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Kenya mulls India travel ban to curb COVID-19 infections

The surge has been blamed on packed political rallies and a recent annual Hindu religious festival that attracted millions of pilgrims.

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Minister for Health Mutahi Kagwe

Kenya is mulling at imposing travel restrictions to and from India as a more contagious COVID-19 variant continue to ravage the Asian country.

The second wave, which began in March, has escalated rapidly, with India recording more than a million new cases in just three days.

Today, India reported 352,991 new cases and 2,812 COVID-19-related deaths, marking the world’s highest daily national caseload ever.

Minister for Health Mutahi Kagwe says the National Emergency Response Committee on COVID-19 has met over the matter.

In an interview with Citizen TV, the Minister said the suspension of flights is an option that has been adopted by several countries.

Britain, USA, New Zealand, France, Singapore, Germany, Italy, Maldives, Bangladesh, and Canada have banned travels.

“The first responsibility we have is protecting Kenyan lives and that we will not hesitate in doing,” he stated in the 9 pm bulletin.

Mr Kagwe said the NERC will make the announcement tomorrow, in addition to other COVID-19 prevention measures.

The situation in India is particularly dire in the capital New Delhi, which is under lockdown until May 3.

The city is facing severe oxygen shortages. Delhi does not produce medical oxygen and is relying on donations from foreign countries.

The surge has been blamed on packed political rallies and a recent annual Hindu religious festival that attracted millions of pilgrims.

Crematoria are overwhelmed; furnaces have melted down from overuse and additional funeral platforms are being built outside.

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Here’s IEBC’s 2022 Elections calendar

General Elections are slated for 9th August 2022.

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IEBC officials at a past function.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Jan 17 to Feb 17, 2022:

_~Voters ~Submission countrywide._

Feb 9, 2022:
_~Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts._

April 9, 2022:
_~Submission of names of candidates for primaries._

APRIL16 to APRIL 22, 2022:
_~Party Primaries._

May 2, 2022:
_~Submission of independent candidates’ symbols, letter of intent to vie and clearance from the registrar._

May 9, 2022:
_~Time for those intending to run as independent candidates to resign from parties._

May 9 to May 13, 2022:
_~Gazettement of names of independent candidates and symbols._

May 30 to June 10, 2022:
_~Presidential candidates are nominated and candidates for other seats nominated._

June 20 to June 24, 2022:
_~Publication of names of all nominated candidates._

June 25, 2022:
_~Parties to submit party lists._

May 30 to August 6,2022:
_~Official election campaign period._

AUGUST 9, 2022: ELECTION DAY.

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2017 post-poll police brutality haunts former spokesman Owino

Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in the capital during a crackdown following elections in August 2017, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said.

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Anti-riot police officers corner a protester in Nairobi. Photo/Courtesy

The fierce government crackdown on protestors during the disputed 2017 general elections has come back to haunt former police spokesman Charles Owino.

Owino, who is vying for the Siaya County governorship, says he is often reminded of his then hardline stance whenever he is out in his campaign trails.

“To date, the complaints that were there in 2017 affect my campaigns because I hear some people say you fought us. How come you now want to come and lead us?” he revealed.

Appearing alongside former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar for Citizen TV’s News Night show, Owino said he was a police officer mandated to enforce laws and regulations.

Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in the capital during a crackdown following elections in August 2017, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said.

In the show opener with host Waihiga Mwaura, Owino said that as a policeman, and as a spokesman, most of the time he had to remain neutral and enforce the law as required.

Luckily, he said, he is transiting from being a police officer to a politician and has always had a way of feeding off the allegations, mostly from his competitors.

“You must understand that they’re just competitors and have nothing to offer. They have nothing to pin you down on and therefore have to get something in competition,” he said.

He said his nature of training has enabled him to handle his competitors, by always having an answer to what he termed as unfounded allegations.

Owino will face it off with former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, Senator James Orengo, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, among others to succeed governor Cornel Rasanga.

Owino has picked Rose Midiwo, the widow of former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo, as his running mate in the 2022 Siaya gubernatorial race.

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Makueni County Commissioner Maalim to replace Natembeya

In 2019, Maalim emerged as the best County administrator in Kenya.

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Mohamed Ahmed Maalim

Makueni County Commissioner, Mohamed Ahmed Maalim is set to replace Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, George Natembeya who resigned earlier today to pursue political interests.

A new transfer and deployment of regional administrators notice indicate that Natembeya will be stationed at the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

“I am no longer the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner,” Natembeya said on Wednesday after serving in public service for more than 25 years.

Natembeya, who has served as Rift Valley Commissioner for two-and-a-half years, is seeking to succeed Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba in the August elections.

In 2019, Maalim emerged as the best County administrator in Kenya during the 2019 Public Service Excellence Awards (PSEA), having reposed public beaches in Mombasa County.

Another administrator who moves in the sweeping changes is Narok County Commissioner Evans Achoki, who was promoted to Regional Commissioner – Eastern.

Kang’ethe Thuku has been moved from the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government headquarters to Regional Commissioner – Nairobi. He was replaced by Wilfred Nyagwanga, who served in the Central region

Regional Commissioners Isaiah Nakoru has been moved from Eastern to the Western region, Esther Maina moved from Western to Central, James Kianda moved from Nairobi to North Eastern.

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