NTV’s Mark Masai has been trending since the Friday night roundtable interview with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
As the President Kenyatta defended his government’s penchant for borrowing, the attention of Kenyans on social media were drawn to Mr Masai’s ‘courageous’ response to the President’s attempt to answer a question with another, an evasive tactic often employed by politicians when confronted with tough questions.
Kenya’s rising debt has been a niggling issue among Kenyans and recent fears over possible loss of the Mombasa port to the Chinese should the country default on its standard gauge railway loan exacerbated the concerns.
But the Chinese government and Mr Kenyatta have since denied the claim that the Mombasa port was used as collateral to get the railway funding. Nonetheless, Mr Kenyatta defended his borrowing policy, saying he has no qualms with acquiring credit to fund development projects.
Here is Mr Masai’s conversation with the President:
President Kenyatta: Do you know what the debt of the Japanese government is?
Mr Masai: I’m not really concerned about Japan.
President Kenyatta: Do you know what the Kenyan debt is?
Mr Masai: As I said, right now it’s something between Sh4.5 to Sh4.8 trillion
President Kenyatta: No, no, no as a percentage of the GDP [gross domestic product], talk like an economist.
Mr Masai: 56 per cent of GDP
President Kenyatta: What is Japan’s debt?
Mr Masai: I’m not in Japan so I’m not interested in Japan but Kenya
President Kenyatta: Japan’s debt is over 100 per cent of the GDP
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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