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Scare as Maternity wing catches fire at Mbagathi hospital

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Scare at Mbagathi hospital maternity wing

By ALLAN TAWAI

Mothers and their babies escaped death at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi at dawn on Wednesday, when the maternity wing of the facility caught fire.

According to Daily Nation, the facility went up in flames at around 2am leaving mothers and babies stranded.

The block which caught fire was illegally constructed in 2014 and even the Nairobi county engineers had marked it unsuitable for habitation. A report by the engineers indicated the building was constructed without observing standard rules and had numerous cracks on the walls, a situation that had raised concern among the hospital’s staff.

According to witnesses, it was a busy night at the maternity wing as clients brought in mothers in labor. Staffs were busy attending to women brought in laboring and others who had just delivered.

“It was a tense and confusing moment because women in labor and those who had just given birth had to be evacuated. There having no sufficient space, they were forced to brave the chilly weather and rain drizzles outside the building,” said one of the eye witnesses.

The staff in the hospital joined efforts to put out the fire which was quickly spreading and fortunately, no fatalities or injuries were reported during the incident.

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“The building was dilapidated and we do not have fire extinguishers here. We were forced to borrow lanterns and paraffin from the National Spinal Injury Hospital in Hurlingham,” an anonymous source confided to Daily Nation.

Power supply to the block was cut off immediately the fire broke out as a safety precaution further scaring mothers who had their babies in the electricity powered incubators. One of the nurses revealed their worry about the precarious status of the facility fell on deaf ears of the management.

“We had made numerous complaints because we were afraid the building which also hosts the incubators section could fall on our clients,” said the nurse.

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Uhuru’s housing project in limbo as Treasury CS says there is no money

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President Uhuru Kenyatta’s pet project of affordable housing for the country is facing financial turbulence.

This comes after National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani admitted before a parliamentary committee that the government may not allocate money in the next financial year due to a dip in national revenue collection.

After President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for his second and last term in 2017, he announced his Big Four agenda for the country which include, manufacturing, universal health coverage, food security and affordable housing.

Under the housing, the President outlined his government’s plan to construct at least 500,000 housing units across the country by 2022.

To construct 100,000 units, the government requires about Sh45 billion so as to attract investors to pump in more money into the programme.

But while appearing before the Transport, Public Works and Housing Committee of the National Assembly Thursday, Mr Yattani noted that his ministry is facing financial difficulties and that he cannot guarantee the availability of the funds required for the project.

“We may not provide anything in the next financial year,” Mr Yattani told the committee chaired by Pokot South MP David Pkosing.

Transport, Public Works and Housing Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, who also appeared before the committee, noted that the government now intends to bring onboard the Saccos.

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According to Mr Macharia, 228 units of the 1,370 units being the first phase along Park road in the city’s Ngara estate, have been completed and handed over to the government.

The projected completion of the entire project is December this year.

In the current financial year, Sh5 billion has been set aside for the programme and will be fully disbursed after Mr Macharia complained that out the allocation, only Sh1 billion has been given out.

Mr Macharia told the committee that it was regrettable there will be no money to fund the President’s legacy project noting that if the requested amount was availed, the country would be having 130,000 units.

He noted that given the reality that the country may not have the money required, it may be prudent to explore the mortgage culture and rope in the low-income bracket.

“Currently there are about 25,000 mortgages in the country, which by any standards is quite low. This culture needs to change. The ministry is encouraging investors to come in and take risk by putting up houses for sale,” Mr Macharia said.

He noted that the government will provide the required land, infrastructure, water and power among other things to support the investors in this.

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“With all this provided, the cost of putting up houses might go down by up to 40 percent. This is the strategy that we want to use,” he said.

Mr Yattani explained to the committee that the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC) will also play a key role in boosting the success of affordable housing programme.

KMRC was incorporated in April 2018, to provide secure long-term funding to primary mortgage lenders (Banks and Saccos) in order to increase availability and affordability of housing loans to Kenyans.

Mr Macharia told the committee that the take-off of the project faced setbacks due to delays in the implementation of mandatory contribution and lack of support from the public as provided for in the Finance Act, 2018.

The law had made it mandatory that workers contribute 1.5 percent of their basic salaries with their respective employers contributing a similar figure to finance the project.

However, the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) obtained court orders to suspend the implementation of the mandatory contribution.

Before the matter could be determined in court, President Kenyatta while leading the country to mark Jamuhuri Day celebrations on December 12, last year, he decreed that changes be made to the Finance Act to make the contribution voluntary.

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President Uhuru’s niece Nana Gecaga in mourning

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KICC CEO and President Uhuru’s niece Nana Gecaga is mourning the passing on of her friend Merali Daisy.

She shared a touching post, describing the late as a flower and condoled with her family. Daisy is the sister to business mogul Bobby Kamani.

Yesterday we lost a flower, an amazing friend and beautiful woman inside and out @meralidaisy May GOD watch over your family during this very difficult time… 😢😢😢 @bobbykamani i continue to pray and standby your family #RIP @meralidaisy 💔💔💔💔💔 #gonebutneverforgotten🙏,’ read Nana’s message.

In another post, she wrote,

My dear friend @bobbykamani words can not express the sadness that comes with this news… my prayers go out to you and your entire family at this time 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 may GOD watch over our dear sister @meralidaisy 😢😢 stay strong my friend and we’re here for all of you at this very difficult time 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 RIP @meralidaisy

The late Merali Daisy & her brother Bobby Kamani, the managing director of Zuri Global

Bobby Kamani, the managing director of Zuri Global has paid a moving tribute to his sister.

You were my favorite hello and my hardest goodbye. Only time will reveal what God’s plan was when He put us all through this unimaginable heartbreak and shattering turmoil. Rest In Peace my beautiful darling Sister – you were the strongest individual I came across. There was no incredible soul on this planet that was so loved like you and there never will be. Daisy – I died when you did. 😢💔 ~ Lots of Love from Your Biggest Fan and Your Best Friend.

Kenyan celebrities have condoled with Kamani’s family and below are their messages;

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tonytimase Pole sana Bobby for your loss, it’s been a torrid period for you and your family, may God give you strength

kamz26 Heartfelt condolences, Bobby. Really very sorry for your loss.

emmatoo1 Deepest condolences Bobby, your family and her young family. May her soul Rest In Peace. 🙏🏾💔

officialjanetmbugua Deepest condolences 🙏🏾

pritijessa Deepest condolences Bobby. May God give you and your family the strength to bear this heartbreaking loss. 🙏🙏🙏

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‘Both my husband and I are HIV Positive,’ Phenny Awiti on raising negative children

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Kenyan woman Phenny Awiti living with HIV/AIDs is heavily pregnant with her third child.

Awiti’s two daughters are HIV negative and she is always sharing her experiences on raising the two.

The brave mother, who has been using social media to fight stigma associated with HIV has revealed that her mzungu husband is also HIV positive.

She shared a photo with her young family, flaunting her burgeoning baby bump, and it attracted more than 3k likes.

Phenny Awiti
Phenny Awiti with her husband and daughters

I don’t know how it feels like to be HIV Negative, but I know that I and Baba Bread are both HIV Positive and gladly raising these two beauties who are free from the virus. I cannot wait for another bundle of joy who is HIV Negative! 🙏🙏🙏 It is so rejuvenating breaking the barrier of HIV and stigma to the younger generation,’ Awiti wrote.

Thousands of Kenyans flooded the post, praising Awiti for her boldness. Below are the comments;

Kenyan Lugari Boy If you feel like you’re losing everything, remember that trees lose their leaves every year and still they stand tall and wait for better days to come. I’ve always admired you osiepna

David Ojango You are so much inspirational, words that change the life of others and change people’s bad thought and perception, May God always be there right by your side and bless you abundantly

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Herina Achieng Aries Beautiful gorgeous Family I love you ♥

Mami Mbuya very true dear, the ones living HIV- are more in fear than the +VE individuals,trust me better live a positive life with full acceptance

Pamei J Peters This is what I love reading and seeing each day😍💝💓 I love you so much😘

Dorothy Okeyo This picture speaks volumes am blessed to read this.

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