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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 18 – A Senate committee meeting to assess the recent evictions of city residents in Kariobangi and Ruai failed to take place on Monday after three Cabinet Secretaries alongside the Director General of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Major General Mohammed Badi failed to present responses.

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja had demanded for a ministerial statement from the Ministries of Interior and Coordination of Government, Water and Sanitation, and Lands and Physical Planning over demolitions carried out in Kariobangi North and Ruai which left dozens of families homeless.

Senate Lands Committee Chairperson Mwangi Githiomi however said CSs Fred Matiangi (Interior), Sicily Kariuki (Water and Sanitation) and Faridah Karoney (Lands and Physical Planning) had asked for a postponement to allow them gather more information.

“The CSs told me there is important information they are looking for and after that we can arrange for another meeting next week,” he said.

Sakaja had asked the ministries to furnish the Senate with measures put in place to ensure the rights of residents are not infringed upon during demolitions and repossession exercises.

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In addition, the Nairobi Senator had asked the government to update the Senate on the status of any legal action taken to charge government officials involved in the illegal allocation of public land and road reserves.

The lawmaker also demanded a report on all the land in Nairobi that is officially mapped as public land and road reserves.

The demolitions Kariobangi North and Ruai have elicited anger among members of the public and human rights defenders who termed actions by the State as ill-timed given the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

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Over the weekend photos of stranded and frustrated residents whose houses were demolished were widely circulated on social media, with many questioning why the demolitions had to take place without the consideration of COVID-19 containment measures in place.

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Family and friends eulogise first Kenyan doctor to die of Covid-19 – Nairobi News

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Family and friends have eulogised Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki, who succumb to coronavirus last week, with beautiful messages and memories of her life.

Dr Adisa, who succumbed to the disease after a five-day battle, will be buried on July 13, 2020, in Kitale.

ADORABLE MUM

“Our family doctor and great advisor, your values as a person will never be forgotten and your legacy will live on. You have forever made us proud. Adisa, the pain in our hearts cannot even be measured and you have left with a piece of our hearts,’’ Adisa’s parents, Mr Philemon and Grace Lugaliki of Ndalu, eulogised their fourth born child.

Her 11-year-old son Kyle said “She was my everything, my best friend, my world. Everyday I would smile when she smiled. She would always say that she loved me and I said it back. But this was the worst day ever. I love you mum. You will remain in my heart.”

And her  11-year-old daughter Kyla described her mum as “Beautiful, funny, delightful and basically the life of the party kind of person. I hope I have been the best daughter and made you proud mommy. I really wish I could have heard your voice one more time. Fly High Mom.”

PROFOUND MESSAGE

Her best friend, Carol also had a profound message, for the deceased doctor.

“We knew the drill upon the death of either of us… The one who would go first would ensure a number of things; you were to wear a beautiful white gown, rest at Lee Funeral Home, and have your make up excellently done. We were to be in no hurry to bury you. We were to take at least 10 days before we laid you to rest. We were to mourn you the Maragoli style complete with isukuti… to dance to reggae and preferably get some nice mix from DJ Mo. That is how you were to exit. Not like this. I am sorry Ady,” Carol said in her message.

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Her siblings said they would miss her brilliant conversations, charisma, generosity, love, care and unwavering support. They promised to look after the twins she has left behind.

LIFE, CAREER AND FAMILY

Dr Adisa, who worked as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at the Nairobi South Hospital, was born on May 15, 1981 in Tong’aren division, Bungoma county.

She attended Kidinye and Ndalu Primary Schools and later joined Moi Girls High School, Eldoret where she sat her KCSE in 1998.

After completing her secondary education she was admitted at the University of Nairobi, School of Medicine and qualified as a medical doctor. She later proceeded for her postgraduate studies at the same university, specialising in Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Dr Adisa started her career at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital immediately after her undergraduate studies. She later worked at Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Aga Khan University Hospital as a Gynecologist/Obstetrics Consultant. Until her demise, she worked at The Nairobi South Hospital.

She was married to Mr Kituku Kinyae the founder and CEO of KKraft Brand Design Limited in 2007 and a year later they were blessed with twins, Kyla Ndinda and Kyle Kimilu.

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Kenyan international midfielders Nondi, Omolo shine for their clubs abroad – Nairobi News

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Two Kenyan internationals, Amos Nondi and Johanna Omolo were in action on Saturday 11th July in Europe.

Nondi, formerly of Gor Mahia played the entire match as FC Dila Gori thrashed Merani Tbilisi 4-0 in a topflight match played at the Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium in Gori, Georgia on Saturday evening.

After a goalless first half, Ukrainian forward Mykola Kovtalyuk grabbed a brace with a goal each from Nika Gagnidze and Irakli Lekvtadze sealing the win for Dila Gori.

After the win, Dila are on top of the log with 11 points having played 5 matches.

Up next for them is a game against second-placed Dinamo Tbilisi on Sunday 19th July.

Nondi moved to Dila Gori in 2018 after a season at FC Kolkheti Poti, a team he joined from reigning Kenyan champions Gor Mahia.

In Belgium, highly-rated Kenyan midfielder Johanna Omolo came in the second half and wore the captain’s armband as Cercle Brugge beat Kortrijk by a solitary goal in a friendly match played at the Guldensporen Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The solitary goal was scored by Congolese striker Guy Mbenza.

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Canada-funded poll projects virus caseload awareness in Nairobi’s slums at 40pc » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 12 – A new survey by TIFA research firm has revealed that at least 55 per cent of Nairobi’s informal settlements residents are not aware of the country’s COVID-19 caseload, while five per cent mentioned incorrect figures.

The poll co-sponsored by the Canadian High Commission and Hanns Seidel Foundation indicates only 13 per cent of the city residents are aware of the rate of infection, including numbers of fatalities.

According to the survey carried out between June 2 and 15, more men are aware of the figures at 16 per cent, compared to women at 10 per cent.

The awareness was lower among respondents with no formal education.

Interestingly, Ministry of Health statistics indicate men account for the lion’s share of the 9,726 COVID-19 cases reported since March, compared women in what has been attributed to personal behavior.

“The main point is that unless the vast majority of people do what is required/advised at least until there is a vaccination that would allow everyone to resume ‘normal life’, the virus will be continue in our midst, causing even more damage to both the health of individuals and the economy,” the Maggie Ireri-led research firm pointed out.

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As far as awareness of COVID-19 symptoms is concerned, 80 per cent of city residents are aware of coughing at 84 per cenr, followed by fever at 69 per cent, while the awareness on breathing complications was listed third place with 40 per cent mentions.

Some 579 respondents were interviewed across the city’s informal settlements.

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“And even together with a robust program of public health education, the harsh economic realities affecting the greater majority of the sort of people captured in these successive TIFA surveys will make adherence to such regulations and advise increasingly challenging,” the research firm said.

The survey further shows the numbers of people fearing to contract COVID-19 in Nairobi has significantly dropped between April and June.

The uncertainty level dropped from 54 per cent in April to 50 per cent in mid-June.

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