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VIDEO: Given a choice between Raila and Ruto, I would go for the former – Martha Karua

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Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua has revealed her presidential choice between Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto.

Speaking during an interview with former deputy speaker of parliament Farah Maalim in the show dubbed Speakers Gallery on Ebru TV, Karua was asked to choose between the two.

In a heartbeat, she stated that she would support Raila over Ruto noting, “I would obviously support Raila. But Raila hasn’t declared.”

“I consider Ruto totally unsuitable, and I have my own reasons. His supporters have their own reasons. I also have my right to speak out,” Karua declared.

Raila Odinga and Martha Karua

She explained that Raila was someone she had worked with before, as well as a person who had worked for the country.

“Nobody is perfect but if you give me the two, I wouldn’t even have to think, I will choose Raila,” she pronounced.

On the question of a referendum to have a parliamentary system of government, Karua noted that it wasn’t necessary, but her mind was open if Kenyans wanted to discuss the matter.

Earlier in January, while speaking on Citizen TV, the former Gichugu MP blasted Ruto for undermining President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Narc Kenya leader had indicated that the DP was throwing punches using the shield of his supporters.

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Her sentiments came after a section of politicians affiliated to the DP, popularly known as Team Tangatanga, launched a series of attacks against the President.

Martha Karua and DP William Ruto
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Shock of dead children in car at police station

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The bodies of two children reported missing 10 days ago were on Tuesday recovered from the boot of a car parked at a Machakos police station where they had been reported as missing.

The girl and the boy both aged four years went missing from their KMC Estate on June 11 while playing outside their house.

Officers in Athi-River Police Station where the matter was reported on the same day have been searching for the children.

The parents have also been conducting a search, including visiting hospitals and mortuaries until Tuesday afternoon when fresh clues emerged right under the nose of the police.

A Nairobi salesman who had gone to the station on Tuesday to pick his detained car informed the officers that there was foul smell from the boot of his Toyota Belta.

The vehicle had been lying at the station for over three months after it was involved in an accident on Mombasa Road on March 4.

It is after he opened the boot of his car that he noted the strange ‘cargo’ covered in a black paper bag.

The officers then opened the bag and found the two bodies.

“When the owner came to pick the car, he realised that there was a strange cargo in the boot of the car, which was wrapped in a black paper bag,” said an investigating officer familiar with the matter.

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Yesterday, government pathologists were called to the scene to help DCI with the investigations.

Investigators from the DCI Homicide Unit based at the DCI headquarters yesterday took over the investigations.

Parents of the children were also summoned to the police station to confirm that the bodies were those of their loved ones, Alvina Mutheu and Henry Jacktone.

Mutheu and Jacktone, who have been described as ‘best friends’, also happen to have been in the same school and sat next to each other in class. They were both the first born in their families.

No blood stains

The pathologists and DCI officers could not immediately establish whether there were any visible injuries on the bodies.

There was also no blood stains either on the minors’ clothes or in the vehicle.

Investigators said the bodies were decomposing and could have been inside the car for well over a week.

Strangely no one at the police station had complained of foul smell at the busy parking yard. Traffic police use the yard to park vehicles that have been detained or those involved in accidents.

Civilians and police officers also use the same grounds to park their vehicles. A traffic police officer, who on May 1 was tasked to move the vehicle from where it was initially parked, has since recorded statements with the DCI.

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In his statement, the officer said there was no foul smell from the vehicle when he moved it to create more spare for other vehicles.

He said the boot of the car and all the doors were firmly locked. What has baffled the investigators is how the two children may have ended up in the boot of the car, which was already in hands of the police at the time they were reported missing.

Motive

How did the killer access the vehicle inside the police station and what was their motive?

These are some of the critical questions that the investigations team will be seeking to answer in the next one week when they are expected to present a preliminary report to DCI boss George Kinoti.

An investigator yesterday told The Standard the police were following two theories that will help them solve the murder mystery.

First is the possibility that the children could have been killed and their bodies sneaked into the car inside the police station. They will also be looking into the possibility that the minors could have strayed from their homes into the police station and while playing at the yard, locked themselves in the vehicle where they suffocated.

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Some investigators have, however, said the second line of argument is weak and should be dropped. The police station is about two kilometres from the estate where the children are reported to have gone missing.

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It wasn’t COVID-19: MP Jude Jomo claims tests on late mother were wrong

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It has now emerged that the mother of Kiambu MP Jude Jomo did not die from coronavirus as had been claimed.

Jomo said Margaret Njomo who passed away early in June, got inaccurate COVID-19 diagnosis which led to her hurried burial at the night.

The late Margaret fell ill on June 8 and was rushed to a Nairobi hospital where he passed. Photo: Jude Jomo.
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Speaking in the National Assembly when he demanded explanation from the House Health Committee, the MP said the government notified the family that the mother had tested positive for the virus.

“I tried to beg for more time but in line with the law, we received a call at 3pm we buried her by 8pm, for the 82 years she had lived we felt that we did not give her the dignity,” the MP explained.

Jude Njomo

It wasn’t COVID-19: MP Jude Jomo claims tests on late mother were wrong
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The lawmaker told the House his mother fell ill on June 8, and was rushed to The Mater Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

However, the government had instructed the late mother be buried withing the stipulated period as she had apparently been sick with coronavirus.

He explained tests done at the Lancet Labs on behalf of The Mater Hospital showed the late was positive.

The family then ordered two other tests at the National Influenza Centre and the Nairobi Hospital both of which returned negative verdicts.

“I asked myself how many Kenyans have gotten wrong results, how many other Kenyans go through quarantine because of a wrong outcome, how many labs are careless, there are many Kenyans who are voiceless and let me the voice for those who have been offended by the careless laboratories, I wrote to KMPDB to inquire what is the problem of Lancet?”the MP asked.

The Mater Hospital boss Dominic Mwenje told the Sabina Chege-led committee that neither did the institution reach out to Lancet nor follow up on the contentious results.

“I believe that we didn’t contact Lancet about the negative result, being a national credited lab used by many hospitals and institutions, when the two returned negative results we did not follow up on this case,” Mwenje said.

Sabina said her team will summon the Lancet management to shed more light on the discrepancies.

By Tuko.co.ke

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COVID-19 preparedness: List of counties that have met 300-bed requirement

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At least 12 counties have met the 300-bed capacity requirement for treatment of COVID-19 ahead of the highly anticipated address by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The president is expected to make on a decision on whether to re-open the country or extend the nationwide curfew and cessation of movement in some counties based on the counties’ capacity to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

COVID-19 preparedness: List of counties that have met 300-bed requirement ahead of Uhuru's big addressHealth CS Mutahi Kagwe (l) accompanied by other government officials during a visit to one of the hospitals in the country. Photo: MoH.
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A statement by the Council of Governors (COG) revealed just over 10 counties had beefed up health status with isolation facilities with 300 bed-capacity.

The report showed counties across the country had 6,898 isolation beds against the prerequisite of 30,500 as of June 25.

COVID-19 preparedness: List of counties that have met 300-bed requirement ahead of Uhuru's big addressCOG chairman Wycliffee Oparanya said the remaining counties were working towards achieving the 300 bed capacity. Photo: Wycliffe Oparanya.
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The 12 counties which had complied with the president’s directive were:

Mombasa – 432

Machakos – 373

Kiambu – 325

Uasin Gishu – 324

COVID-19 preparedness: List of counties that have met 300-bed requirement ahead of Uhuru's big addressMurang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria displays one of the beds at an isolation facility in his county. Photo: File/TUKO.co.ke.
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Makueni – 312

Murang’a – 305

Vihiga – 300

Homa Bay – 300

COVID-19 preparedness: List of counties that have met 300-bed requirement ahead of Uhuru's big addressOver 6,300 people have contracted the novel coronavirus in Kenya. Photo: CDC.
Source: UGC

Nyeri – 340

Kericho

Kisii – 318

Kilifi – 308

COG chairman Wycliffe Oparanya who is also Kakamega Governor said over 30 counties had in the past one week trained 689 healthcare workers and sensitised 1614 community health volunteers on management of COVID-19 through the support of various partners.

“Last week I reported a total of five counties with isolation facilities with 300 bed-capacity. We now have five more counties each having acquired the minimum 300 bed capacity. The remaining counties are working towards achieving the 300-bed capacity in line with the last summit’s agreement,”Oparanya said.

The Ministry of Health recently reported 91% of the cases were locally transmitted hence underscoring the need for strengthening community prevention and surveillance activities.

“As the curve continues to tick upwards, we must all take responsibility as no one is safe until everyone is safe. We must therefore observe hygiene and the safety measures put in place as control of the virus is largely based on individual discipline,”Oparanya added.

As of Tuesday, June 30, Kenya had recorded 6,366 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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Out of the total infections, 2,039 had recovered while 148 had lost their lives to the disease.

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