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James Comey says Mueller may be about to finish his investigation into Trump – Politics –




  • Former FBI Director James Comey says the Russia investigation into the Trump campaign appears to be nearing its end.
  • He suggested that Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s recent guilty pleas and agreement to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller suggested Mueller was closing in on Trump.
  • Comey said: “The way you normally do investigations is you work from the bottom up, and so they’re getting pretty high.”
  • Comey admitted that the secrecy with which the investigation has been conducted means he can’t be totally sure of its progress.

James Comey said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may be nearing the end of his investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

The former FBI director gave an interview to St. Louis Public Radio on Wednesday in which he gave an assessment of the progress made by Mueller, his immediate predecessor at the FBI.

Comey said the fact that Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and agreed to cooperate with Mueller suggests that Mueller may be almost done.

Comey said on Wednesday:

“I think there’s an argument to be made that the conviction — the plea and cooperation by Paul Manafort — may represent that we’re in the fourth quarter.

“Because the way you normally do investigations is you work from the bottom up, and so they’re getting pretty high.”


Robert Mueller was appointed to oversee the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in May 2017.

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He added, however, that he “can’t say with certainty” where Mueller is at, because the investigation has largely been conducted under wraps.

“The reason I’m hesitant to even say that is [because] Bob Mueller’s conducted his investigation like a pro,” Comey said. “You know nothing about it except through his public filings, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. So I can’t say with certainty where he is.”

Mueller’s investigation started in May 2017 shortly after Trump fired Comey as FBI director. It has so far lasted 16 months.

Manafort last week pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of conspiracy against the US last week in a case that centered on his political consulting work from 2006 to 2015 for pro-Russian interests.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, claimed that Manafort’s case “had absolutely nothing to do with the president or his victorious 2016 presidential campaign.”


Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Both have pleaded guilty to federal crimes and agreed to cooperate in investigations into the US

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Both have pleaded guilty to federal crimes and agreed to cooperate in investigations into the US president.

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“The perfect storm of cooperators”

Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is also cooperating with a Manhattan US attorney’s office investigation into his and the president’s dealings leading up to the election.

He pleaded guilty last month to five counts of tax evasion, one count of bank fraud, and two counts related to campaign-finance violations.

Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors last month so he could share information about Cohen and Trump.

One former federal prosecutor said federal investigators now have “the perfect storm of cooperators.”

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Heavy rainfall could increase warns weatherman – KBC



Over the weekend different areas across the country experienced heavy rainfall leading to flooding. In areas such as Ilchamus and Loboi (Baringo South) communities lost their cattle while in other locations (Nyando Sub County and Homabay)-homes were flooded.

The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned that the heavy rainfall being experienced in the country could increase in intensity to over 30-milimeters in 24 hours.

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In a statement, the Deputy Director of Meteorological Services Dr. David Gikungu said that the most affected areas are highlands west of the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria basin, Highlands East of the Rift Valley including Nairobi county, the North Western region of Turkana County as well as the South Eastern Lowlands including Kajiado county.

Dr. Gikungu urged the public to be cautious as the high water levels in the rivers could result in flooding.

He warned that soils socked with water in hilly areas could trigger mudslides and urged the public to be cautious.

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Heavy Rainfall Advisory: Residents in all the mentioned areas are advised to be on the lookout for any eventuality.

This as Kilifi County Government Disaster Management Unit in conjunction with Kenya Red Cross Society has urged area residents living in low lying areas along River Sabaki to be alert over the possibility of flash floods.

The County Director of Meteorology, Ramadhan Munga said heavy rainfall had been forecast in the River Sabaki catchment areas hence floods may occur in the low lying areas that may not be receiving rainfall.


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Firm roots for PPPs in universal healthCARE




General Manager of General Electric (GE) Health for sub-Sharan Africa, Eyong Ebai

The government has been urged to engage the private sector more in funding universal healthcare in the wake of Covid-19.
General Manager of General Electric (GE) Health for sub-Sharan Africa Eyong Ebai said the pandemic had demonstrated that governments alone cannot fund public health systems.
“There are two sides to the discussion and the first is in regards to supporting governments to create demand-side activity so there is appropriate funding that the supply side can then provide services to the general public,” said Mr Ebai in a recent interview. 
“On the demand side, we need to focus on instruments that can share risk and typically this will be in the form of health insurance programmes that can be national health insurance schemes like in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa,” he added.
In the upcoming 2021/2022 budget, the National Treasury has allocated Sh121 billion to the Health Ministry, representing an increase of Sh3 billion from the current financial year that ends in June. 
Treasury has allocated another Sh47.7 billion for the universal healthcare plan, bringing the total allocation to the country’s health sector at Sh168 billion for the 2021/2022 financial year. 
However, this represents 1.7 per cent of the country’s GDP and is below the international average spending for low-income countries that stood at 6.3 per cent as of 2019.
According to Ebai, governments can also tap into regional authorities through developing state or provincial-wide health insurance schemes that will directly benefit local communities, thus easing the pressure on central governments. 


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“The real trick for Africa is to tap into the informal sector as well as the formal sector,” he explained.
“This means everyone pays a small premium towards a pot which then goes towards providing coverage for individuals when they become unwell.” 
This is especially crucial as more than 80 per cent of patients on the continent still meet trig healthcare bills through out-of-pocket payments.

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Kenya: As Climate Change Threatens Kenyan Tea, Millions of Workers Seen At Risk




Nairobi — Shifting temperatures and rainfall set to hit production of the world’s most popular beverage in key growing regions, says Christian Aid report

Climate change is set to ravage tea production in Kenya, the biggest global supplier of black tea, threatening the livelihoods of millions of plantation workers, a report by British charity Christian Aid warned on Monday.

The report looked at how shifting temperatures and rainfall patterns in tea-growing regions in Kenya, India, Sri Lanka and China could affect the quality and yield of the world’s most popular beverage.

Tea is one of Kenya’s top foreign currency earners, along with tourism and remittances, employing about three million people.

But the East African country – which produces almost half the tea consumed in Britain – is likely to see the areas with optimal and medium tea-growing conditions shrink by about 25% and 40% respectively by 2050, the report said.

Climatic changes will also make it increasingly difficult for tea growers to move into new, previously uncultivated regions, it said, adding that the decline in output was already being felt on the ground.

“The conditions here used to be good and we had a great tea harvest. When the climate changed, the production of tea in my farm dropped,” said Richard Koskei, 72, a tea farmer from Kericho in Kenya’s western highlands.

“We have nothing else to rely on here. People in my community will consider running away from tea farming, with jobs lost, and consumers of tea might see the price rise.”

According to a U.N. survey of 700 growers in all seven of Kenya’s tea regions, farmers observed changes in rainfall patterns, distribution, and reduced yields tied to climate change.

More than 40% of respondents said they had noticed changes in rainy and dry seasons, which led to shifts in the planting season, while 35% cited drought.