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Did Ruto kick out journalists, yet again? – AUDIO

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An audio recording of someone who sounds like the Deputy President William Ruto chasing away journalists is making the rounds on social media.

In the audio, the person is heard telling asking the journalists to leave.

“Bado tuko na watu ya magazeti? Watu ya magazeti mnafanya nini hapa? Toeni hii maTV yenu hapa. Mnatufwata mpaka usiku? Tokeni hapa!” the speaker in the audio clip says.

It is not clear when, where nor if the person speaking is indeed the Deputy President.

The audio has emerged just days after the DP was caught on camera shooing off journalists who were covering the Ilchamus traditional wedding ceremony in Baringo County, an event he presided over.

In an incident that happened on August 10, 2019 in Baringo county, the DP interrupted his speech and asked the journalists to move back to give the crowd a clear view of the speakers at the wedding.

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Ruto went as far as making it clear to the journalists that he was not there to address them, but rather members of the public gathered at the venue.

“Na nyinyi watu wa nini, mumekuwa wengi hapa ketini chini watu wanataka kuangalia huko nyuma. Nyinyi tokeni hapa. Msonge nyuma. Wakae mbali mbali ndio wananchi waone. Kwani mnafikiri nimekuja kuongea na nyinyi ama nimekuja kuongea na wananchi,” Ruto said while addressing the journalists.

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According to journalists who covered the event, the DP’s security personnel pushed and roughed them up leaving only those working with the Deputy President’s Press Service.

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Blogger Edgar Obare charged for sharing private documents of Natalie Tewa

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Blogger Edgar Obare has been arraigned at Kiambu Law Courts for sharing confidential travel documents of YouTuber Natalie Wanjiru Githinji alias Natalie Tewa.

Obare was charged with the offence of unlawful disclosure of personal data contrary to section 72 (3) (b) as read with section 73 of the data protection act number 24 of 2019.

His charge sheet under OB number 39/30/07/2020 reads: “On diverse dates between July 9, 2020, and July 13, 2020, at an unknown place within the Republic of Kenya, using social media accounts, domain name, www.bnn.ke, and verified Instagram account @edgarobare, unlawfully disclosed to your followers personal data of visa belonging to Natalie Wanjiru Githinji without her consent.”

Natalie Tewa

He was arrested on Thursday, July 30, at his Kisumu home and was brought to Nairobi and then taken to Muthaiga Police Station where he was detained over the weekend.

Blogger Christian Dela, who accompanied Obare to the court kept posting on the proceedings as he urged for support for his friend.

The court adjourned at 11.00 am ahead of the 2 pm ruling. On Friday, after spending a night in police custody, the blogger expressed safety concerns calling on his supporters to help him get back his freedom.

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“I am not safe and I don’t feel safe where am being held, I have struggled with getting bail but now I understand why it’s being denied. Please support #freeedgarobare,” he tweeted. Before Obare’s arrest, on July 27, Tewa posted on her Twitter account blaming people whom she did not mention for soiling her name.

She posted: “We have such a terrible culture of tearing other people down in the name of gossip. There’s already too much negativity in this world, contributing to it doesn’t improve your life or take you higher. Instead use your time wisely, because every minute of our lives counts.”

Allegations

Obare stirred debate when he linked the Youtuber to a Dubai trip by Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed.

The duo had travelled to Dubai to check on former PM Raila Odinga who was in the hospital after undergoing an operation.

The blogger claimed that the media personality was part of the entourage. This was after a brown handbag pictured under a coffee table the two politicians drunk their tea from went viral as Kenyans wanted to know who owned it. The blogger claimed that the YouTuber was the owner of the handbag.

However, there was no image of the television celebrity who has since denied that she was part of the entourage.

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Unravelling .ink between diabetes and coronavirus

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Fear, distress and anxiety is what best describes the feelings Newton Ngugi has been having for the past four months. As a diabetic, one of the groups of people at risk, he can boast about all the diabetes management lessons he has acquired from his doctor and support group for the past six years.

Not knowing what the future holds, the 25-year-old has proven to be resilient amidst all the anxiety, “I have been trying to stay calm and make sure I am okay, especially since there has been a lot of misguided information regarding us and Covid-19,” he says.

Stuck in a dilemma of whether to go to hospital or not, Ngugi has had to come up with ways of self management that has seen him not visit a hospital or develop diabetes complications since the pandemic hit Kenya.

“Most of us are afraid of going to the hospital even for regular check-up, because we have been told we are vulnerable. But even if we go, we are most likely to be attended to after hours of waiting by different doctors because most diabetes centres are still closed and the focus is on coronavirus,” he says.

For Ngugi, the coronavirus ca me wit h layoffs that affected him. Consequently, he lost his health insurance cover that rendered him unable to buy his medication.

“Although I don’t have a source of income, one thing I am really happy about is the support groups that have been my comfort place. They have been a shoulder to lean on throughout the pandemic and also comforted me when I felt so low. Especially since it is important to manage ones stress with diabetes,” he says.

According to International Diabetes Federation Atlas, just over half a million adults were living with diabetes in Kenya in 2019. This total is estimated to triple over the next 25 years. However, a high number of Kenyans with diabetes, an estimated 40 per cent, are unaware of their condition, putting them at a higher mortality risk when infected with Covid-19.

Ngugi is one of the many people living with diabetes who have been consumed by the fear hovering among diabetic patients. Although he has developed ways of

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managing the illness, it is still important to ensure that he goes for his regular check- up.

Unmasking diabetes

Dr Jacob Shabani, Chair, Department of Family Medicine at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, says various studies have documented that diabetic people have greater risk of death from Covid-19 infection.

“But while there is some truth in this, it’s important to note that, it is mainly uncontrolled diabetes that lowers the patient’s immunity. This happens because with prolonged periods of high blood sugars, white blood cells, responsible for producing immunoglobulins [antibody that neutralise pathogens such as bacteria and viruses), get damaged by excess glucose and fail to multiply adequately to make immune elements,” he says.

Therefore, he highlights, one has to ensure the body is well prepared to fight the disease, through regular appointments, avoiding self diabetes management and ensuring they have a telemedicine component so that their care can continue.

Dr Shabani adds that patients turning out to be Covid-19 positive and develop severe complications are those who are already diabetic, or were not aware they had diabetes, so their sugar control has worsened. He explains further that some death cases in patients with Covid-19 occur when they get diabetes complications such as diabetes ketoacidosis [when the blood sugar is very high and acidic substances called ketones build up to dangerous levels in your body) or low blood sugars that they end up with increased acidity and complications.

The pandemic, the doctor says, will worsen diabetics’ control of their condition and unmask people who had diabetes and didn’t know.

“With these revelations, it is important to get your sugar checked and be aware of your diabetes status. This will avoid late discovery and prevent complications. At Aga Khan University Hospital, we keep our regular services open to take care of our patients who have diabetes, hypertension and other chronic illnesses.

We remind them on how they can safely obtain care, get medications renewed and get check-ups to ensure they achieve the control they desire. We have also made sure that we keep a record of the people with these chronic illnesses and we make an effort to call those who have not come for their care as expected and remind them to keep their appointments,” he says.

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He advises people with chronic illnesses not to just refill their medications and treat symptoms without advice from their regular doctor because they might not know whether they are controlling their sugar or not and in that way, put themselves at risk. He also says they should stay at home and avoid unnecessary gatherings; however, they should visit their regular doctor or at least contact them telephonically.

“Patients with chronic disease will mitigate against their vulnerability if they keep their physical distance, avoid overcrowding, always wear a mask if they have to go out. They should also wash their hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol based sanitisers,” he adds.

Dr Catherine Kanari, Clinic lead, Amref health Africa, says diabetes is a known risk factor for developing severe Covid-19 complications, adding that people with the condition are more vulnerable in the society.

Although most adults with diabetes fear going for their regular checkups, Kanari emphasises on them for they ensure sugar levels are stable just in case one contracts the coronavirus. Failure to which, she highlights diabetics could be prone to developing other diabetes complications such as blindness or heart attack or stroke that may result in death.

Kanari further says that despite the virus being relatively new for health workers, study indicate it damages insulin producing cells, which are important for regulating blood sugar levels leading to rapid health deterioration.

Access to home care

“Although most diabetic people are vulnerable, further studies indicate that the virus might also trigger diabetes. Therefore, ensuring you follow the World health Organisation [WHO] Guidelines of staying safe and staying home to prevent transmission,” says Kanari.

In addition, people with diabetes are most likely to be vulnerable because when the body doesn’t make enough insulin to break down sugar, it uses ketons, which is an alternative source of fuel that is quite complex for a body with low immunity to process.

“One way we can deal with this and win the battle is by ensuring we enlighten people on the importance of management of diabetes and the importance of taking care of themselves and regularly checking their sugar levels. If a patient is able to access a glucometre and check their sugar levels by themselves, the better because then they would have avoided the whole process of going to the hospital and putting themselves at risk,” she says.

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Furthermore, the government need to quantify and make data of people who are vulnerable more accessible in order to ensure that diabetic patients and even patients with other chronic illnesses access better home based health care hence reducing mortality rate of people living with this diseases.

NEWTON NGUGI

Most of us are afraid of going to the hospital even for regular check-up, because we have been told we are vulnerable. But even if we go, we are most likely to be attended to after hours of waiting by different doctors…

DR CATHERINE KANARI

One way we can deal with this and win the battle is by ensuring we enlighten people on the importance of management of diabetes and the importance of taking care of themselves and regularly checking their sugar levels

DR JACOB SHABANI

It is mainly uncontrolled diabetes that lowers the patient’s immunity. With prolonged periods of high blood sugars, white blood cells… get damaged by excess glucose and fail to multiply adequately to make immune elements.

Effects of diabetes

Stroke
Lower limb amputation
Nerve damage
Blindness
Kidney failure
Heart attack
Increased risk of premature death (before age 70)

Effects of gestational diabetes

Pre-eclampsia or eclampsia

Overweight babies
Congenital malformations

Complications during childbirth Stillbirth

Death of mother
Increased risk of obesity in children

Increased risk of type 2 diabetes in children

Pregnancy risk
Older age at pregnancy
Excessive weight gain
Lack of exercise/ physical activity
Gestational diabetes during previous pregnancy

Unhealthy diet

Management of Diabetes
Medication
Diet, exercise
Regular screening and treatment for complications

Blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure control Stopping smoking

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The proportion of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing in most countries TYPE1
More than 1.1 million children and adolescents are living with type 1 diabetes 79PC of adults with diabetes were living in low- and middleincome countries

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Mothers’ long and painful quest for court award after sons disappeared

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“We are just two strangers who met through the disappearance of our sons. We are now bonded by our pursuit for justice long after the court ruled that the state should pay us Sh5 million each.”

That is how Sarah Muyera (pictured)  and Eunice Kajairo describe their friendship. Every day, they hope someone will give them a clear brief on what happened to the money they were to be awarded, or if they will ever get it.  Their story begins in 2016. They returned to their respective homes and found their sons missing. A witness, Hermaton Idaki, told them their sons Erickson Aluda and Brian Nzenze had been taken by police at Kawangware market at around midday.

Aluda was riding a boda boda and Nenze was his pillion passenger. Policemen in Toyota Land Cruiser registration number GKA 875X stopped them. An altercation ensued. They were then bundled in the police car and that was the last time the duo, in their early 20s were seen. The witness who reported the incident was found dead by the roadside three weeks later, deepening the mystery.

Nobody knows what happened to Nzenze and Aluda. Details on why they were taken by the police are scanty. In a winding court case marked with tears and media publicity, the judge made a ruling in 2018: “The state owed Muyera and Kajairo Sh5 million each for the anguish the family had gone through.”

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The High Court ordered Inspector General of Police to pay Muyera and Kajairo Sh5 million each and investigate and prosecute those involved in the disappearance of the Kawangware boys who were presumed dead, making the case one of the few where the state has been charged with extrajudicial killings.

Sense of relief

After the ruling, Kajairo remembers feeling a sense of relief. All the tears she had shed in many courtroom sessions and the energy she had spent trying to trace her son had amounted to something.Although the money was not value for their lost children, the two mothers felt that somehow, someone had listened to their story and felt remorse.

“Being awarded Sh5 million did not replace my son, but I needed that money to start over. To go far away and forget the pain,” she said. Two years later, they are still waiting. They went home and were told they will be guided on how to access the money. Nobody did. “Everything went quiet. The horrible wait started,” says Muyera.

Hanningtone Amol who took the case pro-bono says the state appealed, and a new case is expected to start. For the two women, the feeling of almost getting justice and then having it yanked is too much to bear.

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“You become bitter. Everything stops making sense. You start feeling like you do not matter to anyone. It is a bad feeling to have,” says Kajairo, adding that the court case took so much of their time and energy, they abandoned the manual jobs.“We always wonder what it will take for us to get the compensation and why it is taking so long,” she says.

To that, Law Society of Kenya (LSK) chairman Nelson Havi says getting the money will be a tall order. He says the society has more than 200 cases of people awarded against the state, and they are still waiting as years go by. “From our records, the state owes people more than Sh10 billion. It is unfair for the government to treat its people like that,” he says.

He adds that the complexity of the law that governs compensation makes it more difficult for the awardees. Lawyer Lucas Kang’oli explains that pursuing such claims gets difficult both for the lawyer and the awardees since there is no specific person to be held to account. “There are no assets to attach and there is no one you can cling on and ask to pay. There are people who have to part with some money for their cases to be processed,” he says.

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Havi says the society is planning to file a consolidated petition on behalf of the people still waiting for the government to compensate them. For Muyera and Kajairo, the wait continues and they join the list of many still waiting for compensation from the government.

Duncan Oketch has been following up on his uncle’s compensation for land he lost to the government. He says he has made numerous trips to the AG because his uncle is ailing, and the family is almost giving up.  “They award you the money knowing so well that they will not give it to you. It is meant to soothe you for a few days,” he says.

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