German Man Charged In Kenya for Sexually Assaulting Minors

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Thomas Sheller, a German citizen was on Tuesday charged in a Nairobi court for sexually assaulting minors.

Sheller,  is facing seven counts of sexually related offences, committed between March and May 2020 in Kisumu and Nairobi counties. These include sodomy, child trafficking, and child pornography.

It is alleged that between March and April at Nyalenda in Kisumu Central, he defiled a 13-year-old child, showed a pornographic video to three young boys and sodomized them, the youngest being 10.

Denied Bail

The prosecution told the court that Thomas Sheller was a flight risk, has no permanent residency and is also unlawfully in Kenya since he has no valid permit to be in the country according to the migration department.

Senior Principal Magistrate Muthoni Nzibe, ordered that the suspect be remanded at Kilimani Police Station to await a probation report on the victims.

Sheller denied all the seven counts saying he was being framed for the offences.

The case will be mentioned on June 19, when the probation report will be presented before court.


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Sauti Sol Part of Star-Studded Line Up in Idris Elbas’ ‘Africa Day’ Concert

Africa Day benefit concert

Kenya’s popular Afro Pop group Sauti Sol is set to perform among  some of Africa’s biggest musicians in a 2-hour long virtual concert on Monday to celebrate Africa Day, hosted by hollywood sensation Idris Elba.

The Africa Day Benefit Concert, which has been been put together through Idris in partnership with MTV Base Africa, and YouTube, aims to raise awareness in support of health and food needs of children and families in Africa who have been affected by the pandemic.

The two-hour concert will be streamed and broadcast to millions of viewers in Africa and around the world on MTV channels and on the MTV Base Africa YouTube channel

Other artists from the continent who will be festured in the Africa Day Benefit Concert include; Nigerian music stars Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade and Teni , South African artistes Sho Madjozi, AKA and Nasty C,  Ghana’s Grammy-winning singer Angelique Kidjo, StoneBwoy , Tanzanian sensation Diamond Platnumz, and Fally Ipupa from Congo.

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963.

According to a statement from YouTube and Viacom CBS Network Africa (creators of MTV), all funds raised will go to the World Food Program and the UNICEF who are supporting coronavirus-affected communities across Africa.


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Could Kibera Become The Latest Area in Nairobi Facing a lock down?

Kibera has in the past two days recorded increasing numbers of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, which could possibly see the vast slum put on a lock down.

According to Acting Health Director-General Patrick Amoth,  15 infections were recorded  in Kibra on Wednesday and while 13 more cases on Thursday, making the area the latest COVID-19 hotspot in Nairobi.

Eastleigh and Kawangware estates have already been identified as COVID-19 hotspots in the country, with the former currently facing a 21 day lockdown.

6-month-old baby youngest Covid-19 patient in Kenya

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Thursday confirmed that a 6 year old baby has tested positive for Corona viris, becoming the youngest COVID-19 patient so far.

“The myth that young people can’t get the disease….. Today we reported a six months old baby who is among those confirmed to have coronavirus, and this is where again there are certain protocols,” Mr Kagwe said.

Covid-19 patients now exhibiting new symptoms, Mutahi Kagwe warns

Mutahi Kagwe further warned that some patients who had already recovered from corona virus were exhibiting new symptoms for the disease that are different from the initial flu-like symptoms associated with the virus.

According to the CS, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe warned that patients are now starting to experience gastric intestinal distress syndrome that leads to loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and chickenpox-like rashes.

These symptoms are reportedly to have been recorded largely in the U.S, U.K, Italy and Spain.

“As to Covid-19, we are noticing some interesting trends developing globally, that you may wish to be aware of. As the virus continues to spread the infected persons are increasingly exhibiting new, less typical, none respiratory symptoms such as sudden strokes in young people and multi-system inflammatory symptoms,”said Mr Kagwe .

Covid-19 Cases in Kenya soar to 1,109 as 80 more test positive

Kenya recorded 80 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday after testing 3,102 samples, bringing the national tally to 1,109,according to the  latest update by the Health ministry.

Total Covid-19 Recoveries

The total number of recoveries as at Thursday stands at 375.

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Mass Testing Resumes In Eastleigh

The government has today resumed mass testing for COVID-19 in Eastleigh as residents continue to cope with the lock down enforced by President Uhuru Kenyatta two weeks ago.

According to the Director of Health Services at the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Dr. Josephine Kibaru, the mass testing for Corona virus will take place at St Teresa’s Boys Secondary School, New Eastleigh Primary School, and Zawadi Primary School.

Kibaru called on the area residents to come out in large numbers to be tested.

Eastleigh,a major business hub in Nairobi , was declared a COVID-19 hot spot with president Uhuru Kenyatta declaring a 15-day cessation of movement in the area as well as Old Town area of Mombasa following increased cases of COVID-19.

Nairobi county continues to lead with the highest corona virus cases in the country followed by Mombasa.

According to latest updates from Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Tuesday, Nairobi has 470 people infected with COVID-19, while Mombasa has 331 cases.

Kenya has recorded a total of 963 cases as of  May 20.

Border Infections

President Kenyatta last weekend shut borders with Tanzania and Somalia citing an increase in cross-border infections. Cargo vehicles were exempted, but drivers have to be tested for Coronavirus at border points and issued with COVID-free certificates.

Current COVID -19 Stats Kenya

Total confirmed cases = 963 (new cases = 51)
Total recoveries = 358
Total deaths = 50
Active cases = 555


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Kenya facing World Cup ban Over Coach Amrouche Settlement

FKF president Nick Mwendwa

Kenya is facing a World Cup ban by Fifa, over the financial saga surrounding the settlement of money owed to former Harambee Stars head coach Adel Amrouche for unlawful sacking.

Amrouche ruled out giving any further extension to Kenya’s football federation (FKF) for to pay him delayed funds.

FKF had a deadline of Friday 24 April to pay Sh109 million in compensation to Amrouche as  instructed  by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in October last year failure to which the country will be blocked from the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Fifa had warned that failure to pay the coach his money would  result in exclusion from the World Cup and had in the latest communication to FKF given the Federation upto April 30 to conclude the payment to avoid further sanctions.

The world football governing body is expected to make it;s decision on May 18 but FKF has maintained that it does not have the money to pay Amrouche.

“We have received the response from FIFA and they have said they will make the final decision on May 18th. We will wait for it but as at now, we do not have that kind of money to pay out. We are struggling to make other ends meet and as at now, it is difficult for us,” FKF boss Nick Mwendwa said in a press briefing.

The government said it would not be involved in the scandal and asked the Federation to take care of its own mess

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