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Eleven people including seven children died when a boat struck a rock and sank on Lake Tanganyika off the coast of DR Congo at the weekend, local authorities said Monday.  

Rescue workers found the bodies of four women, four girls and three boys, shore official Kashindi Bovari said.

Another 62 people survived the accident overnight Saturday, he said. The total number of people aboard the stricken vessel was unknown, but there were no reports of missing passengers.

The motorised canoe carrying passengers and goods had left Uvira at the lake's northernmost end en route to the village of  Karamba on the Ubwari peninsula, striking the rock near Mboko. 

Boat sinkings are frequent in the DR Congo, often with heavy loss of life. The vast country has few passable roads, and river and lake routes are common alternatives. Source: daily Nation

  • Deputy President William Ruto disembarks a plane during a past trip. DAILY NATION
 
 
  • Deputy President William Ruto's allies, who were in his company at Wilson Airport on Monday night, August 2, held a press briefing narrating events before he was blocked from travelling.

    Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro alleged that the DP was at the airport for five and a half hours waiting for clearance.

    Upon asking which clearance was needed, Ruto and his entourage were informed that he ought to produce his birth certificate and a letter from the chief to show that he was authorised to travel.

    Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro speaking in Nyamira County of October 15, 2020
    Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro speaking in Nyamira County of October 15, 2020 FILE

    "I have never seen the DP humiliated to such a level. We could hear them on the phone saying that he should indicate who he is. One time they wanted a birth certificate, then his ID, even a letter from the chief. This is not the kind of Kenya we should be proud of," Nyoro added.

    The MP, who spoke from Uganda, claimed that senior government officials including the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Interior CS Fred Matiang'i were unaware of the clearance Kenya's second in command needed. 

    "The immigration officers told us that they had received orders from above not to clear the DP. No one was able to explain who had issued the orders. 

    "We contacted Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and head of public service Joseph Kinyua who stated that he was not the one who had issued the orders," Nyoro stated.

    Nyoro was accompanied by Oscar Sudi (Kapseret MP) and Benjamin Tayari (Kinango MP), who were cleared to board the commercial flight to Entebbe International Airport. 

    The MPs noted that they were also asked to get clearance from parliament.

    "We contacted the leadership of the house who clarified that we did not need any clearance from anyone especially because it was a private visit."

    A number of DP's allies have also taken to social media to protest the blocking of his flight.  

    "In his 9 years in office the DP has never been required to have Clearance to travel, why now? You can keep on humiliating him but remember power is transient and a year from now you will be on your way out and the People of Kenya will decide their destiny," Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika stated.

    "The Deputy President has never ever required any clearance to travel out of the country. There is no law or regulation requiring him to seek clearance before travel for any public or private engagement. What happened today is a sheer act of impunity and gross violation of the Constitution," Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen weighed in.

    Senators Susan Kihika and Kipchumba Murkomen at the unveiling of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party office
    Senators Susan Kihika and Kipchumba Murkomen at the unveiling of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party office
    FILE  Kenyans.co.ke
 
Health and social care Secretary Sajid Javid signs a Memorandum of Understanding on healthcare with Kenya’s cabinet secretary for Labour Cooperation Simon Chelugi at the Royal College of Physicians, with President Uhuru Kenyatta in attendance

Unemployed nurses in Kenya are to be offered work in health services across the UK, as part of a new arrangement between the two nations' governments.

The deal, backed by Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, will see nurses and health workers in the African country currently without jobs given a “special route” to work in the UK for a fixed period. 

Further details on the scheme are set to be confirmed in the next few months, but ministers said both countries would benefit from the arrangement through the sharing of experience and knowledge across health services.

The latest collaboration between Kenya and the UK Government comes through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday.

 

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Sajid Javid

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our healthcare agreement will make the most of UK and Kenyan health expertise which will be beneficial to both countries, with the exchange of knowledge and training which will provide first class healthcare.”

He added that the UK’s relationship with Kenya had been strengthened by “working closely” during the pandemic and by sharing UK vaccine doses. Meanwhile, Jane Marriott, the British high commissioner to Kenya, said: “Our health partnership with Kenya is 30 years old and growing stronger by the month.

“This new agreement on health workers allows us to share skills and expertise even further, and is a fantastic opportunity for Kenyans to work in the UK.”

Mr Javid and Kenya’s cabinet secretary for labour cooperation, Simon Chelugui, signed the recruitment agreement during a meeting in London. By , Nursing Times

  • A file image of President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and British Prime Minister Borris Johnson. PSCU 

    The United Nations (UN) directed the United Kingdom’s government to issue a public apology and compensate 500,000 members of the Kipsigis Community for colonial atrocities.

    The intergovernmental organization declared that Britain was obligated to issue reparations parallel to the grave harm it inflicted on the Kipsigis people of Kenya in the early 20th century.

    The declaration further broke down the compensation to include restoration of land, compensation, rehabilitation and guarantees of non-repetition.

    This ruling is a result of early petitions by Kericho’s Governor Paul Chepkwony since 2014. In 2018, he successfully lodged a complaint with the UN Special Rapporteur in Geneva. 

    Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony addresses the media in June 2018
    Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony addresses the media in June 2018. TWITTER

    The Human Rights Council acknowledged indeed that multiple indigenous people, especially the Kipsigis of the Talai clan, severely suffered gross violations of human rights including, sexual violence, torture, murder and untried detention, displacement among other atrocities.

    Led by Major Pope-Hennessy, the British colonial government massacred 1,800 Kipsigis men, women and children of the Talai Clan. 

    An image of Boris Johnson
    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at the Conservative Party's headquarters in central London on Tuesday 23rd July 2019. NPR

    However, one violation that stood out was the appropriation of extensive fertile agricultural land by international tea companies. The land, 90,000 acres, was confiscated and handed to white settlers through the Crown Lands Ordinance of 1902. 

    About 115,000 people were forcefully ejected from their ancestral lands by the British colonial army.

    Those who were displaced were reportedly forced into reserves where they perished en masse due to diseases, attacks from wild animals and harsh climatic conditions.

    In 2019, the National Land Commission intervened and called on the British government to admit their misdeeds including illicitly acquiring agricultural land and apologize to the Kipsigis. Moreover, Britain was asked to avail reparations.

    The National Land Commission also dictated that land with expired leases would not be renewed without the concurrence of the Kericho’s county government where the land is domiciled. British multinational firms would also be required to lease land from the Kericho and Bomet county governments at commercial rates.

    Additionally, the commission advised that the government should identify and acquire adequate and suitable land to resettle members of the Kipsigis. This would bring an end their perennial landlessness.


    This would be done through the Department of Adjudication and Settlement, a subsidiary unit under the Ministry of Land.

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    Ardhi House, Lands Ministry headquarters in Nairobi. FILE
 
 

Photo: Katmerciler/Photo Courtesy

The vehicle is said to perform well under intensive fighting situations in rural and urban regions, with a high level of mine and ballistic protection. Delivery is expected to be made from 2022 until the end of 2023

Turkish armored vehicle manufacturer Katmerciler announced last week that it has signed a $91.4 million contract with Kenya’s Defense Ministry to provide the African country with 118 4x4 Hizir tactical armored vehicles. The delivery is expected to begin in 2022 and run through the end of 2023.

The Overt Defense website said that the Hizir, which was designed with a capacity of nine personnel, has been optimized for high performance under intensive fighting situations in rural and urban regions, with a high level of mine and ballistic protection.

The Hizir can be configured as a command control vehicle, CBRN vehicle, weapon carrier vehicle (with easy integration of multiple weapon systems), ambulance, border security vehicle, or reconnaissance vehicle, the report said.

The Hizir is fitted with a Turkish-made Aselsan SARP turret. Depending on the operational requirements, the turret can be equipped with a 12.7mm machine gun, 40mm automatic grenade launcher or 7.62mm machine gun.

It has advanced capabilities and options such as fire-on-the-move capability, day and night imaging, automatic target tracking, a laser range finder for accurate ballistics, last round warning and manual backup, according to the website.

The Hizir has nine gun ports, four on each side and one on the rear door. The vehicle is also equipped with a smoke grenade launcher on its roof, the report said. Source: Israel Defence

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