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REVEALED: Why Uhuru Kenyatta is in Cuba [VIDEO]

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

President Uhuru Kenyatta early Wednesday morning travelled to Cuba for a three day State visit aimed at strengthening collaboration and cooperation in health, sports, the blue economy and trade.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said President Kenyatta’s visit will also seek to explore and expand further areas of cooperation for mutual benefit.

During the visit, Kenya hopes to learn vital lessons behind Cuba’s success in its well-developed preventive health care system including the discovery of vaccines against lung cancer, the eradication of Malaria and a thriving pharmaceutical industry.

As a result of these milestones in health, the World Health Organization has declared Cuba as a nation with a Model Health Care, a status that Kenya hopes to learn from and achieve under President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.

The Big four agenda, which is aimed at boosting Kenya’s Development focuses on four deliverables that include accessible universal health care alongside manufacturing, affordable housing and food security.

Mr Manoah said Cuba is also keen in registering and selling its pharmaceutical products in the Kenyan market and President Kenyatta will encourage the Caribbean Nation to set up a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Kenya to serve the larger East and Central Africa regional markets.

Other areas of engagement that the President will explore with his Cuban hosts, said Manoah, include building the Kenyan capacity and increasing the number of specialists in orthopaedic surgery, oncology, neurology, and trauma management.

Kenya is also interested to collaborate with Cuba in research on cancer, drugs for diabetes and eradication of Malaria.

The President will seek Cuba’s support in several areas of sports development including capacity building and training in boxing, volleyball and track events while the latter nation will seek cooperation and support for its athletes and coaches to train in Kenya’s renown High-Altitude facilities.

The Republic of Cuba is the largest and most populous Caribbean Island Nation whose neighbours include Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Haiti. Its population stands at over 11 million people.

Cuba boasts the second highest literacy rate in the world standing at 99.8 per cent. The Island nation is home to some 47 universities and 23 medical institutions.

Havana, the largest metropolis, serves as the capital city, leading commercial centre and also constitutes one of Cuba’s 15 provinces.

The plane carrying the Head of State and his entourage taxied off at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) shortly after 12.00 am.

Deputy President William Ruto, the Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka led a host of Members of parliament and senior government officials in seeing off the President.

PSCU contributed to this report.

 

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Mututho escapes death by a whisker after being attacked by armed gunmen

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Former Naivasha Member of Parliament John Mututho last night escaped death by a whisker in Nakuru Town West sub-County.

Mututho said he was driving from Bomet when he was accosted by armed men at Jua Lako area on Saturday around 1950hrs.

“I was engaged in a shooting incident with two individuals on a red motorcycle who both wore helmets,” said Mr Mututho.

He explained that the motorcycle pulled alongside the car on the driver’s side and opened fire on him.

Mututho who is a licenced gun holder said the unknown people only managed to shoot once before repulsing them.

“I engaged them successfully before driving Central Police Station Nakuru where I recorded a statement vide OB.67/12/09/20,” he said.

He was alone at the time of the incident, he said in a Facebook post, driving towards Racecourse Estate.

In 2012 in an interview with The Standard, Mr Mututho said he had been shot at twice in a bid to silence him over his stand on the production, sale and consumption of alcohol.

The Alcoholic Drinks Control Act of 2010 stopped production of illicit liquors and gave drinking window leading to the closure of liquor making enterprises.

“I’m not one who is easily intimidated when fighting for what I believe is right for the country,” said Mututho.

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Facebook set to open second office in Africa

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Facebook on Friday announced its plans to open a new office in Lagos, Nigeria which is expected to become operational in the second half of 2021.

The new Lagos office will be the first office on the continent with a team of engineers and will support the Sub-Saharan region.

This comes five years after Facebook opened its first office on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa and the 2019 opening of the Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos.

“The opening of our new office in Lagos, Nigeria presents new and exciting opportunities in digital innovations to be developed from the continent and taken to the rest of the world,” said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation.

“All across Africa we’re seeing immense talent in the tech ecosystem, and I’m proud that with the upcoming opening of our new office, we’ll be building products for the future of Africa, and the rest of the world, with Africans at the helm. We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.”

The office in Lagos is part of Facebook’s ongoing investments in Africa and will be home to several teams across its business including Sales, Partnerships, Policy and Communications.

It will also be key in helping to expand the company’s client services across the continent.

Facebook says it has made a number of investments across the continent to support the tech ecosystem, provide reliable connectivity infrastructures and help businesses grow locally, regionally and globally.

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Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi threatens to sue Safaricom

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Lawyer, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, has threatened a class action against Safaricom.

The lawyer said he has been receiving countless messages from third-party companies, of which he had not subscribed to.

“Lately, I’ve been receiving unsolicited sms from these numbers inter alia…21026, 23050, 40720, Creditinfo BNTSMS, Senti, 60040…and others. It’s very obvious that Safaricom allows third party to have access to my number without my permission,” Ahmednasir tweeted.

Ahmednasir called it a gross violation of his right to privacy, stating that a class action would, then be appropriate.

“This is obviously a gross infringement on my Right to Privacy under Article 31 of the Constitution. I suspect this breach of privacy is rampant and Safaricom may be charging fees the entities it gives access to phone data. I think class action is an appropriate step. What do you think, people?” He added.

In response to allegations, Safaricom denied ever granting access to third-parties.

Last year in June, one Benedict Kabugi sued the telecommunications giant for Ksh 115 trillion over breach of privacy.

However, Safaricom has always maintained that the user may have subscribed to the services through other prompts.

Following overwhelming responses in the affirmative, Ahmednasir said that he would proceed to write to the formally next week.

“Seeing the overwhelming response by Kenyan subscribers of Safaricom, I will INSHAALLAH formally write to them next week and then formally start a class action.

“Safaricom has been mining data and then gives access to third parties to our telephones…Kenyans, this is how law is made.” He said.

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