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Kisii Town: Growth of the former beer-market



Kisii town, once a one-lane shopping centre with countable buildings, surrounded by steep, heavily forested hills, has progressively grown into a buzzing business centre – the second fastest growing town in Nyanza region after Kisumu.

Kisii was originally known as Getembe. It was a small beer market that got conquered by the British in the late 19th century.

After the indigenous population started taking over the town in the early 1970s, they encroached on road reserves, which has led to congestion as residents fight for the little available space in the wake of a population explosion.

The growth is attributed to a combination of factors, such as a conducive climate for economic investment and the strategic location of the town on the highway to Uganda and Tanzania.

A report by the United Kingdom-based Sustainable Urban Economic Development in 2019 ranked Kisii town among the 12 fastest-growing municipalities in Kenya. Although the town prides itself with growth, economic experts warn that competition for limited resources, such as land, threatens the future stability of the town.

Additionally, the lack of sufficient room for expansion puts the town in jeopardy because existing social amenities will be stretched to accommodate the fast-growing population.

The town faces serious challenges as the land continues to shrink. According to the 2019 census, Kisii County has a population of 1.2 million. Kisii is among 12 municipalities in which Sustainable Urban Economic Development (Sued) carries out various development programmes.

The programme is funded by the United Kingdom’s department of International Development (DFID) and aims at supporting the 12 fast-growing municipalities in Kenya to develop sustainable urban development and economic plans for critical infrastructure.

Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor, Patrick Njoroge, in a past interview said the bank will open a currency centre in Kisii to ease the distribution of cash to financial institutions. Its construction is almost complete.

Dr Njoroge said the decision was informed by high cash circulation in Kisii town, which is expected to serve parts of Rift Valley and Nyanza region. CBK has three branches in Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret.

More than 10 Level Four health facilities operate within the town alone while others are located in the outskirts.

The new private-owned hospitals have helped decongest the public Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital, serving about six million people in Kisii, Nyamira, Trans Mara and parts of Bomet, Migori, Kericho and Homa Bay counties.

The increase in health providers has led to more specialists in the region and the communities now rarely seek specialised medical services outside the county. There are also more than 20 institutions of higher education in Kisii, including public and private universities.

The town also has a vibrant night life with dozens of hotels located in the town.

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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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