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VIDEO: KWITU makes global headlines as Standard Digital Streams its story Live

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Kenyan Women in the US (KWITU) Inc.,  a non-governmental organization established in 2015 to connect, empower and support the Kenyan Women Living in the USA, is once again making headlines.

A story about the group done by US-based journalist Chris Wamalwa  was streamed live by Standard Digital on Saturday.

KWITU, Inc., which has a membership of about 13000 has been touted as one of the largest Kenyan organizations in US which ogffer opportunities for Kenyan women  to connect via social media platforms, workshops, networking meetups, cultural events, community enrichment programs and annual grand reunions.

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SAD: Kenyan man dies in a road accident in US

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It is with great sorrow and grief that we announce the passing of our son Eric Kyalla in a road accident on Sunday March 22, 2020 in Columbia, Maryland at the tender age of 27.

He is the son of Boniface Kyalla and Susan Waithera Kyalla of Columbia, Maryland. He is brother to Edwin Kyalla. Brother in law to Yudelle Shiro Kyalla. Uncle to Isabel Kyalla.

Nephew to Andrew Kanyote, Patricia Njenga, Catherine Njenga, Pastor Lilian Mwatha, Dorcas Njenga, and Ruth Itotia.

Grandson to Dorcas Kanyote and Hellen Njenga.

Cousin to many in Maryland and in Kenya.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will not have meetings. Burial will take place in Maryland. Details to follow.

For financial support please send CashApp to:
$SusanKyalla 4109007275 and $BonifaceKyalla 4435540614

For more information please contact:
Andrew Kanyote: 443-622-4226
Karanja Mwaura: 410-409-9340
Patricia Njenga: 410-925-5029
Julie Weche: 410-303-3335
Edwin Kyalla: 925-961-2413
Pastor Lilian: 443-759-1086
Joshua Nzueni: 240-593-3403

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

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VIDEO: It’s a living hell for Kenyans flying back from overseas

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Overwhelming numbers, poor planning and Kenyans’ indiscipline have been blamed for the mess that is the quarantine plans for passengers arriving from abroad.

With the government expecting at least 3,000 international passengers, the selected hotels for self-quarantine had not anticipated such numbers.

The reality of being a passenger arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) during this Covid-19 season hit hard for 22-year-old Okari Wabunya and 20-year-old Jamie Nyamongo when their KQ plane from London touched down Tuesday at 4:30am.

The two are university students in London and among dozens of passengers who were Tuesday held at JKIA for about four hours before they could be screened and allocated a National Youth Service (NYS) bus to transport them to selected mandatory quarantine facilities.

The Nation caught up with them outside PrideInn Rhapta in Westlands. They were stranded and confused after missing space at the hotel, with their parents following behind but keeping a safe distance.

While for them their main problem was not how to pay for their 14-day stay at any hotel, other passengers who had travelled in the same bus with them had to get alternative accommodation because they could not afford to stay at the hotel.

They said the hotel was charging $60 (Sh6,380) per night, an amount they felt was too expensive.

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“Initially, we had been told there were 16 spaces at the hotel but upon arrival, the management said it had been fully booked. We are waiting to see what will happen. We are willing to quarantine ourselves even here but the whole process needs to be better planned,” Mr Wabunya said.

The two came home for the upcoming Easter holidays now that schools in London have closed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

“There was no point of staying there when we just wanted to be with family,” said Mr Nyamongo.

After waiting outside the hotel for several hours, the team was driven to the University of Nairobi’s School of Business in Lower Kabete, where they met with another team that had been ferried to the venue by a NYS bus. But for some reason, both teams could not be accommodated there.

In the midst of the confusion, the two teams mingled with each other, made contacts with family and the officers escorting them, oblivious of the danger they were exposing each other to.

Later, the two buses were sent to different locations. The Nation followed a team of about 10 passengers, including a child, who were driven to Corat Africa, next to Catholic University of Eastern Africa. They arrived at about 2pm, hungry and still nursing some jet lag.

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Mr John Mutwiri Miriti, a master’s student at the London School of Economics, said they arrived at JKIA on Monday night and were only allowed to leave the airport yesterday at 7.20am.

He said they spent almost an entire day in a bus looking for accommodation. From JKIA, they were driven to Kenyatta University, where they were denied access. They were then driven to PrideInn Hotel, then UoN and finally to Corat Africa, where accommodation was available for nine.

“This is a new phenomenon to all of us, but we are asking the Ministry of Health to make the logistics more bearable. At least ensure that we get water, meals and accommodation with no much trouble,” said Mr Miriti.

Sources at Kenyatta University said the institution opened its doors to over 60 passengers on Monday night. They are staying at the conference centre. The sources said the university did not have extra accommodation as students left their belongings in the hostels.

PrideInn Hotel, which had been closed temporarily, was reopened on Monday night to accommodate passengers arriving via JKIA. A team that arrived Tuesday from Addis Ababa, Juba and other cities mingled with each other as they shared a breakfast meal that was served in a buffet.

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Despite the hotel indicating that all customers would be subjected to utmost screening using thermo guns by trained staff, passengers who are booked there said they are yet to be taken through any procedure. Staff at the hotel served the passengers without wearing face masks.

One passenger, who requested anonymity, said he had sat next to a woman who arrived from the US inside the bus that took them to PrideInn.

“While I had my face mask on, she had no protective gear, but we kept talking and sharing our experiences,” the passenger said.

“We came from different cities but have shared utensils and mingled freely. Is this how quarantine is conducted? Our company had made reservations for us at a hotel on Thika Road, where the firm’s doctor was meant to attend to us, but we were forced to come here.”

“The bills are high, who will cater for them? We arrived at a time when they had closed due to lack of customers but they opened and called in some few staff, who helped us to settle. The rooms are dusty, we are mingling freely and it’s chaotiC.

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BREAKING: Kenya Airways offers free one-way air tickets to Kenyans in US returning home

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Message from CEO

Greetings,
I appreciate the unwavering support you have given Kenya Airways over the years. We are committed to safeguarding the health and wellbeing our staff and customers whenever you fly with us. Amidst the rising concern of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), I would like to assure you that we have in place measures to maintain the highest levels of safety, security and hygiene.

We are working closely with both local and global health authorities, as well as following guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation and IATA to protect you whenever you are on board any of our services. Once again I thank you for choosing to fly with us and assure you that we will continue implementing measures to mitigate against the effect of Coronavirus.

Regards,
Allan Kilavuka

 

We care for your Safety, Security & Hygiene

In response to the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, the following measures have been put in place to maintain the highest levels of safety, security and hygiene:

  • Activation of our Crisis Management protocol to proactively address situations as they arise and implement appropriate actions.
  • Working closely with both local and global health authorities, as well as following guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation and IATA to protect your well-being.
  • We have stopped issuing headsets for use across all flights. This is to support other efforts that minimise person-to -person transmission of communicable diseases. We advise you to carry your own headsets/ earphones that are compatible with a 3pin jack, which can be purchased at duty free stores across all airports.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures in all our aircraft before a flight. These procedures cover: seat armrests, seat pockets, headrests, tray tables, seatbelts, galleys, overhead luggage compartments, windows, carpets and lavatories.
  • Increased the frequency of layover cleaning of our aircraft from once every fourteen days to once every seven days.
  • Availing hand sanitizers in our aircraft, offices and other service areas.
  • Availing personal protective equipment to our staff based on the level of risk they are exposed to in their respective workstations.
  • Training and sensitizing our crew and staff on various measures to ensure they protect themselves.
  • Ensuring all our cabin groomers wear personal protective equipment.
  • Encouraging handwashing and healthy hygiene practices among our staff and other stakeholders.
  • Using disposable hand towels on all classes of travel.
  • Installation of High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration systems in all our aircrafts to clean the air during flights.
  • Replacing all blankets, linen, pillow covers and headrest covers with fresh sets.

Your latest schedule update due to Covid-19

We in Kenya Airways have been working hard to help our passengers return to their homes given the increased travel restrictions across the world.

We have been forced to reduce our network by over 70% and it had become increasingly difficult to continue offering international passenger services. Today March 22, 2020 the Government of Kenya has issued a directive that requires all incoming and outgoing international passenger traffic to and from Kenya to cease from midnight on 25th March 2020.

To comply with this directive, we have therefore temporarily suspended all international services effective midnight 25th March 2020, until further notice.

We will continue to operate cargo flights particularly so that we are available to offer emergency services or much needed supplies. In the meantime, our domestic flights to Mombasa and Kisumu remain operational.

We aim to provide affected customers with updated information as early as possible hence;

  • Please make sure your contact details are up to date on our Manage My Booking.
  • We encourage all guest to check their Flight Status on upcoming travel due to the rapidly evolving schedule changes.

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