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Nandi Governor to take pay cut

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Nandi County Governor Stephen Sang and his deputy Yulita Cheruiyot on Monday said that they would be taking 30 per cent pay cut in March and April.

The money, they said, will be channelled to the newly established County Emergency Fund for fighting against the new coronavirus.

The county boss made the announcement after holding a meeting with his executives and County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka.

“The county leadership has agreed to take pay cuts for the months of March and April with myself and the Deputy Governor taking a 30 per cent cut; the county secretary, the county executive committee members and the chief officers will take a 25 per cent cut for the same period,” he said while addressing the press outside his office in Kapsabet.

The county, like others across the country, has been preparing for a possible Covid-19 outbreak by establishing isolation wards and buying necessary equipment to handle the disease.

So far, 16 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in the country, although none have been recorded in the devolved unit.

“The resultant amount will be channelled into the Emergency Fund Account to enable us procure additional and urgently needed medical supplies and items in response to the emergency at hand,” added the governor.

The county has been operating on almost dry coffers after the National Treasury denied it funds for failing to clear pending bills amounting to billions of shillings.

The governor, however, thanked the senior county workers for accepting to have their salaries slashed for the Fund.

He also praised Nandi MCAs for passing a by-law that enabled setting up of the Fund.

“We are grateful to the MCAs for approving the Nandi County Emergency Fund Act in record time last week. This paves the way for the county to seek funds which shall be managed from the Emergency Fund in order to adequately respond to emergencies,” he said.

The governor also ordered medical staff on study leave to report to work within 24 hours after their studies were put on hold by universities due to the coronavirus outbreak.

He also asked other health workers on leave to resume work immediately.

He added that residents yet to clear their water bills would not be disconnected.

“Users are however strongly advised to regularise their accounts with the company to avoid incurring huge penalties resulting from non-payment,” he added.

Mr Olaka said several bar owners had their licences cancelled yesterday after they were found ignoring a directive from the Health Ministry to close bars.

“The security officials will arrest bar owners found breaking rules which government has put in place. Matatu operators are also warned not to exploit passengers,” he said.

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

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

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.

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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