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Laikipia leaders dismiss referendum as plot to scuttle Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid

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A section of leaders from Laikipia County have dismissed calls for a referendum claiming it is aimed at scuttling Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.

Laikipia Senator John Kinyua, Laikipia West Member of Parliament Patrick Mariru, Rumuruti MCA Joseph Suge and former Cherangany MP Kipruto Arap Kirwa said a referendum is based on selfish political interests and would amount to dividing the country.

Speaking at Emgwen Day Secondary School in Rumuruti during a fundraiser for the school’s laboratory on Saturday, the legislators further dismissed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) saying they “will fight it to the end.”

According to the MPs, President Uhuru Kenyatta should honour an alleged 2012 agreement with DP Ruto which was reportedly supposed to see the former rule for 10 years before being succeeded by the latter for the same period.

The leaders added that politicians opposed to a DP Ruto presidency want to use the referendum to “get a position via the back door.”

“This country belongs to all Kenyans as provided for by the constitution and hence some leaders should not mislead the majority,” said Cherang’any MP Kipruto Arap Kirwa.






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How Covid-19 has made hospitals ‘no go zones’ for some people – Nairobi News

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Hospitals in Kenya have greatly felt the economic effects of Covid-19 with the sick now avoiding visiting medical facilities.

It is quite ironical that during the Coronavirus epidemic, when medical workers should be busy working in various medical facilities, some have lost their jobs.

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Nairobi News spoke to some city dwellers who said that they are now completely avoiding visiting medical facilities until the situation is sorted out.

Mr Kevin Kibwage, who lives in Lang’ata, said that two weeks ago he felt sick but he avoided visiting any medical facility.

“I could not do that because I feared that they would force me into taking a Covid-19 test which is what everyone is currently afraid of,” he said.

Mr Kibwage said that since it is hard to tell whether one had contacted Coronavirus or not it is a big challenge to just visit a hospital for medical attention.

Deborah Kimani, who resides in Kasarani, has been visiting Kenyatta University Hospital but when she recently contacted typhoid she opted to visit a chemist.

Ms Kimani said that she shared with the pharmacist who prescribed her with typhoid drugs and she is recovering.

“I am now doing well. I didn’t have the guts to visit a medical facility for fear of being tested for the deadly Coronavirus,” she said.

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Ms Jane Mwihaki had for two months avoided taking her newborn to clinic because of the fear of contacting the disease.

She instead opted to ask the doctor to visit her home and attend to her and the baby.

“The doctor has been coming to my house, something I have never thought would have happened all because of the Covid-19 outbreak,” she said.

A number of medical workers who spoke to Nairobi News in confidence also confirmed that indeed the number of patients visiting medical facilities have declined.

Already, staff at Mater Hospital have taken pay cut due to the effects of the deadly Coronavirus outbreak.

Nairobi News has established that a number of medical facilities have also forced their members of staff into taking pay cuts.

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Floating footbridge to end congestion at Likoni channel – KBC

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Vehicles disembark from MV Likoni at the Likoni crossing channel that connects Mombasa Island to the mainland south. The national government seeks to construct Likoni Floating Pedestrian Bridge in six months’ time to end congestion at the vital channel

The first pedestrian footbridge to be built at the Likoni crossing channel will end the perennial human congestion at vital crossing channel in Mombasa County.

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Likoni Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Francis Kazungu said the construction of the floating bridge is a high-level decision by the national government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The project worth Sh 1.5 billion will be undertaken by the State Department of Infrastructure through its implementing agency, the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).

The 0106 KNA 9China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) will be implementing the project dubbed the ‘Likoni Floating Pedestrian Bridge’ and is expected to start in June and end in November this year.

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Kazungu said the new floating bridge will be for the exclusive use of pedestrians as an alternative to the ferries noting that enforcing social distancing at the vital crossing channel has been a nightmare for the authorities since the outbreak of the viral disease.

Speaking to KNA at the Shika Adabu chief’s office during a food distribution exercise Kazungu said the goal of the project is to ease pressure of the overcrowded Likoni ferry during the current covid-19 outbreak.

“The bridge will help reduce the perennial congestion at the crossing channel and allow residents to access Mombasa Island and the mainland south with ease,” he said on Sunday.

He noted that observing social distancing which is a key intervention measure in curbing the spread of the viral disease would be a lot easier once the bridge is constructed.

He said the envisioned bridge will complement the existing ferry services to streamline safe passageways for pedestrians and reduce overcrowding and long queues.

The floating bridge will be a composite structure designed for pedestrians only. The bridge deck will comprise of 529 m long floating section, and 54 m long approaches on either side of the floating span.

It will be connected by pins and hinges and guard rails will be installed on either side of the deck to ensure pedestrian safety.

Alex Kahindi who lives in Likoni but works in Mombasa Island said the floating suspension bridge would make life easier for the residents.

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Mexico’s tally of confirmed Covid-19 deaths now over 10,000

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Mexico’s tally of confirmed Covid-19 deaths passed 10,000 on Monday, the health secretary said, following an increase of 237 on the previous day.

News of the updated toll – now 10,167 – came as Mexico announced it was gradually reopening its economy by reactivating its automotive, mining and construction sectors.

Mexico is second only to Brazil in Latin America for Covid-19 deaths, although the South American giant has had close to three times as many.

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However, Mexico’s death rate compared to cases is much higher.

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It recorded almost 2,800 new cases on Monday taking its total over 93,000.

“Today we began production activities related to the automotive industry, mining and the construction industry,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said earlier on Monday.

“We have to move towards the new normal because it’s necessary for our national economy, our people’s wellbeing; we need to, little by little, return production, economic, social and cultural activity to normal.”

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Mexico shut down all but necessary economic activity on March 23, after Lopez Obrador had come under intense criticism and bucked the regional trend by resisting calls to impose a lockdown much earlier.

On a visit to Quintana Roo state, where the popular Cancun seaside resort is located, Lopez Obrador also said tourism activity would be reopened from next week.

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