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Court order stops Rangwe market construction



A Homa Bay court has suspended the construction of a market in Rangwe town over alleged failure by the contractor to get a Nema approval. The court has asked the contractor Pacific General Works Limited to get clearance from the National Environment Management Authority.

Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga is constructing the market through the county’s National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) to protect traders from the harsh weather conditions.

But on Tuesday, three Homa Bay lobby groups obtained a restraining order from resident magistrate Ruth Maloba.

Activists Michael Kojo (Asego Public Litigation Forum), Evance Oloo (Interface Community Help Desk) and Walter Opiyo (Homa Bay Bunge La Wenye Nchi) accused the contractor of disregarding the law in the construction. The magistrate set the hearing date for August 8.

In their petition, the activists accused the contractor of failure to secure an environmental impact assessment report from Nema. In their joint statement, they argued that the construction company did not conduct public participation before the project began.

Kojo told the court that Nema had already stopped the project as it had not approved it. In the petition, Nema county director Josiah Nyandoro and Rangwe subcounty administrator Amadi Simba wrote letters to the company to stop the construction.

Opiyo asked the court to stop NGAAF from making any payments to contractor until all due procedures for construction are followed.

The project is among others that Wanga is implementing to improve the business environment at different markets.

Other completed markets include Homa Bay Pier, Magunga (Suba South) and Kodiera (Ndhiwa ). Each market is constructed at a cost between Sh3.2million and Sh3.5million.

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



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 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



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



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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