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ODM Mombasa chair Mohamed Hatimy succumbs to COVID-19 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The Orange Democratic party is mourning after losing its Mombasa Chairman, Mohamed Hatimy, to suspected COVID-19.

Mohamed Hatimy, who is also a nominated MCA, was among the MCAs in Mombasa who tested positive for the virus.

Mombasa County Assembly speaker, Ibrahim Khatri, told The Star on a phone that Hatimy succumbed at 3 AM on Saturday.

According to Khatri, Mohamed had initially tested positive before testing negative later on.

However, the disease seemed to have badly damaged his lungs, Khatri said, with the MCA rushed to hospital after suffering complications.

Hatimy’s family admitted him at Mombasa Hospital.

Doctors took him to the ICU, where he was until his death.

ODM tweeted a message confirming Hatimy’s death.

“A beautiful soul has stopped beating. A great man has fallen. The ODM family has lost a good man and leader. Hon Mohamed Hatimy, our Mombasa County Chairman and a second-term nominated MCA, is dead. We shall miss you, Kiongozi.”

Hatimy was among the Mombasa MCAs who tested positive for the virus on October 27. This led to the county assembly ceasing operations for 14 days.

The burial will take place on Saturday (today) at Kikowani cemetery.

Hatimy also served as chairman of the Kenya Football Federation.

Kenya is facing a sterner second wave of COVID-19, with several counties halting assemblies after MCAs and staff contract the virus.

Deaths from the virus this month has been scary.

Kenya has now lost 98 people to the virus until Friday.

That is the highest number of fatalities in a week Kenya has seen from COVID since March.

This week alone, Kenya has seen its highest and second-highest single-day fatalities, 26 on Wednesday and 25 on Friday.

Infections are also at an all-time high.

Hatimy joins a long list of high-profile Kenyan politicians to succumb to complications caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.


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Decomposing bodies of a couple that has been missing for more than a week were found in their house in Laini centre off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, yesterday.

A foul smell emanating from the house of the 72-year-old-man and his wife, 62, led to their recovery. Police have launched investigations into the incident.

There were conflicting reports about the deaths with some claiming that the two were murdered while others suspected that they could have died of carbon monoxide emitted from a jiko.

Police declined to give names of the deceased until the next of kin are informed. Emotions ran high as locals viewed the bodies.

A village elder, Moses Mwathi, revealed that the couple was working in a quarry before they went missing.

Mwathi said neighbours thought that they had travelled to their rural home but got concerned after a foul smell started emanating from their house.

“On checking they noticed that the house was locked from inside and the bodies could be seen lying on their bed,” he said.

Police gained access into the house after breaking the door. The bodies were taken to the mortuary

Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru said initial investigations pointed to carbon monoxide poisoning from a jiko.

“We can’t, however, rule out murder at this moment and only a post-mortem examination will establish the real cause of the death,” said the police boss.

And in the nearby Kinungi village, a 35-year-old farmworker committed suicide by hanging himself in a house.

The body was found by his employer before police were called in. Jim Kimani, a friend to the deceased, said he was in low spirits over debts.

“He claimed that some people he owed money were harassing him but we never thought that he would commit suicide,” Kimani said.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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I left Twitter because people insulted me a lot:Uhuru

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenyans on Twitter were too hostile to him that is why he left.

Speaking during the launch of the the drive for the signatures for the Building Bridges Initiative, President Uhuru Kenyatta said he would spend so much time on Twitter, going through what people were saying and all he would see were abuses which would get to him.

He said he has been listening to people and talks to them before making decisions, but going to Twitter to see what people were saying was not a pleasant experience for him. He now says he would rather spend time with his wife in the evening before sleeping and wake up to go to work.

Mimi hata huko Twitter, mimi niliondoka huko, nikaona hio kitu ni bure ni matusi tu, unakaa hapo unasoma, haulali, halafu unapiga simu, unaona vile huyo mtu amenitusi, afadhali nilale bana, nipige story na mama kidogo hapo, nilale, niamke, niende kazi, dunia iendelee,” he said.

Uhuru left Twitter in 2018 . He was most followed leader in Sub-Saharan Africa on Twitter with more than three million followers.


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