It is expected that security will be beefed up and traffic strictly controlled on Nairobi’s major roads on Friday to facilitate United States First Lady Melania Trump’s itinerary on her maiden visit to Kenya.
A statement to newsrooms from the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) said Mrs Trump, who landed on Thursday night, will first visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust accompanied by her Kenyan counterpart Margaret Kenyatta.
“Mrs Trump will then head to State House, Nairobi, for talks and later to the Kenya National Theatre where they will be treated to Kenyan Creative Cultural Performances,” it said.
This means there will be tight security along Lang’ata Road, which leads to the wildlife trust located inside Nairobi National Park.
The same situation will prevail along roads leading to the Kenyatta National Theatre, where Sarakasi dancers will perform.
The dance will feature the story of a young Kenyan girl growing up in a low-income settlement but later rising to stardom.
Mrs Trump is visiting following her discussion with Mrs Kenyatta at the White House in August, when the latter accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta to meet President Donald Trump.
The US First Lady announced her tour of Africa during a reception she hosted for delegates to the 73rd Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
She has visited Ghana and Malawi and will head to Egypt from Kenya.
Mrs Trump has brought to Africa her ‘Be Best’ campaign that addresses the social wellbeing of children in terms of their heath and education, goals that are similar to those of Mrs Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero initiative.
Earlier on Thursday, President Trump tweeted about his wife’s visit to Africa, saying: “Our county’s great First Lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa. People love her and she loves them! It is a beautiful thing to see.
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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