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New hospital to help injured, traumatised soldiers heal : The Standard

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The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) is putting up an ultra-modern treatment centre for soldiers in need of prolonged care for combat-related physical injuries and psychological trauma.

Families of soldiers will also be treated at the Langata Baracks-based facility, which is set to be completed next January.
Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe said this was among measures the KDF command has put in place to address the welfare of troops.  
Gen Mwathethe spoke on Monday at Langata Barracks where Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo led soldiers in marking the eighth KDF Day celebrations.
SEE ALSO :Two killed in Kilifi as clashes between farmers and herders escalate“KDF Day is the most important day in the our calendar. This is reflected on their idea of duty. Soldiers are patriotic and it is for us to thank them for their sacrifice,” said Ms Omamo.
The CS spoke of the importance of looking after the welfare of soldiers, and thanked those working in rehabilitation and welfare centres for striving to meet the needs of troops.
Soldiers who performed exceptionally well in their duties were awarded during the celebrations.
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They included Lieutenant Colonel (Dr) Obadiah Yator who was recognised for his contribution to the management of combat stress and mental health of service personnel.
Lieutenant Colonel (Dr) Boniface Muyonde was feted for his efforts in the identification, treatment rehabilitation and return to duty of service members affected by psychological trauma.
SEE ALSO :Five killed in rocket attack in ManderaSenior Sergeant Obare, who had driven for 10 years without an accident, was also recognised for exemplary devotion to service.
KDF Day is observed annually to commemorate and celebrate gallant soldiers for their service. It has been observed since October 2012, following the launch of Operation Linda Nchi in October 2011.
This year’s theme was ‘Towards sustainable welfare for the Kenya Defence Forces fraternity’.
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This year’s celebrations had several activities, including the unveiling of a monument to fallen soldiers, the laying of wreaths and the official opening of the Welfare Centre at Langata Barracks.
SEE ALSO :Take action over these Chinese death trapsVarious welfare departments within KDF also had display stands, where they showcased their various roles and how they can use the offices for their benefit.
Others who attended the celebrations included Defence Principal Secretary Ibrahim Mohammed, Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi, Commander Kenya Army, Lieutenant General Walter Koipaton, Commander Kenya Air Force, Major General Francis Ogolla, and Commander Kenya Navy, Major General Levi Mghalu.
Retired generals, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, Defence attachés, senior officers, officers, service men and their families were also among the guests at the event

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Health ministry has criminals, Kagwe admits

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Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe Wednesday admitted that his ministry has criminals.

This is after an employee reportedly obtained personal protective equipment and Covid-19 testing kits valued at millions of shillings after forging tender documents.

“This building called Afya House has some very good people. It has some very committed people. It has people who work hard in very difficult circumstances, but this building here, has its fair share of criminals,” Mr Kagwe told journalists after briefing the country on the Covid-19 situation Wednesday.

The CS said the matter, alongside others involving officials at the ministry, is being handled by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

“Like a marketplace, there are a few mad cases here. We will unearth them as we move on,” he said.

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He told Kenyans to be wary of officials at the ministry “who are capable of awarding tenders for the supply of blood”.

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“It will be those mafisi that will tell you that you can do a deal with them to supply computers, personal protective equipment, pens and even blood. We know they are in here,” he said.

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Tunisia reopens cafes, restaurants as pandemic winds down

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After a lockdown of more than two months, Tunisia on Tuesday conditionally reopened cafes and restaurants as part of its partial lifting of the anti-coronavirus restrictions.

Under the government’s decision, customers have to take away with the ordered drinks and meals without staying in the cafes and restaurants, in order to avoid gatherings.

These conditions will continue to be applied until June 4, after which cafes and restaurants will resume their activities normally.

On May 21, Lobna Jribi, Tunisian minister in charge of major national projects, announced new measures to revive the economy.

Jribi told a press briefing that 75 percent of activities in the industry, services and construction sectors, which were previously closed to curb the spread of Covid-19, will resume activity on May 26.

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The gradual opening of the economy remains dependent on compliance with the preventive measures, including wearing masks, social distancing and hand hygiene.

As of Monday night, Tunisia reported no new Covid-19 case. So far, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country remained at 1,051.

The Tunisian government has imposed strict confinement measures shortly after the announcement of the first coronavirus case on March 2.

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Kindiki turns down new Senate appointment

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Immediate former Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki has turned down a new appointment to serve in the Senate Justice committee.

In a press statement, Prof Kindiki said he now wants to focus on serving Kenyans as the senator of Tharaka-Nithi County.

He said he was not interested of the new House responsibility that he came to know of through the press.

“I have learnt through the press that the Jubilee Party has recommended me to serve in another capacity in the Senate.

“I respectfully decline the offer. Henceforth, I want to focus on serving the people of Kenya as the Senator for Tharaka-Nithi County,” wrote Prof Kindiki.

The senator was ousted as Senate deputy speaker last week on accusations of being disloyal to the party and being disrespectful to President Uhuru Kenyatta who is also the party leader.

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Other senators affected by the changes announced by Senate Majority Leader Kang’ata Irungu (Murang’a) are Samson Cherargei (Nandi), Christopher Lang’at (Bomet), John Kinyua (Laikipia) and Linturi Mithika (Meru).

Cherargei was removed as chairman of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, Kinyua from Devolution, Langat from Education and Mithika was removed from the County Public Accounts and Investment Committee.

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