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Actor who passed away on set did not die of coronavirus – producer

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Nigerian actor Matt Alkali, famed for his role in popular TV series Halita where he starred as Dareng did not die of Covid-19, this is according to the production company behind the hit drama.

Setting the record straight, Halita executive producer Dimbo Atiya stated that the actor died of a blood clot and not coronavirus as widely speculated.

“It is sad that the facts of this situation have been turned around to mislead the general public on the death of this amazing young actor. Matt Alkali was not filming on the Halita set as Familiar Grounds Media officially closed set Monday, March 23 in conforming to the plea by government. All cast and crew of Halita were disengaged,” he said.

“Matt Alkali had stopped filming about a month ago. The “set” he was working on was a different film project by some independent producers from Masaka in Karu. He was said to be on the location of the project since Sunday.”

Atiya explained that whilst it is true that Alkali died in Nasarawa State, Central Nigeria, the actor had been battling the condition for years.

“Alkali Matt had blood clot condition for a long time, something he had managed with orthodox medicine. But sort local traditional solution recently, I spoke with him on phone just on Saturday,” he added.

He further reiterated that the deceased was not in Lagos for the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards where an attendee, according to health officials, tested positive for the virus.

“He was not at the AMVCA. And, even if he had contact with anyone with COVID 19 here in Abuja, he will still be in the incubating period. (If he did come in contact with the virus, it was not on the set of Halita or through anyone on that project as it is speculated,” Atiya went on.

The producer noted that details as to what the deceased died of is not in doubt and expressed confidence that if an autopsy is conducted, it will disprove the widely circulated notions.

“Familiar Grounds Media offered to carry an autopsy to know what happened to him, his family’s wish was they are not interested, they will like to bury their son in peace. This can be verified from the officials at the Federal Medical Centre Keffi, which, by the way, is the hospital he was taken to.”

In an earlier statement, Atiya had eulogized the late actor as a talent gone too soon.

“This has come as a rude shock to us all and we pray that the Lord will grant his family the fortitude to bear this great loss. From all of us at Familiar Grounds, we say rest in power “Dareng”, shared Atiya on Instagram.

-Standardmedia.co.ke

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Man in 46-day isolation freed, then slapped with new charge

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When Kelvin Aura heard that he would be held in a police cell after being discharged from a Homa Bay Covid-19 treatment centre, he was disillusioned.

Aura , who was discharged on Saturday, had spent 46 days in an isolation ward, and could not understand the turn of events.

The 27-year-old is the driver who ferried eight mourners with an empty coffin to attend a burial at Kadede village, Kamser Seka Sub-location, Rambira Location in Rachuonyo North Sub-county in April.

Since then, he has been isolated at Malela Covid-19 treatment centre in Ndhiwa Sub-county. When Aura was released at about 11.30am, he knew he would go for a 14-day self-quarantine in his Nairobi home as instructed by medical personnel. His second tribulation began when he arrived at Kendu Bay Police Station to pick his vehicle.

The vehicle had been moved to the police station when he was in quarantine at Homa Bay Kenya Medical Training College in April. Aura said while at the police station he was told he would be charged for giving false information.

“I fainted after realising I was being held instead of going for self-quarantine in my house for 14 days as medics had instructed me. It is then that I was released to go to the home where I had ferried the mourners,” Aura said.

Directorate of criminal investigations

He was released and instructed to report to the office of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in Nairobi on Tuesday (today). Armed with the appropriate documentation from health officials, the youth was allowed to travel to Nairobi. “I do not know why I am being charged. I only expected to be in self-quarantine,” he said.

Aura, a resident of Mumias in Kakamega County lives in Nairobi where he works as a driver for a transport firm. He decried financial challenges orchestrated by his isolation. “I have not paid two months house rent of Sh30,000. I have only Sh2,500. That is why I am appealing to lawyers and human rights organisations to rescue me,” Aura said.

At the treatment centre, life became unbearable for him due to solitude. His being asymptomatic made him deny that he was coronavirus positive. Aura objected his condition by recording a video which went viral, saying he was not sick.Instead, he appealed to the government to release him from the centre.

“I had no signs of illness yet health professionals were telling me that I was coronavirus positive. I was lonely and desperate,” Aura said.

The denial forced county health officials to counsel him. “They counselled me until I accepted that I was Covid-19 positive. Today, I thank God that I am negative and I am out of the treatment centre,” Aura said. He said the medics treated him well. “They fed me well and gave me drugs. Anything I required they provided for,” he said.

County Health Executive Richard Muga said Aura’s sixth and seventh tests proved he is coronavirus negative. “His first five tests showed he was emitting the virus. The latest tests show he has recovered,” Prof Muga said. Rachuonyo North Sub-county Police Commander Sarah Chumo said she was making inquiry on Aura’s detention at Kendu Bay Police Station.

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Uhuru: Why it can’t wait any longer

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President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday signalled the urgency for Constitutional change and necessity for a new political mindset.

In a passionate pitch made at State House Nairobi during the Madaraka Day celebrations, the President left every impression that he is determined to preside over far-reaching constitutional amendments that will “secure the country’s growth and development”. Previously, Opposition leader Raila Odinga has been the avowed champion of constitutional change.

Conversely, Deputy President William Ruto has been blowing hot and cold with regard to the changes, believing they would cloud an already clear succession path. Both Ruto and Raila were at the State House event.

The past one month has been characterised by ceaseless pounding of the DP’s political edifice and the routing out of his allies.

“A Constitution is not an end in itself; it is a means to a greater end. It is a living document. And if certain elements of the Constitution outlive their historical purposes, they become a cancer. They must be removed or they will infect the good elements of the mother law,” said Uhuru.

Time for change

According to the President, the time for the change is now. He reminded the country of past constitutional changes in 1991 and 2008.

“I am already discerning a constitutional moment. Not a moment to replace the 2010 Constitution, but one to improve on it. A moment that will right what we got wrong in 2010,” he said.

Of the 1991 repeal of Section 2(a) reintroducing multiparty, President Kenyatta said the section had outlived its historical purposes and morphed into “political cancer.”

The 2008 National Accord and Reconciliation Act changes, he said, happened out of historical necessity. In 2008, Raila became the country’s second Prime Minister after Mzee Jomo Kenyatta who transformed into President and Head of State a year after independence. “If the political architecture provided by a Constitution cannot support the growth and progress of a nation, that Constitution becomes cancer to the body politick,” said President Uhuru.

Quoting Kenya’s founding fathers, Mzee Kenyatta, Jaramogi Odinga and Tom Mboya, he said a good Constitution must be responsive to the aspirations of a nation and be a means to a greater end. “Having been involved in the Lancaster constitution-making process in the 1960s, Mboya cautioned the nation against constitutional rigidity,” he said.

At the base of these changes, however, the nation must obtain the right mindset and re-imagine itself, he said. Although the constitutional change is at the core of this re-imagination, a change in civic culture will crown and firm it up.

New kind of leadership

We cannot re-imagine our nationhood without changing our political architecture. And we cannot change this architecture without re-engineering our Constitution,” he said.

Quoting a sermon by Cannon Donaldson of Westminster Abbey, the President bemoaned the difficulties of policing a political culture beset with skulduggery where politics is defined by “Wealth without Work; Pleasure without Conscience; Knowledge without Morality and Worship without Sacrifice”.

He complained of a leadership keen on taking shortcuts, devoid of integrity and lacking in national duty and devotion.

“We need political leaders totally committed to promoting not self, but what will transform lives of our people in line with what our founding fathers yearned for. Indeed, as Martin Luther King Jr said: ‘We need political leaders not in love with money, but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity, but in love with humanity’,” he said.

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Comedian Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o has given fans a glimpse at his luxurious Nairobi mansion. “I got a chance to come home much earlier today, it’s looking good

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Comedian Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o has given fans a glimpse at his luxurious Nairobi mansion.

Through a series of instagram stories video, Jalang’o, who’s also a radio host at Milele FM offered a glimpse at his affluent home.

The comedian started by showing his sizeable compound complete with a beautiful garden and a small farm.

“I got a chance to come home much earlier today, it’s looking good,” he is heard narrating in the background.

As he pans the camera, a one-story mansion is seen in the background, neighboured by an equally majestic mansion.

The comedian’s affluent home.

Side hustle

Jalang’o also took the chance to introduce his side hustle.

“I am hustler like that,” said Jalas before showing over 40 crates.

“I know most of you didn’t know that I sell eggs. If you need eggs, let me know; I’ll supply as many crates as you want.”

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