy sector,” Mr Duale said. “We want to know the faces of these people who are stealing from Kenyans. We are going to use our powers to unmask the owners of these companies.” National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi directed the Energy Committee to summon all the directors of the companies and the Energy CS to provide more information about the companies. “This issue of going to court will not happen under my…
Ferdinand Waititu’s Thika Blue Post road is illegal, Lands court rules
Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi on March 2, 2021. Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu’s decision to create a road on a private land at Thika Blue Post bridge has been declared illegal by the Environment and Lands Court. Justice Lucy Gacheru has ruled that the owner of the land, Michael Njiiri Kariuki, can permanently close the road whose paving Mr Waititu and other local politicians supervised, so as to clear traffic to and from Thika town. The court also awarded Mr Kariuki Sh500,000 in damages for destruction of the property and crops when road graders invaded it to construct the road. Justice Gacheru said the invasion and construction of the road amounted to trespass. While ruling on a petition filed by Mr Kariuki, the court said that being the lawful owner of the suit property, he is thus entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to it as provided for under Sections 24 and 25 of the Land Registration Act. Justice Gacheru said the land owner is also entitled to protection of rights as well as peaceful use and quiet possession of the suit property, and therefore the closure of the road. “It is not in doubt that if a court finds that there was trespass upon a person’s land, then the party is entitled to damages. There is no doubt that the defendants were not justified in intruding upon the plaintiff’s parcel of land ,and therefore they trespassed upon the said property,” she ruled. Right procedure The road was paved in 2017 as a solution to the perennial slow traffic at Blue Post area, owing to the narrow road. Mr Waititu personally supervised the clearing of the road reserve, together with former Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a and since then, traffic was flowing smoothly to and from Thika town. However Justice Gacheru said in the event that the government is interested in acquiring Mr Kariuki’s suit property for use as a public road, “let them follow the right procedure of compulsory acquisition, wherein the plaintiff would be paid prompt compensation for his parcel of land”. Mr Kariuki listed Mr Waititu, Ms Ng’ang’a, the former Kiambu governor’s political adviser David Ngari alias Gakuyo and Gakuyo Real Estate Ltd as the defendants in the petition. The judge said the owner of the land is entitled to the orders sought in the petition, among them that all structures put on the road be removed and the land be restored to its original state as farmland. Another order granted to Mr Kariuki was for the road to be permanently closed. The court also granted a permanent injunction restraining the defendants, their agents, servants, employees, assigns or any other person, body or authority from entering, causing to enter any machinery for construction, constructing, passing through or in any other way trespassing upon the property. Public property matter The court found that though Mr Waititu and the politicians had initially claimed that the suit property was public land, there was no evidence adduced to confirm the same. “The declaration on whether or not…
DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT of Mzee Simon Kahara Karanu
It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we inform you of the sudden death of Mr Simon Kahara Karanu of Kiambu/Githunguri, after a short illness whilst receiving treatment at the hospital. He was a father to Simon Kamau of Dagenham, Shiru Wanjau of Chingford and Joseph Nduati of Sheffield and Father in law to Marion Kamau and Joseph Wanjau. You can contact Simon on 0772711720 Or Shiru Wanjau on 07578609050 Or Marion on 07862953080 Or Joseph Wanjau 07578843975 The burial service will be anounced in more detail later on. For contributions, please deposit a minimum of £20 to the account below. Halifax Simon Kahara Account – 01569049 Sort Code – 110264 Please quote your R120 membership number as your payment reference. The Lord gives and the Lord takes. May his name be praised. Please remember the family in your prayers.
Kenya Airways from London Heathrow Flights Resume on 26th June 2021
Kenya Airways is now cleared for take off. Flights will resume from London Heathrow on 26th June 2021 and will operate once weekly up till 28th August 2021. Schedule will be updated thereafter, please check for schedule updates. Country entry requirements If you’re planning to fly soon, please check the entry requirements for the country you intend to visit . We encourage all our guests to consult the local government website for latest news.
Businessman Chris Kirubi dies at 80
Businessman and industrialist Chris Kirubi has passed away, his family has confirmed. His family said he died on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 80 years old. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Christopher J Kirubi (1941-2021), who passed away today, Monday the 14th of June, 2021 at 1pm at his home after a long battle with cancer, fought with fortitude, grace and courage. He was surrounded by his family,” a statement from the family said. The statement said more details would be released in coming days. In 2020, Kirubi opened up about his cancer battle in an interview with Business Daily, after images of him looking frail circulated on social media. “One thing I’ve come to discover is that in the end you’re alone. Your friends may love you, but eventually you have to deal with your sickness personally. You think about the past, the things that you could have done, the things that you have not done, and what you can do to compensate for things you ignored. It is a time of reflection. And prayers from friends do help, a lot,” he said at the time. “Being in a good hospital, with good doctors, adds a certain value to your life. I was just wondering what we can do to make sure, in a poor country like Kenya, everybody receives the best treatment possible rather than mass treatment. Because to tell you the truth, if I had been here maybe by now I would be long gone.” He also spoke about death, referring to it as rest from the daily hustles of life. “Death is rest. A rest from daily hustles. This is something that is irreversible. You’re born, you grow, you die. In the end, it doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter the age or what you do to try and elongate your life.” Before that, in a video clip he shared on social media, Kirubi urged members of the public to go frequent screenings to ensure they are safe while at the same time reminding them that the deadly disease can be cured, but not by prayers alone. Tributes President Uhuru Kenyatta eulogised Kirubi as a seasoned businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist who founded and successfully ran some of Kenya’s largest corporations. Raila Odinga, of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), said: “Chris Kirubi was my friend and one to many others, and a mentor to even more. He was a dedicated entrepreneur and philanthropist, who helped scores of Kenyans over time. My heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends and all those whose lives he touched. Rest in peace, Chris.” Also among leaders who sent condolence messages to the family was Musalia Mudavadi of Amani National Congress. “My condolences go to the family of Chris Kirubi. He was an illustrious businessman, who spoke candidly on matters of national importance and the economy. A true patriot who told you as it was; without blinking. Over and above that he was witty, humorous and an avid golfer,”…
Covid: Lockdown easing in England to be delayed by four weeks
People walking past Covid-19 warning sign in Marble Arch, London Most coronavirus rules will remain in place in England for another four weeks after the planned 21 June unlocking, government sources have told the BBC. Senior ministers have signed off on the decision to delay the lifting of all legal restrictions on social contact. That could mean capacity limits for sports, pubs and cinemas will remain, and nightclubs would stay closed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to confirm the delay at a news conference later – at 18:00 BST. The extension will be put to a Commons vote this month and could trigger a sizeable Conservative backbench rebellion. England was due to move to stage four of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown on 21 June, when venues and events would be allowed to operate without capacity limits and the cap on guests at weddings would be lifted. It would also have meant an end to the current rules which limit gatherings at home to six people or two households. But many scientists have called for the reopening to be delayed to enable more people to be vaccinated and receive second doses, amid rising cases of the Delta variant. A delay would also allow more work to be done on whether vaccines are breaking, or simply weakening, the link between infections and hospitalisations. Health Minister Edward Argar told BBC Breakfast that he could not confirm the delay before the prime minister’s announcement, but that there was a “concerning increase” in cases of the Delta variant and numbers in hospital were “beginning to creep up”. Most severe cases were among unvaccinated people or those who had only one dose, he said. He said at the current rates of vaccination, over four weeks they would be able to administer nearly 10 million second doses to increase protection. Mr Argar said the prime minister would address issues of economic support in any announcement and said the PM was “very sensitive” to the situation of couples who have already had to postpone their weddings, in some cases multiple times. All areas of Scotland are due to move to Level Zero Covid restrictions on 28 June – meaning bigger groups can gather in cafés, pubs and restaurants, although they will still have to observe social distancing. Limits on indoor gatherings in Northern Ireland are scheduled to be relaxed on 21 June and the current rules in Wales will be reviewed on 25 June. Chart showing infections trend If the lifting of restrictions is pushed back, the UK Weddings Taskforce – an industry group – estimates that 50,000 weddings planned in the four weeks from 21 June could be cancelled, with the industry losing £325m for every week of delay. Currently the number of guests allowed at weddings is limited to 30. The Night Time Industries Association said businesses such as nightclubs had already spent millions preparing to reopen, and the association will legally challenge any delay to reopening. “It’s going to be catastrophic to us. This will possibly hurt us more than the initial lockdown back in March last year,” said Will…
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Mrs Rachel Wairimu Kirera Death and funeral announcement
Mrs Rachel Wairimu Kirera Sunrise: 1925 – Sunset: 13/06/2021   It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we sadly announce the passing onto glory of Mrs Rachel Wairimu Kirera after an illness bravely borne. She passed on, last Saturday 12th June 2021 while being attended to in a hospital in Kenya. Rachel was a dear loving mum to Gilbert Muchoki of UK. She was wife to the late Danson Kirera Muri, Co-wife to Agnes Njoki & the late Monica Njoki. She was the mother to Revd Elisheba Gachucha (USA), Washington Mburu, Peris Ngugi, the late George Murigi, the late Edward Muchoki, late Chief Robert Mburu, Capt Newton Kirera (Air Kenya), Rosemary Njembi, Lydia Wanjiru, late Lucy Njeri, Faith Mothe, Albert Njaramba, John Muiruri, Gilbert Muchoki ( UK), Gerald Wainaina, Judy Wambui, Mercy Waithira, Terry Njembi, Margaret Wamaitha and Esther Wanjiru. She is a grandmother to many. Kindly remember the family in prayers. You can contact Gilbert on 07985425775 Mum will be laid to rest on Tuesday, the 22nd June 2021 in her Murang’a farm. To support the family financially use the following account, MR G M KIRERA, Santander Bank, Ac-14293340, Sc-09-01-27 M-Pesa 0708284574 May The Lord rest Rachel’s soul in eternal peace.  
Boost for Bitcoin as Tanzania’s Suluhu roots for cryptocurrency
Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu who has urged her country to prepare to adopt the use of cryptocurrency. AFP By The Citizen Bitcoin has received a major boost after Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu urged the country to prepare to adopt the use of cryptocurrency. Her speech in Mwanza on Sunday came a few days after El Salvador announced it had adopted Bitcoin as legal tender. A number of south and Central American nations have also signalling their readiness to officially adopt the use of Bitcoin. President Suluhu told financial chiefs to prepare for cryptocurrency, saying the age of crypto and blockchain was dawning, as she urged her country to pave the way for change. She said Tanzania’s central bank should begin the necessary preparations to adopt global attitudes towards banking, singling out cryptocurrencies as the future of finance. “We have witnessed the emergence of a new journey through the internet. The Central Bank should be ready for the changes and not be caught unprepared,” she said. Serious acceptance Outside of El Salvador and a handful of her neighbours, this is the first time a country’s president has openly acknowledged a serious acceptance of digital currency. The news from Tanzania came soon after recent sentiments from Elon Musk, who has, arguably, been the biggest influencer in the price of Bitcoin since its inception more than a decade ago. The Tesla chief has recently sent the price of the digital currency skyward with news that his electric vehicle company would accept payments through Bitcoin. But he also sent the price plummeting days later after announcing a Tesla could not be purchased with Bitcoin unless its mining process could be made more eco-friendly. Market manipulation However, the 49-year-old entrepreneur was riled by a Coin Telegraph article which quoted Magda Wierzycka – CEO of financial services firm Sygnia – as saying her fellow South African would likely have been investigated by authorities for market manipulation. –