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Rights groups sue state over police brutality

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Rights groups in the country have filed a class suit on behalf of the victims of police killings and brutality witnessed during the Covid-19 period.

Amnesty International, IJM, HAKI Africa, and Kituo Cha Sheria says hours before the effective time of the curfew order, law enforcement officers meted violence and brutality on members of the public.

The respondents in the case are the Inspector General of Police, Interior CS, and the Attorney General who have been sued for failing to uphold their mandate while enforcing the curfew order.

The petitioners on behalf of victims hence are seeking compensation from the state following the unlawful use of brutality on the public.

The groups said that there have been several instances of brutal, disproportionate and unnecessary use of force while enforcing the curfew order. It added that members of the public have been beaten, shot at, teargassed leading to serious injuries and deaths.

One of the victims Hussein Moyo is seeking Sh17,000 as burial fees while Judith Simiyu seeks Sh158,300 and Daniel Waithugi Nga’nga wants to be paid Sh140,800 by the state as compensation.

Amnesty argues that the night to dusk curfew order by the state was enforced in the most brutal, unreasonable and un-proportionate manner. It is their argument that the victims have suffered immense several mental and physical injury and the hopes and dreams of living a fulfilling life have been dashed.

They further claim that the police in enforcing the curfew shot at innocent Kenyans rounded up, lobbed teargas and mercilessly beat them up.

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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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