A family was on Saturday thrown into mourning after two of their children, aged 5 and 6 years, drowned in a quarry at Birrika village, Kajiado county.
The two boys had taken their goats to drink water at the quarry and later started playing around it before slipping to their death.
Kiserian police boss Lucy Karimi said investigations have begun to establish any possible foul play.
“We are not taking any chance on the matter. We also want to know if the owner of the quarry took safety precautions to avoid such deaths.”
Karimi said the bodies were moved to Nairobi City Mortuary awaiting postmortem by a government pathologist.
Kajiado Senator Philip Mpaayei visited the bereaved family of Mzee ole Koshoi on Sunday.
While there, he managed to stop irate demonstrators who wanted to burn down machines belonging to the owner of the quarry.
“I told them damaging property belonging to the quarry owner cannot bring the children back to life. What I want to be done is to make the quarry owner take responsibility for failing to fence off the property,” Mpaayei said.
The Senator also took issue with the police for taking long in retrieving the bodies and securing the scene where the children drowned.
“The police came after workers at the quarry had already removed the bodies.”
He further claimed the workers attempted to fill up the dam using rocks and earth after the incident “with an aim of covering up evidence.”
Quarry drownings have been commonplace lately, the last to be reported being in Kisumu where two siblings died after an attempt to swim in Kanyakwar dam.
Days before then, a KDF soldier was killed after he attempted to save his two children that had fallen in a dam at a KDF facility in Thika. The kids died as well.
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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