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.
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.
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.
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.