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Journalist working with Kenya’s state broadcaster Betty Barasa, was shot dead at her home in the outcasts of the capital Nairobi.

It was reported tha two gunmen entered Barasa’s home as she was driving in from work on Wednesday evening, then ordered her husband and children to lie on the ground and one of the gunmen took Ms Barasa to her bedroom. The family later heard two gunshots and the gunman walked out of the bedroom and left with the other one.

Police in Ngong area say Ms Barasa died because she sustained injuries to her head. The motive for her killing remains unclear.

Kenya’s drug authority has denied rumors that a Kenyan has died as a result of taking the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board’s deputy director Dr. Peter Ikamati said the death of a Kenyan health worker, who had taken the vaccine, may have been caused by a miscarriage.

“The board wishes to clarify that there was a misreporting of an adverse event following immunization as fatal. All reported cases that have adverse event after immunization are under investigation and none of them has resulted into fatal outcomes,” the board’s chief executive, Fred Siyoi, said in a statement.

It was learned that the deceased was a nurse working in one of the hospitals in Uasin Gishu in western Kenya.

On Wednesday, a road crash killing 15 passengers, occurred in southerneastern Kenya.

Two buses collide along the busy Malindi-Mombasa highway in Kilifi County. Commissioner Kutswa Olaka confirmed 15 people died and more than a dozen others injured in the accident.

According to county officials, one bus was heading to Garissa County in northeastern Kenya while the other was ferrying passengers to Malindi, a coastal town in the country’s southeast. Government employees and both the drivers are among the dead.

Well-wishers with private cars were the first responders, who were later joined by official rescue teams, the Kenya Red Cross, and others. The bodies have been taken to the Malindi hospital’s mortuary.

Some civil society groups in Kenya have threatened to protest against the restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus.

Recall that President Uhuru Kenyatta had last week placed a ban on all inland travel in and out of five counties, including the capital Nairobi, to curb a surge of Covid-19 cases. He also banned the sale of alcohol in these areas and restricted restaurants from providing takeaways.

The groups said they would take to the streets on Saturday if the restrictions were not lifted.

Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s President has instructed the entire cabinet and members of his executive office to take Covid-19 vaccinations.

The directive to lead by example was confirmed by his chief of staff Nzioka Waita.

The country is currently experiencing the third wave of infections and reported its highest daily number of new infections on Wednesday.

The British High Commission in Kenya has confirmed that a fire started during a UK-led exercise in Loldaiga Conservancy, which is near a base hosting British troops.

“Reports of dead elephants are being looked into as a matter of urgency by the British Army, Kenyan Authorities, and our Loldaiga Conservancy partners,” a statement read.

While adding that the army exercise which had been ongoing had been paused with all personnel now working to fight the fire.

Local media reported that at least five elephants have died in the blaze that started on Wednesday night.

The Kenya doctors union has disclosed that hospitals have run out of ICU beds as the country deals with a surge in Covid-19 cases.

It was disclosed that healthcare workers were among those admitted at various hospitals across the country, Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) said in a statement.

Several doctors have also taken to social media to share their experiences, describing heart-breaking scenes they are witnessing in hospitals across the country.

Kenya’s Director-General for Health, Patrick Amoth, during a media briefing on Tuesday stated that a national study had found the presence of coronavirus variants first detected in South Africa and the UK.

“Most [cases] of the South African variant have been picked from our border with Tanzania, especially in people with a history of travel from Tanzania,” Dr Amoth said.

Recent study disclosed that Kenya has about 537 ICU beds and just under 300 ventilators.

Four Kenyan policemen are to stand trial for murder after a judge ruled they had a case to answer in the death of British aristocrat Alexander Monson who died in their custody in 2012.

The 28-year-old died on the Kenyan coast after being arrested for smoking cannabis.

Recall that the police stated in the past said Monson died of an overdose, but his family has argued against this.

According to two reports by government pathologists, they said that he had died after suffering a traumatic blow to the head.

Investigations revealed that there had been attempts to cover up the incident, and threats against witnesses.

Fifty-seven Kenyans who flouted Covid-19 public health measures have been ordered to clean streets and markets in the capital, Nairobi, for a week as part of community service punishment.

The 57 were arraigned in court on Monday and released on a community service order.

Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS), which runs the capital city, stated that they will be expected to work from 08:00-17:00 local time (05:00-1400 GMT) every day for a week.

The work includes cleaning up the main farm produce markets of Marikiti and Muthurua markets in the city, as well as the often filthy Nairobi River.

“Police will re-arrest and arraign in court those who do not abide for a stiffer punishment,” NMS stated.

Wearing face masks in public spaces is still mandatory in Kenya although there is laxity in adherence.

Local media has reported that businessman Abdul Haji, who became famous after combating militants who attacked the Westgate mall in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, in September 2013, has been endorsed to succeed his late father Yusuf Haji as Garissa senator.

The family said in a statement after deliberations they have fronted the second-born son to finish his late father’s second-term in the Senate.

During the attack in 2013, Mr. Haji went into the mall in search of his brother while armed only with a pistol that his father had taught him to hunt with as a child.Together with a small group of plainclothes policemen, he helped rescue dozens of people from the mall.

The Central Bank of Kenya has reportedly switched to Bitcoin as their Reserve currency to resolve the country’s economic problem. 

Patrick Njoroge, the governor of Kenya’s Central Bank explained that the financial problems associated with the native system are the major drawback for the country’s economy. 

He said, “Our decision to shift to Bitcoin is both tactical and logical. Our currency has always been the punching bag for the International Monetary Fund which always claims that the Kenya shilling is overvalued. This has led to too much pressure on the Kenyan Shilling and this has a negative effect on the economy. We are losing too much simply because someone at IMF woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Bitcoin will put an end to this.”

He also added that they intend to use Bitcoin to reduce the country’s national debt and save the economy from a gross decline. 

A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) pilot has lost his life in a plane crash during a routine training exercise.

The service disclosed that the autogyro aircraft crashed on Thursday morning at the Orly airstrip, Kajiado, near the capital Nairobi.

The cause of the accident is still unclear and KWS said they are conducting thorough investigations.

The Ministry of Health has disclosed that after the new 957 infections and 11 related deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, Kenya’s tally of the coronavirus disease increased to 72,686.

The country’s total recoveries from the viral disease are 49,878 as 2,616 Covid-19 patients were cured in the last 24 hours across the country.

The Health Ministry on Wednesday said of the newly recovered patients, 2,434 were in the home-based care programme and 182 at hospitals across the country.

From the new cases, 908 are Kenyans while 49 are foreigners. In terms of gender, the Health ministry said 569 are male while 388 are female.

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.