Rebel ODM MPs from the coast region have pledged their unwavering support for the Deputy President William Ruto’s 202 presidential bid stating that they were ready to pay any cost that comes with it.
These are the stories making headlines in the Star this Thursday morning.
Farmers’ woes persist as they’ll not get fertiliser in time to plant
Farmers’ problems may persist even longer as they risk not receiving fertiliser on time for the long rains planting season.
Even before the dust has settled on unscrupulous traders milking the National Cereals and Produce Board, another crisis is about to hit the Agriculture ministry.
The Star has learnt that the ministry is yet to order purchase of subsidised fertiliser for the March-May long rains season. Delivery will require two months.
Sonko’s chaotic reign after hope-filled inaugration speech
Nairobi governor Mike Sonko took oath of office as the second governor on Monday August 21, 2017, in a colourful event in Uhuru Park.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was present when Sonko and former Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe pledged to work together “to fix Nairobi”.
“You’ve had immense faith in me from the time you elected me as the MP for Makadara and later as your senator. I have never and will never take the confidence you’ve had in me for granted,” Sonko said in his inauguration speech.
His speech raised expectations among residents after what was largely seen as a disappointing reign from his predecessor, Evans Kidero.
State fails to solve 99 per cent of Cyber threats detected in 2018/19 Q1
Nearly all cyber threats and attacks detected in the country in the first quarter of 2018/2019 were not resolved.
Latest sector statistics from the Communications Authority shows that the National Cybersecurity Centre detected 3.82 million cyber threats, a rise from 3.46 million reported in the last quarter.
This means that Kenyan companies and institutions stand to lose billions of money on cyber attacks as they are exposed to Cyber security risks.
End of an error: High and mighty sued for corruption
This year has seen the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission give priority to cases involving high profile individuals in the war against graft.
The dramatic arrest and arraignment of Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu was one of the highest profile cases which drew a lot of attention and sent shock waves throughout the Judiciary.
26 Jumbos die, 11 poisoned -Mara Elephant Project report
Twenty six elephants have died in Maasai Mara in the past three months with 11 Jumbos poisoned, Mara Elephant Project has said.
Six deaths were reported in the Triangle and Lamai Wedge in the Northern Serengeti.
In a report released on December 14, the MEP said the deaths were reported in September, October and November.
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Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Drastic life changes affecting mental health
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