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A family in Kitui County gathers today to bury their bread winner, a senior Kenya Airways pilot who paid the ultimate price for his heroic efforts to evacuate Kenyans stranded in coronavirus-hit United States.

Captain Daudi Kimuyu Kibati was in charge of the last flight from New York to Nairobi, which brought Kenyans back home, before the government ban on international flights took effect on Wednesday last week.

He proceeded to self-quarantine upon touching down in Nairobi on Tuesday, March 24, but was taken ill six days later on Sunday, March 29, after testing positive for Covid-19. Captain Kibati, who will be buried in his Mavindini village, Kavisuni location in Kisasi died on April 1, only a week after performing his last international assignment.

His death was announced by Health Cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe in his daily press briefing on Thursday, as the second patient to die in Kenya out of coronavirus-related complications.

Before the government suspended all international flights on March 25, Kenya Airways offered a one-way complimentary ticket to Kenyans stranded in New York who wished to get back home before the ban.

New York City was being placed on lockdown on March 23, the same day the last KQ flight was departing from the John F Kennedy Airport.

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By then, the death toll in New York had surpassed 1,200 people, and more than 90,000 coronavirus cases had been confirmed in that State.

According to a source at Kenya Airways that requested not to be named, Captain Kibati, who piloted the Dreamliner 787, faced the risky task of evacuating citizens from the city ravaged by the disease under very strict timelines.

The flight had to leave New York City before the lockdown announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo began and arrive in Kenya before the ban on all international flights took effect on March 25.

Captain Kibati, who retired as a major from the Kenya Air Force, put his life on the line and ended up paying the ultimate price. The previous week, he had commanded another return flight from Nairobi to Rome, and back to Nairobi, before being dispatched to New York.

Italy has recorded the highest coronavirus cases in Europe, with the World Health Organization reporting 13,157 deaths and 110,574 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country as of yesterday.

The pilot, 61, self-quarantined at Ole Sereni hotel, alongside his first officer.

Some of the flight cabin crew were booked at Four Points hotel at the airport.

He tested negative upon arrival in Nairobi and two more times but stayed isolated from his family and friends until the morning of Sunday 29, when he developed a nagging sore throat and fever.

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“Our brother tested positive for the coronavirus on the eighth day after undergoing rigorous medical screening in all the capitals he flew to, and three more tests in Nairobi which were negative,” his younger brother Arnold Kibati told the Saturday Nation yesterday.

He said the captain stayed at Nairobi Hospital for only two days before succumbing on Wednesday, throwing his family, relatives and the Kenya Airways fraternity into mourning. The pilot leaves behind a widow, Jane Mwende, and two sons.

One of them, Mr Paul Kibati, is a medical doctor with the Kitui County government.

Dr Kibati has been on the front-line fighting the Covid-19 virus since February by supervising the isolation of dozens of Chinese nationals building the Kitui-Kibwezi road, who returned to Kenya on various dates. He got the shocking news of his dad’s death while on duty at Mutomo Level Four Hospital in Kitui South, where he’s the sub-county medical officer of health.

Governor Charity Ngilu led Kitui residents in mourning Captain Kibati, whom she described as a dedicated public servant.

US-based law scholar Prof Makau Mutua said the management of Kenya Airways was reckless and liable for exposing the pilot to the coronavirus when they failed to shut down flights from Rome and New York — two of the hottest spots for the virus.

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“The government and KQ put profits over people and ignored the safety of their pilots, crew and passengers. They should bear legal responsibility for the untimely death,” said Prof Mutua, who studied with Captain Kibati at Kitui High School. Mr Evelyne Munyoki, the chief human resources officer at Kenya Airways, mourned Captain Kibati a captain on the 787 Fleet in the operations department.

The Saturday Nation established that the first officer and some of the crew who were under quarantine also tested positive for the virus. Only family members will attend the burial.


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Bodaboda chama grows into a multi-million shilling housing cooperative

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A journey of a thousand many miles starts with a single step. A Nakuru-based bodaboda operator’s self-help group proved this in its growth. Driven by the ambition to have something to take home once they couldn’t ride any more, ten bodaboda operators from Barut, Nakuru West in 2015 formed Kianjahi Group, pooling a minimum savings of Sh100 per week per person.

“Being a bodaboda operator is a risky job and has serious effect on one’s health especially if you don’t dress properly for the cold. After attending a seminar in Machakos we decided to start making savings,” said Benson Sigei, the group chairperson.

The group grew as more members joined in 2016. After evaluating their progress, the members increased their weekly savings to Sh200 and eventually to Sh1,000.

“Before the year ended we were nearly 100 members. Our savings were growing and we had to come up with plans which some members considered as too ambitious and pulled out,” says Sigei. With savings of nearly Sh2 million, they bought a 1.6-acre piece of land which was previously a sand quarry.

“It cost us Sh2.1 million in buying the land and rehabilitating it to usable standards. We embarked on making savings for constructing houses which would be of similar design,” he said.

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To make this possible they converted the group into Kianjahi Housing Cooperative Society Limited and introduced Sh15,100 registration fee and minimum share capital of Sh60,000 payable in Sh500 weekly instalments.

AmpThe group started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model.

“Every member now contributes a minimum of Sh1,500 for savings every week. Those yet to clear their share capital make an additional payment of Sh500. This amount does not exert great pressure on the riders since the majority make nearly KShs1,000 per day.

The group then started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model where four houses sit on every 50 by 100 feet plot. The cooperative completed the construction of the first 50 units majority of which have already been occupied.

“We took a Sh15 million loan and in addition to our savings we bought an additional acre of land at Sh2.1 million. In the first phase, we have constructed 52 housing units. 35 members have already moved in,” said the vice-chairman.

The cooperative has bought a third parcel of land on which they intend to set up houses for all members. Members who moved in during the first phase like pay Sh2,000 per month. Sh200 goes to savings and Sh1,800 going towards offsetting the cost of construction. The payment for the houses is spread over seven years.

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by Standardmedia.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
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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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