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80 KDF soldiers placed in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19

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The invisible enemy COVID – 19 has managed to penetrate the literally impermeable Kenya’s defence.

80 soldiers have reportedly tested positive to the fast – spreading virus forcing authorities to place all military barracks across the country under restrictions of movements.

It started with 3 military officers at the Embakasi barracks testing positive to COVID – 19.

Sources intimate that the confirmation of the cases sent shivers down the spines of high ranking military men in the Kenya Defence Forces.

KDF moved with speed to ensure the virus does not spread like bush fire among the Kenyan soldiers.

A good number of officers were moved to Kahawa barracks along Thika superhighway as a containment measure.

And then doors to one of Kenya’s most secure area were shut, No entry and No exit except for special cases.

No one has since been going in or out of the facility and even soldiers who were on leave were shut out and ordered to remain at home and those residing outside the barracks ordered to move back into the barracks.

Sources however say the virus had already taken position inside the Embakasi barracks.

Initially an isolation centre had been placed at Embakasi barracks for those who turned positive but as numbers grew, it was moved to Kabete barracks which was made the treatment centre for all KDF staff.

Mafans has established that soldiers in isolation have hit 80.

One officer reportedly died and was buried at his home in Olenguruone in Nakuru county.

Another barracks under strict surveillance with limited access is Kahawa Garrison, a big military facility surrounded by a huge population of civilians.

According to sources, the barracks was placed on partial lockdown as a precautionary measure the moment Kenya started registering huge numbers of COVID – 19 patients.

The fear is many soldiers spent a good chunk of their time outside camp mingling with civilians.

Some have homes at the neighbouring Kahawa Wendani, Kahawa Sukari, Githurai 45 and 45 estates interacting freely with people in the estates and markets.

KDF has so far put in place protocols that seeks to curtail the spread of the highly contagious virus among officers in the barracks.

Military parades have been scrapped, trainings have been put on hold, officers have been barred from leaving the facility and are only being allowed to purchase food and other stuffs from the military canteens.

Other containment measures instituted by the authorities to contain spread of the virus include provision of sanitization points across all KDF establishments, conducting mass testing, establishing quarantine areas, conducting routine temperature checks, distribution n of face masks, sensitizing soldiers and the KDF family on the do’s and don’ts during this pandemic as well as, facilitating movement for essential tasks or compassionate cases.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her

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Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told Kenyans.co.ke that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania

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The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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