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Wabunge wapiga kura ya kutokuwa na imani na rais Donald Trump Marekani



Bunge la uwakilishi nchini Marekani limepiga kura ya kutokuwa na imani dhidi ya rais Donald Trump kwa kuchochea ghasia zilizosababisha uvamizi wa jumba la bunge la Capitol.

Wabunge 10 wa chama cha Republican walishirikiana na wenz
ao wa chama cha Democrat kupitisha kura hiyo ya kumshtaki rais kwa 232 dhidi ya wabunge 197 waliopinga hatua hiyo.

Ni rais wa kwanza katika historia ya Marekani kupigiwa kura ya kutokuwa na imani mara mbili ama kushtakiwa kwa makosa ya uhalifu na bunge hilo la Congress.

Rais Trump ambaye ni mwanachama wa Republican sasa atakabiliwa na kesi katika bunge la seneti ambapo iwapo atapatikana na hatia huenda akapigwa marufuku kushikilia wadhfa wowote wa ofisi ya umma.

Bwana Trump anaachia madaraka tarehe 20 mwezi Januari kufuatia kushindwa kwake katika uchaguzi mkuu mwezi Novemba uliomtangaza Joe Biden mshindi.

Bunge hilo linalodhibitiwa na wabunge wengi wa Democrat lilipiga kura siku ya Jumatano saa kadhaa baada ya mjadala mkali huku walinzi wa kitaifa wakiimarisha usalama ndani na nje ya jumba la bunge hilo.

Shirika la kijasusi nchini Marekani FBI limeonya kwamba kuna uwezekano wa kuzuka kwa maandamano katika majimbo yote 50 kabla ya kuapishwa kwa rais mteule Joe Biden wiki ijayo.

Katika kanda ya video iliotolewa baada ya kura hiyo kupigwa , bwana Trump aliwataka wafuasi wake kusalia watulivu lakini hakuzungumzia kwamba alikuwa amepigiwa kura ya kutokuwa na imani naye bungeni.

‘Ghasia na uharibifu hauna nafasi katika taifa letu…hakuna mfuasi wangu ambaye angependelea kufanyika kwa ghasia za kisiasa’ , alisema akionesha huzuni na mwenye kutaka maridhiano.

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Jigawa govt flags off health insurance scheme for less privileged



Abia State Government, Friday said that almost 200,000 pregnant women and children across Abia communities are to benefit from integrated health services under another round of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health week.

The wife of the state governor, Nkechi Ikpeazu stated this in Umuahia while flagging off the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week, adding that it “is a regular feature in our efforts to drive down the number of mortalities and illnesses amongst mothers and children.

She said the occasion was designed to deliver a weeklong integrated package of highly cost-effective, yet result-oriented, preventive and curative services” and “will feature integrated health services for communities”.

“We are pursuing efforts to reduce high rates of preventable deaths by scaling up some basic steps such as family planning, preventive treatment of malaria in pregnant women and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS.

“Others include immunization, Vitamin A supplementation, de-worming of children, use of oral rehydration salt with zinc for diarrhea and use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets to prevent malaria”.

She encouraged mothers to take advantage of these health packages to ensure that they protect themselves and their babies and to undertake complete ante-natal and post-natal care during pregnancy and after delivery.

Earlier in their speeches, the Chairman, Umuahia South LGA, Hon. Humphrey Chukwudi Benson, representative of WHO and other partner agencies, Peter Ezeukwu, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Osuji and the Executive Secretary, Abia State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Chinagozi Adindu urged pregnant mothers to avail themselves of the opportunity to be immunized.

WHO and donor partners assured the state government of their readiness to assist, disclosing that last year alone, 8134 children in Abia were “unprotected,” health wise.

Fielding questions from newsmen, the Umuahia South LGA first Lady, Esther Uchechi Humphrey assured that the council would take the sensitization to communities.

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Indonesia sends seized Iran tanker to Batam for investigation



Indonesia sends seized Iran tanker to Batam for investigation

The two supertankers, with crew members from Iran and China, were seized last Sunday (Jan 24) in Indonesian waters near Kalimantan island. 

The MT Horse, owned by the National Iranian Tanker Company and MT Freya, managed by Shanghai Future Ship Management Co, had a total of 61 crew members on board.

“The ships will arrive in Batam at around 3pm to 4pm later today,” Wisnu Pramandita, spokesman of the Indonesian coast guard, told Reuters.

Wisnu said some of the crew remained in the supertankers, but others were being detained on coast guard ships for questioning while the investigation was underway.

Wisnu told Reuters on Monday that the ships were “caught red-handed” transferring oil from MT Horse to MT Freya and that there was an oil spill around the receiving tanker.

Iran said on Monday that MT Horse was seized over a “technical issue” and had asked Indonesia to explain the seizure.


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IEBC Issues Verdict on BBI Signatures



  • The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has approved 1.14 million signatures in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.

    This is out of the 4.2 million signatures submitted by the BBI secretariat team on December 10, 2020.

    In a notice dated Tuesday, January 26, IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati affirmed that the initiative surpassed the threshold needed to proceed to the next stage.

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    IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati speaking at the Law Society of Kenya annual Cocktail event at Intercontinental Hotel in December 2018.

    “The Commission, through interim verification of data captured as of 19th January 2021, has confirmed and is satisfied that the Initiative has been supported by 1,140,845 registered voters. 

    “This is, therefore, to notify you that the Initiative has met the requisite threshold as provided in Article 257 (4) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010,” read part of the statement.

    The bill seeking to amend the constitution will be forwarded to the speakers of the 47 county assemblies for debate within three months from the date of submission by IEBC.

    The county speakers will then submit the decisions of the county assemblies to the Speakers of the National Assembly and Senate. For the Bill to proceed to a referendum, it must be passed by at least 24 County Assemblies.

    The BBI task force had initially slated the timelines for the BBI process, revealing that County Assemblies would submit their decisions by February 19, 2021. This would set the pace for the referendum to be held between April 6 to June 6.

    Various politicians have embarked on various tours across the country to either drum up support for the bill or criticise the proposed amendments.

    On the frontline of this initiative are President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga who have appealed to Kenyans to support the BBI citing that it provides long-term solutions to the majority of the problems in the country. 

    However, a section of politicians led by Deputy President William Ruto and his allies have suggested that the proposals be revised to avoid a scenario where the referendum will pit Kenyans against each other.

    The DP has in the past stated that he would not participate in the referendum if it proved divisive. 

    Deputy President William Ruto address a gathering at a Sunday service at Hope Church, Nairobi on January 10, 2021
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