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Mediamax employee tests positive for Covid-19, colleagues asked to self-isolate – Nairobi News

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Several employees of the Mediamax Network Limited have been ordered to self-isolate after an employee from the finance department tested positive for Covid-19.

An internal memo sent to the Mediamax employees and seen by Nairobi News revealed that the affected employee had already self-isolated at his home.

“Please be informed that one employee in the Finance Department has tested positive for Covid-19 after exhibiting mild symptoms. The employee has already self-isolated in accordance with home-based care guidelines,” the memo signed by CEO Ken Ngaruiya reads in part.

The company, which owns and runs K24 TV and Milele FM, on Monday locked down its third floor offices until Tuesday and it is expected to be fumigated.

Mr Ngaruiya also said that plans were underway to decongestant the office in a bid to control the spread of the novel disease.

He further indicated that already the company had started to trace people who came into contacts with the said employee.

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Last week, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation also announced that two members of its staff had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Read: Two employees of KBC test positive for Covid-19

On Monday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced that 189 more people had tested positive for Covid-19 with 12 fresh deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.

The infections annonced on Monday raised the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Kenya to 10,294.

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Mandela’s daughter Zindzi dies in South Africa » Capital News

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Zindzi Mandela, left, and her sister Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, at the funeral of their mother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in April 2018 © AFP / Wikus DE WET

Johannesburg, South Africa, Jul 13 – Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died aged 59, her family and President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Monday.

Daughter to Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, she was South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death.

“Ambassador Mandela passed away in the early hours of today, 13 July 2020, in a Johannesburg hospital,” Ramaphosa said in a statement.

The cause of her death was not immediately revealed.

She had been designated to become South Africa’s envoy to Liberia after her stint in Copenhagen, which started in 2015.

The Mandela family released a brief statement announcing her death, which said she was survived by her children and grandchildren.

Zindzi was born and raised in Soweto and was educated both at home and in neighbouring Swaziland.

She grew up while her father was incarcerated by the apartheid regime for 27 years.

Like her parents, she was involved in the liberation struggle and was an active member of the African National Congress (ANC) youth movement.

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File picture from November 1985 at the height of the apartheid era: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela with her daughters Zenani, centre, and Zindzi, left, visiting Nelson Mandela after he underwent surgery in a Cape Town hospital © AFP / Gideon Mendel

One of her most prominent moments was in 1985 when she read out — in front of a huge crowd of ANC supporters at a Soweto stadium — a letter in which her father rejected an offer of release from the then apartheid president, P.W. Botha.

At the time Botha had offered to free Mandela from prison on condition he renounced the anti-apartheid violence and protests.

That letter, which she read dressed in yellow and black — the trademark colours her father had adopted as a statesman — “reinvigorated the values and principles of the struggle”, according to another anti-apartheid icon, retired archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“For the 27 years that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, his family –- wife… and daughters Zindzi and Zenani –- played a critical role symbolising the humanity and steadfastness of the anti-apartheid struggle,” said the Tutu Foundation in a statement.

Paying tribute to Zindzi’s “unshakeable resolve of our fight for freedom”, Ramaphosa offered his condolences on the loss of “a fearless political activist who was a leader in her own right”.

“Our sadness is compounded by this loss being visited upon us just days before the world marks the birthday of the great Nelson Mandela,” said Ramaphosa.

Mandela died in December 2013 at the age of 95. The anniversary of his birth is on July 18.

Only two of Mandela’s five children survive. Zenani, 61, is South Africa’s ambassador to Argentina while Makaziwe, 66, is a businesswoman in South Africa.

His eldest child Thembekile was killed in a car crash on this day July 13 in 1969.

His other son, Makgatho Mandela died of an AIDS-related illness in 2005.

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Mandela spoke openly about the cause of his son’s death, becoming one of the first public figures to break the taboo around the AIDS epidemic that had engulfed South Africa.

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MCAs reallocate Ksh 300m meant for salaries for health workers

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Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru has hit out at the MCAs for reallocating Ksh 300 million meant for salaries for health workers to construction of ward offices.

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Waiguru now wants the Senate, the Controller of Budget and the Jubilee Party leadership to intervene and save the County from grinding into a halt.

This after an impasse on the approval of the County budget heightened after the County Assembly made wholesome changes to the budget.

“This is completely unacceptable given that the health workers have put their lives on the line in fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and that it would further put the lives of Kirinyaga residents in danger for not being able to access health services,” She said.

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The Assembly further removed Ksh 20 million meant for payment of casual workers’ wages as well as Ksh 14.6 million for fuel for ambulances, water bills and oxygen for our hospitals, which the Governor says is likely to paralyzing operations in the critical health sector.

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The Assembly instead of approving the budget, submitted a completely new budget with a variation of over 30% per vote, and which the Governor says, “goes against the requirement of Regulation 37(1) of the Public Finance (County Government) Regulations 2015 which limits the assembly variations to 1% of the ceilings.”

In a statement, the Governor further states that the Assembly removed Ksh 50M allocated for conditional matching funds which effectively means that about 68,000 coffee farmers from Kirinyaga will not benefit from the program which includes access to Cherry Advance Revolving Fund.

This she says an initiative under the Presidential program on coffee revitalization where the County was required to raise Ksh 100 million.

Waiguru says the Assembly also removed Ksh 184 million allocated as conditional matching funds for donor funded programs under Health, Agriculture and Education.

“These funds were already signed for between National Government and Donors and as a county we are expected to provide the matching funds if we are to benefit. The action by the assembly means that these projects will not be carried out in Kirinyaga. This will affect over 3,000 farmers, over 7,000 youth in our polytechnics and residents who require health services,” She said.

She accuses the Assembly of interfering with the County statutory obligations by removing Ksh 58 million meant for payment of taxes to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

The Assembly also removed Ksh 59 Million meant for the County Attorney office which will hamper the County Governments efforts to pursue pending cases on land recovery as well as a further Ksh 30 million meant for payment of pending bills.

Waiguru says all these alterations on the budget are in contravention of a Presidential directive especially on pending bills.

She has therefore vowed not to approve the specific alterations to the budget and urged the MCAs to put the needs of the Kirinyaga people first.

 

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You can gerrit it, I can gerrit it and we won’t imprison you for it – Nairobi News

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Ministry of Health on Monday yet again reminded the public that no one in the world is immune from Covid-19.

Health Cabinet Secretary warned the nay sayers who have thrown caution in the wind that the pandemic is real.

INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY

However, he said that the government cannot imprison people who are in denial over the reality of the pandemic, telling them to wait for it.

“You cannot whip people or put them in prison to make them understand there is a disease. There is Covid-19, even little children are singing they can get it,” he said.

He further said all individuals have a responsibility in the fight against the pandemic.

“There is coronavirus. Who are those other people who say they do not know about it? And how long will it take for them to know that the disease exists? If somebody is in denial, there is nothing much you can do,” he said.

ECONOMY REOPENED

President Uhuru Kenyatta last week took the bold step of reopening the economy after three months of a partial lockdown, but shifted the burden of responsibility in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic to the public.

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“My intention is to reopen and to remain open. The ‘claw back’ option is not on my wish list at all. To reopen and remain open, you must become your brother’s keeper,” the president said.

The Head of State also lifted the order on cessation of movement in and out of three counties.

This, he said, was arrived at after wide consultations with critical stakeholders on attaining a certain level of preparedness, and on the advice of the National Security Council and the National Emergency Response Committee of coronavirus.

The decision has seen an exodus of Kenyans from urban centres to rural areas, with some transporting the disease to the villages, as they escape the pain of spiralling joblessness in towns.

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