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Why Kenyans are faulting Laboso for seeking medical treatment abroad



Kenyans are questioning why Bomet governor Joyce Laboso had to seek treatment abroad despite health being a devolved function and her being incharge of the county.

Governor Laboso took medical leave in May and the county communicated that her deputy will hold forte as she seeks treatment for undisclosed illness.

The governor resurfaced online on Tuesday as ODM leader Raila Odinga visited her at a London hospital.

Her admission and treatment in London resurrected a discussion on the poor health systems in the country that political leaders do not trust.

In November 2016, the then Bomet governor Isaac Ruto flew to South Africa for specialized treatment after his nose was injured following a confrontation with the police.


That incident and the current hospitalization of his successor have now raised questions as Kenyans demand better healthcare services from governors under whose mandate health falls.

“Wish her quick recovery, but its just an indication of failed leadership. Lucky for her she can go to London,” Charles Gichuhi tweeted.

“Health is a devolved function, she’s in charge of health in Bomet but she had to fly to London to seek treatment. Devolution is really working well for Kenyans!” Nyambura Nderitu wrote.

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“This is depressing. Obviously we pray for her quick recovery. But if she had built a hospital for her people in her county, she wouldn’t need to travel across the world to acquire good medical services. I feel sad for her county,” Jackson Mwendwa said.

“We should set a date let’s say 10 years from now stating that Kenyan politicians must use Kenyan hospitals. If they decide to go abroad, they should pay from their own pockets,” Maisham Ko wrote.


“What magic has London used to build a working healthcare system that these leaders cannot? A whole governor incharge of health in the county flying to London for treatment is a shame,” Michael Njoroge added.

“Politicians don’t care about the public health system because they are not compelled to use it plus their huge perks can afford them proper care elsewhere,” Shriman Nasi wrote.

“Don’t blame Laboso for seeking treatment abroad… the worst enemy of Kenya are voters notorious for voting with their teeth and tribe then resort to being complainants of the same system they voted for… lastly the attitude of most employees working in public service… poor,” Alex Monayo tweeted.

“I’m a resident of Bomet, we have no drugs at a local dispensary and you expect me to clap for the governor… What concerns us doesn’t matter to her,” Victor Kibet posed.

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“This goes to show they have zero faith in Kenyan hospitals. Maybe if the money they use to fly abroad and seek treatment would be used to better the health care system and have better pay for Kenyan doctors and nurses,” Loise Sigana stated.


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Arnelisa Muigai calls out her male followers with this behaviour




Keroche Breweries heiress Arnelisa Muigai has called out her male fans who always follow her then unfollow when trying to get her attention.

Arnelisa, who seemed angry at the behaviour, could not hold herself as she took to her Insta Stories complaining.

“Those male followers who unfollow then re-follow again like 10,000 times to get my attention, please cut that crap. You’re wasting your energy,” she posted.

Arnelisa’s rant comes days after her husband publicly announced he had converted to Muslim.

This revelation left their fans in confusion, further raising suspicion whether the two are still together.

Earlier on, Arnelisa had taken to her Instagram, announcing that all was not well in her marriage.

The Nero Water Company CEO was responding after hubby Ben Pol went live on Instagram.

According to Arnelisa, someone sent her screenshots of her husband’s live session.

Although she admitted she had not watched the live stream, Arnelisa admitted that their marriage was going through a rough patch.

Arnelisa also noted that she loves to protect her image and to be respected. She further urged husbands to protect their wives.

This was after the two lovebirds unfollowed each other on Instagram fuelling separation speculations.

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Ben Pol also fuelled the rumours when he announced he needed some time off.

According to the musician, he needed some time off and would not be on social media for some time.

However, Ben Pol later on uploaded a video of Arnelisa recording him while dancing further confusing fans on where the two are still together.

The two got married in June 2020 while in Tanzania in a lavish wedding.

Although they did not alert online inlaws when the wedding was taking place, they later on uploaded pictures of their big day.

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NTSA boss singles out Subaru boys over spike in road accidents 




The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has put Subaru drivers on notice after the spike in road accidents in the country.

Speaking on Wednesday the 28th of October 2020 during the launch of National Safe Roads Programme in Upperhill, George Njao, NTSA Director-General, noted that young people caused the most road accidents in the country.

Njao further explained that young people after graduation always want fast cars like Subarus. Consequently, he revealed the NTSA would closely work with universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Traning (TVET) institutions to curb the accidents.

“We have got the youth community. we would like to work with the tvet and the universities. Those who are graduating from the university, what is the first thing a student does with his second salary?

“They buy a car. If you look at the number of fatalities that we have had, it is in the youth category of new cars, the Subarus. These new cars that our young people are driving are causing a problem for us,” Njao said.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i also noted that most road accidents involved youth who are in their prime years, further affecting the economy.

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The CS also urged elders to mentor young people to be responsible as it is the only way the country can curb road accidents.

According to a recent NTSA report, the country has recorded a 1.3% increase in road fatalities with 2,689 deaths this year from 1st of January to the 30th of September compared to 2,655 deaths last year.

However, a section of Kenyans felt that Njao was out of context seeing most young graduates can’t afford Subarus.

The netizens further noted that other cars such as Probox cause more accidents than Subarus.

However, Subaru drivers have numerously been under fire for their speed driving, hooting and overlapping while on the roads.

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The ocean is my moneymaker



For Mohammed Abbas, a fire was sparked as a child when he would accompany his father, a sailor, on his trips on the Indian Ocean. This boating hobby he started at 10 years old has now turned into a full-blown investment.

“I would go fishing with my father when I was a small boy at the creeks in Mtwapa and many other spots. I also learnt fishing from practising and hanging out wiht different fishermen. I started sport fishing as a hobby and soon after, I started getting inquiries from friends interested to try it out, because they were interested in water sports activities. At first we would pool resources and go out into the sea just for fun, until last year when I decided to venture into it as a business,” he shares.

Recreational fishing, also called sport fishing, is fishing for pleasure or competition rather than for survival.

While Mohammed’s first boat was a small fibreglass canoe 15 ft, five years ago, he bought the Tiara SST 31 Fishing Boat for offshore sport fishing, powered by two Turbo engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 Knots. Among the reasons he selected this boat is that it comes with many strong features that make it the best for sport fishing, including a GPS Tracker, VHF Radio, Toilet, Ice boxes [so clients could be served soft drinks), rods, reels and tackles amongst others. .

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Besides monetary reasons, Mohammed ventured into boating and sport fishing out of an urge to show more people the sea life.

“There is so much to explore and we are happy to take people to it. It is also a prideful activity because we don’t have it anywhere else in Kenya, and we are lucky that as beneficiaries of the Indian Ocean, there are very many species of fish and other life to see. We have the big five catches [which include; the blue Marlin, Stripe Marlin, Black Marlin, Sail Fish and Broadbill), the Wahoo, Dorado, YellowFin Tuna and Kingfish. We tag and release the big five. We allow customers to take the pelagic fish home or it is served to them as the catch of the day if they are residents at the hotel,” he adds.

He also got into this business to create employment opportunities in the tourism industry, with the aim of making Diani the watersport hub. He has created employment for over nine people, who are all well trained in deep sea fishing, jet ski, wind surfing, kite surfing, kayaking and other motorised sports.

Being in this line of work is fun and pays off as it has been embraced both by international and local tourists. But also is not left without its own challenges, the biggest being non-licensed operators.

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“While safety is the most critical part of the sporting activities, unlicensed corporates do not adhere to many safety regulations. They are not a competition as such, but a threat to the business because once something goes wrong, then all the practising companies are categorised under one and we have to carry the blame and sometimes even at threat of being shut down. For instance, sometime back, there used to be skydiving in Diani, until there was an accident and someone died and the activity was completely banned here. Not only for the “unlicensed business owner” but for all of us,” he explains.

Despite presence of many boards in boating activities, the director shares that the government has not been doing much to get rid of unlicensed operators from the sea.

Just like many other businesses, Mohammed’s company has also been faced with Covid-19 challenges. However, unlike many businesses that were letting go of some staff, Mohammed could not lay off his staff because all of them depend on the activities for their income. Forced to take a loan to make ends meet and ensure that his staff are catered for, Mohammed is requesting for the government’s intervention to help businesses get back on their feet.

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While business has been highly dependent on international tourists, he is pleased that more local tourists are starting to embrace big game fishing and encouraging more people to experience and make memories. The boat can carry a maximum of six people, excluding the boat crew, and can go up to 48km on the sea. While the rates are not constant, the average rate is Sh16,000 for the day, which is negotiable. Also since the boat is located at Baobab Hotel, you could get your catch prepared for lunch at the hotel.


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