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Kenya’s interior ministry has denied the hospitalisation of minister Fred Matiang’i. They urged the public to disregard such, stating that the information was fake news.

However, the reports making rounds on social media had indicated that the minister was admitted to the intensive care unit at a hospital in the capital, Nairobi.

Minister Matiang’i was said to have been touring the country before the head of public service wrote to all ministries warning against non-essential travel.

Local media has reported the death of a popular Kenyan actor, Charles Bukeko, who passed away on Saturday in a car while waiting for admission to a hospital in the capital, Nairobi.

Bukeko is said to have been buried under strict Covid-19 regulations at his rural home in the west of the country.

His widow, Beatrice Ebbie Andega, revealed the details of his death, stating that he died from breathing complications.

She added that her late husband had had a busy month and mingled with lots of people.

Kenya’s government spokesperson, Cyrus Oguna has denied reports of being hospitalised for Covid-19 treatment.

Reports on social media said the spokesperson had been admitted for Covid-19 symptoms.

Oguna is a retired army colonel and part of a delegation from the health ministry visiting various county government offices as part of collaborative efforts in the fight against coronavirus.

On Sunday night, he disclosed via Twitter that he had been out of the capital, Nairobi, on assignment and had not been hospitalised.

Western Kenya has recently experienced a natural disaster where heavy rain has caused mudslides and flooding in various communities as Search and rescue efforts are ongoing.

Local media reported that a police post, several schools and a market in West Pokot County have been submerged and a number of households left marooned.

The Kenya Red Cross stated that the floodwaters have left the area inaccessible, hampering the struggle to reach those affected.

It was also recorded that about 15 people were missing in the neighbouring county of Elgeyo-Marakwet.

Local officials have beckoned on the government to provide helicopters in order to help those in distress.

A senior government official has been arrested by the Kenya authorities for refusing to follow quarantine rules after traveling in from Germany, a high rate country.

The official identified as Gideon Saburi, is the Deputy Governor of coastal Kilifi County, later tested positive for Covid-19, after he was forcefully put in isolation for 14 days.

He is said to have now fully recovered. More than 100 people were quarantined when Mr Saburi tested positive. He is expected to be charged with endangering people’s lives.

“I am sorry for the pain I caused,” Mr Saburi stated after he was quarantined.

However, the health ministry announced the total number of case in Kenya now stands at 122.

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.

Kenya has recorded 42 cases of Covid-19.

The German authorities have announced that they are not going to pay for the missing six million face masks the government ordered that disappeared from an airport in Kenya.

The shipment which was due in Germany on 20th March but never arrived as it disappeared at the end of last week.

The German embassy in Kenya via their twitter handle tweeted on Thursday that they had earlier agreed to pay the company upon delivery so they would not be paying for the missing goods.

It was also stated in the tweet that the supplier had not given them a reason why they had not delivered.

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.

Local media reports have labelled two popular tourist destinations in Kenya among other regions as a coronavirus high-risk outbreak region.

The coastal towns of Mombasa and Kilifi, where many tourists visit, have been placed on high alert. The country’s capital, Nairobi, is also listed as a high-risk area because of its main airport.

Dr. Daniel Lang’at, Kenya’s head of disease surveillance, said that border regions in the western and north-eastern parts of the country are also at risk.

Although the country is yet to record any confirmed case of the new coronavirus strain, which causes Covid-19.

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.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that an additional 250,000 households in 14 counties of Kenya, will have access to energy as part of the solar electrification program. 

He also mentioned that 800 public institutions will benefit from this program. The initiative will be supported by 15 billion Kenyan shillings ($148 million) obtained from the World Bank.

Its implementation is part of the national electrification strategy including the creation of 1.9 million connections thanks to solar solutions. 

Tax exemptions and other incentives have been put in place for operators who import solar equipment in order to make it more affordable for people.

“Since 2013, we have tripled the number of people with access to electricity from 2.2 to 7.2 million,” said the president.

Kenya is said to aim at achieving universal access to energy by 2022.

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.