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WANTED! NTSA wants Swvl boss prosecuted



App-based shuttle-hailing service Swvl could be headed for more problems after the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) called for prosecution of the firm’s co-founder and CEO Mostafa Kandil.

NTSA wrote to the Inspector General of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute the firm’s managing director as well as compel the company to cease operations in the city.

The call for prosecution comes after NTSA said that the firm has been operating illegally in the capital.

According to NTSA, the online-based public transport operator has not been licenced by either the agency or City Hall to ply the routes it is operating in.

“Traditionally an operator is licenced to operate at a particular route but Swvl wants to operate in a manner that they can go anywhere,” said NTSA’s licencing manager Jackson Mutua during a Nairobi County Assembly Transport committee sitting.

On Friday last week, NTSA impounded a number of vehicles belonging to the Egypt-based firm for operating without a PSV licence.

This was after the agency asked the police to impound Swvl vehicles and charge its crew and owners, accusing the company of using a tour service licence for public service vehicle operations which require a different permit.

However, Swvl CEO Kandil said the arrests had been based on the status of operating licences of the firm’s partners, and not Swvl’s own compliance.

Spelling more doom for the ride-hailing firm, City Hall also confirmed that they do not recognise its operations in the city.

County Roads and Transport Chief Officer Engineer Fredrick Karanja confirmed that Swvl had tried to apply for licencing from the devolved unit.

However, he said, this was not possible as the firm was not willing to operate on designated routes.

“They (Swvl) tried to apply and as a county we advised them that they have to follow the designated routes. They cannot operate how they want on the routes they had requested,” said Mr Karanja.

The chief officer, however, said the county had no issue with the technology bit of Swvl, but with its licencing.

“The problem is that Swvl want to operate everywhere ignoring that the PSVs in Nairobi operate along routes that have been licenced. Once they get licenced they will have to follow the existing routes,” he said.

An Assembly committee member called for the two institutions to tax Swvl a bit higher if they want to operate in more than the designated routes.

“If they want to use more than one route then I suggest that the county to charge them higher,” said nominated MCA Mary Arivtsa.

However, Mr Karanja was of a different opinion, stating that the way forward for Swvl is to apply for the right licences and to understand designated routes.

“There cannot be an exemption and since they are just like PSVs, only that they use technology and other things, they should follow the routes available,” he 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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