Tanzania Lifts Ban on Kenyan Flights

President Pombe Magufuli

Tanzania’s civil aviation agency has lifted an earlier imposed suspension on Kenyan aviation operators following a decision by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to revoke the 14-day mandatory quarantine for all passengers arriving from Tanzania.

Kenya had directed all passengers from Tanzania to be subjected to a compulsory 14-day quarantine, in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country, which prompted the Tanzanian authorities to retaliate by suspending all Kenyan aviation operators, including Kenya Airways from flying to Tanzania.

TCAA Director General Hamza Johari, through a statement, said that the removal of the mandatory requirement guarantees immediate resumption and restoration of flights for Kenya Airways, Fly 540, Safarilink Aviation, and AirKenya Express.

“This is to confirm that the Government of Kenya removed the requirement of a 14-day mandatory requirement for all arriving passengers from the United Republic of Tanzania, in view of that and on a reciprocal basis, Tanzania has now lifted the suspension of all Kenyan operators,” he said.

Tanzania remained adamant about putting lockdowns and other measures adopted by countries in East Africa to control the spread of COVID-19, with President Magufuli maintaining that there was coronavirus was not a threat in the country, despite criticism that the government was covering up its COVID-19 caseload with its decision to not release figures.

 

 

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My life is in Danger -Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala has told a Senate Committee that his life is in danger alleging that an ‘assassination secret squad’ had been formed to eliminate him.

Malala, who appeared before  Senate Committees on Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights, and National Security, Defence and Foreign Relations on Monday, was overcome by emotions as he narrated his ordeal.

“Nobody is willing to give me security Mr. Chair. It is sad for me to walk around the streets of Kakamega and Kenya knowing that I’m going to die the next day. “I have said time and again my life is in danger. I have written enough letters and called offices in this Republic but they have not taken any action even to give me extra security,” said Malala as he broke into tears.

Hit Squad

The Senator Malala also wrote to Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti, claiming that a secret and specialized squad unit code-named Bravo Zulu Yankee had been formed to trail and possibly harm him and called for more security detail for him and his family.

“As a result of those real and credible threats to harm, injure, eliminate or assassinate me, a Member of Parliament, I now request your office to take immediate action to enhance the security detail assigned to me including additional security provided immediately to my family and my residences in Kakamega and Nairobi,” Malala said in the letter.

Malala was arrested at his Kitengela home in August for allegedly contravening Covid-19 regulations but was released a day later after spending the night in a police station.

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Global Fund Cancels Kenya’s Sh 12 Billion Application Over Flawed Process

Global Fund

The Global Fund has rejected an application by Kenya to access about Sh12.4 billion to fight HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, over what they termed as “failure to comply with the eligibility criteria of ensuring an open and transparent principal recipient selection process”.

“The process did not comply with the eligibility criteria of ensuring an open and transparent principal recipient selection process, based on clearly defined and objective criteria,” the Fund says in a recent report.

This was occasioned by the country’s decision to drop Kenya Red Cross Society and appoint Amref Kenya as the sole recipient of the funds.

Previously, the funds were managed by at least two major NGOs, mostly Amref and the Kenya Red Cross.

The Global Fund partnership mobilizes and invests more than US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries.

The Fund had already allocated Kenya a total of Sh42 billion (US$415,310,170) for the 2020-2022 period, to be utilized beginning July next year.

Seventy per cent of the funds would be transferred to the Treasury while the remaining 30 per cent would be channeled to one or more selected non-governmental organisations (called non-state principal recipients), who would then subgrant smaller NGOs in the country.

A 23-member committee called the Kenya Coordinating Mechanism (KCM), which is chaired by Health PS Susan,is incharged of selecting the NGO’s (non-state principal recipients).

Some KCM members protested the decision by the Ministry Of Health to kick the Kenya Red Cross out of the fund and refused to sign the application that Kenya sent to the GF on August 31.

“The Global Fund recommends that the KCM cancels the non-state PR selection process as submitted to the Global Fund Secretariat on 31 August 2020 given the significant flaws noted in the financial evaluation part of the procurement process,” the Fund said.

Global Fund asked Kenya to present a fresh application by 5 pm on Monday.

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COVID-19 Cases in Kenya Decline

Rashid Aman, Chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Health

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Kenya has been slowing down in the last couple of weeks.

According to Rashid Aman, Chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Health, the country has been on course to flattening the COVID-19 curve, owing to strict adherence to containment measures like hand washing, wearing of masks and social distancing.

“The country’s declining COVID-19 infections and fatalities is a reaffirmation that adherence to public health guidelines like proper hygiene, wearing of face masks and avoiding large gatherings have paid dividends,” he said.

Rashid Aman however, cautioned Kenyans not to get complacent and risk triggering another wave of infections.

“Flouting of the containment measures by our people remains a major concern. The mandatory requirement of wearing a face mask in public places is not being adhered to in many parts of the country,” the CAS stated.

According to the latest reports issued by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday, only 104 new positive COVID-19 cases were recorded from 2,285 samples tested since Tuesday.

8 people succumbed to COVID-19 related complications in Kenya on Wednesday, bringing the total deaths caused by Coronavirus in the country to 607. On Tuesday, there were no fatalities recorded.

 “Today, we have not registered any death from the disease. Our fatality therefore still remains at 599. We thank our healthcare workers for the good work they are doing in saving the lives of our people,” said CAS, Dr. Rashid.

Kenya has recorded 35,460 COVID-19 cases since March when the first infection was detected, while the total number of recoveries in the country as at Wednesday stood at  21, 557.

Last Saturday, the country recorded 164 patients from 3,009 samples were analyzed a day before and on Monday, the number of new infections recorded dropped to 102  out of a sample size of 2,668 people.

The total number of samples tested in Kenya so far is 445,722.158.

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26 Year Old Ghanian Entrepreneur, Charlette N’Guessan, Becomes First Woman to Win Prestigious Engineering Prize

Charlette N’Guessan becomes the first woman to win Prestigious engineering prize

26-year-old entrepreneur, Charlette N’Guessan, has become the first woman to win the Royal Academy of Engineering prestigious 2020 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

N’Guessan, who is based in Ghana,  and her team developed BACE API, a software that uses facial recognition and artificial intelligence to verify identities remotely. The software can be integrated into existing apps and systems and is aimed at financial institutions and other industries that rely on identity verification when providing services.

The BACE API software uses a phone or computer’s built-in camera and does not need special hardware, and in contrast to global AI systems, has been developed specifically to identify Africans.

N’Guessan wins the first prize of Sh3.5 million (£25,000). At the virtual awards ceremony held on 3 September 2020, four finalists delivered presentations, before Africa Prize judges, and a live audience voted for the most promising engineering innovation.

“Being part of the Africa Prize has given us such confidence. We focus on Africa because we want to make sure BACE API is used by our people and works for them. We are so grateful to the Academy, and cannot wait to take our innovation to new heights,” said N’Guessan.

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK in 2014, is Africa’s biggest prize dedicated to engineering innovation and has a proven track record of identifying successful engineering entrepreneurs. Now in its sixth year, it supports talented sub-Saharan African entrepreneurs with engineering innovations, that address crucial problems in their communities in a new and appropriate way.

Two innovators from Uganda and one from Nigeria were the three three runners up. They will each receive Sh1.4 million (£10,000).

  • Farmz2U, Aisha Raheem from Nigeria – a digital platform that provides farmers with tailored agricultural data to improve their experience and efficiency.
  • PapsAI, Dr William Wasswa from Uganda – a low-cost digital microscope that speeds up cervical cancer screening diagnosis, and systems to improve patient record management.
  • Remot, David Tusubira from Uganda – a system that manages off-grid power grids by monitoring the condition of solar arrays.

 

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