1,554 more contract Covid-19

The Health ministry Friday reported 1,554 new Covid-19 infections in Kenya, raising the country’s number of declared infections to 81,656. Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said in a statement that the new patients were found after analysis of 9,389 samples tested in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of samples tested so far to 870,950.
Kenya announced its first cases of the coronavirus disease on March 13, about three months after it originated in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019. Mre Kagwe also announced that 14 more patients had died, raising the death toll to 1,441. He said another 599 had recovered, raising the total to 54,125, and that 476 of them were under the home-based care programme whereas 123 were treated in hospital. The youngest of the newly infected patients was five months old and the olders 97, while males numbered 950 and females 604. All but 28 of them were Kenyans.

Trump claims Biden must prove votes weren’t ‘illegally obtained’ in order to enter White House

President Trump on Friday claimed that President-elect Joe Biden must prove that the votes he received in the presidential election were not “illegally obtained” in order to enter the White House — the latest sign that Trump is not giving up his efforts to challenge the result. Trump tweeted that Biden can only enter the White House as president if he can prove that his “ridiculous 80,000,000 votes were not fraudulently or illegally obtained. When you see what happened in Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia & Milwaukee, massive voter fraud, he’s got a big unsolvable problem!” Trump’s tweet came after Biden crossed the 80 million vote threshold as votes are still being counted. Fox News and other media outlets have projected that Biden has won the presidency. There is no requirement for Biden to “prove” his votes were legally obtained for him to take office. Trump’s tweet is his latest remark to cast doubt on the election result, which he has challenged by alleging voter fraud in multiple swing states that he lost — specifically Pennsylvania.

Suna East MP Junet Mohamed dismissed as ‘Tangatanga propaganda’ claims that Uhuru and Ruto’s meeting informed the postponement

The next stage for the BBI report is shrouded in mystery after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga postponed the launch of the signature collection drive. On Thursday, the two were to roll out the collection of at least one million signatures required to trigger the amendment of the Constitution. The event, which was to take place at the KICC, Nairobi, was called off at the last minute.
In a statement, the joint secretariat spearheading the signature collection cited the failure to publish the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020, on time. The signature drive will now be launched next week on a day to be communicated soon.
“The postponement has been necessitated by late completion and publication of the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020, which is scheduled for printing later tonight (Wednesday night),” read a statement by BBI National Secretariat. “The secretariat is working on a new date with a comprehensive programme of rollout activities, which will be communicated in due course.” The Star has established that two separate meetings between the President and clerics on Tuesday and a subsequent meeting with Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday afternoon played a major role in the decision to delay the process. Both the DP and select clerics have reservations about the BBI report. Kenyatta, insiders say, is at the crossroads as to whether to let the process roll on even as the coronavirus crisis persists. But Suna East MP Junet Mohamed—who alongside former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru co-chairs the BBI secretariat—dismissed as “Tangatanga propaganda” claims that Uhuru and Ruto’s meeting stopped the launch. “That is Tangatanga propaganda,” Junet told the Star.
The Star has also established that Raila is set to travel abroad tonight and will return on Saturday night, a development that some quarters say informed the next week date. Junet maintained that the postponement was necessitated by the late completion of the amendment bill, which was to be available on the day of the signature launch. Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi cautioned against reading too much into the postponement, terming it “more of administrative issues”. “It was just an administrative postponement. There is nothing sinister with the change of date,” he said on the phone. Another reliable source from Raila’s inner circle concurred. According to the source, a team of lawyers working on the document had yet to finalise work on the bill by Wednesday. The team holed up in Runda, Nairobi, has been working on the document for weeks now and by the time Raila was making the Thursday announcement; the team was still piecing together the final document. “The confusion came when the date of the launch was announced without consultation with the team of lawyers who had been working on the document but they had done a significant portion of work and the final bill will be ready soonest,” the source said.

Booth and Igesund: All South Africans should get behind Pitso and Al Ahly

Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Matthew Booth has said that victory for Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane in the Caf Champions League final in Egypt on Friday night would be momentous for him and the country.

Ex-Downs coach Mosimane and Al Ahly take on their bitter rivals Zamalek at Cairo International Stadium in this one-legged final where the two Egyptian giants will be meeting at this stage of the competition for the first time.

Booth‚ who was part of the Sundowns team that lost to Al Ahly in the Champions League final in 2001‚ said South Africans will be immensely proud if Mosimane gets his second Champions League trophy.

Bungoma MCAs pass Bill banning disco matangas to save teenage girls

 

Anyone found at funeral overnight vigils, popularly known as disco matanga, in Bungoma County could soon be arrested and arraigned.

This is because the county assembly has passed a Bill outlawing the night dances that precede burials.

The proposed law was presented on the floor of the assembly by Kimaeti Ward MCA Jack Wambulwa and was first received on October 7.

 

Mr Wambulwa noted that the county ranks among the top 10 with high numbers of early pregnancies.

“The early pregnancies [have resulted from] the frequent dances organised by mourners,” he said, adding men use the functions to prey on girls.

“The Bill will go a long way in helping to curb the rampant cases of teenage pregnancies, which gravely complicate the lives of the school girls,” said the Ford-Kenya party MCA.

The motion notes that, “Article 53 (1) (d) of the Constitution says every child has a right to be protected from abuse, neglect, harmful cultural practices, all forms of violence, inhumane treatment and hazardous or exploitative labour.”

 

 

Kenya sink Sudan in Cecafa Quater Finals

  • Gor Mahia striker Benson Omala scored the winning goal at the death to give Rising Stars the win after a 1-1 score in the normal time at Sheikh Amri Abeid stadium. 
  • Kariobangi Sharks attacking midfielder Fortune Omoto had put Rising Stars ahead on 62 minutes but Ali Gozoli Nooh equalised five minutes to time to set a stage for a nervous end to the entertaining encounter.