After Kenya imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew last week as a measure to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Police in western Kenya has clashed with residents who defied a curfew order on Sunday night.
The residents of Langas estate in Eldoret town said they needed to work longer to be able to fend for their families. They stood outside their houses past 7pm local time (16:00GMT), when the curfew starts, chanting that they would not retreat to their homes.
Police then dispersed them with tear gas and warned offenders of arrest. The residents were seen pelting police with stone.
Residents who spoke to local media lamented that they earn a living as hawkers and that business peaks in the evening when most people are returning home.
German custom officials have reported that 6 million face masks which were ordered to protect health workers from the coronavirus, have gone missing at an airport in Kenya.
“The authorities are trying to find out what happened,” a German defense ministry spokeswoman said.
“What exactly happened, whether this a matter of theft or a provider who isn’t serious, is being cleared up by customs,” a German government source said, asking not to be named.
Kenyan Airports Authority (KAA) spokeswoman also said that investigations had found nothing so far.
The shipment was said to have been due in Germany on March 20 but it never arrived after mysteriously disappearing at the end of last week at an airport in Kenya. It was also unclear why the masks, produced by a German firm, had been in Kenya.
Germany was said to have placed orders worth 241 million euros ($260.57 million) with suppliers for protective and sanitary equipment to fight the novel coronavirus.
Although , the defense ministry spokeswoman said there was no financial impact from the loss of the masks as no money had been paid.
Health Cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe has revealed that the Kenyan government is to begin compulsory training for its police as part of the coronavirus emergency preparedness.
He started on Wednesday that the police need the knowledge and skills to isolate and employ security measures in some areas should the need arise.
Kagwe said “So far God has been kind to Kenya because all the cases we have tested so far were all negative. We don’t have a single positive case in our country at the moment so we have to keep praying. Some counties have reserved special ambulances to transport persons with suspected cases.”
He added that the country has enough protective gear, with the process of the distribution having begun in counties across the country. He revealed that the Mbagathi hospital isolation ward is expected to be done by today (Thursday).
This development comes as a result of the World Health Organisation issuing a warning of a possible outbreak of the virus in the country.
A motorcyclist in Nairobi, Daniel Mburu was killed by a policeman after he had saved a young boy from drowning.
It was reported that this happened at a city hospital where Mburu had taken the boy he saved from drowning. He apparently got into an argument with guards who wanted to fine him for parking inside the hospital’s compound.
Other motorcyclists have threatened to paralyse businesses after they heard one of them was allegedly killed by the police officer guarding the hospital.
Hundreds of riders of the motorcycle, commonly known as “boda bodas” in East Africa took to the streets, demanding the arrest of the police officer.
The chairman of the Okada riders association in Nairobi, Samuel Ng’anga, has told the BBC that the killing was just the latest example of the harassment they faced at the hands of police.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, announced today that he desires a closer relationship with both the United State and China, on his meeting with the US President Donald Trump on a potential free trade agreement.
“We don’t want to be forced to choose. We want to work with everybody, and we think there is an opportunity for everybody,” Kenyatta told the audience at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council think-tank.
“Kenya, is bent on securing its economic future and can benefit from closer partnerships with both the US and China”, Kenyatta said. While there has been a rise in tourism and growing investment, the East African nation needs to boost exports to create jobs at home for millions of young people.
Kenyatta’s meeting with Trump is especially pertinent as the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, which allows sub-Saharan African countries to export thousands of products to the US without tariffs or quotas, is set to expire in 2025.
John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, in 2018 announced plans to expand US economic ties with African nations to counter what he called aggressive efforts by China and Russia to expand their influence there.
“Kenya can have several best friends – the United States, China, Great Britain, the European Union and others. They need to do what is best for them to progress their economy, build their infrastructure and push the country forward,” said Johnnie Carson, a former US ambassador to Kenya.
Kyle McCarter, the current US envoy to Kenya, told Reuters that he viewed Kenya as an important strategic partner in Africa and looked forward to expanded trade in coming years.
“I don’t believe that a deepening of trade between our two countries … threatens anything,” President Kenyatta said.
Mosquirix, malaria vaccine 30 years in the making, is being used in a pilot program for children under the age of 5 in Ghana, Malawi, and Kenya.
Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest and most stubborn diseases. The mosquito-borne disease kills more than 400,000 people every year. Two-thirds are children are under age 5, and most are in Africa.
Now, babies in three nations in Africa are getting the first vaccine for malaria in an unusual pilot program
Health officials want to see how well the vaccine works in Malawi, Ghana and Kenya before recommending wider use.
Unlike established vaccines that offer near-complete protection, Mosquirix, is only about 40% effective. Experts say it’s worth a try as progress in fighting malaria stalls.