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LSK challenges State curfew in court, wants it to start at 10pm

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The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has moved to court seeking suspension of the dusk-to-dawn curfew and an order compelling Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe to provide more details on the country’s preparedness in tackling coronavirus.

On the curfew, LSK wants an alternative order directing the Ministry of Interior to extend the time of the start of the curfew from 7.00 pm to 10 pm.

It also wants the court to compel Interior CS Fred Matiang’i to publish guidelines on conduct of police officers enforcing the curfew in newspapers with national circulation.

Through lawyers Wakesho Kililo and Omwanza Ombati, LSK is seeking orders prohibiting police from using unreasonable force in enforcing the curfew and that Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai be held personally liable should officers use force.

LSK also wants the court to direct Mr Mutyambai to stop interfering with media coverage of curfew enforcement, and for the justice system and legal representation to be added to the list of essential service providers.

‘UNLEASHING TERROR’

In a 36-page constitutional petition filed at the High Court in Milimani, LSK says police officers have been unleashing terror and violence on vulnerable Kenyans.

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The society further believes that the curfew is not only unconstitutional but also illegal, illegitimate and disproportionate because it is blanket and indefinite and goes beyond the Public Order Act.

“The curfew poses a great and imminent danger to the general health and safety of Kenyans particularly the poor and vulnerable members of the society as it is disproportionate and draconian in a free and democratic society,” LSK says.

In the implementation of the curfew, the lawyers said the elderly, pregnant women and the sickly were assaulted by police as providers of essential services such as watchmen, supermarket workers, medical personnel and truck drivers were bludgeoned.

VIRUS TESTING DETAILS

Further, the society is seeking orders compelling Health CS Kagwe to issue guidelines for the curfew, quarantine and containment of Covid-19 disease.

It wants him to offer details on testing such as how many kits have been delivered to various designated testing facilities.

LSK wants the court to compel the CS to reveal the number of facilities designated for Covid-19, their distribution around the country and the capacity to manage severe cases (number of beds and oxygen availability).

According to the lawyers, the CS should disclose the country’s capacity to manage critical cases in terms of Intensive Care Units (ICU), ventilators, laboratory capabilities, blood gas analysis, full metabolic and electrolyte screens.

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On health workers, the society says Mr Kagwe should reveal the number of trained health workers attached to each Covid-19 health facility by cadre.

With regard to resources, Mr Kagwe should be compelled to publish the allocated and expanded financial and non-financial resources for Covid-19 response, the lobby says.

LSK wants the Health CS to explain why tests for the disease are not available on voluntary basis to all who have symptoms as done in other countries.

“Provide a neutral SMS platform that will extend to other users beyond Safaricom subscribers. Communication is tailored to meet the needs of underserved populations, including people with disabilities,” the LSK listed one of the orders it seeks in the petition.

PROTECT THE PUBLIC

LSK also wants court to compel government to provide information on the working conditions of persons providing health services.

The group said it filed the case in exercise of its statutory duty to protect and assist the public.

The respondents of the case are IG Mutyambai, CS Matiang’i, the Attorney General, the Chief Justice and the Health CS.

The petition will be heard on Thursday by Justice Weldon Korir.

-Nation.co.ke


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Kenyans Woman Spikes Lover’s Drink, Transfers Sh1.7mn From His Bank Account – police

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A woman has been arrested in the Kenyan coast after spiking his drink, and stealing Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

24-year-old Beatrice Mueni Mbiu had been on the run since September 8 when the incident occurred at a night club in Nyali, Kwale County.

“She took off alongside her two accomplices but we got her,” a DCI detective told Capital FM News, “she will be charged on Monday even as we seek the other two.”

The detective said the suspect had been positively identified by the victim.

According to police, the woman first spiked the man’s drink then stole his phone which she used to transfer Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

Detectives said they relied on the club’s CCTV images and footage to identify and trace the suspect.

Drink-spiking is common in night clubs frequented by commercial sex workers in major towns including Nairobi and Mombasa where they target both locals and foreigners.

-Capitalfm.co.ke


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Young African boy creates his own ‘ATM’ that dispenses new notes

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Africa is filled with amazing talents, that goes without much debates.

There have been instances where young people have demonstrated unmatchable skills like a Nigerian man who used pencils to create an amazing 3D drawing.

Young Nigerian boy creates his own ATM

The little boy knelt shyly in front of the camera as he demonstrated how his machine works. Photo: Gidi_Traffic
Source: UGC

A video of a young boy has added to the repositories of Africans whose works have found visibility online.

In the clip, the young boy showcased the contraption he made with carton boxes.

When asked what it is, the boy said it an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM).

He demonstrated how it works as new naira notes dashed out of a hole to the floor.

On one hand, he held what looked like the battery that powered the machine.

His creation became known months after yet another Nigerian kid did something similar but with a different body design that mimics the real ATM.

Meanwhile, TUKO.co.ke earlier reported how a 14-year-old Nigerian boy, named Praise Kelechi, showed off his improvisational skill of using cartons to create robots and other superhero costumes.

In an interview with BBC, the boy, while, displaying the Iron Man suit replica he made, said he was worked on it before the lockdown but had more time to perfect it as school was on a forced holiday.

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He gave this piece of advice:

“I want to tell the world that no matter how rich or poor you may be, you can still be whatever you want to be and do whatever you want. It does not matter the resources available or not, you can just be who you are.”

by Tuko.co.ke


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Shock as Kenyan man “marries himself” after fiancée dumps him 2 days to their planned wedding

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A man in Nairobi has married himself in an extravagant and unique ceremony after his fiancée broke up with him. Johnson Mathews and his fiancée, Nelly Burare got engaged in November last year and they were scheduled to get married this month.

However, Nelly decided to call off the relationship after a series of arguments over unverified cheating allegations. While such a situation would typically mean the cancellation of the planned wedding party, Johnson decided he would go ahead with the wedding as planned.

The 33-year-old decided to marry himself instead. He hosted a fancy wedding party on November, 17 at a luxury resort in the outskirts of Nairobi. Only 50, people attended the unusual ceremony but Johnson described it as one of the happiest days of his life.

“Today is one of the happiest days of my life since I am with the people I love the most in this life, celebrating what could have been a tragedy, but I turned it into some sort of comedy comedy,” he said. He thanked all the people whose support helped him overcome a low phase of his life.

One of his close friends adviced him to contact herbalist Wema Kamaliza, a relationship expert to help him reconcile with his fiancee if he was not ready to let it go. “I love Nelly so much and since she said it was over, to be honest, my life changed, it became a nightmare,” he said.

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Five days after he contacted the herbalist Nelly contacted him for a possible reconciliation, they sorted out their problems and the two have since fixed another date for their wedding.

-Tuko.co.ke


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