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Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi To Remain Behind Bars For Seven More Days.

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Oscar Kipchumba Sudi appeared before Nakuru Chief Magistrate Josephat Kalu on Wednesday, where he is charged with hate speech, offensive conduct, resisting arrest, being in unlawful possession of a firearm and assault of a police officer.

The legislator will now remain in police custody for 7 more days pending completion of investigations into allegations against him.

Sudi had already spent two days behind bars at the Nakuru Central police station pending a bail application ruling.

Before his arrest, the Kapseret MP insisted he had insulted no one and would not apologise.

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The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) and the police who are the prosecutors made an application in court seeking to hold Sudi for 14 days to conclude investigation. The prosecution said the MP is a flight risk having failed to surrender himself soon after he learnt he was being sought by the police. These claims were opposed by the accused lawyers who include Gladys Shollei(Uasin Gishu Women Representative) and Kipkoech Ng’etich.

Some leaders came to show solidarity with Sudi at the Nakuru law Courts. The leaders present included Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, MPs Kimani Ngunjiri, Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), William Cheptumo (Baringo North), Charles Kamuren (Baringo south) and Caleb Kositany (Soi).

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“Do Not Loan Us!” Kenyans On Twitter react to IMF’s 254bn shillings loan

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On April 2, 2021, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved 38-month arrangements under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) and the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Kenya in an amount equivalent to 254.41 billion shillings to support the next phase of the authorities’ COVID-19 response and address the urgent need to reduce debt vulnerabilities. Approval of the ECF/EFF enables the immediate disbursement of about 307.5 million dollars, usable for budget support. This follows Fund emergency support to Kenya in May 2020, 100 percent of quota, equivalent to 739 million dollars at the time of approval.

The IMF announcement was met with an online uproar with many online users wondering why the government would take up more loans when they are already feeling the debt burden. A section of politicians also took to the online platforms, questioning the government’s decision to request for funds to combat the Covid-19 pandemic while counties had hardly received any monies.

Kenya’s public debt stood at Sh7. 6 trillion as of June 2020, according to the 2021 Budget Policy Statement. The IMF however maintains Kenya’s debt is sustainable but it was at high risk of debt distress, and authorities should focus their near-term agenda on urgent structural policy challenges. “The program supported by EFF/ECF arrangements with the Fund provides a strong signal of support and confidence. It is also subject to notable risks, including from uncertainty about the path of the pandemic, and steadfast pursuit of the program objectives will be essential also considering the upcoming political calendar. The Kenyan authorities have demonstrated a strong commitment to fiscal reforms during this unprecedented global shock, and Kenya’s medium-term prospects remain positive” Ms. Antoinette Sayeh, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, stated.

Antoinette Monsio Sayeh – Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Here are some picks from the Trending hashtags since Friday.

One Jefferson Murray has started a petition to the International Monetary Fund Board and is urging Kenyans to join in signing it. Part of the petition reads “Our President, Uhuru Kenyatta, is even on record as saying that Kshs.2 billion is lost daily to corruption in Kenya. The same President recently approved a luxury car grant bribe to junior lawmakers to pass controversial changes to the Constitution, punching another hole to an already strained budget. Some of the President’s close allies have been adversely implicated in the so-called “Covid Billionaires” scam, where billions of shillings from international donors was lost in irregular tenders for PPE at the height of the first wave of the Covid -19 pandemic. Nothing ever came out of the President’s commissioned probe into the scam. We are therefore calling on the IMF to suspend the disbursement of the loan package it recently approved until proper accountability mechanisms to ensure it will be prudently managed and accounted for are put in place!”

You can find the petition here: http://chng.it/qVr7QsyRVt

 

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BOC Kenya Calls On Kenyans to Return Empty Cylinders to Save Lives.

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The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe, on Monday, while briefing the nation on the status of COVID-19, made a passionate appeal for Kenyans to return cylinders to manufacturers to help stem a looming crisis. He made a shocking revelation that cylinders are being hoarded and illegally refilled across the country which means that the cylinder pool is being depleted daily. Oxygen is critical in the management of COVID-19.

The CS said more than 20,000 Oxygen cylinders are in the hands of Kenyans and made a humble appeal that they are returned to enable the frontline workers to save lives of COVID-19 patients and avoid preventable deaths.

“I wish to appeal to those holding cylinders be they hospital facilities or individuals in other sectors, please return those cylinders to manufacturers so they can refill and use them in hospitals that need that them,” said the CS.

BOC Kenya, the leading supplier of industrial, medical, and special gases in East Africa, has joined the Ministry of Health calling on Kenyans to return all idle and unused cylinders to help save lives and fight the pandemic.

“Return idle and unused cylinders and save a life. Oxygen is critical in the management of COVID-19. So, please, do not hoard cylinders and do not refill them illegally,” said the company in a statement.

Before the coming of Covid-19, the market demand for Oxygen in Kenya was 410 tons. By mid-2020, the demand had gone up to 560 tons, and currently, the demand is 880 tons, more than double the demand at the same period last year.

“This demand has come up with other challenges, namely efficiency in the distribution of oxygen gas cylinders brought about by hoarding or diversion of cylinders for other uses,” BOC added. We are running our plant and distribution systems 24hours, 7 days a week.

Overall, there are 73 oxygen plants in both h national & county facilities across the country. Majority of these services one to three units within a facility. There are also about 20,000 concentrators in various health facilities that can be brough back to service to support the efforts of hospitals in the care for patients. Some of these plants and concentrators face several challenges including reliability and the production of oxygen with lower than recommended concentration levels.

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Amp up your productivity with realme as lockdowns take precedence.

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The country is back on lockdown, and while this is not new, it was somehow unexpected. Once again, people are stuck at home thanks to the seemingly perpetual grip coronavirus has across the globe. Luckily, over the past year, we have learned that evolving and bettering ourselves in times of adversity is the way to go. That said, staying at home doesn’t necessarily need to be a relegation of immobility and inaction – with your smartphone, you can remain productive, entertained, and happy during lockdown and self-quarantine.

The importance of staying connected with your loved ones, friends, peers, support groups, communities, positive developments is paramount, especially during these uncertain times. Since, for the better part of a decade, Digital Transformation has caused various disruptions across all sectors of the economy, being in quarantine offers an opportunity for everyone to do more with their smartphone.

Technology has made everything possible. It has expanded retail banking, brought to life machine learning, artificial intelligence, and enabled smart automation among other massively transformative technologies. This means that with devices such as a smartphone, you can easily adapt to the maelstrom of COVID-19 disruption during lockdowns and self-isolations. You can stream videos and play music on your mobile device, you can listen to podcasts, call friends, play games, shoot DIY videos, shop online, and so much more!

While this is entirely possible, you, however, need a powerful device. An all-around powerful device that makes your life during self-isolation seamless. One of the features to consider is battery life. The last thing you need is a device with a battery life that runs low when you are watching your favorite movie or talking with your friends. Thankfully, smartphone manufacturers have made significant innovations to bring you phones that make life more convenient. realme is one such manufacturer.

realme has a wide range of new smartphones with impressive battery life. Imagine the ton of activities you can achieve with a mammoth 6000mAh battery! No matter what happens during the day, your phone won’t run out of juice. That means you won’t have to think about the battery at all, and that is liberating. Your entire focus will be the work at hand, as it should be for maximum productivity.

Aside from boosting productivity, a longer battery life allows you to frequently collaborate via video chat with colleagues and friends in the industry as you work from home. This way, you can bounce ideas off coworkers easily, and discuss hot topics of the day to get other perspectives. And when the phone finally runs out of juice, with realme’s fast charging feature, you can have a full charge in less than an hour!

Coupled with huge 6.5-inch screens, higher refresh rates, powerful processors, and AI cameras, realme has ensured that you have everything you need to make every aspect of your life at home interesting. You can stream content in Ultra-HD, capture moments in detail, listen to good music with unmatched clarity, and run several apps without lagging your device.

The necessity of leading a happy life during self-isolation cannot be emphasized enough, as we all need motivation and support to power through. And whether you need to spruce up your health, bring out your inner gamer, level up your learning, or amp up productivity, smartphones like realme will help you hit those goals conveniently. They are more than just power and large screens – they are your much-needed companions as social distancing and self-quarantine remain a priority.

Visit the realme website  https://www.realme.com/mea-en/ for more great features or follow @realmkenya on Instagram and @realme on facebook

About realme

realme is a technology brand officially established on May 4, 2018, by Sky Li. realme aspires to provide products with a comprehensive superior experience for the young, and realme is committed to being a trendsetting technology brand. It brings consumers products with trendsetting technologies, features and trendsetting experiences that are first applied in the price segment. realme’s global users have reached 50 million and its sales volume of AIoT audio products broke the record of 1 million in 2020. According to the statistics of Counterpoint global smartphone shipments in Q1 of 2020, the emerging smartphone brand realme still ranks 7th with a year-over-year growth rate of 157% which ranks the first in the world as well. As the world’s fastest-growing smartphone brand, realme stands firmly among the mainstream smartphone brands

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Realme Targets 30% Sales Increase In 2021

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After making its debut in the Kenyan smartphone market in 2020 with a record release of more than six gadgets in the market, realme now has eyes focused on bigger goals with a target to increase their sales by at least 30 percent in 2021.

This year, the smartphone brand will focus on continuously enriching its products and provide suitable young and trend-setting products to users in Kenya. It shall capitalize on the synchronization of our brand, terminal, and sales in order to achieve the said target

According to realme, the smartphone maker has plans for more releases this year that will be tailored towards the needs of Kenyan millennials in line with the current technological trends to give them both value for money and comfortability.

In four months, in 2020, realme released the realme C3, realme C11, realme C15, realme C12, realme 6, and realme 7i, realme band realme Buds Q, and realme Buds Air Neo, that leaned more on design, quality, fashion, trendsetting and appealing to Kenya’s younger generation.

“We have always provided products that are suitable for our target customers. Our strategy has always been to listen to our customers and deliver as per their needs and for 2021, we will not disappoint,” said Marketing lead at realme.

Having become the first brand in the world to hit 50 million units shipped during the third quarter of 2020, the smartphone maker says he has eyes fixed on wowing the market for 2021. Realme made inroads in Kenya and immediately gained popularity as a result of their pocket-friendly phones that sat well with the majority of Kenyans whose sources of income had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What should Kenyans expect? More smartphone products from realme will focus more on the promotion of cost-effective products such as the C Series.

Visit the realme website  https://www.realme.com/mea-en/ for more great features or follow @realmkenya on Instagram and @realme on facebook

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CNN’s African Voices Changemakers meets ‘Safari Doctors’ founder Umra Omar

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CNN’s African Voices Changemakers meets ‘Safari Doctors’ founder Umra Omar

On this week’s African Voices Changemakers, CNN International’s Arit Okpo meets Umra Omar, an award-winning social entrepreneur, community leader, and the founder of Safari Doctors, a mobile medical clinic serving underprivileged communities in Kenya.

Omar and the Safari Doctors travel by boat, road and air to bring medical care to people living along a remote area of islands, the Lamu Archipelago, near the Kenyan-Somali border. She speaks about how the organisation has grown from humble beginnings, “When we first started it was mainly about getting immunisations out to rural areas and making sure that a woman who wanted access to family planning could get it. So just providing that primary care of your cough syrups, your pain medication, and then advancing from going to about a hundred people a month to now up to like 2,500 people every month.”

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Their work has been internationally recognised, with Omar winning the UN-Kenya Person of the Year Award in 2017, and also being named a Top 10 CNN Hero in 2016. She describes how the company went from serving one village to an award-winning mission covering twenty-four villages, “It started as a ‘by the way’ and it ended up being a full-time and full-blown entity. We ended with a CNN Heroes Award which kind of put that strong stamp of accreditation on the work that we’re doing. And kept us going financially, network wise, and really amplifying the voices of change coming from the ground going up.”

Having started with the distribution of vaccines and other medical services using dhows and motorbikes, the Safari Doctors initiative has expanded to a network currently using its own speed boat and medical vehicle, and offering improved facilities including veterinary services. Omar talks about their future expansion, “The idea now is expanding to preventative health. So, we train a cohort of community health workers, especially the youth, to address issues around population health, environment awareness, and getting it into that model of mobile primary and preventative healthcare that comes to the last mile doorsteps of the communities in need.”

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Omar is full of praise for the Safari Doctors team and she explains how young people form the centre of this group, “We cover the whole of Lamu County with a team that is out of this world, absolutely mind-blowing, young, energetic. Actually, out of a staff of 12, I’m the second oldest staff member. I look around and I’m like, Safari Doctors is run by people under 35 and a lot of them actually under 20.”

This network has also been instrumental in disseminating information on COVID-19 and tracking possible causes in the communities they serve. Omar details their work during the pandemic, “What the pandemic did, it really solidified our outreaches. It was us really putting a face to the pandemic when we went out to the community, from issues around social distancing, handwashing and getting the communities to see that, okay, this is not something that’s just happening in the city. These are the precautions that we need to take on the ground as well.”

Omar and her team remain passionate about helping their communities. She sums up the Safari Doctors’ goal, “It’s a peaceful change opportunity and tapping into I would say an underrated resource which is human power. It’s a beautiful feeling to work at home with my people especially the younger people and play our part in transforming our own communities and actually feeling like you’re making a difference.”

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‘African Voices Changemakers’ airs on Saturday 30th January at 1030 SAST on CNN International

The show also airs at the following times:

Sunday 31st January at 0530 SAST, 0830 SAST, 1330 SAST and 2030 SAST

Monday 1st February at 06300 SAST

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