Eight people, among them three KDF soldiers, died on Sunday in two separate accidents along Mombasa-Nairobi highway.
An officer, who was travelling with his colleagues to Mombasa in a lorry from Kahawa Barracks, died instantly.
The driver lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road causing the truck to overturn near Salama market, Mukaa subcounty.
Two other officers died while being treated at Machakos Level 5 hospital for injuries sustained in the accident.
Mukaa police boss Charles Muthui said nine soldiers were injured in the 11am accident. “Only one officer escaped unhurt,” he said.
Bodies of those killed in the crash were taken to Machakos Level 5 hospital mortuary.
In the second incident, five people died instantly after two cars collided head-on at Kanga area near Mtito Andei town.
Makueni county commissioner Maalim Mohammed said one of the cars was overtaking a truck when the driver hit another oncoming vehicle.
The administrator blamed the accident on the two drivers’ carelessness.
“We have drivers who are keen on the roads but people lose lives because there are a few who are careless,” he said.
“Why are some drivers always in hurry to a point of risking lives of passengers?” the commissioner asked.
The latest incident brings to above 20, the total number of accident deaths reported for the past five days.
At least 14 people were killed in Webuye after a matatu which stopped to pick passengers was crashed on by fuel truck at Kaburengu.
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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