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Panic as six MPs admitted to city hospitals with Coronavirus, one in ICU

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Anxiety has hit Parliament after six legislators tested positive to coronavirus.
The lawmakers are admitted in different hospitals in Nairobi, with one said to be in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Meanwhile, sources revealed that many other legislators who had come into contact with their positive colleagues rushed to get tested during the weekend, raising fears that the number of the positive cases could rise once their results are released.

Among those said to be in the hospital is a ranking member of the National Assembly, who by virtue of his office, is feared to have exposed himself to many of his colleagues, with confidential sources indicating to The Standard that more than 20 legislators had gone for tests after learning of his hospitalisation.

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A first-time MP from western Kenya is said to have contracted the virus after interacting closely with the colleague who is in ICU, while another is a Coast MP.
“There is a major scare. Many of those who interacted with him have had to go for tests, and this figure might even be high by Monday (today) when the results of the majority who voluntarily did the tests are released.
“I know at least six MPs have so far turned positive and are in hospitals, one is in ICU,” an MP who spoke on condition of anonymity, not to be seen as discussing the health status of his colleagues, told The Standard.
Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai said that the National Assembly’sadministration was not aware of any Covid-19 case among the MPs or members of staff, but added that since medical matters are a private affair, they would not know unless the affected publicly disclose their status.
Mr Sialai said it was possible for legislators to privately undergo tests and not disclose, and as such, Parliament may not know of such cases.
“If true, it would be a matter of great concern, but as of now, there is no report made to us of any case,” Sialai said.
The clerk said they have been ensuring that the regulations put in place to avoid the spread of the virus to Parliament are strictly followed, revealing that they had been regularly disinfecting the institution’s critical areas such as the chambers, committee rooms and offices.
“We understand the great risk we are in, given that MPs travel widely and that is why, as a routine, we ensure that there is thorough disinfection, including spraying those areas frequently visited.
“We did it even on Friday; sanitising all critical areas, including the mosque and worship rooms,” the clerk said.
The spread of the virus to Parliament could slow down the efforts to contain the virus and stop its spread to counties given that legislators are often travelling from Nairobi to their constituencies, always interacting with their voters.
The ripple effect that would be occasioned by Covid-19 cases in Parliament could lead to the closure of the august House as has happened with State House where President Uhuru Kenyatta has been forced to operate remotely after four staff members tested positive.
In April, after Kenya had reported its first few cases, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi was forced to adjourn the sittings so the administration could put in place measures to prevent the transmission of the virus.
Sialai says the regulations are still in place, with the MPs having to contend with the social distancing rule which has seen more spaces created outside the chamber to accommodate legislators who cannot find space inside the chambers.
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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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