News Highlights: 3 May

1. Tabitha Karanja’s Daughter Dies in Tragic Accident. Tecra Muigai, the 2nd born in the family that owns Keroche Breweries, has passed away according to a statement released by the Keroche Breweries board. The board also asked that the family be accorded respect and privacy as they mourn their daughter, who served as the Strategy and Innovation Director at the company. Click here to read more.

2. We Will Take Back Land Stolen By Your Father – Uhuru Told. The leader of the Kisii community in the diaspora has attacked the President in a video that has been making rounds online. Mr. Ombori Monari has said that the President is no longer feared and that the land grabbed by his family will be reclaimed. Click here to read more.

3. Joho Gifts Family Ksh476,000 to 17 Family Members in Quarantine. The Mombasa Governor waived the accumulated quarantine fees of 17 family members who had been taken into quarantine after the head of the family tested positive for covid-19 and died. The family had been in quarantine for more than the required 2 weeks but had been retained due to the bill. Click here to read more.

4. Fresh plans to impeach Sonko by MCAs amid his wrangles with the National Government. In light of Sonko’s campaign to regain control of Nairobi County and the resulting push and pull between him and the government, a section of MCAs have threatened to revive their impeachment motion against Sonko. Click here to read more. Standard

5. Deaths, crime, unmeployment in the slums of Nairobi during Covid-19. The state of things in Nairobi slums has worsened considerably after the curfew and lock-down were declared. Several people have died for causes other than corona, such as two women who were killed in the stampede that came about after Raila’s donation of food to Kibera. Click here to read more. Standard.

6. Six out of 7 bodies found after police officers drown in Baringo. As a result of flash floods in Baringo North, a truck carrying police officers was swept away. 5 managed to jump to safety. Of the 7 who were carried away, 6 have been found. Rescue efforts continue. Click here to read more. Nation.

7. Water bus with 20 capsizes in Lake Victoria, all rescued. The water bus capsized due to strong waves in the Lake. There was another boat that witnessed the incident and rescue efforts promptly began, leading to the rescue of all 20 passengers. Click here to read more. Nation

8. Kenya rules out deployment of rapid test kits from Senegal. The Health DG, Patrick Amoth, has discounted the kits from Senegal, saying that they are not reliable as they have a high probability of giving false positives. The government of Kenya will therefore not be adopting the kits, despite their sh.100 price and 10 minutes to yield test results. Click here to read more. The Star.

9. Kenya to wipe out locusts by June or July: Agriculture PS. On Saturday May 2, while witnessing the spraying of locusts in Samburu County, the Agriculture PS – Prof Hamadi Boga – said that Kenya will be rid of locusts by the end of June or July. Click here to read more. k24 Digital

10. Kayole woman kills own children after fight with mother, attempts suicide. A 24 year old woman, after having a dispute with her mother regarding why she was not cooking for her children, stabbed her 2 kids to death. She then turned on her mother but was overpowered. Afterwards, she stabbed herself in the stomach but her suicide attempt was unsuccessful. Click here to read more. k24 Digital

11. Buruburu car fire: Here is the victim’s wife statement to police. In a statement to police, Terrence Korir’s wife said that her husband had just bid the family farewell and gone outside to travel to work when she heard a loud bang. She then came out to find her husband burning and she couldn’t help him because he had locked the door. Click here to read more. k24 Digital.

12. Remdesivir: The drug Kenya plans to use in treating COVID-19 patients. The Health DG, Patrick Amoth, has announced that Kenya will adopt the use of Remdesivir in the treatment of critical covid-19 cases. After a test in the US, the drug was found to reduce the recovery of 31% of tested patients from 15 to 11 days. Click here to read more. k24 Digital.

13. Mombasa’s Old Town residents to be tested by force if they don’t show up willingly- Joho. After only 131 people out of a population of 28,000 showed up for testing in Old Town, Governor Joho has threatened to test people by force. He has also threatened a total lock down if residents continue to flout directives. Click here to read more. Citizen Digital.

14. Madagascar sends COVID-19 “herbal medicine” to 15 African countries. Madagascar have shared their Covid Organics medicine to 15 ECOWAS states and have pledged to share it with other friendly countries in African and beyond. The treatment is yet to receive WHO’s verification on account of there not being evidence that it works. However, there has been no covid-related death in Madagascar and they have a high recovery rate. Click here to read more. Tuko

15. Murang’a county builds ICU wing with 35-bed-capacity in less than 21 days. The sh. 25 million facility was to be built in 21 days but has been completed faster than planned. The project was fast tracked by bypassing the processes of tendering and procurement which occasion delays in such projects. Click here to read more. Tuko.

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