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Which way for allies of DP in Gusii after Uhuru shot?: The Standard

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Rift ValleyOngoing purge in Jubilee has caused political ripples, putting Ruto’s backers in a catch-22 situation.

Gusii legislators allied to Deputy President William Ruto are putting on a brave face in the wake of differences between the DP and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

They claim their support for Dr Ruto was still steadfast even as others develop cold feet in aiding the DP in the quest to create a support base in the region.
Ruto enjoyed the support of majority MPs in Kisii and Nyamira counties after the 2017 General Election.
The legislators allied to Ruto spent a better part of 2018 and 2019 traversing the region, sometimes in the presence of the DP, conducting fundraisers for various churches, women groups and boda boda operators.
SEE ALSO: Which way for allies of DP in Gusii after Uhuru shot?
However, at the moment, the DP can only count on around five out of 15 elected MPs in the two counties after most of them withdrew their support for the Tangatanga wing of Jubilee group by the end of 2019.
South Mugirango MP Silvanus Osoro, however, said he believed Ruto will be elected the next president in 2022 and that he was being fought since his opponents have discovered that he is the candidate to beat.
Mr Osoro said he was strongly in Ruto’s camp and that Senators Kithure Kindiki and Kipchumba Murkomen were removed as deputy speaker and Majority leader respectively for being close allies of Ruto, and not because of any wrongdoing.
“This is a passing cloud which was expected; let the president enjoy his tenure in office and remove every obstacle in his way. Let us hope that the Big Four agenda will be achieved now that some leaders have been kicked from their positions,” said Osoro.
North Mugirango MP Joash Nyamoko, who has been associated with Ruto, told Sunday Standard that as a Jubilee Party member, he supported the president and his deputy and ensured they got votes in Kisii and Nyamira in 2017.
SEE ALSO: National Assembly purge could finish Ruto politically, says MP
“The perceived political differences between the president and his deputy are non-issues to me. I respect the two of them 100 per cent since they are senior members of our party and will support them until the end of their term in 2022,” said Nyamoko.
Mr Nyamoko, who is also the chairman of the National Assembly Committee on Broadcasting, said the president had not come out openly to say that he had differed with his deputy and neither had Ruto said he had parted ways with Uhuru.
Bomachoge Chache MP Alpha Miruka, who is a close ally of the DP, said he was watching the unfolding political scenario in the country keenly and that he was not in a position to make any comments about his political future at the moment.
Gusii Consultative Forum Secretary General and 2017 NASA chief campaigner in Kisii Lucas Mogoa observed that the current political storm in the country was just a normal process that any serious politician could undergo.
The 2017 Bobasi parliamentary seat contender and a close Ruto ally said the greatest fear among other presidential candidates was Ruto’s increasing number of followers across the country, which showed he could easily win the contest.
SEE ALSO: Uhuru should tell Kenyans what is going on between him and DP Ruto — Ahmednasir Abdullahi
“Those leaving Ruto’s camp have cases in court that they imagine will be solved by supporting the Government. 2022 will be a major turning point for Kenya’s social, economic and political forecast,” said Mogoa.
Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, who is a staunch Ruto supporter, is also weighing his options on his next political course, maintaining that he will feature prominently in the 2022 political contest.
In a past interview with The Standard, Maangi said the idea that the system can determine who becomes a leader was long gone with clear examples in both national and local politics in the past two decades.

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Beyond Zero, AMREF to train health volunteers on Covid-19 – KBC

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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero initiative has teamed up with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) to train 5100 community health volunteers to boost the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The one-month Covid-19 training for community health volunteers in Nairobi county sponsored by Beyond Zero at a cost of Kshs 4.5 million will be delivered virtually by AMREF through a digital learning platform called “Leap”.

Speaking Tuesday during the launch of the virtual training at the AMREF International University in Nairobi, Beyond Zero Coordinator Ms Angella Langat said the training comes at the right time when community health volunteers who are at the forefront of the Covid-19 response efforts require accurate information.

“This Covid-19 training is especially timely, as the world and Kenya grapple with the disease,” Ms Langat said.

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She expressed hope that the training will equip the community health volunteers with the necessary information and skills to help combat the spread of the virus.

“Her Excellency the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Initiative is honoured to be part of this process through the funding of the first cohort of community health volunteers. I thank the Ministry of Health, AMREF and respective teams for their commitment towards the development of this training curriculum,” Ms Langat said.

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Ms Langat pointed out that Beyond Zero’s interventions in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is aligned to complement government efforts in promoting the health and wellbeing of Kenyans.

AMREF Enterprise CEO Caroline Mbindyo praised the partnership between Beyond Zero and her organization especially in the training of the community health volunteers, saying it will go a long way in scaling up efforts geared towards curbing the spread of Coronavirus in the country’s informal settlements.

Ms Mbindyo said AMREF has in collaboration with the Ministry of Health developed the curriculum for the training of community health workers, adding that the volunteers will access the training through their mobile phones free of charge.

Noting that there are about 70,000 community health volunteers in the country, Ms Mbindyo called on other organizations to emulate Beyond Zero and provide sponsorship for the training of the critical health providers across the country.

On her part, AMREF’s Community Training Liaison Officer Carolyne Wanyonyi said the training will enhance the awareness of the community health volunteers on Covid-19 and empower them with skills to help in the containment of the virus in their communities.

“The training will facilitate community health volunteers to be able to do risk assessment and they will also be able to know what needs to be done if an individual has been infected with the Coronavirus or is a suspected case,” Ms Wanyonyi said.

Ms Wanyonyi said the training has four modules with the first module focusing on what coronavirus is, its prevention, risks and transmission modes.

The second module will cover what the community health volunteers need to do in suspected Covid-19 cases.

The third module will look at the risks involved and the stigma associated with the disease in order to enable them counsel community members effectively.

The final module of the training will focus on community disease surveillance where the community health volunteers will learn about how to protect themselves from contracting Covid-19 in the course of their service delivery.

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Uganda moves to phased reopening amid rising Covid-19 cases

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Uganda will go ahead with its planned re-opening of the country despite recording more than 150 Covid-19 cases in three days, according to President Yoweri Museveni.

In an address to the nation on Monday evening, President Museveni said that public transport will resume but with necessary health and safety measures in place.

“We shouldn’t bite too much at a time. Opening for private cars has already unleashed big numbers of people moving. We have decided to postpone the opening of schools for another month,” Museveni said in his 15th address to the nation on Covid-19.

Buses and commuter taxis will resume on June 4 but will operate at half the capacity with commuters and operators “covering their mouth and nose all the time.”

Travel in districts bordering neighbouring countries is also not allowed for the next three weeks.

“For the next 21 days, no private or public transport is allowed in the border districts. There are forty districts in northern, northeastern, Bugisu, Bunyoro, Ankole and the Kigezi subregions,” added the president.

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Malls and stand-alone stores have also allowed been to reopen as long as clients observe physical distancing.

Schools, gyms, salons, bars and places of worship will remain closed for 21 more days.

Meanwhile, Uganda on Tuesday recorded 32 new Covid-19 cases raising the national tally to 489.

“Nineteen of the new confirmed cases are from 1,693 samples from points of entry while 13 are from 423 samples of contacts and alerts,” the Health Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Fourteen new cases were recorded in Elegu, near South Sudan, two each in Busia and Malaba near the Kenyan border, while one was recorded in Mutukula near the border with Tanzania.

Thirteen of the new cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases. All patients are Ugandans.

“Currently, there are 391 admitted Covid-19 confirmed cases in 15 referral hospitals in the country. All are in stable condition,” the statement added.

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Uganda will go ahead with its planned re-opening of the country despite recording more than 150 Covid-19 cases in three days, according to President Yoweri Museveni.

In an address to the nation on Monday evening, President Museveni said that public transport will resume but with necessary health and safety measures in place.

“We shouldn’t bite too much at a time. Opening for private cars has already unleashed big numbers of people moving. We have decided to postpone the opening of schools for another month,” Museveni said in his 15th address to the nation on Covid-19.

Buses and commuter taxis will resume on June 4 but will operate at half the capacity with commuters and operators “covering their mouth and nose all the time.”

Travel in districts bordering neighbouring countries is also not allowed for the next three weeks.

“For the next 21 days, no private or public transport is allowed in the border districts. There are forty districts in northern, northeastern, Bugisu, Bunyoro, Ankole and the Kigezi subregions,” added the president.

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Malls and stand-alone stores have also allowed been to reopen as long as clients observe physical distancing.

Schools, gyms, salons, bars and places of worship will remain closed for 21 more days.

Meanwhile, Uganda on Tuesday recorded 32 new Covid-19 cases raising the national tally to 489.

“Nineteen of the new confirmed cases are from 1,693 samples from points of entry while 13 are from 423 samples of contacts and alerts,” the Health Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Fourteen new cases were recorded in Elegu, near South Sudan, two each in Busia and Malaba near the Kenyan border, while one was recorded in Mutukula near the border with Tanzania.

Thirteen of the new cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases. All patients are Ugandans.

“Currently, there are 391 admitted Covid-19 confirmed cases in 15 referral hospitals in the country. All are in stable condition,” the statement added.

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