Catch up on all the important news events of the weeks, what the news makers said and many more, brief points.
- ODM Deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya met DP William Ruto… talks of a coalition have been floating around since that meeting…
2. Betty Barsa, a senior editor at KBC, was shot dead at her home in Oloolua – Ngong on the night of April 7 as she returned home from work.
Three killers who were heavily armed with two AK-47 rifles and a G3 rifle waited by her gate, forced her into her home and subdued other family members before they executed her.
DCI officers believe that this was a well-planned murder plot. It has also emerged that the killers were in constant communication with unknown people over the phone during the murder. Hey took her laptop and two phones.
3. Dinlas Pharma EPZ Limited, a private firm that imported Russian-manufactured Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, is seeking clearance from government to re-export the drug following its ban. This town…
The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) this week claimed that the private firm has since written to them looking for authorization to re-export consignments of an excess of 75,000 vaccines.
Those who had received the first dose of the Sputnik V and are due for the second dose after three weeks to complete the vaccination. Sasa hapa vipi… according to Kagwe, the sale and use of Sputnik V is banned in the country, on the other hand, there are people who took the first dose and should be getting the second dose next week…
4. Drama unfolded on Wednesday at Karigu-ini Mixed Secondary School in Lari, Kiambu County after a Form 4 candidate attacked a police officer before the exam.
The student refused to be frisked by an exam supervisor, prompting one of the security officers, a police woman, deployed at the examination centre to intervene.
The student physically and verbally attacked the officer, the other police officer at the examination centre joined in to save his colleague. The student then ran out of the examination room picked a stone and hurled at a police vehicle in the school compound before escaping out of school without sitting the test.
In a different school, a student who found the exam too hard ran out of the exam room during Maths paper 2, forcing the head teacher to chase him, catch him, and give him warm milk to soothe and calm him down before he returned to finish the paper (this actually happened, some school near Burnt forest).
5. Gospel singer Ringtone Apoko this week expressed his frustration over the low support he has been getting from fans. He says Kenyan Christians have turned away from local gospel and no longer support the industry.
“Singing gospel music in Kenya is the hardest job in Kenya because Christians have refused to listen or support the gospel music industry. Jesus is seeing you,” he wrote on his social media pages. Indeed… Yesu is seeing us. Jesus is seeing you? Why the hell would he say something like this hehehe…
6. Nairobi politician Ibrahim Ahmed alias Johny died on Friday morning, April 9, after a short illness. The politician, who once vied for the Kamukunji parliamentary seat, also served as the deputy secretary-general of the Jamia Mosque. Ahmed was once the Orange Democratic Movement point man in Eastleigh between 2007-2008. He was buried the same day at the Lang’ata Muslim cemetery in compliance with Islamic funeral rites.
7. There is a lady who wants to be the next Chief Justice… Prof. Patricia Kameri-Mbote. She is the most learned of the 10 shortlisted candidates for Chief Justice post. First Female Prof of Law in Kenya, First woman Dean UoN Faculty of Law, Senior Counsel, Graduate of Warwick, Stanford.
8. Comedian Mulamwah and his girlfriend Carol Sonnie will soon be welcoming their first child. According to Mulamwah his girlfriend is currently with child. The excited comedian uploaded a video of his girlfriend during her first scan.
9. Singer Ben Pol has allegedly filed divorce from Anerlisa Muigai barely a year after their wedding
10. Blogger Robert Alai has been writing some stuff about Mediheal Hospital …things like; the hospital is engaged in the illicit business of smuggling and trafficking in human organs, that the hospital is involved in the economic exploitation of vulnerable patients etc etc… Spooky stuff, not good for business stuff, you are evil stuff.
Kesses MP Swarup Ranjan Mishra who owns the hospital wasn’t happy. So he went to court, the High Court, and put old socks in Alai’s mouth to stop him from speaking about his business.
Justice Msagha Mbogholi issued orders compelling Alia to desist from publishing defamatory words against the hospital or its owner.
Mishra said Alai’s statements are false, malicious, negligent, and reckless and have subjected the Hospital to stress. As per the order, the words Mediheal or Mishra should not be seen near Alai’s Facebook page, Twitter and his website, he shouldn’t even dream about those words… He can dream, as long as they don’t pass the socks in his mouth.
11. Eat’N’Go, Africa’s leading quick service restaurant operator and master franchisee for Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt brands is now in the Kenyan market after successfully acquiring the Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery franchises in Kenya.
Group CEO Patrick McMichael said the company has confidence in their new business especially with the region’s high growth potential. Of course there is potential, here… these companies are responsible for 70% of dates in Nairobi.
12. Karen Nyamu is pissed… and she is on singer Samidoh’s case… she has now resorted to releasing videos of their past private time together.
13. 70 Anestar Boys High School Form Four students have been kicked out of school for breaking into Anestar Precious Girls Secondary School.
The students who are currently sitting for their KCSE Exams will
henceforth be required to organise for a place to stay as they write the remaining exams.
Officers from Githioro Police Station responded to screams coming from the girls’ dormitory on Thursday night. However, police presence in the school didn’t scare the defiant boys who kept loitering around in the dormitory, forcing one of the officers to fire a round of ammunition in the air to scare them away.
10 were arrested on the spot, while the other 60 were arrested as they sneaked back in in the morning.
14. According to government data, Kenya has recorded 144,154 Covid-19 positive cases since March last year out of 1,549,388 tests. The official total death toll from Covid-19 is 2,309.
15. The Standard unveiled a new look on Thursday. … I don’t think people are excited about the new look…
16. Francis Atwoli was re-elected COTU secretary-general unopposed. This is his fifth term. He thanked those who elected him, and talked about serving with all his strength. There is a promise he can’t keep in there, or worse, a lie.
17. The IMF was in talks with the government to give us some loan. Kenyans said no… we don’t want it. Then they went on Twitter and Facebook to bitch about UhuRuto government thievery.
Instead of refusing to provide the $2.34 billion (about Sh257 billion) loan to Kenya, IMF released a statement, saying its bailout will save the country from a debt crisis in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kenya plans to borrow an additional $1.5 billion (Sh150 billion) from the World Bank this year.
Anyway, because of the noise, activist Mutemi Kiama and 20 other people who were vocal in calling for the rejection of the loan were arrested. Kiama, who was arrested for Cyber Crimes, was released on Sh.500,000 cash bail on Thursday, pending the outcome of police investigation into allegations that he used photographs of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to create ‘do not do business with these men’ posters.
18. The High Court has temporarily stopped the Kenyan government from closing Daadab and Kakuma refugee camps pending hearing and determination of a case challenging the directive. The matter will be mentioned on April 13, 2021.
19. Nakumatt CEO, Atul Shah, this week lost his Lavington home to auctioneers after the High Court dismissed a petition seeking to overturn the forced sale of the high-end property by KCB Group over a Sh2 billion debt. The bank, through Leakey Auctioneers, early in the year quietly sold the property, which Mr Shah had used as additional security as Nakumatt’s guarantor to offer comfort to the multiple bank loans. Shah went to court to overturn the sale of his house… well, he lost.
20. Chicken and pork meat sold in local supermarkets is contaminated with bacteria, some of which could be harmful to humans, a new report has revealed.
Released on Wednesday, the report says the bulk of the contaminated meat on sale is under the retailers’ own brands compared with cuts from suppliers. Samples used in the study were collected between April and May 2020 from the top six supermarkets in different counties in Kenya including Nairobi, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Kisumu, Nyeri and Laikipia.
21. Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has booked Sh440.34 million revenue from drilling geothermal wells in Ethiopia. KenGen Ethiopia — a branch set up by KenGen in 2019 to facilitate the execution of commercial consultancy and drilling services said this came from its contract with Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations.
22. Private importers of Covid-19 vaccines and private hospitals have to wait until July to get into the national Covid-19 rollout plan. They have to wait for the government to strike an import deal with a global partnership under the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe told Parliament on Thursday that the talks would conclude end of June, paving the way for top private hospitals to join in the second phase of the inoculation plan set for July.
The government seeks to create an option for private hospitals to acquire the vaccines and charge a “minimum surcharge” in the race to broaden inoculation coverage.
23. A report by Business Daily claims that Indian textile makers are eyeing the Kenyan market for exportation of materials, looking to take advantage of the push by the country to increase consumption of locally-made clothes.
24. The textile material Indian firms are looking to export to Kenya include fabrics for clothes, carpets, rugs and towels. This news came out of the Reverse Buyer Seller Meet (RBSM) Wool and Woollen exhibition in New Delhi – India.
Wait… how are these locally made products?
25. You should skip this… The National Treasury exceeded its target from the April infrastructure bond (IFB) issue by Sh21.9 billion, pointing to increased appetite for domestic borrowing amid expanded expenditure and lower revenue performance.
According to Business Daily, the government had targeted Sh60 billion from the bond, but after getting Sh88.6 billion bids from investors, took up Sh81.9 billion. The 18-year bond will pay investors an average of 12.67 per cent. You still here…? Ok, let’s go on…
“The IFB was oversubscribed as predicted due to its tax free status and capital flight by risk averse investors from the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), with the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) accepting more than issued to bridge its growing fiscal deficit amid declining revenues,” said Sterling Capital in a note on the bond result. I told you to skip this… look at you, just seeing the words…
Should we continue ama tungoje ukunywe maji kwanza…
The report from Business Daily further said that this was the third infrastructure bond sale in the 2020/21 fiscal year, with the 11-year paper sold in August 2020 and January 2021’s 16-year offer also raising huge subscriptions of Sh101.5 billion (Sh78.6 billion accepted) and Sh125.5 billion (Sh81 billion accepted), respectively. Look atew… smoke coming out of your ears… I am proud of you.
26. The County Government of Nyeri announced that it has has set up an oxygen plant at Karatina Sub-County Hospital. The president unveiled a Sh 4 billion firearms factory located at Ruiru, Kiambu County.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said the ammunition plant shall manufacture small arms, with plans to expand to midrange firearm production in the next five years. The plant has already shipped 12,000 assault rifles.
27. Two senior employees are leaving Telkom as the company opens a new chapter in service delivery. Kris Senanu, Managing Director Digital Service Delivery and Steve Okeyo, Managing Director Consumer Service Delivery Unit are on their way out of the telecommunications company.
28. Kenya rugby coach Benjamin Ayimba is critically ill and is fighting for his life at a city hospital following a bout of cerebral malaria. For the last three weeks, Ayimba has been in hospital as doctors try to save his life. He is currently admitted in HDU and cannot recognize anyone or speak.
Ayimba’s eldest son, Brian, told The Standard Sports the hospital has asked the family to settle a Sh2.2millon bill before they can move him to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for specialised treatment. By the way, there is a paybill number circulating on social media, find it, check Carol Radull’s page, find it, and donate if you can.
29. The Government has commenced a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program for Kenyan athletes. According to the Ministry of Sports, priority has been given to teams participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, all personnel working on the WRC/FIA Safari Rally Kenya, World Athletics Under 20 Championships, World Athletics Continental Tour and the Rugby Barthes Cup.
The Ministry of Health and Nairobi Metropolitan Services secured 3500 vaccines for this exercise, Sports CS Ambassador Amina Mohamed said in a statement sent to newsrooms on Thursday.