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Revealed! Sh40 billion spent on fight against Coronavirus so far, says Treasury CS Ukur Yatani



The Treasury has spent Sh40 billion in its response to the coronavirus outbreak since the first patient was reported on March 12.

This means that over the past 40 days, the government has been spending on average of Sh1 billion per day.

Of these, Sh33.4 billion has gone to operations and Sh6.9 billion on development and other capital investments to support Covid-19 fight.

The Treasury has disbursed Sh3.9 billion towards the related health response to contain the virus’ spread.

Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani told MPs that the Sh1 billion for hiring health workers has also been provided.

Treasury has also disbursed Sh200 million to the Interior Ministry to tighten security operations to enforce curfew and containment directives.

Another Sh200 million has been provided for the Prisons department to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in jails.

Residents of arid and semi-arid areas received Sh400 million in relief food and non-food commodities for insecure communities.

Treasury also says it has provided Sh10 billion in tax refund and another Sh10 billion for the cash transfers for the elderly and vulnerable persons.

The National Intelligence Service has also been given a Sh1.5 billion boost for their operations, to help in contact and case tracing.

Yatani further reveals that the Sh13 billion for SMEs support and payment of pending bills has been disbursed.

But the pandemic has presented expenses which were unforeseen during the budget-making process, eating up additional Sh385 billion.

These include requests for recurrent amounts of Sh152.9 billion and Sh233 billion for development, including Sh30 billion for donor-funded projects.

Of these additional requests, Yatani said they have recommended additional Sh62 billion for recurrent expenditure and Sh92 billion for development.

However, the Budget and Appropriations Committee approved a reduction in development allocation by Sh83 billion and Sh31 billion in additional recurrent expenditure.

Among the beneficiaries of the additional expenditure are university staff whose Sh6.6 billion 2017-21 CBA will be funded.

Doctors and lecturer’s allowances of Sh1.8 billion would be provided as well as Sh3.8 billion for Nairobi Metropolitan Services.

Sh1.25 billion will go towards the reconstruction of damaged roads, bridges, and other related infrastructure – mostly destroyed during the rainy seasons.

Sh1.2 billion will be provided for the construction and rehabilitation of water pans in arid and semi-arid areas.

The government further intends to spend Sh1 billion to roll out the issuance of third-generation identity cards.

Sh700 million will be provided for the Ewaso Nyiro Development Authority under the drought mitigation programmes.

The Lands ministry will get Sh662 million for the digitisation of land records while another Sh551 million has been provided for maintenance works on the national fibre optic infrastructure.

Sh450 million will be provided to the Defence Ministry to boost the food processing capacity of their factory at Gilgil.

State House operating expenses have also increased by Sh400 million while Sh300 million will be provided for the coast development authority for dam works.

Yatani agrees that the situation is not rosy in the face of underperformance of revenues exerting pressure on the increased demand for resources.

The pandemic has impacted on revenue through low import-related taxes (import duty, VAT on imports, import declaration fees and railway development levy).

At the same time, domestic taxes have shrunk due to declined incomes and low consumption of goods following the containment orders affecting Nairobi and three other counties.

The CS said that rationalisation of recurrent budgets – communication supplies, domestic travel, foreign trips, hospitality, training, purchase of vehicles, furniture – has yielded Sh20 billion.

As of March, the government had a Sh132 billion revenue shortfall from its target, also destabilised by the pandemic.

“The shortfall in ordinary revenue collection from a target of Sh132.3 billion was recorded in all broad categories with excise taxes recording a shortfall of Sh35.2 billion,” Yatani said.

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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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