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Najib Balala asked to deny new KWS reforms on Nairobi Park



Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has been asked to declare a moratorium on all developments in the Nairobi National Park.

Lobby group African Sustainability Network tells Balala in an August 3 letter that any government-sanctioned development leading to loss of habitat sets a precedent of irreversible ecological impacts.

Recently, the Kenya Wildlife Service announced that it intends to build a high-end ecolodge, develop its Club House into a premium restaurant (Orpul Place) as well as improve infrastructure in the park.

The KWS said it had flagged 12 issues facing the park that it intends to fix. They include habitat loss and fragmentation in the dispersal areas, decline in wildlife population, poaching, human-wildlife conflicts, alien and invasive species, pollution, mining and quarries.

The others are climate change, low park visitation, increased urbanisation, settlement threats on the sheep and goats ranch, and infrastructure development.

To cure some of those problems, it will improve the park, progressively fence willing landowners in the park’s buffer zone, design and establish adventure activity concessions and facilitate alternative activities to traditional game-viewing.

It has proposed an integrated land use management in the park’s buffer zone and wildlife dispersal areas to achieve the habitat’s management objectives.

But conservationists complain that already wild animals are unable to roam since the park has been fenced on three sides due to the spread of city. The unfenced southern boundary and the banks of River Mochiriri are the favoured refuge for breeding lions.

The KWS wants to fence the land along the southern boundary to reduce human-wildlife conflict. This has alarmed conservationists like African Sustainability Network, who say the fencing will affect the Naretunoi community, the Maasai clan occupying the park’s buffer zone.

The conservationists stated: “We recognise the community’s crucial role in the preservation of our shared national heritage through their very existence and way of life, one of harmony and respect for nature, and to whom generations of Kenyans – past and present – owe the ability to enjoy a global treasure in their own backyard.”

They fear that fencing-off of the dispersal area will also pose a permanent obstacle to food and water sources for thousands of animals, as well as the loss of natural breeding grounds.

Any maintenance or upgrades of the park, it states, should be researched and carried-out with maximum care to ensure both human and animal inhabitants are not negatively impacted.

It proposes that amenities like eateries should be run by the local community.

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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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