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Sudi demands arrest of Uhuru’s cousin over KEMSA scandal

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure that his relatives are prosecuted, alleging that some were involved in the embezzlement of COVID-19 funds at the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA).

Speaking during a press briefing at his Kapsaret home on Friday, September 4, Sudi claimed that some of the companies in the middle of the scandal were owned by powerful individuals in government.

“We want to tell President Uhuru Kenyatta who lectures us on corruption, that we want his cousins and his nephews to appear in court so that we can know that he is truly fighting corruption in the country,” he declared.

The legislator, who on Monday announced he would name state officers involved in the scandal, mentioned five companies that he believed should be investigated for the graft.

Further, he told the president to conduct private investigations on five of his close allies, whom the MP claimed had been embezzling public funds.

“The president may not know that some of his close friends were involved in embezzling of funds and I want to tell him to conduct private investigations on Jubilee Party’s Vice Chairman David Murathe, State House Chief of staff Nzioka Waita, his counterpart Njee Muturi, Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto and one Goerge Kariuki,” Sudi stated.

Sudi accused Murathe of allegedly being involved in brokering a number of government tenders.

At the same time, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives are grilling Murathe at their offices in Madison House, Upper Hill, over the scandal.

Priscilla Murungi, the wife of Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, was also questioned by the team at around noon.

Murathe is linked to a company awarded Ksh 4 billion by KEMSA for the supply of 450,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Each of the PPE’s cost Ksh 9,000.

On the other hand, Murungi is associated with a company that pocketed Ksh 45,000 for supplying 10,000 boxes of surgical masks.

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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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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.

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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