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Bob Collymore, Eliud Kipchoge, John Demathew most searched by Kenyans in 2019




American technology powerhouse Google on Monday released the top trends of what Kenyans searched for this year; among them popular personalities, compelling news events and exhilarating sports actions.

Topping the list of the trending personalities was the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore — who succumbed to cancer on July 1 – followed by Eliud Kipchoge after he ran a sub-two hour race in Vienna, Austria, on October 12.

Late Benga musician John DeMathew, who died in a road crash on August 18, was the third most searched personality, trailed by late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso who succumbed to a 20-year battle with cancer.

The late Kibra MP Ken Okoth came in fifth place; he too passed away after a battle with cancer.

At number six was murdered Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen, at seventh was Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko following his Friday dramatic arrest in Voi over Ksh.357 million corruption allegations.

Former President Daniel Moi’s elder son Jonathan Moi who passed away after a struggle with cancer was the eighth most searched person, coming right above by Moi University student Ivy Wangechi who was murdered by her estranged ex-boyfriend.

Former media personality and advocate Esther Arunga, who now resides in Australia, closed out the search list after news of her court sentencing following the death of her son.

Form One selection 2020 was the number one most searched item after it emerged that several top Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination students were not posted in the national high schools of their choice.

The second trending query was Huduma Number following the government’s mass registration exercise that was aimed at ensuring the issuance of new digital identity cards for all Kenyan residents.

Next up was the Likoni Ferry tragedy where Miriam Kigenda and her daughter, Amanda Mutheu, lost their lives after their vehicle plunged into the Indian Ocean from a ferry crossing the Likoni Channel.

Kenyans also searched for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report which was as a result of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

The Ethiopian Air Crash, which occurred two minutes after takeoff and claimed the lives of 149 Kenyans and 8 crew members, came fifth.

KCPE results 2019 came sixth, followed by the Kibra by-elections occasioned by the death of MP Ken Okoth and in which his brother, Bernard ‘Imran’ Okoth, vying on an ODM ticket beat out Jubilee’s McDonald Mariga to emerge victor.

The eighth trending query was the Dusit Riverside attack where Al Shabaab militants – in January this year – mounted an assault on the 14 Riverside office and hotel complex and killed more than 20 people.

Eliud Kipchoge INEOS came next after the Kenyan athletics legend broke the two-hour mark for running the marathon in the INEOS 1:59 Challenge.

The tenth search query was Census 2019 following the government’s announcement to conduct a household enumeration countrywide.

Under movies and TV shows category, Game of Thrones Season 8 and Money Heist Season 3 were the two big TV shows that kept Kenyans curious of the coming episodes.

The next searches were blockbusters Avengers Endgame, Bird Box and When They See Us; a TV miniseries based on true events about five African American men who were falsely accused and prosecuted on rape and assault charges.

Below are lists of Top 10 trending searches by Kenyans in 2019:

Top Trending News Searches

  1. Form one selection 2020
  2. Huduma Number
  3. Likoni Ferry tragedy
  4. Building Bridges Initiative report
  5. Ethiopian air crash
  6. KCPE results 2019
  7. Kibra elections
  8. Dusit Riverside attack
  9. Eliud Kipchoge INEOS
  10. Census 2019

Top Trending Local Personalities

  1. Bob Collymore
  2. Eliud Kipchoge
  3. John DeMathew
  4. Joyce Laboso
  5. Ken Okoth
  6. Tob Cohen
  7. Mike Sonko
  8. Jonathan Moi
  9. Ivy Wangechi
  10. Esther Arunga

Top Trending Global Personalities

  1. Robert Mugabe
  2. Oliver Mtukudzi
  3. Nipsey Hussle
  4. David Luiz
  5. Bruno Fernandes
  6. Dwayne Johnson
  7. Harry Maguire
  8. Nicholas Pepe
  9. Jussie Smollet
  10. Kevin Hart

Top Trending General “How to” Searches

  1. How to file returns using P9 form
  2. How to apply for a passport
  3. How to start a business
  4. How to make money
  5. How to drive a manual car
  6. How to be successful in life
  7. How to get a baby boy
  8. How to check CRB status
  9. How to check kcpe results 2019
  10. How to get pregnant

Top Trending Tech “How to” Searches

  1. How to download videos from YouTube
  2. How to create a website
  3. How to take care of a phone
  4. How to hack wifi
  5. How to track a phone number
  6. How to convert pdf to word
  7. How to hack a phone
  8. How to track a lost phone
  9. How to create a YouTube channel
  10. How to pay parking in Nairobi

Top Trending “What is” Searches

  1. What is census?
  2. What is huduma number
  3. What is xenophobia
  4. What is cancer
  5. What is INEOS
  6. What is housing census
  7. What is population census
  8. What is BBI
  9. What is aflatoxin
  10. What is happening in Sudan

Top Trending Sports Searches

  1. Africa Cup of Nations 2019
  2. UEFA Nations League
  3. ICC World Cup 2019
  4. Rugby World Cup
  5. EPL
  6. Women’s World Cup 2019
  7. Kariobangi Sharks vs Everton
  8. Zarika vs Phiri
  9. Champions League finals
  10. New York Marathon 2019

Top Trending Movies & TV Shows

  1. Game of Thrones Season 8
  2. Money Heist Season 3
  3. Avengers Endgame
  4. Bird Box
  5. When They See Us
  6. Sex and the City movie
  7. Captain Marvel
  8. Lion King
  9. Hobbs and Shaw
  10. Joker

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Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard




Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.


However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard




President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Drastic life changes affecting mental health




Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.


Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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