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Tit-for Tat: Tanzania bans Kenya Airways from its airspace

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Tanzania has dealt Kenya another blow.The East African country says it will not allow any Kenya Airways (KQ) flights between Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar effective tomorrow (August 1).

In a statement seen by Standard Digital, the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority added: “This also rescinds our previous arrangements that permit KQ flights into the Republic of Tanzania.”

The letter noted that this will last for a period of two months from August 1 to October 24, 2020.This follows an announcement by Transport CS James Macharia yesterday on countries cleared to access Kenya’s airspace when international flights resume tomorrow.

Consequently, Tanzania was missing in the list consisting of Uganda, Ethiopia, China, Canada, Japan and Rwanda.Other countries are South Korea, Zimbabwe, France, Morocco and Namibia.“These are countries that have mild or limited community transmissions or they have declining and these are the ones initially we shall be allowing passengers to come from,” CS Macharia said.

This also comes just days after a delegation sent by President Uhuru Kenyatta to former Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa’s burial was turned back mid-air.Senate Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio had been sent to deliver Uhuru’s message of condolence to Mkapa’s family and Tanzania at large.However, Tanzanian authorities announced during Mkapa’s farewell ceremony that the Kenyan delegation could not attend the event.Reason given? That it was due to bad weather.

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Poghisio told The Standard that the weather was ‘very bad’. “The Tanzanian Civil Aviation warned us of bad weather and we could not land in the city. We needed time to hold before the weather clears or be rerouted back,” he said.Tanzania resumed international flights and cross-border transportation on May 19, after President John Magufuli declared that the country was free of Covid-19.

“The corona disease has been eliminated thanks to God,” Magufuli told worshippers in a church in  Dodoma.Kenya on the other hand will re-open its airspace to international flights tomorrow, August 1.

 

Here is the letter

Ref: No. : TCAA/BA. 21 1681 1 121 1O3 Date: 31 July 2O2O
lVlanager Flight Operations Engineering
Kenya Ainruays
P. O Box 19002-00501
Nairobi, Kenya
SUBJECT: NULLIFICATION OF THE APPROVAL FOR THE KENYA AIRWAYS
REVISED SUMMER 2O2O SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE FROM 1 AUGUST
TO 24 oCTOBER 2020
The United Republic of Tanzania has noted through a number of media its exclusion in
the list of countries whose people will be allowed to travel into Kenya effective 1 August
2020, the date that the Republic of Kenya will open its sky for international commercial
passenger flights after having been suspended since 25 l/arch 2020.
The Authority regrets to inform you that, on a basis, the
Government has decided to nullify its approva
between Nairobi and Dar/Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar effe
notice. The approval was granted to KQ vide
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Hamza S. Johari
DIREGTOR GENERAL
Cc. PermanentSecretary(Transport)
It/rnistry of Works, Ti-ansport and Communications
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Sth Floor, lVoshi Street
40470 Dodoma
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Kenya Ainruays
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Passaris slammed over statement on Pumwani Hospital incident

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kenyans on social media turned the heat on Nairobi Woman Rep, Esther Passaris after her “misguided comments on the Pumwani incident.”

On Friday and Saturday, a clip circulated on social media showing a woman delivering by the roadside outside the Pumwani Hospital.

The nurses at the hospital appeared not to attend to her.

Instead, members of the public gathered around the woman to help as she went into labour.

The video clip enraged Kenyans. Many questioned how a country that claims to have free maternal care would allow that to happen.

Indeed, one of the current administration’s talking points has been about providing free maternal care to all mothers.

Speaking to the media, the Nairobi Woman Representative claimed that the huge crowd gathering has scared the nurses from attending to the woman.

“The public that had gathered in the area made a lot of noise, making the few nursing staff in the hospital scared of coming out for fear of being lynched,” Esther Passaris said.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services sent out a press release.

The body apologised for the incident, stating that a nurse’s go-slow caused it.

“The Nairobi Metropolitan Services regrets the incident of a mother delivering at the gates of Pumwani Hospital.

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“It has been confirmed that this took place on Sunday, 13th September 2020, two days after nurses began a legally notified go-slow, which has since ended after NMS and the Health Workers agreed on a Return to Work Formula,” NMS said.

Eventually, nurses attended to the patient.

However, what got many Kenyans angry were Esther Passaris comments on the matter.

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Gov’t to build Sh1 billion museum in Turkana 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Work at Ngaren, the Museum of Humankind, commissioned by paleoanthropologist Dr. Richard Leakey is set to begin in 2022.

Located in Turkana, Ngaren is going to be Africa’s most iconic and technologically advanced museum.

This is because its set to be built at the location believed to be the cradle of mankind where Dr Leakey first discovered the nearly complete skeleton of Turkana Boy in 1984.

“Ngaren is not just another museum, but a call to action. As we peer back through the fossil record, through layer upon layer of long extinct species, many of which thrived far longer that the human species is ever likely to do, we are reminded of our mortality as a species.” Dr Leakey stated during an interview.

He further revealed that the museum would present over two million years of human history.

Standing 80 metres tall, the iconic structure is inspired by ancient hand axes and other primitive tools.

It was designed by Polish architect Daniel Libeskind, whose other works include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Imperial War Museum North, Manchester; Denver Art Museum; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Danish Jewish Museum; Royal Ontario Museum; and the Military History Museum, Dresden.

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By May 2019, the project had raised Ksh400 million via online social investment platforms, with the overall project expected to cost more than Ksh1 billion.

The museum will employ the use of technology such as Virtual Reality (VR) headsets for visitors to be able to interact with the early humans and explore the lush green forest days of Turkana.

“Maybe we don’t want to exhibit the original fossils at all. Why don’t we have a room you come in to wearing a 3D headset and sit quietly in the middle of a band of Homo erectus moving all around you?

“That’s much more interesting than a skeleton of Turkana Boy behind glass,” the famous paleoanthropologist detailed.

The Turkana County government, which fully supports his vision, committed to upgrading roads and building an airport to usher in visitors.

Ngaren will run entirely from renewable energy with a zero-carbon footprint.

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Alinur Mohammed: Aspiring MP arrested in Nairobi while distributing food

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BY KEVIN KOECH

A video showing Nairobi politician Alinur Mohamed being arrested by police went viral on social media eliciting mixed reactions.

The aspiring politician was accused of holding an illegal gathering.

Alinur revealed that he was arrested at the Kamukunji Grounds, but failed to understand why he was being arrested.

“I have just been arrested while at the Kamukunji Grounds. I don’t know where they are taking me to,” he wrote on Twitter.

The video showed the politician, who was dressed in maroon tracksuit, being manhandled by three individuals one of whom donned a blue police uniform.

“You have no authority to hold this meeting. Let us go to the station,” one of the officers informed him before he boarded the police car.

This comes even as politicians increasingly defy Covid-19 measures from the Ministry of Health while hosting their gatherings.

Alinur stepped into the spotlight in January 2020 when rumours claimed thst he was dating former K24 TV anchor Betty Kyalo.

The politician was highly touted as most likely candidate to win the Mandera Parliamentary seat in 2022.

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