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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.”

By Nation.co.ke

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For the love of shoes! DP Ruto’s daughter shows off designer shoes

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William Ruto’s daughter has a taste for finer things in life.

Charlene ‘Chela’ Ruto’s love for heels is unrivaled.

Just like any red blooded lady, she loves to look good in delicate high heels. In one of her Instagram posts, she shows off her taste.

A photo of her perfectly manicured nails, a rouge leather bag and a classy designer watch sum up what the rich kids loves about her life.

“She is beautiful both in and out,” she adds the hashtags #Nails #DesignerWatch and #AlmostTaken.

Check it out below.

Anyhow, Chela loves heels and hand bags, most of her posts she is showing off her accessories. Check out one of them.

In another post, she shows off her post birthday get up. The shoes are Liliana, the clutch and matching earrings look expensive too.

She captioned the photo, “How I slayed on my post birthday night.”

Here is how much the pair of shoes cost (Ksh 4500), but of course this doesn’t include shipping costs.

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Captain Kibati’s family pays tributes to him (Photos)

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Captain Daudi Kimuyu Kibati has been laid to rest today at his Kitui home.

He passed away after contracting coronavirus on his line of duty.

He was the pilot who flew the last flight from New York to Kenya.

“Captain Kibati managed to evacuate many kenyans only for him to succumb to the disease. He made the ultimate sacrifice,” said the CS of health Mutahi Kagwe in a live broadcast.

Captain Kibati was a loving husband to Jane Mwende Kibati and together were blessed with children.

He was a caring dad of Dr. Paul Kibati, Caeser Mutua, Sebastian Kibati and Angeline Mutindi and a loving grand-father to many.

His family wrote a moving poem for the late Captain.

“Where do we begin dad,

Your attributes are beyond what our words can express.

You remind us of Moses in the bible
who God called the most humble man who ever lived.

Your humility, many can attest to. You remind us of the teachings of Jesus when He said love your neighbors.

Only, you went beyond being just a loving neighbor

You became everything for anyone and everyone who needed you

When we needed advise, you were the wise counselor

When we needed understanding, you became the friend; down to the level of each and every person

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When we needed a provider, you went far and beyond; never withholding what’s within your means

When we were in conflict, you became the mediator and not even once, judging

A loving dad, compassionate friend, husband, son, brother, and granddad!

Whom do we turn to?

And now that it’s time to say goodbye, sorrow grips us

Your warmth, smile, voice, laughter; how can we go on dad

Yet we know that it is for love that you chose the lonely way out; though in hope of seeing us again

But this be sure; that forever your legacy will live on

The lives you touched, far and beyond your bloodline;

To where your arms could reach, you embraced many

And now, many hearts ache with sadness! Many eyes fill with tears

Who do we turn to?

We turn to the One who first loved us

Our hope and faith remain steadfast looking on to Him, the author of our lives!

We remain in the blessed of hope of waking up in Christ and seeing you again

As we soldier on to meet Him too someday, He is our faith and Trust

In His arm you are now safe and secure; rest assured that He is watching over us

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It is till we met again Daddy. We loved you but He loved you most!”

May he rest in peace.

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Meet the woman who rallied kids to sing melodies from their balconies

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Last week, a video of children singing praises from their balconies went viral, especially since the government had banned congregating in churches.

It has now emerged that the video was taken at Thindigua Heights along Kiambu Road and one Lillian Mbere initiated the idea.

Lillian, a Sunday School teacher at All Saints Cathedral, said she was compelled to organize something for the kids that would be similar to their Sunday routine but strictly adhering to social distancing.

Prior to the pandemic she would gather the kids at her apartment and teach them a number of things so most kids wondered why she suddenly stopped.

Following announcements by most churches that they would move their services online, Lillian felt she would do church differently by bringing it closer home, literally.

“Because of the disease, we have not been having our Saturday meetings. Our church has been having online services and even a class for children.

“I wondered, why can’t I replicate that in our estate?” she said.

Lillian engaged a number of parents via social media and they agreed they would let their kids go to their respective balconies.

“I told them, practice the songs and I will re-do the Bible lesson, which was done at the church, then we meet at 6 pm,” she said during an interview with Capital.

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On the material day, March 29, the kids did as they had been instructed and their melodious voices captured the attention of residents of the area who quickly recorded the moment.

So far, Coronavirus has claimed 4 lives in Kenya and over 120 have tested positive.

The Ministry of Health has urged Kenyans to stay at home and only leave the house when necessary.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has also warned that the number of positive cases is likely to rise significantly due to local transmissions.

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