Visiting Western Stima frustrated hosts Bandari to a 1-1 draw in an ill-tempered SportPesa Premier League match at the Mbaraki Sports Club on Saturday.
Stima, top of the league standings prior to this weekend’s matches, had Kevin Okongo to thank for the draw after he cancelled out Wycliffe Ochomo’s first minute opener on 17 minutes.
Stima now drop to second behind leaders Mathare United, who beat Posta Rangers 2-1 in an early kick-off in Nakuru on Saturday, while Bandari third on eight points.
Bandari coach Benard Mwalala kept faith with the starting line-up which has done duty for him in the last three games, with Yema Mwana, Willy Lugogo, Hassan Abdallah and Collins Agade leading the attack alongside Ochomo.
Ochomo slotted home a minute into the match after receiving an inch-perfect pass from William Wadri who had been teed up by Felly Mulumba.
Former Kenyan international Wesley Kemboi was brought down outside the box, before Okongo drew Stima level from the resultant free-kick which gave Bandari keeper Farouk Shikalo no chance.
The hosts had several scoring opportunities but were denied by either the flag or Stima goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo.
Ochomo scored what looked like a clear goal in the 27th minute when tapped in a loose ball from a goalmouth melee, but was flagged offside.
Shaban Kenga, who came in the second half, also combined well with Wadri but had his shot saved by Odhiambo who had a good afternoon in the Stima goal.
Stima looked contended with a draw, concentrating much on their time in thwarting Bandari’s attacks especially in the second half when they were under pressure.
“Stima came for a draw and successfully got away with it after the referee denied us what looked like two clear goals,” a furious Mwalala said after the match.
His stima counterpart Paul Ogai felt his players gave Bandari too much respect.
“Our aim was to keep our unbeaten record intact and a draw was within our plans,” he said as his players celebrated at the end of the match.
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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