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MP called me stupid before punching me, says Fatuma Gedi



Wajir Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi has narrated to court events leading to her alleged assault by her Wajir East counterpart Rashid Kassim in Parliament on June 13.

Ms Gedi yesterday testified that Kasssim demanded to know why, as a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, she failed to allocate money to his constituency during a visit by the budget team.

The woman MP said she tried explaining to her colleague that Sh100 million was the only money allocated to Wajir County.

“He told me I was stupid and a liar, and then punched me twice on the jaw and neck. I then saw blood oozing from my mouth,” Ms Gedi testified before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi.

The court heard that Homa Bay County Woman Rep Gladys Wanga, who was nearby, intervened and tried to pull Kassim aside. The three were later joined by Parliament Sergeant at Arms.

“I told him it was not about me but about the views of the people of his constituency. I further told him the allocated money was to be given to the people’s priorities, which were roads and water, but he told me his people wanted a market,” Gedi said.

She said she was taken to the Speaker’s office before recording a statement at Parliament Police Station.

“I am a mother and where I come from, it’s not easy to be in leadership… for me that incident was disappointing not as a woman but as a wife and as a mother. I pray that I get justice and as women, we should not go through this pain,” she said.

Gedi added that she received threat messages from unknown people after the alleged assault.

“I can attest that I received threats after the assault and my car was being trailed. I reported the matter to Akila Police Station and changed the car I was using,” she said.

Kassim was charged with assaulting the female legislator in June at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi.

He denied the charges and was released on Sh50,000 cash bail.

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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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