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Heavy rains sweep through residential houses in Juja



Over 100 families in Matangi-ini village in Juja sub county woke up to flooded homesteads after an overnight downpour.
The residents spent Friday night in the cold after the floods swept through their houses. The residents accused local leaders of neglecting their plight saying they have been flood victims for 10 years every rainy season.
The residents said their leaders have failed to dig trenches to drain floodwater from the village to the nearby Kiu River.
“After the Thika Superhighway was completed, rainwater was drained from Kimbo to our village. The contractor dug a trench but abandoned it halfway,” Monicah Wambui said.
She said they have petitioned the Kiambu county government through their MCA Kuria Karema and the office of MP Francis Munyua aka Wakapee but no action has come forth to address their troubles.
“Our relentless efforts to seek help from our leaders have proved futile. Our MCA is nowhere to be seen. We understand that our MP is still struggling with health issues but he has his foot soldiers. We are not asking much but for a trench to be dug to drain water from our village,” Wangui said.
Wambui Kariuki said they are counting huge losses as floodwater has destroyed their farms and forced others to close their businesses. “Our farms are submerged and we expect no harvest this season. Our businesses have been rendered inaccessible and this is a problem that has been recurrent whereas we have leaders whom we trust to solve our problems,” she said.
Kariuki said they now face the risk of waterborne diseases noting that the floodwater is contaminated from septic sewers within their homes.
Community leader Pius Njoroge said residents will raise funds and dig the drainage trenches after losing hope in their leaders.
But an official from the office of the MP told the Star on the phone that they have already started assessing flood-prone areas across the subcounty with plans to mitigate the problem.
“We are mapping out areas that are affected by floods so that we can assist in properly draining the floodwater. We know our people are suffering and we hope other leaders will partner with us to end this problem,” the official said in confidence.
A similar situation has engulfed a section of Ngoingwa Estate in Thika subcounty where several families have been locked in their homes by floods.

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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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