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Journalists chased away from Matiang’i’s Senate grilling 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Journalists were on Wednesday, August 19, kicked out of the Senate where a grilling of Interior CS Fred Matiang’i was ongoing over the arrest of three Senators.

The CS drove himself to Parliament Buildings at midday before reporters were kicked out of the Senate precincts.

The CS is said to have found journalists waiting for him when he arrived but moments before his session with the Senate Security Committee, they were shown the door.

The reporters argued that they had received press invites to the event but they were asked to leave by the committee chairman, Senator Yussuf Haji.

“What are you doing here, I don’t remember inviting you here, go back we will call you later,” Haji reportedly said.

Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his Makueni counterpart were aggrieved by the decision to bar journalists from covering Matiang’i’s appearance arguing that the committee was denying the public the truth.

“I am shocked that the Senate Committee on Security chased the media from a sitting inquiring the illegal arrest of Senators. If the committee cannot stand up for colleagues, the institution of Senate and democracy, then something is really rotten in the State of Kenya,” stated Murkomen.

“I disagree with the decision of the Senate Commitee on security barring media from the grilling of the CS Interior on the unlawful arrest and detention of Senators Malala , Lelegwe and Langat. The public have a right to know,” added Kilonzo.

Matiang’i, on Monday, August 17, failed to honour a summon by the Senate over the arrests of the three Senators.

He had been summoned to explain the arrests of Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala his Bomet counterpart Christopher Langat and Steve Lelegwe (Samburu).

Haji had explained that the CS failed to show up for grilling because he was on leave as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta but senators were not buying it.

Siaya Senator James Orengo was at the time incensed by Matiang’i’s snub arguing that Senate summons needed to be taken more seriously than those from the High Court.

“The summon of Parliament, in my view, supersedes the summon of the High Court because we make the law,” he asserted at the time.

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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.

“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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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.

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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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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