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Fake sanitiser, cigarettes, alcohol impounded in Meru

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Police in Tigania East, Meru county, impounded fake sanitiser, cigarettes, banned polythene papers, distillers and ethanol in a house in Kiguchwa.

A woman aged 40, only identified as Gacheri, was arrested.

Tigania Central subcounty police commander Nixon Makokha said they were yet to estimate the value of the 100 fully packed cartons.

The haul consisted of Supermatch cigarettes for export, polythene papers, sanitiser and hundreds of empty bottles for alcohol.

Makokha said DCI officers, led by Stephen Murega, had to use extra force to open the doors of the house where the goods were found because workers at the den had run away.

“We struggled to gain entry into the main house because the main suspect refused to open. She is the owner of the building. She was cunning. She hid inside her bathroom, forcing our officers to climb on the rooftop to peep in through the iron sheets. There are underground rooms and exit points we suspect workers used,” Makokha said.

Makokha thanked area residents for the tip-off which they acted on.

“We got a tip-off that suspicious deals were being conducted in the home. Our officers came here at 5am. It was hard to unravel the mystery inside the dark room where we confiscated substandard fertilisers and manufacturing items for the same and alcohol processing items,” he said.

Makokha said the suspect was tricky and villagers had insisted the home had no occupant.

A detective told the Star, one cigarette carton traded at Sh30, 000 and the 100 cartons could cost Sh3 million. He said the sanitiser and alcohol posed a danger to the health of residents especially at the time the country was faced with Covid-19.

He said such businesses were detrimental to the growth of the economy because the manufacturers did not have the Kenya Bureau of Standards approval, making the nation lose revenue.

Makhokha said the suspect would be presented in court at later date but would be out on a police bond.

“We urge residents to provide information about people operating illegal businesses risking lives of many,” he said.

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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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