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Governors Josphat Nanok (Turkana) and Amason Kingi (Kilifi).
NairobiEACC demands answers on a Sh400m Covid-19 complex in Kilifi and a Sh42 million fire engine in Turkana.

Governors Amason Kingi (Kilifi) and Josphat Nanok (Turkana) are on the anti-graft agency’s radar over suspected procurement irregularities that may have cost taxpayers millions of shillings.

In Kilifi, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is investigating how a tender for the construction and equipping of a Sh400 million Covid-19 medical complex was awarded.
The commission also suspects that tender for supply of the facility’s intensive care beds at Sh1.6 million per bed may have been flawed.
Mr Nanok has been asked by the anti-graft agency to explain, on Wednesday, May 27, the procurement of a Sh42 million fire engine.
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“This commission is conducting investigations relating to (suspected) procurement irregularities in purchase of a fire engine by the county government of Turkana from Winston International,” stated EACC in a letter summoning the governor.
Also summoned is the Turkana County’s head of procurement Richard Emoru Oboo and the chief officer-finance Joseph Emathe Namuar. The governor’s personal assistant is also expected to be questioned.
An official aware of the probe said a testimony by the proprietor of the company that won the fire engine tender may have led the EACC to suspect that it was irregularly awarded.
The governor did not respond to our queries on the matter yesterday.
Another official said the commission was also investigating Nanok on suspect dealings with Tullow Oil.
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Nanok joins the list of governors facing investigation over suspected graft in their administrations.
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Bungoma’s Wycliff Wangamati is being investigated by EACC over procurement of jerricans to fight Covid-19.
In Kilifi, the Sh400 million Covid-19 medical facility that was recently commissioned is at the centre of the probe after it emerged that the construction cost was varied by more than 25 per cent, in violation of the procurement law and regulations.
Officials say the initial cost of the building was estimated to be Sh300 million, but the figure signed in the contract was Sh400 million.
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The EACC also suspects that a vocal politician from the region was awarded the tender to supply the facility’s ICU beds at Sh1.6 million each. “The building was not meant for a hospital, but was supposed to be part of county government offices,” said an official aware of the investigations.
Twalib Mbarak, EACC’s boss, said the commission was investigating the hospital and the equipment supplied to establish whether there was value for money.
“Even though it was done to mitigate the effects of coronavirus, we want to establish if there is value for money,” said Mr Mbarak.
In a letter by EACC’s Upper Coast region head Ignatius Wekesa to County Secretary Arnold Jeffer Mkare, and which was copied to the governor, the commission requested for original documents related to the construction of the complex, procurement of the ward and ICU beds, and ventilators.
“… kindly but urgently provide us with the original files containing all the documents; the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS) trail for all payments, appointment letter for inspection and acceptance committee,” read Wekesa’s letter to Mkare.

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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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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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