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  • Since
    Friday after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the controversial finance, Kenyans
    have been dusting their bibles to source for encouragement quotes as they brace
    themselves for difficult times ahead.
  • To
    perhaps haunt and torture the conscience of their member of parliament who
    passed the motion which spells doom for the Kenyan Citizen, many of them have
    been sharing and forwarding them a chilling bible verse.
  • But maybe
    what Kenyans should indeed be praying, fasting and begging their ‘Father’ is
    Wisdom not wrath.

Then Jesus said, “Come
to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you
rest.”
 Matthew 11: 28 reads.

That is
what best describes the feeling of being a Kenyan right now, and as a result
many weary souls have turned to the good book for consolation following the
passing of the finance bill 2018.

Since
Friday after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the controversial finance, Kenyans
have been dusting their bibles to source for encouragement quotes as they brace
themselves for difficult times ahead.


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President Uhuru signs the Finance bill into law while surrounded by his deputy William Ruto, National Assembly leaders, Treasury officials, and Attorney General Kihara Kariuki. (The Standard)

 

After
Uhuru assented to the bill, If one is earning a salary of over Sh100,000 in
Kenya, 1.5 per cent will now be deducted from their salary to go towards
funding a housing project that is part of the government’s big 4 agenda.

Making
phone calls and internet data is now set to be expensive as the Finance bill
states that there be a 15 per cent excise duty on phone and internet data.

The
excise duty on mobile money transactions will increase from 10 per cent to 20
per cent-this means that receiving and sending of cash through your phone will
cost you more.

Even
sweet toothed citizens were not spared and the assenting of the Finance bill
left a bitter taste in their mouths.


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President Kenyatta signs Finance Bill 2018 into law. (Capital FM)

 

Effective
from Friday when Uhuru signed the bill, there will be a 20 per cent tax on
confectionary sugar products such as sweets, chocolates and chewing gum.

To
perhaps haunt and torture the conscience of their member of parliament who
passed the motion which spells doom for the Kenyan Citizen, many of them have
been sharing and forwarding them a chilling bible verse.

The verse
in question is Isaiah 10 1-4 which states; Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive
decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the
oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.
What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To
whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? Nothing will
remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain.


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A Kenyan man reading the Bible. (the star)

 

For
Kenyans who couldn’t reach their Bibles or had simply forgotten where they had
last kept it resorted to social media to make their anger, disappointed and
threats known to all and sundry.

Kenyans
on social media on Friday camped at President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Facebook page to
vent their anger and frustration over the enactment of the Finance Bill 2018.

Within
hours, after President Uhuru announced to the nation that he had signed the
bill into law in a Facebook post while surrounded by his deputy William Ruto, National
Assembly leaders, Treasury officials, and Attorney General Kihara Kariuki, the post had attracted thousands of fiery comments from Kenyans –
many of them too vulgar to be published here.


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A nun prays during the service at the Our Lady of Consolation Church. (VOA News)

 

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Here are
just a few.

“Look
at that group of the greedy, may the witches of Kitui strike that room with
lightning, diarrhoea and a serious leprosy,”
Kim Chon Un wrote.

Whichever way we look at it, you have succeeded in
creating a legacy. How else will you ever forget someone who forcefully rob you
in broad daylight. To cap it all he holds you upside down and shake you to get
the last coin,”
Kipng’etich
said.

However,
Kenyan legislators didn’t elect themselves neither were they elected by demons,
they were but elected with the full blessing and confidence of Kenyans so as
Joseph de Maistre famously put it “Every
country has the government it deserves.”


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President Uhuru Kenyatta carrying the Bible during his swearing in ceremony. (Citizen TV)

 

German
philosopher and

 Karl Marx was even more unapologetic.

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature,
the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the
opium of the people.”

But maybe
what Kenyans should indeed be praying, fasting and begging their ‘Father’ is
Wisdom not wrath.


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Maybe what Kenyans should indeed be praying, fasting and begging their ‘Father’ is Wisdom not wrath. (Daily Nation)

 

In the
meantime until 2022 general elections these equally chilling Bible verses may
offer Kenyans some consolation as they brace themselves for difficult times
ahead equal if not worse to 40 years, the Israelites wandered in the
wilderness, eating quail and manna.

“Upon the
wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the
portion of their cup.”
Psalm
11:6

“But
for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral
persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the
lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death
.” Revelation 21:8

“All who
sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under
the law will be judged by the law.
“ Romans 2: 12

“But the
one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with
few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and
from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Luke 12: 48



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

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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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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