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KENYA: Schools to remain closed until 2021 due to the Pandemic.

KENYA: Schools to remain closed until 2021 due to the Pandemic.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, KENYA
All schools in Kenya will remain closed until next January because of the coronavirus pandemic. Final year exams, usually taken in October and November, have also been cancelled. Education Minister George Magoha said students would repeat a year as schools had closed in mid-March, three months after the school calendar had begun. But colleges and universities are to reopen in September if they abide by strict guidelines. The East African country has confirmed more than 8,000 cases of coronavirus with at least 164 deaths – and there has been a recent surge in new infections. On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a phased reopening of the country, including the lifting of travel restrictions in the main cities of Nairobi and Mombasa. However, he did extend a nation...
I’m working away from my comfort zone – Vincent Onyala

I’m working away from my comfort zone – Vincent Onyala

Sports
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 8, 2020/ -- Vincent Onyala was handed his Kenya Sevens (https://bit.ly/2O4nfZm)  debut by Paul Murunga Amunavi (https://bit.ly/2O0z9TM) at the 2018 Cape Town Sevens. He went on to become Shujaa's top try scorer during the 2018/19 World Rugby Sevens (https://bit.ly/3edfAmc)  season with 22 tries. With the 2019/20 season concluded early due to the COVID19 pandemic that has disrupted sport globally, it was Onyala once again top of Shujaa's tries, having made a total of 13 touchdowns. Commenting on his exploits, Onyala says, "Getting to be the team's top try scorer two seasons in a row is something I am proud of and one that pushes me to keep working hard. Working away from my comfort zone is something I set out to achieve each day and when you step into the pitch, ...
KENYA: President Kenyatta outlines Government Development Priorities for the 2020/21 Financial Year

KENYA: President Kenyatta outlines Government Development Priorities for the 2020/21 Financial Year

AFRICA, KENYA, TECHNOLOGY
President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi held a virtual meeting with Senior Ranks of the Executive that included Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries during which he outlined Government development priorities for the 2020/21 Financial Year which kicked off on 1st July. In his address, the President said Government's focus this Financial Year will be the implementation and completion of ongoing Priority Projects and Programmes as set out in his Administration's Transformative Agenda for the Nation.  These Programmes, the Head of State said must be strictly implemented within set timelines and budgets. The President reiterated his earlier directive that no new Projects will be initiated except with his express authority....
KENYA: Over 20 arrested during Saba Saba match in Mathare, Kayole.

KENYA: Over 20 arrested during Saba Saba match in Mathare, Kayole.

AFRICA, KENYA
Over 20 protesters have been arrested during a Saba Saba match in Nairobi's Kayole and Dandora areas on Tuesday morning. The protesters who were marching from Kayole and the Eastlands areas were teargassed by police as the arrests took place. Protesters in Mathare and Kiamaiko areas were also not spared during the arrests. Mathare, Kariobangi, and Dandora areas where civil society groups had designated as starting points were sealed off early on Tuesday.  The leaders of the groups who included Kayole SJC's Faith Kasina, Maryanne, Lena Anyuolo, Habil Omar, Kibera Social Justice Centre's Editar Ochieng were also arrested and taken to Kariobangi police station on Tuesday morning. Nine others are said to have been arrested and are currently being held at the Kayole Police ...
EXCLUSIVE: President Kenyatta’s ninth state address on the coronavirus pandemic

EXCLUSIVE: President Kenyatta’s ninth state address on the coronavirus pandemic

AFRICA
Fellow Kenyans, When I last addressed you on the 6th of June this year, the nation was confronted with a dilemma of TWO RIGHTS over the COVID-19 crisis. The two dominant positions were whether to re-open the country or not.   One side of the divide presented an economic argument.  They wanted us to re-open the country and save the economy. They argued that COVID was a health crisis alright; but it was also an economic crisis at the core.  If we take care of the economics of Corona, they argued, the health crisis will be easier to manage; more so with the necessary protocols in place. The opposite side tabled a compelling case against re-opening the country on the 6th of June, 2020.  Made up of medical scientists and researchers, this group of experts argued...
CORONAVIRUS:  Africa’s Covid-19 response much better than rest of world, President Kenyatta says

CORONAVIRUS: Africa’s Covid-19 response much better than rest of world, President Kenyatta says

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS
NAIROBI, 5th July 2020 (PSCU) –President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended Africa's concerted response to Covid-19 saying measures being implemented by African countries are helping slow down Coronavirus spread. The President said despite limited resources, the continent had rolled out proactive measures that were helping save lives. "Africa has responded to Covid-19 much better than most other parts of the world, particularly when you consider its relatively weaker resource base. "For a continent with 1.2 billion people, we have about 400,000 confirmed cases and just over 10,000 deaths.  For comparison, that is about 15% of the cases in the United States and 7% of US deaths," the President said. The Head of State spoke last evening at State House, Nairobi during a webinar on ...
Coronavirus: Kenyan communities taking the lead in curbing COVID-19 spread

Coronavirus: Kenyan communities taking the lead in curbing COVID-19 spread

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, KENYA
WHO is capitalizing on 21 community radio channels throughout the country to relay COVID-19 messages and conduct debates and discussions on the disease and its spreadBRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), July 3, 2020/ -- By the time the public health officials reached a Maasai community not far from Nairobi, Julius Oloiboni had already mobilized everyone to protect themselves and others against COVID-19.Mr Oloiboni, a Maasai elder, and the 30 members of his community periodically move with their cattle between Nairobi and Kajiado counties for grazing. But when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Kenya, the government put the city on a lockdown, including semi-nomadic groups like Mr Oloiboni’s, thus curtailing their movement to new grazing areas.Mr Oloiboni and his family had been ...
Coronavirus: Kenyan communities taking the lead in curbing COVID-19 spread

Coronavirus: Kenyan communities taking the lead in curbing COVID-19 spread

AFRICA
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), July 4, 2020 -- By the time the public health officials reached a Maasai community not far from Nairobi, Julius Oloiboni had already mobilized everyone to protect themselves and others against COVID-19. Mr Oloiboni, a Maasai elder, and the 30 members of his community periodically move with their cattle between Nairobi and Kajiado counties for grazing. But when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Kenya, the government put the city on a lockdown, including semi-nomadic groups like Mr Oloiboni’s, thus curtailing their movement to new grazing areas. Mr Oloiboni and his family had been following the news of the highly infectious virus on the radio and their mobile phones. The Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partner...
Coronavirus: Kenya records highest Covid-19 cases at 307 Nairobi, Wednesday July 1, 2020

Coronavirus: Kenya records highest Covid-19 cases at 307 Nairobi, Wednesday July 1, 2020

CORONAVIRUS, KENYA
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 3, 2020/ -- The Ministry of Health has recorded 307 confirmed cases of COVID-19 from a sample of 3,519, the highest number in the last 24 hours.This pushes the country’s number of confirmed cases to 6,673.  Cumulatively the government has tested 173,355 samples, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Health, Dr. Rashid Aman disclosed yoday while briefing the nation on the daily COVID-19 situationOut of the 307 cases, 298 are Kenyans while 18 are foreigners. The youngest is a one-year-old while the oldest is 81.The new cases are distributed in the counties of Nairobi 154, Mombasa 3...
President Kenyatta signs into law the 2020/21 Budget, 2020 Finance Bill and 2019/20 Third Supplementary Budget

President Kenyatta signs into law the 2020/21 Budget, 2020 Finance Bill and 2019/20 Third Supplementary Budget

AFRICA
NAIROBI, 3 July 2020  – President Uhuru Kenyatta on 30th June 2020 at State House, Nairobi signed into law the 2020/21 Budget, the 2020 Finance Bill and the 2019/20 Third Supplementary Budget. The 3.2 trillion 2020/21 Budget contains a Ksh 56.6 billion post Covid-19 economic stimulus package and an allocation of Ksh 128.3 billion to the Government's Big Four agenda. The 2020 Finance Bill which is now law has several amendments targeted at cushioning Kenyans from the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the amendments in the Finance Act include the zero rating of VAT on maize, cassava and wheat flour for 6 months so as to make unga affordable. The new Finance Act also extends the zero rating of VAT on cooking gas for one year. The third 2019/20 supplementary bud...
There’s no room for politics in the Kazi Mtaani program, President Kenyatta cautions

There’s no room for politics in the Kazi Mtaani program, President Kenyatta cautions

AFRICA
NAIROBI, 3rd July 2020 (PSCU)-President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned against political interference in the forthcoming national roll out of the Kazi Mtaani youth employment program. The President said the initiative was mooted to assist Kenyan youth whose livelihoods had been disrupted by the Covid-19 health crisis. “The program will be free of any political interference. It’ll not be a process which politicians will use to get votes,” he cautioned. The Head of State spoke yesterday at KICC in Nairobi, at the close of a two-day training workshop on Kazi Mtaani for Regional and County Commissioners. President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at KICC in Nairobi yesterday Following the successful pilot phase of the program, the national roll out of the youth employment initiative will sta...
KENYA: Mombasa sex workers warn clients of higher prices after ‘lockdown’ is lifted

KENYA: Mombasa sex workers warn clients of higher prices after ‘lockdown’ is lifted

AFRICA, KENYA
Commercial sex workers in Mombasa have warned their customers to prepare for higher “service” charges should the Government lift the intercounty travel restrictions. This comes after Mombasa County approved the reopening of eateries, hotels and guest houses. Millicent Auma, a commercial sex worker in Bombolulu, told K24 Digital that the last three months “have been the toughest in my career, which has spanned many years”. “After the shutting of nightclubs and entertainment joints in Mombasa by both the national and county governments, the number of my clients reduced significantly!” she said. “My colleagues and I have been unable to feed our families,” added Auma. “We are now grateful to the County Government for reopening eateries and tourism sites as that would make it ea...
President Kenyatta meets Western Kenya leaders to discuss development projects

President Kenyatta meets Western Kenya leaders to discuss development projects

AFRICA
NAIROBI, 2 July 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday at Harambee House, Nairobi met Western Kenya leaders to discuss development projects in the region. The President and the leaders discussed the ongoing Government efforts to revive the ailing sugar sector especially Mumias and Nzoia sugar factories. The Head of State assured the leaders of the Government's commitment to reviving the sector by fast tracking the implementation of the sugar taskforce report.  President Uhuru Kenyatta autographs a football moments when he handed over a brand new 52-seater bus to Nzoia Sugar Football Club at Harambee House, Nairobi. President Kenyatta had earlier met leaders from the Western Kenya to discuss development projects in the region. The sugar sector revival report generated by a ...
President Kenyatta signs into law the 2020/21 Budget, 2020 Finance Bill and 2019/20 Third Supplementary Budget

President Kenyatta signs into law the 2020/21 Budget, 2020 Finance Bill and 2019/20 Third Supplementary Budget

AFRICA
NAIROBI, 1st July 2020  – President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday evening at State House, Nairobi signed into law the 2020/21 Budget, the 2020 Finance Bill and the 2019/20 Third Supplementary Budget. The 3.2 trillion 2020/21 Budget contains a Ksh 56.6 billion post Covid-19 economic stimulus package and an allocation of Ksh 128.3 billion to the Government's Big Four agenda. The 2020 Finance Bill which is now law has several amendments targeted at cushioning Kenyans from the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the amendments in the Finance Act include the zero rating of VAT on maize, cassava and wheat flour for 6 months so as to make unga affordable. The new Finance Act also extends the zero rating of VAT on cooking gas for one year. The third 2019/20 supplementary b...
President Kenyatta applauds NMS for 100-days achievements

President Kenyatta applauds NMS for 100-days achievements

AFRICA
NAIROBI, 1st July 2020 - President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) for its efforts in improving service delivery in Nairobi and its catchment. The President expressed satisfaction with the progress made by NMS in implementing the directives he gave to the new agency at its launch on 18th March this year. "I issued several directives to NMS to achieve within the 100 days, which period ended on Saturday, 28th, June this year.  "The directives were aimed at enhancing service provision in the areas of waste collection and disposal, water and sanitation, housing and urban development, transport and public works. "I am satisfied that the directives for the first 100 days have been implemented in earnest," the President said. President Ken...
Coronavirus – Kenya: EU and WHO working together to defeat COVID-19 in Kenya

Coronavirus – Kenya: EU and WHO working together to defeat COVID-19 in Kenya

CORONAVIRUS
NAIROBI, Kenya, June 30, 2020 -- The EU through its Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO) has donated KES 270 million (2,573,105 Million Euros) to WHO Kenya. This grant will be used by the WHO to support the Government of Kenya’s efforts to control the spread of the pandemic. Specifically, WHO Kenya will boost the response effort by training frontline health workers at national and county levels and strengthen the current work being done by the COVID-19 rapid response and clinical teams across all counties. It will also be used to support risk communication and community engagement activities in areas that have been identified as hot spots across the counties. The strategies being used include airing of messages in local languages on 21 radio stations ...