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Rescued osprey dies under KWS care

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The rescued migratory osprey bird  that flew a distance of 4,317 miles to land in Usalu Village in Siaya County has died.

In a statement, the Kenya Wildlife Service announced the death of the bird, days after breaking the internet following its rescue on January 20, this year.

“We regret to announce the death of the rescued migratory Osprey bird despite all efforts to rehabilitate and eventually release it back into the wild. The four-year-old bird of prey died at the weekend while under the care of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinarians and a KWS-licensed Raptor Rehabilitation Centre in Karen, Nairobi,” KWS said in a statement.

The four-year-old migratory bird, according to the post-mortem examination report conducted by veterinary teams, died of long term starvation which precipitated systemic organs failure.

The raptor bird was rescued last week in Siaya by a member of the community, Mr Walter Oloo, who reported the sighting to the KWS Siaya County office on January 20.

The bird was then taken to the KWS Veterinary Department in Nairobi and later transferred to the Raptor Rehabilitation Centre.

“By the time the bird was delivered to the city, it had been severely dehydrated, weak and emaciated from the long flight and minor injuries while trapped by the fishing net. It weighed 950g against the normal range of 1.3-1.8kg weight of an adult osprey,” KWS noted.

Plans by the KWS was that the bird, once in good health, was to be released at the exact site where it was rescued in the Lake Victoria catchment so that the bird does not lose its bearings on the return epic flight Northwards in early March.

The bird’s origin had been established from a referring ring on its leg whose details show that it was ringed in a museum in Finland.According to Birdlife International, one in five of all the world’s bird species migrate.

And while every migration is an epic and often perilous feat of endurance.Different types of birds take routes of widely varying lengths and while some round-trip migrations can be as long as 44,000 miles, equivalent to almost two round-the-world trips, others are much shorter.

National Geographic details that some birds even migrate on foot and cover thousands of miles moving across continents.

The Osprey had been severely dehydrated, weak and emaciated from the long flight. [Photo Courtesy]

The risky migration journey often sees the migratory birds taking direct yet dangerous routes that expose them to storms, predators, as well as tough navigation conditions.

“Migrations that cut across deserts or open water are especially risky”, National Geographic notes.In such a perilous journey, some birds get caught up in storms killing thousands and forcing an entire sky full of them to stop at the first land they encounter.“Birdwatchers revel in these events (known as fallouts).

Colourful warblers, orioles, and tanagers decorate every bush and provide eye-level views as they forage ravenously to recover from the difficult flight,” it notes.Over the years, the exciting phenomenon of migratory birds that transverse continents have been disrupted by increasing hazards such as habitat loss, overuse of pesticides, hunting and trapping of birds in their stop-over grounds.

Organisations such as Nature Kenya and Birdlife International have also highlighted fatal collisions with buildings and radio towers as a challenge to migratory birds that fly at night.According to KWS Paul Udoto, the ringing of birds is usually done for conservation purposes and to know the movements and habitats of migratory birds.

The exercise is also aimed at boosting conservation of habitats where the birds spent most of their times after travelling for miles across the continent at certain times.“Migratory birds travel miles of kilometres across the continents every year and ringing exercises are usually conducted to trace migratory patterns of these birds and the places they spent most of their times at particular season for conservation purposes. Once established where these birds prefer, awareness for purposes of conservation is usually boosted in such areas,” Mr Udoto said.Kenya, he added, is a signatory to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), whose conference of parties is to be held next month in India and one of the key mandates is to ensure the conservation of migratory bird species.

Bird-ringing in Kenya is often done at Ngulia in Tsavo every other year in October and November, during which migratory birds from Europe are identified.  There are seven documented seven catchment areas of migratory birds among them Lake Nakuru, Naivasha, Bogoria, Elementaita and Lake Victoria.

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Nakuru suppliers of bad maize ‘will still get pay’

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Traders who supplied bad maize with high levels of aflatoxin in Nakuru county will be paid as no sample was taken to the Government Chemist for testing.

The revelation came during the interrogation of Disaster Chief Officer Ann Njenga by a county assembly committee on Tuesday.

However, Ms Njenga clarified that only two wards out of the 55 were affected.

“Going to tell a supplier now that the maize he or she supplied had aflatoxin and it was not examined by the Government Chemist is difficult right now,” she said.

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She added that, most of the food in Viwandani stores had a 10 per cent aflatoxin level, which is acceptable. However, other bags had a 19 per cent level of aflatoxin, but had already been distributed to residents.

Naivasha East MCA Stanley Karanja claimed a person died in the sprawling Kaptembwo neighbourhood of Nakuru town after consuming the bad maize.

However, Ms Njenga, who had a hard time answering questions from the ward reps said, “I’m not aware of any death during the food distribution.”

The MCAs faulted Ms Njenga for giving the committee “half-baked” information. For instance, she said that out of the Sh25 million the assembly allocated, 10 per cent went to logistics.

However, when pressed to give a breakdown of the logistics costs, she failed to give the answers.

“We need to know which logistics costs were paid for and by how much in the next meeting,” Minority leader and Olkaria MCA Peter Palanga said.

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Rhonda MCA Timothy Kabutu said procurement was flawed as no advertisement was made in the local dailies as required by law.

The committee said that, Ms Njenga was not fully in charge of the Covid-19 food distribution, leading to the confusion in the process.

As a result, Mr Karanja, the Naivasha East MCA, said, “some of the produce was given to other beneficiaries such as internally displaced persons (IDPs), who were not identified by the ward committees.”

“Everybody wanted to have a [piece of] pie, and chief officers in the Education and Youth dockets interfered with the exercise.”

However, Ms Njenga defended the food distribution saying that apart from a few challenges, it was “transparent” and “a success”.

The committee was also concerned that the ward level committees had not been paid their allowances. Ms Njenga told the MCAs that, payment had been made in 20 wards. She blamed poor data entry, which was being corrected, for delays.

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Guards at Pumwani Maternity Hospital suspended

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Hatari Security Company that was operating at Pumwani Maternity Hospital has been suspended.

This is after a woman gave birth at the hospital’s gate after reportedly being denied entry at the facility. The woman is said to have been blocked by guards due to the nurses’ strike.

The Senate standing committee on health led by Michael Mbito visited the hospital and said they were not satisfied by the explanation the hospital gave on the events leading to the woman giving birth by the road side.

“They have attempted to explain, but we are not convinced. We are taking statements from the mother and the hospital,” said Mbito, adding that in seven days, the mother and hospital officials will appear before Senate committee.

The senate said most of the challenges of the hospital lay in the confusion on who they are answerable to. They said the security team was contracted by the county government, but the hospital has since been placed under Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

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DP Ruto speaks on Maraga’s calls to have Parliament dissolved

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Deputy President William Ruto has spoken on Chief Justice David Maraga’s advice to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Maraga wrote to the President on Monday, asking him to dissolve Parliament for failing to enforce the two-thirds gender rule.

Speaking on the matter, DP Ruto said women should be equally included in every sector alongside the youth and other marginalised groups.

“You heard the other day, Maraga saying that the issue of women in leadership must be addressed because Kenya must belong to all of us.

“We have had a one-sided debate, and that is why we are saying we must have a conversation on women, youth, persons with disability, the jobless and the poor because we are Kenyans,” stated Ruto.

Ruto discouraged debates on power-sharing that are currently ongoing which he said have little impact on the lives of Kenyans.

He also urged leaders to have new conversations that focused on including women, the youth and persons with disabilities that is inclusive of everyone.

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