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Families Lose Millions in Robbery After Fire Breakout

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  • Families in Gitaru, Kiambu County, lost property worth millions to robbers who had rushed to the scene to help them salvage their property after fire broke out in the area.

    Reports indicated that the property was lost to both the fire tragedy and the robbery incident. 

    According to one of the tenants, the robbers seized the opportunity to cart away valuables as owners focused on the fire.

    Volunteers try to contain the fire at Tsavo East National Park on May 29, 2020.
    Volunteers try to contain the fire at Tsavo East National Park on May 29, 2020.
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    “They (robbers) posed as good Samaritans offering to put out the fire,” one of the tenants noted.

    The residents sought help from the police to have the criminals apprehended and jailed.

    The fire, which broke out on Wednesday night, January 13, affected a number of establishments and adjacent premises.

    Reports indicate that the cause of the fire was due to electrical faults. They noted that electrical shortage problems had been a major cause of huge fires in the area.

    The victims have sought compensation from the Kiambu county government.

    A similar fire incident occurred in Nairobi’s Githurai 45 area along the busy Thika Superhighway after several businesses were razed down in a fire. The incident saw traders incur heavy losses as the fire emergency team took hours before arriving at the scene.

    Most of the traders claimed they had taken loans to establish businesses, with many wondering how they are going to recoup their money.

    Residents have asked county governments to have standby fire trucks next to crowded estates and slums even as many continue to blame poor access roads, water shortage and congested settlements for the delayed response. 

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    A fire engine truck.
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    Lake Nakuru Fish is Unfit for Human Consumption – Govt

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  • The government has warned Kenyans against consuming fish harvested in Lake Nakuru.

    This comes after research carried out by Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFRI) showed that the fish animals contained dangerous chemicals.

    The Ministry of Agriculture issued the warning and asked the County Government of Nakuru to ban fishing in the lake.

    Agriculture Chief Administrative Secretary Lina Chebii Kilimo, while addressing the press on Tuesday, January 26, noted that the chemicals were caused by pollution of the lake.

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    A file image of Lake Nakuru
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    “This is not good fish. I take this opportunity to ask the Nakuru County Government, through the public health department, to check into the fishing issue,” she noted.

    She gave the address after overseeing an exercise in which over 100,000 fishes were removed from the lake.

    The research findings also showed that those who consumed fish from the lake developed rashes.

    The county realised over Ksh300 million revenue last year from the fishing industry, and according to Nakuru Agriculture CEC, the county was looking to raise fish revenue to over Ksh1 billion.

    This is however, not the first time the state has issued a warning over poisonous fish. In October 2018, the state banned fish imported from China after research discovered traces of heavy metals in them, which are harmful to human health.

    The laboratory tests commissioned by The EastAfrican show, came after health concerns were recently raised by several countries, including the US, that called for tighter controls in the enforcement of safety and health checks by Chinese authorities over their fish products.

    According to drug sample analysis of residue done by the University of Nairobi’s laboratory, the fish purchased from a wholesale dealer at Nairobi’s Gikomba market contained lead, mercury, copper, and arsenic.

    The results, though in levels permissible by the WHO standards, confirmed residues of 0.04 ppm of lead, 0.005 ppm of mercury, >0.001 ppm of arsenic and 1.2 ppm of copper, indicating possible contamination of the water ponds used to farm the fish.

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    A plate of fish and green vegetables.
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    500 Hospitalized as Covid-19 Cases Rise to 100,193

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  • 141 people have tested positive for Covid-19 from a sample size of 3,571 tested in the last 24 hours. This takes the cumulative confirmed positive cases to 100,193.

    Since the start of the pandemic, 1,162,491 samples have been tested for the virus across the country. From the positive cases, 121 are Kenyans while 20 are foreign nationals. 81 are male while 60 are female.

    The youngest of the cases is a one-year-old child while the oldest is aged 87.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the Nation about Corona Virus outside Afya House on March 17, 2020.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the Nation about Corona Virus outside Afya House on March 17, 2020.
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    The Ministry of Health announced that 207 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus.

    15 are from various health facilities across the country while 192 are from the Home-Based Isolation and Care programme. The total recoveries now stand at 83,625.

    6 patients have succumbed to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours pushing the cumulative fatalities in the country at 1,750.

    Currently, 500 patients are admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 1,340 are on Home Based Isolation and Care. 

    25 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 14 of whom are on ventilatory support and 10 on supplemental oxygen. 1 patient is under observation.

    Another 17 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 10 of them in the general wards across the country. 7 patients are in the High Dependency Unit.

    In terms of County distribution ; Nairobi 87 , Kilifi 8 , Kwale 7 , Taita Taveta 6 , Siaya 5 , Nyeri 4 , Uasin Gishu 3 , Kericho 3 , Mombasa 3 , Nakuru 3 , Garissa 2 , Turkana 2 , Kiambu 2 , Kisumu 2 , Machakos 1 ,
    Makueni 1 , Murang’a 1 and Bungoma 1.

    In terms of Sub County distribution; the 87 cases in Nairobi are from Dagoretti North 42, Kibra 7, Lang’ata 6, Westlands 5.

    Kasarani 4 , Embakasi Central , Embakasi East and Starehe recorded 3 cases each, Dagoretti South , Embakasi South , Embakasi West , Kamukunji and Makadara recorded 2 cases each, Embakasi North, Mathare, Roysambu and Ruaraka recorded 1 case each.

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    5,000 Youth Turn Up for Recruitment Filling 80 Slots

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  • The job crisis in Kenya once again became bare on Tuesday 26, 2021 when a group of over 5,000 youths turned up for recruitment where the Kenya Wildlife Service was seeking to fill a mere 80 slots. 

    The hiring officers at the Voi Stadium, the recruitment center for Taita Taveta County, had a hard time controlling the enthusiastic young men and women who turned up for the exercise. 

    KWS had shortlisted 5,500 candidates in Kenya, out of more than 12,000 applicants. Despite publishing the list of the shortlisted, thousands of others showed up at the Voi Stadium. 

    The recruitment of community scouts by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), is part of the National Government Post Covid 19 Economic Stimulus Program.

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    File image of KWS rangers
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    The minimum requirement for the application was a KCPE certificate and being in the 18 to 35 years age bracket.

    The terms of engagement include a 6 month- a contract that is renewable after appraisal. 

    According to Captain Kenneth Ochieng, Assistant Director in charge of Tsavo Conservation area, the program requires 5,500 candidates countrywide.

    This leaves 80 slots for Taita Taveta County, which has 4 sub-counties. Priority will be given to persons
    with disabilities who have a certificate from the councils of people with disabilities.

    Thousands are competing for eighty slots out of which four will go to persons living with disabilities.

    Each sub-county gets 20 slots which will be awarded in respect to the two-thirds gender rule that
    is seventy per cent male, thirty percent female.

    Captain Ochieng further insisted that the process would be free, fair and transparent. Successful candidates
    will receive a letter from KWS.

    Youth were cautioned to look out for confirmation letters signed by the team leader and a recruitment
    team.

    The qualified candidates are to report to the respective KWS offices on February 1, 2021, after which they will be assigned roles.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta gifting a member of the Kenya Scouts Association during a past event
    President Uhuru Kenyatta gifting a member of the Kenya Scouts Association during a past event
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