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Coast lawmakers supporting Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid have trained their guns on Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.

The legislators, led by Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori, accuse Mr Joho of being a lone ranger and taking other elected leaders in the six Coast counties for granted.

Over the past week, the MPs have held meetings in Mombasa, Tana River and Kilifi counties during which they have attacked Mr Joho, accusing him of imposing himself on Coast residents.

Mr Dori, viewed by his colleagues as Mr Ruto’s point man in the region given his position as chairman of the Coast Parliamentary Group (CPG), led the anti-Joho onslaught, accusing the self-proclaimed ‘Sultan’ of failing to consult fellow leaders.

“We cannot listen to you everyday as if you are the only one who understands everything. You must listen to us because we are also leaders and can do all that you can do. We cannot sit down and watch someone who is just interested in having things go his way plan for us,” Mr Dori said this week, referring to Mr Joho’s planned meetings to unite Coast residents.

The MPs, who were previously allied to Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga, have since shifted allegiance to Mr Ruto.

The pro-Ruto MPs have for the past week traversed the region drumming up support for him.

Today, the MPs will be at Baraza Park in Kombani, Kwale County, where they will be hosted by area MP Kassim Tandaza.

“We will have all the MPs under the CPG converging at the function. We were in Tana River yesterday (Thursday) and tomorrow, we will be in my area,” Mr Tandaza, the Matuga MP said.

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He added: “We will be donating money for women groups but as you know we are politicians and we must do some politics in our functions.”

On Thursday, the legislators stepped up their push for the region’s unity as they called on Tana River residents to back Mr Ruto.

The MPs’ meeting in Tana River came a day after they attended a cultural event hosted by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi in his county where they continued with the tirade against Mr Joho.

Before heading to Kilifi, the more than 10 legislators were in Jomvu, Mombasa, where they were hosted by area MP Badi Twalib.

Here, they took turns to castigate Mr Joho, accusing him of being a lone ranger.

Mr Joho who is currently in London, the United Kingdom, has downplayed the criticism by the pro-Ruto group.

“I am not worried about dissenting voices because for now I am reaching out to the rest of the country. I want to be a national leader. But Coast is fully in ODM. Just find out from the grassroots,” he said during a recent interview with a local TV station.

Mr Joho however enjoys the support of a section of the region’s MPs, notably Mvita’s Abdulswamad Nassir, his Likoni counterpart Mishi Mboko, Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe) and Kaloleni’s Paul Katana.



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Suluhu: Closer ties for Kenya and Tanzania

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?President Samia Suluhu’s address to Parliament was a masterclass in charm, punctuated by periodic applause and stomping of feet by Kenyan lawmakers.

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Covid-19 deaths, hospitalizations soar among youth in Americas – KBC

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Hospitalizations and deaths of younger people are surging as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across Latin America and the Caribbean, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday.

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“Adults of all ages – including young people – are becoming seriously ill. Many of them are dying,” Etienne said at her daily press briefing as quoted in a PAHO release.

In Brazil, mortality rates doubled among those younger than 39, quadrupled among those in their 40s, and tripled for those in their 50s, between December 2020 and March 2021, she said.

“For much of the pandemic, our hospitals were filled with elderly COVID patients, many of whom had pre-existing conditions that made them more susceptible to severe disease,” Etienne said. “But look around intensive care units across our region today. You’ll see they’re filled not only with elderly patients, but also with younger people.”

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Etienne urged hospitals in the region to increase the size of intensive care units (ICU) in anticipation that the trend will continue, while warning that expansion of ICUs cannot continue indefinitely.

As a result, she urged nations to double down on prevention measures such as lockdowns and facemasks.

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Uhuru wa biashara, Suluhu ya vikwazo: How Kenya-Tanzania trade will be streamlined

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with his Tanzania counterpart Samia Suluhu, who is on a two-day state visit in Kenya.[PSCU]

President Uhuru Kenyatta says ministers from both Kenya and Tanzania should resolve all non-tariff barriers and other restrictions affecting the two countries within four months.
Uhuru, on Wednesday said going forward, there will be no business visa or work permits for Tanzanian wishing to do business in the country.
“You are free to come and trade here in Kenya, there will be no business visas or work permits as long as you abide by the laws of the land,” he said.
Uhuru was speaking during the Kenya-Tanzania Investment Forum at Serena hotel. The forum was in line with President Samia Suluhu’s two-day state visit.
Kenya has about 513 companies doing business in Tanzania compared to Tanzania’s 30 in Nairobi.
Uhuru said in the next two weeks, concerned ministers from both sides should clear all the traffic jams at the Taveta and Namanga border points.
Uhuru said they should pay a special focus to the issuance of Covid-19 certificates to ease the movement of  transit cargo.
“I direct that all the maize lying at the border be cleared in two weeks. We cannot subject businesses to more suffering,” Uhuru said.

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Uhuru urged the ministers to move swiftly and ensure the ease of doing business at the border pointswas decisively tackled.
“It is not about wearing suits and meeting over tea.Get to the ground and understand what is affecting those traders. Don’t just sit in those offices. If you need to consult, do it and get the work done,” he said.
Uhuru’s sentiments came shortly after the Kenya Business Community nsaid it was ready to trade with the Tanzanian business community.
Led by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce (KNCC), the community proposed the formulation of a Joint Business Council that will support the two countries.
KNCC President Fred Ngatia said the council would play a key role in addressing issues that bedevil  Nairobi-Dar trade,
The community said there should be policy forums and investment-focused events that will target small-scale enterprises.
“We are going to focus more on economic projects by identifying favourable financing institutions that will help us settle some of the commercial disputes affecting our community,” Ngatia said.
He said this will be made possible through the Public-Private Partnerships offered by the government.
As a result, KNCC in partnership with the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce will host a trade and investment exhibition in Dar es Salaam this August aiming to help SMEs unlock their potential.
So far Trade and Agriculture ministers from the two sides have had a breakfast meeting and agreed to initiate bilateral discussion before the end of the month.
Trade CS Betty Maina said the discussions aim to iron out all issues that have been hampering trade between the two countries.
This includes issues surrounding maize import.
President Samia Suluhu said her government was ready to serve as a bridge to pave way for businesses between the two countries to thrive.
“It is not about competing and complicating things, but about developing business relationships to allow both parties to explore opportunities,” she said.
Suluhu said while Tanzania is rich with natural resources and tourist attractions, Kenya is thriving in the ICT world and thus the need for exchange of skills on research and development.
“Muna bahati sana maanake upande mmoja mnao Uhuru wa kufanya biashara na upande mwingine Suluhu la kuondoa vikwazo,” Suluhu said.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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