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Battle of wits and egos envelopes Kindiki’s exit: The Standard

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Former Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki.
NairobiFor a man who has supervised colleagues authoritatively, the chamber increasingly seemed like a strange place

His speech was long and dense with emotion. It was potent enough to soften the hard-hearted. His delivery was earnest.

And while he laboured to maintain an emphatic tone, words occasionally failed him. The wrinkles that formed on his forehead every time he looked up as he read his speech, and his grieving eyes, told of a man defeated.
Former Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki had walked into the chamber resigned to his fate.
For more than a week, he had watched, from a safe distance, as his political grave was dug spiritedly. On Friday, after listening to his political eulogy, he summoned the courage to face his slayers.
SEE ALSO: Battle of wits and egos envelopes Kindiki’s exit
Show of defiance
His presence inside the chamber was perhaps a deliberate show of defiance. Yes, he knew he would be going down, but he refused to have his pride washed down the drain. He wanted to look his tormentors in the eye. But his face, and occasional restlessness, betrayed his subdued demeanour.
For a man who has supervised debate in the Senate authoritatively, the chamber increasingly seemed like a strange place for the Tharaka Nithi Senator. The erratic debate preceding the motion on his ouster must have left him confused.
At one moment he found himself in church. The next had him in a Philosophy class. Another moment thrust him into a human rights crusade while another turned him into a student of literature. Yet another took him to a foreign language class.
All this was courtesy of his colleagues who made all manner of citations as they poured their glowing tribute. They used flowery language to bury him, some offering unpalatable platitudes.
SEE ALSO: Jubilee senators talk in parables over Kindiki exit
He, however, found familiarity when earlier one lawyer had confused the House for a courtroom and, sometimes, law school. His comrade, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, who vainly fought for his survival, decided some homeground advantage would work in Prof Kindiki’s favour and he tried to turn the house into a court.
His request to have formal charges presented against his learned senior was met with more force than he had anticipated from lawyers and non-lawyers alike.
“A Motion to remove the Speaker or the Deputy Speaker is not a trial,” Siaya Senator James Orengo charged as he offered to school Murkomen. “Sit down, you don’t even know the Standing Orders,” he added, amid loud protests by the former Majority Leader.
Mr Murkomen did not take the challenge kindly and felt the need to spell out his credentials.
“I have two master’s degrees,” he responded at one point, as the debate morphed into a contest of who was the better lawyer. “Can he mention one case he has prosecuted in the Supreme Court?”
SEE ALSO: I have two master’s degrees, Orengo has none — Murkomen
Paying attention
Mr Orengo struck below the belt. The debate eventually got back on course.
Neither Kindiki’s moving speech nor the mourning look he wore would sway his fellow senators. They were clearly not in the mood to spare any sympathy. He had missed the hint, just as he had skipped his ‘Politics 101’ classes.
“Your goose is cooked,” Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina had told him. And if Kindiki had been paying attention, he would have heard the death knell sounded by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala.
And in a surreal gravely voice, a comrade offered his last respects.
“We loved you but the Jubilee Party loved you more,” said Mr Malala, leaving no doubt as to what lay in store. It was a political funeral.
In his seven-year political experience, the professor of law had apparently learned little about politics. He had been accused of disloyalty to the party leader, a transgression whose only retribution is political death.
In the end, just as he had said, the die was indeed cast, and not even his last-minute pledge of loyalty to the president could save him. 
There was only one place he was headed – the political pit.

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Beyond Zero, AMREF to train health volunteers on Covid-19 – KBC

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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero initiative has teamed up with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) to train 5100 community health volunteers to boost the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The one-month Covid-19 training for community health volunteers in Nairobi county sponsored by Beyond Zero at a cost of Kshs 4.5 million will be delivered virtually by AMREF through a digital learning platform called “Leap”.

Speaking Tuesday during the launch of the virtual training at the AMREF International University in Nairobi, Beyond Zero Coordinator Ms Angella Langat said the training comes at the right time when community health volunteers who are at the forefront of the Covid-19 response efforts require accurate information.

“This Covid-19 training is especially timely, as the world and Kenya grapple with the disease,” Ms Langat said.

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She expressed hope that the training will equip the community health volunteers with the necessary information and skills to help combat the spread of the virus.

“Her Excellency the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Initiative is honoured to be part of this process through the funding of the first cohort of community health volunteers. I thank the Ministry of Health, AMREF and respective teams for their commitment towards the development of this training curriculum,” Ms Langat said.

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Ms Langat pointed out that Beyond Zero’s interventions in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is aligned to complement government efforts in promoting the health and wellbeing of Kenyans.

AMREF Enterprise CEO Caroline Mbindyo praised the partnership between Beyond Zero and her organization especially in the training of the community health volunteers, saying it will go a long way in scaling up efforts geared towards curbing the spread of Coronavirus in the country’s informal settlements.

Ms Mbindyo said AMREF has in collaboration with the Ministry of Health developed the curriculum for the training of community health workers, adding that the volunteers will access the training through their mobile phones free of charge.

Noting that there are about 70,000 community health volunteers in the country, Ms Mbindyo called on other organizations to emulate Beyond Zero and provide sponsorship for the training of the critical health providers across the country.

On her part, AMREF’s Community Training Liaison Officer Carolyne Wanyonyi said the training will enhance the awareness of the community health volunteers on Covid-19 and empower them with skills to help in the containment of the virus in their communities.

“The training will facilitate community health volunteers to be able to do risk assessment and they will also be able to know what needs to be done if an individual has been infected with the Coronavirus or is a suspected case,” Ms Wanyonyi said.

Ms Wanyonyi said the training has four modules with the first module focusing on what coronavirus is, its prevention, risks and transmission modes.

The second module will cover what the community health volunteers need to do in suspected Covid-19 cases.

The third module will look at the risks involved and the stigma associated with the disease in order to enable them counsel community members effectively.

The final module of the training will focus on community disease surveillance where the community health volunteers will learn about how to protect themselves from contracting Covid-19 in the course of their service delivery.

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Uganda moves to phased reopening amid rising Covid-19 cases

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CHARLES M. MPAGI

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Uganda will go ahead with its planned re-opening of the country despite recording more than 150 Covid-19 cases in three days, according to President Yoweri Museveni.

In an address to the nation on Monday evening, President Museveni said that public transport will resume but with necessary health and safety measures in place.

“We shouldn’t bite too much at a time. Opening for private cars has already unleashed big numbers of people moving. We have decided to postpone the opening of schools for another month,” Museveni said in his 15th address to the nation on Covid-19.

Buses and commuter taxis will resume on June 4 but will operate at half the capacity with commuters and operators “covering their mouth and nose all the time.”

Travel in districts bordering neighbouring countries is also not allowed for the next three weeks.

“For the next 21 days, no private or public transport is allowed in the border districts. There are forty districts in northern, northeastern, Bugisu, Bunyoro, Ankole and the Kigezi subregions,” added the president.

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Malls and stand-alone stores have also allowed been to reopen as long as clients observe physical distancing.

Schools, gyms, salons, bars and places of worship will remain closed for 21 more days.

Meanwhile, Uganda on Tuesday recorded 32 new Covid-19 cases raising the national tally to 489.

“Nineteen of the new confirmed cases are from 1,693 samples from points of entry while 13 are from 423 samples of contacts and alerts,” the Health Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Fourteen new cases were recorded in Elegu, near South Sudan, two each in Busia and Malaba near the Kenyan border, while one was recorded in Mutukula near the border with Tanzania.

Thirteen of the new cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases. All patients are Ugandans.

“Currently, there are 391 admitted Covid-19 confirmed cases in 15 referral hospitals in the country. All are in stable condition,” the statement added.

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CHARLES M. MPAGI

By CHARLES M. MPAGI
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Uganda will go ahead with its planned re-opening of the country despite recording more than 150 Covid-19 cases in three days, according to President Yoweri Museveni.

In an address to the nation on Monday evening, President Museveni said that public transport will resume but with necessary health and safety measures in place.

“We shouldn’t bite too much at a time. Opening for private cars has already unleashed big numbers of people moving. We have decided to postpone the opening of schools for another month,” Museveni said in his 15th address to the nation on Covid-19.

Buses and commuter taxis will resume on June 4 but will operate at half the capacity with commuters and operators “covering their mouth and nose all the time.”

Travel in districts bordering neighbouring countries is also not allowed for the next three weeks.

“For the next 21 days, no private or public transport is allowed in the border districts. There are forty districts in northern, northeastern, Bugisu, Bunyoro, Ankole and the Kigezi subregions,” added the president.

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Malls and stand-alone stores have also allowed been to reopen as long as clients observe physical distancing.

Schools, gyms, salons, bars and places of worship will remain closed for 21 more days.

Meanwhile, Uganda on Tuesday recorded 32 new Covid-19 cases raising the national tally to 489.

“Nineteen of the new confirmed cases are from 1,693 samples from points of entry while 13 are from 423 samples of contacts and alerts,” the Health Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Fourteen new cases were recorded in Elegu, near South Sudan, two each in Busia and Malaba near the Kenyan border, while one was recorded in Mutukula near the border with Tanzania.

Thirteen of the new cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases. All patients are Ugandans.

“Currently, there are 391 admitted Covid-19 confirmed cases in 15 referral hospitals in the country. All are in stable condition,” the statement added.

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