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Ruto, Ichungwa accused of distributing harmful foodstuff in Kiambu

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Kiambu County commissioner Wilson Wanyanga has maintained that the food that has reportedly been found harmful after consumption by some families was distributed by Kikuyu Member of Parliament Kimani Ichungwa and Deputy President William Ruto team even as the legislator denies their involvement.

Mr Wanyanga told Daily Nation Monday that he was aware of the distribution channels from Mr Ichungwa’s camp and even went ahead to provide contacts and the names of the churches and the pastors who were assigned to distribute the foodstuffs.

He said his administration was never consulted or involved in the distribution of food.

“The pastors were given food to distribute to their followers. People have started (Monday) returning to the chief in-charge of Gikambura area where the food was distributed,” Mr Wanyanga told Daily Nation.

“I was not involved in the distribution. No body else has distributed food in that area, it came from Mr Ichungwa and his team,” he added.

But contacted by the Daily Nation, Mr Ichungwa confirmed the food distribution exercise but rather clarified that they did so through the help of local pastors but not unknown individuals.

He said the unfit foodstuffs branded William Ruto Foundation and Kimani Ichungwa was the handiwork of their political opponents to portray them in bad light.

“These are fake packaging and the said foodstuffs did not come from us. We distributed our food through organized channels that involved church leaders with identified list of beneficiaries in need,” said Mr Ichungwa.

“What we have gathered so far is that the food which has turned unfit for consumption was being distributed by someone in a land cruiser in Gikambura and as a matter of fact they did not come from us,” the MP explained.

David Githinji from Gikambura, Kiambu County and one of the residents who received the donations on Sunday at around 4:30pm told Daily Nation that he was at Gikambura when a vehicle pulled over and one of the occupants signalled pedestrians to come and pick the food donations and later sped off.

“The food donations comprised a pack of cooking oil, maize flour and sugar. We noticed the tea had a sour taste and had some funny taste and colour when we used it when preparing the tea. Later on one of my family member had stomach ache. We have just recorded a statement with police,” Mr Githinji told the Daily Nation.

An official at Kiambu County in the Ministry of Health told Daily Nation that the government has taken samples of the foodstuffs for laboratory tests.

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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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