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PHOTOS: GoK drugs found in private clinics



Drugs and laboratory equipment belonging to the government have been found at private clinics in Machakos County.

The discovery was made on Thursday in a raid conducted by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and Directorate of Criminal Investigations head, Machakos County, Rhoda Kanyi.

Four people working in two clinics opposite Machakos Level 5 Hospital were arrested during the raid.

At Lugpharm Clinic, theatre equipment and drugs labelled “GoK” were found with the owner unable to explain how the items had found their way into the facility.

The clinical officer was also not qualified to practice.

At an adjacent clinic, the owner quickly closed the door, locking in some patients, but was arrested as he tried to escape.

Mr Stephen Mutisya, a patient from Makueni County who was one of those locked in by the fleeing medics, said he had gone to Machakos Level 5 Hospital for a blood test but was referred to the clinic.

He said he had paid Sh3,600 for the test.

“I was at Level 5 and they said they did not have the equipment. They referred me to this clinic,” he said.

A Machakos County inspectorate officer arrests the owner of a clinic opposite Machakos Level 5 Hospital after GoK drugs were found in his facility. PHOTO | STEPHEN MUTHINI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Another elderly man at Lugpharm Clinic said he had paid Sh6,000 for lab tests and was waiting for the results when Dr Mutua and DCI officers struck.

Their tales pointed to a well-coordinated corruption syndicate where doctors in government hospitals refer patients to private clinics and pharmacies with equipment and drugs stolen from the public.

Most drugs and lab services in counties that have implemented Universal Health Coverage are free and such medics seek to benefit from services funded by the taxpayer.

DCI suspects such clinics and chemists, which sell services that should essentially be free, are spread across the country.

Dr Mutua told the stranded patients to go home as the clinics would be closed.

Dr Mutua displays some of the GoK drugs that were found at a private clinic in Machakos on February 7, 2019. PHOTO | STEPHEN MUTHINI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

He then proceeded to Machakos Level 5 Hospital where he inspected the laboratory and promised to take action on any government official found to have been colluding with those stealing drugs and hospital equipment.

“We have found X-Ray equipment from Level 5 Hospital and government drugs in a private clinic and people claim that Universal Health Care doesn’t work because there are no drugs,” he said.

He directed that henceforth, no patient should be referred to a private clinic from a government hospital.

He said the government had been providing the necessary supplies to the hospitals but the supplies were being stolen and diverted.

He warned that the government will not spare anyone found culpable of the vice.


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KCSE candidate loses two teeth in brutal attack by prefects



A Form Four student at Mutindwa Day Mixed Secondary School in Tharaka-Nithi County lost two teeth in an alleged brutal attack by the school head boy and four of his friends.

Ian Karani, who is recuperating at PCEA Chogoria Mission Hospital where he was admitted on Wednesday last week, told the media that the prefect and his colleagues beat him up for walking out of the dining hall with food against the school regulations.

“The head boy approached me demanding to know why I taking my food outside the dining hall and before I explained he descended on me with blows before his four friends joined him,” Karani said.

Left lying

He said after a thorough beating he was left lying on the ground with blood oozing from mouth and the nose where he was picked by teachers and rushed to the hospital.

The students said teachers lied to the hospital that he had accidentally fallen and also demanded that he should not tell the truth to avoid the matter becoming a police case.

Mr Murithi Ndubi, Karani’s father, said when he got information on what had happened to his son, he rushed to the hospital and found him at the casualty room unconscious.

He claimed that teachers have been intimidating his son forcing him to lie that he fell so as to protect the school reputation and avoid dragging the management into police cases.

“I want justice for my son because he suffered permanent injuries at the hands of prefects and teachers don’t want the truth to come out,” said Mr Ndubi.

Indiscipline case

School principal Mr Mugambi Mitambo agreed that the boy was beaten by the school head boy and four other Form Four boys and assured that he was handling the indiscipline case appropriately.

“Karani lost his teeth while fighting with the prefect and other four boys and I’m handling the matter as an indiscipline case,” said Mr Mitambo.

BY Nairobi News

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Sonko compares his extended foreign tour to Trump’s trips abroad



Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who has been ‘missing’ for almost two weeks now has compared his absence to that of United States President Donald Trump.

Even as he is being investigated in numerous corruption cases, Sonko has had the time to visit several countries abroad including Dubai, Italy, France and later in the week he will be visiting South Korea.

On Tuesday, through social media, Sonko explained why he has been away, stating that all the trips he has taken are good for the city.

“In the last week starting Monday 7th October, I have been out of the country on an official tour where I visited Europe (France) Montpellier, Copenhagen (Denmark) and Asia (South Korea) to attend key note events where other major cities of the world were represented by my counterparts,” Sonko wrote Facebook.

He compared the trips to those of Trump after he took over the Oval office.

“In 2017, US President Donald Trump made several foreign trips, one from 20th to 27th May (8 Days) where he visited a number of Middle East Countries and another in November 5th to 14th (10 Days) visiting Asia, the Korea Peninsula and China. In 2018, Trump went for several foreign trips with one lasting from June 7th to 16th (9 Days) in Europe,” he explained.

He further said that as the governor he has also made several crucial official trips to represent Nairobi City around the world in the last two years.

This he explained is because he believes it is important for him get to interact with other world city leaders and get to see or learn what they are doing differently in their respective cities.

That aside, Sonko admitted that he has been enjoying every moment of his foreign trip.

BY Nairobi News

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Nazizi exhilarated as son meets President Uhuru Kenyatta



Last week marked eight decades since St Mary’s School, Nairobi was started and in honor of the fete, the school’s former and current students came together to celebrate.

Leading the ceremony was Saints alumni President Uhuru Kenyatta who stole the show when he turned up dressed in full school uniform.

Legendary Kenyan Hip hop artist Nazizi Hirji’s 9-year-old son Tafari Firoz who is a pupil at the institution had the privilege of meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta and sharing a cake-cutting session with him.

Tafari was among a select number of students chosen to participate in the event.

An elated Nazizi took to Instagram to share her proud mama moment with her online family.

“The president of my heart @tafari_firoz got to meet the President of Kenya yesterday. The celebration was #saintsat80 and yes @uhurukenyatta is an old Saints boy. Super proud mum,” she wrote.

Nazizi’s son with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Joining the president in celebration of the school’s 80th anniversary was Citizen TV news anchor Jeff Koinange, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and business mogul Jimi Wanjigi, also alumnus of Saints.

The president was pleased with the warm welcome he got from St Mary’s students and in turn extended an invite to the learners to visit the State House for a tour as he urged for the school’s improved infrastructure.

“Let’s put up credible framework to marshal resources to assist the school in improving libraries and other infrastructure. Institutions’ histories are kept alive by people,” said the President.


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