24 Succumb to Covid-19, Biggest Single-day Fatality in Kenya

CS Mutahi Kagwe

Kenya recorded 24 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest single-day fatalities since the virus was confirmed in the country in March this year.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe made the announcement yesterday during the daily Covid-19 updates.

According to Kagwe, the coronavirus infections in the country have risen to 64,588 after 1,344 new cases were recorded since Monday.

“Sadly, 24 patients have succumbed to the disease bringing the fatality to 1,154,” said Health Cabinet Mutahi Kagwe in his daily update that also announced.

The new cases reported on Tuesday were detected from 7,162 samples taken the last 24 hours.

COVID-19 in the Counties

The distribution of the Covid-19 cases by Counties is as follows; Nairobi 322, Kiambu 221, Mombasa 133, Laikipia 72, Uasin Gishu 66, Kericho 65, Nakuru 63, Kajiado 43, Kilifi 40, Kisumu 36, Kwale 32, Migori 32, Machakos 30, Baringo 20, Bomet 19, Nandi 16, Meru 13, Nyeri 12, Kisii 11, Embu 11, Mandera 11, Kakamega 8, Murang’a 8, Nyamira 8, Elgeyo Marakwet 5, Turkana 5, Nyandarua 4, Narok 4, Kirinyaga 4, Trans Nzoia 4, Tharaka Nithi 3 Vihiga 3, West Pokot 3, Bungoma 2, Taita Taveta 2, Wajir 2, Busia 2, Makueni 2, Samburu 2, Homabay 2, Siaya 2, and Kitui 1.

Kenya introduced new Covid-19 guidelines in November in the wake of a new surge in infections. These include a review of the curfew hours and clubs and restaurant opening hours.

The partial opening of schools that saw grade four, class eight, and form four students resume school in October is still operational but president Uhuru Kenyatta said the rest of the students will resume school in January 2021.

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’40 Sticks’ Kenya Thriller Film Set to Premier on Netflix

40 Sticks Kenyan film on netflix

‘4o Sticks’, a star-studded, 90-minute feature film featuring some of the best actors in Kenya is set to premiere on Netflix on 3oth November, becoming the third Kenyan film to air on the streaming platform after Poacher, Sincerely Daisy and Disconnect.

The film is directed by award-winning director, Victor Gatonye, written by Voline Ogutu, and produced by Fakii Liwali.

Cast: Robert Ageng’o, Cajetan Boy, Mwaura Bilal, Arabron Nyyneque, Xavier Ywaya, Shiviske Shiviski and Andreo Kamau

Plot

’40 Sticks’ revolves around the story of a group of death row prisoners, who are trapped in a prison bus that crashes and their struggle to survive. Their misery is worsened by a mysterious killer that lurks in the shadows.

The film is produced by SensePlay in partnership with Film Studios Kenya, Bingi Media and Ogopa Inc. It was shot in Nairobi across 5 locations over a 16-day shoot period in February 2019.

NETFLIX APPOINTS TV PRODUCER DOROTHY GHETUBBA MANAGER INTERNATIONAL ORIGINS

Last year, the global streaming company hired Kenyan award-winning TV producer and  CEO Spielworks Media, Dorothy Ghettuba, as its manager for International Originals. In the same year, Netflix announced plans to commission original shows from Africa by 2019.

Dorothy Ghettuba’s role as Netflix Manager for international originals has arguably played a major role in putting Kenyan films on the global map.

POACHER – Kenyan Film Set to Air on Netflix

 

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President Kenyatta Suspends Political Rallies Amidst Covid-19 Resurgence

President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended all political rallies in the country until the end of December.

No Mask No Service

Uhuru, who was speaking during an address to the nation,  further gave a no mask, no service directive at government offices, saying individuals flaunting Covid-19 containment measures will not be served in government offices. He also urged the private sector to join the initiative.

Bars and restaurants will also be expected to close earlier (9 pm).

The nationwide curfew has also been extended to 3rd January 2021.

Schools and churches will remain open but the president called on stakeholders to ensure that Covid-19 guidelines are adhered to.

Uhuru also directed that all state and public officers above age 58 and the immunocompromised work remotely effective immediately.

Rising Covid-19 Cases in Kenya

Kenya on Wednesday recorded 1,494 new COVID19 cases from 8,839 samples taken the last 24 hours, taking the national tally to 58,587. There are 586 new recoveries, 413 from home-based care and 173 in various hospitals.

12 patients have succumbed in the last 24 hours, raising total fatalities to 1,051.

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Tanzania’s President John Magufuli wins Re-election with Landslide Victory

President Pombe Magufuli re-elected

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has been re-elected for a second term by 85 percent majority vote, amid claims of rigging by the opposition, in the polls that were held on Wednesday.

According to the election results announced by the chairman of the National Electoral Commission, Semistocles Kaijage, Magufuli received 12.5 million votes while his main challenger, Tundu Lissu of the Chadema party, got 1.9 million votes (13 percent).

“The commission declares John Magufuli of CCM [Chama Cha Mapinduzi] who garnered the majority of votes as the winner in the presidential seat,” said Semistocles Kaijage.

Tanzania’s main opposition parties, CHADEMA and ACT Wazalendo, on Saturday called for a fresh election and an “endless peaceful demonstration” starting Monday.

The election was marred by allegations of arrests of candidates and protesters, restrictions on agents of political parties to access polling stations, multiple voting, pre-ticking of ballots, and widespread blocking of social media, which have tainted Tanzania’s remarkable history of upholding democratic freedoms.

The US embassy in the East African country said that “Irregularities and the overwhelming margins of victory raise serious doubts about the credibility of the results announced”.

Tanzania Election Watch: Regional Election Observers

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), its member organisation in Kenya, the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), and other regional NGOs launched an independent election oversight mechanism on 3 September 2020, in a context of severe restrictions on democratic space in Tanzania.

The Tanzania Election Watch, which comprised of a Panel of Eminent Persons led by three co-chairs Prof. Frederick Ssempebwa from Uganda, Dr. Willy Mutunga from Kenya and Alice Mogwe from Botswana, closely followed the developments in Tanzania ahead of the General Elections.

According to a report by the election watch group, the panel cited a few incidents observed during the election day which dampen the credibility of the electoral process.

“We are concerned that the incidents reported so far in the process bear questions on the credibility of the electoral process,” the watch group said in a statement.

Below are some of the incidents that cast a shadow on the credibility of the 2020 electoral process in Tanzania as cited by the Tanzania Election Watch Group;

  1. Shutdown of the internet on the 27th of October. Additionally, Twitter reported that it had been shut down in Tanzania on the same day.
  2. Reported deaths of innocent civilians in Tanzania and mainly in the Islands of Pemba and Unguja.
  3. Complaints of opposition polling agents being denied from observing voting in polling stations with some reportedly attacked or arrested while exercising their mandate.
  4. The reported arrests of candidates including Halima Mdee, Upendo Peneza on election day.
  5. The deployment and participation of the Tanzanian military in an erstwhile civilian process as witnessed predominantly in Zanzibar.
  6. Mobile service limitations of the free flow of information through short messaging services.

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Mzee Gilbert Muteshi – Man who successfully Sued Ruto Over Land Dead

Mzee Gilbert Muteshi Image courtesy of Daily Nation

Mzee Gilbert Muteshi, a man from Eldoret, who had taken Deputy President William Ruto (then as an MP for Eldoret North) to court after he grabbed his 100 acres in the wake of the 2007-2008 post-election violence has died.

Muteshi, who is a native of Western Kenya, successfully sued DP Dr William Ruto (then as MP for Eldoret North) over 100 acres land via civil suit No. 510 of 2010. Muteshi also sued the Attorney General, Commissioner of Lands. 

In the case, Muteshi claimed that Ruto illegally took his piece of land in Kaptabei Scheme, Uasin Gishu, after the 2007-2008 post-election violence. In 2011, the farmer told the court that six workers at his 100-acre farm in Kaptabei Scheme, Uasin Gishu, were kicked out of the property in 2008 and have been unable to return since then.

In the year 1992 following tribal clashes in the Turbo West area of the Uasin Gishu District, the plaintiff’s farm was raided and animals stolen. The plaintiff nevertheless remained in the possession of the said parcel of land carrying on farming activities albeit on a reduced scale as the plaintiff remained in fear for the security of his staff on the farm. The said state of affairs continued until January 2008 or thereabouts when again after the disputed elections of December 2007 the plaintiff’s farm was invaded by Kalenjin tribesmen who turbulently drove away the plaintiff’s dairy cattle, sheep and goats and converted his tractors and farm tools and equipment. The said tribesmen chased away the plaintiff’s staff under threats of brutal death. The plaintiff’s efforts to regain possession of the property have been thwarted as his workers are threatened with sure deaths should they return to the farm, which incidentally is situated within the Eldoret South Constituency neighbouring the Eldoret North Constituency,” reads a section of the court papers  in the suit filed by Muteshi.

In a ruling delivered on 23rd June 2013, Justice Ougo ruled among other things that the process of subdivision of Title No. Uasin Gishu/Tapsagoi/33 undertaken by Dorothy and any transaction on the said land null and void.

The judge further directed The District Land Registrar to reinstate the register and Title for title number Uasin Gishu/33 in Muteshi’s name. The judge further ordered the 1st 2nd 3rd and 5th Defendant to pay the plaintiff the litigation costs.

In 2012, Mzee Muteshi told The Standard newspaper that Ruto had apologised to him over the saga, claiming that he had been defrauded by the woman (Dorthy Jemutai Yator) who had allegedly sold it to him.

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