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Waiguru: ‘I forgive Kirinyaga MCAs’

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Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has forgiven ward representatives who impeached her.

The governor said her clearance by the Senate marks a remarkable and historic victory in her political life.

She stressed that her impeachment was all a choreographed plan of events that was aimed at tarnishing her name.

“But have I forgiven the forces behind my impeachment,” she said on Saturday.

COUNTY DEVELOPMENT

She called upon the Kirinyaga County Assembly ward representatives to play their part in ensuring the devolved unit moves forward in terms of development.

“Rather than prioritising funds to projects such as building offices for MCAs, the ward representatives should prioritise allocations of funds for Covid-19 pandemic management and healthcare as proposed by the executive,” she said.

“We have much to do and little time to achieve it. My government remains ready and willing to do work with like-minded individuals committed to the service of the residents,” she added.

She noted that her impeachment process did not meet the required threshold and that is why it was rejected by the Senate.

However she observed that the Senate report’s findings revealed areas of improvement in administration by officers and need for better checks and balances.

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She assured the residents that this will be addressed and necessary changes and improvement will be made to human resource and systems to improve service delivery to the people of Kirinyaga.

IMPEACHMENT

But Ms Waiguru told the residents that the politically instigated impeachment process has not affected her commitment to serve them.

“I’m more resolved to ensure the residents get the service they deserve. It is unfortunate, the political innuendos have robbed the residents of their right to receive service from their leaders but I assure them that I will do my best to ensure that Kirinyaga Rising vision is achieved,” she said in a statement.

She attributed her woes to her support for the Building Bridges Initiative and the handshake between Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

She vowed neither to give up nor change her commitment to improve the lives of children and women in the entire country.

“We must continue our quest for a better Kenya whatever the price that will be,” she said.

She particularly thanked her husband Kamotho Waiganjo who had been supportive to her throughout her trial.


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Kenyan Minting Money From Selling Muratina in UK

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A Kenyan man is minting money in the UK by brewing and selling the locally produced alcoholic drink, Muratina.

The brew is largely illegal in Kenya, however, for King’ori Wambaki, the Kikuyu traditional drink has made him a household name in Cheshunt, UK.

Wambaki has spent over 27 years in England, shifting from studies, working for foreigners and unveiling his own business.

He packages the drink, dubbed Muratelia, as wine spiced with honey. It contains 12 percent alcohol and is sold to customers under the age of 35.

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King’Ori Wambaki (right) enjoys his drink. On the left is a fashion icon marketing a branded Muratelia bag
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Muratelia is sold at between £10 (Ksh 1,491) and £25 (Ksh 3,727) depending on whether it’s sold on counters, retail shops, or restaurants.

“Cheshunt is located outside London. We used ingredients that are available here in the UK as we have not yet reached a point where we can import products from Kenya.

“The business provides income better than what I can earn while being employed, Wambaki who hails from Othaya, Nyeri stated while speaking with a local daily.

He disclosed that he made in-depth research and business plans on how to market his product. It has also been incorporated in the modeling and fashion industry through branded bags and clothes.

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He has also created employment for the youth in the UK as he owns three restaurants and four shops.

What worked for him was that he had no competition as the drink was a new entity in the UK market. Wambaki is keen on expanding his business and the entrepreneur targets the local Kenyan market.

He said that he had applied for a business permit and license in Kenya, seeking to introduce his upgraded brand.

“The whites love it despite it being a Kenyan drink. In June we may start producing it in Kenya,” he added.

According to his LinkedIn page, the economist holds a Master of Science in Finance and Management and a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

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A bottle of Muratelia in an advert posted on the company’s website
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Coronavirus-burdened US warns its citizens against travel to Kenya

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The US government has issued a travel advisory to Kenya, citing an increased risk of contracting Covid-19, this despite the country being among those leading globally with the virus infections.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in an updated health notice on Wednesday warned American citizens against travelling to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi.

CDC placed the four nations under Level 4 Alert, meaning there is a very high level of Covid-19 and all non-essential travel should be avoided.

“Travelers should avoid all travel to Kenya. Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19,” said CDC in a notice.

If one must travel to these countries, they must strictly adhere to the health protocols on Covid-19 including wearing masks and keeping six feet distance from other people, CDC added.

“Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19,” stated the US health institute on its website.

“During travel, wear a mask, stay at least six feet from people who are not traveling with you, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness.”

CDC further urged American travellers to get tested for Covid-19 one to three days before travel and only leave the country after receiving the results.

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Those returning to the US must also undergo testing one to three days earlier and adhere to all Covid-19 regulations.

According to the CDC, a Level 3 Travel Health Notice is the highest risk level and means citizens should strive to avoid all non-essential travel.

A CDC Level 2 Travel Health Notice advises American citizens to practice enhanced precautions while a Level 1 Travel Health Notice advises Americans to practice usual precautions.

The warnings come as US reported its highest number of Covid-19 deaths in a single day on Wednesday with 3,157 new fatalities and more than 273,799 people having died due to the virus and more than 13.9 million infected, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

On Thursday, Kenya registered the highest recoveries on a single day after 11,324 patients were discharged in 24 hours bringing the total number of recoveries to 67,788 since April 1.

Similarly, 1,253 patients tested positive after 10,170 samples were analyzed in the same period.

Kenya’s caseload rose to 86,383 on Thursday out of 911,596 samples analyzed since March.

The Covid-19 death toll also rose to 1,500 after 16 more patients succumbed to the disease.

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