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Pressure on Kinoru stadium contractor to meet deadline



Journalists covering the progress of the Sh900 million rehabilitation of the Kinoru Stadium in Meru County were ejected from the stadium Tuesday, hours ahead of Wednesday’s deadline set by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed for completion of works.

Imenti North Deputy County commissioner Mohamood Salim said the place was “out of bounds for the media, unless there was a letter from the site manager approving such a visit.”

Salim was leading a technical team to monitor the progress of the work done when the project manager in charge of public works objected to the presence of journalists.

It also emerged that the public works officials were working on a July 31 deadline, contrary to CS Amina’s July 15 ultimatum for the contractor to hand over the stadium keys.

The technical team, through Meru County Commissioner Allan Machari, had on June 26, 2020, been ordered to furnish Amina and Governor Kiraitu Murungi on the stadium’s daily progress.

However, the contractor, Toddy Civil Engineering Company, absolved themselves from the move, saying they welcomed transparency since they were handling a public project.

Nelson Munene, an official of the company, said they had this week increased the number of staff from 300 to 400 to dig trenches for electrical work and installation of CCTV cameras.

The technical team was, however, disappointed that most of the work was behind schedule and some of it may still be incomplete by the end of July when Amina indicated that President Uhuru Kenyatta might be interested in opening.

Laying of cabro around the pitch area and outer side of the stadium was way behind schedule, since the electricians laying cables were still digging trenches, work that will last for at least another week.

The technical committee reported that 85 percent of the work was complete but a contractor familiar with the work said it was far below.

The county government had earlier protested that they had been kept in the dark on the scope of work to be done, saying they had not even seen the bill of quantities to help them determine what to expect.

Sports Kenya who are the stadium’s client, will visit the facility to assess the progress Wednesday.

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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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