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Governor Alfred Mutua moves to cushion Machakos residents against Covid-19 effects

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IN SUMMARY:
– The Governor announced that the county had issued a 100 percent waiver on land rates and land arrears
– Machakos government reduced transport levy costs by 50 per cent, and non-payment of fees on vegetable vendors, boda boda operators, tuk tuk and Maruti operators
– Governor Mutua called upon traders to lower the prices of their commodities in order to make them affordable.

Machakos governor Alfred Mutua has announced a wide range of measures taken by his government  to cushion residents of the county against the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued to the press and members of the public, the Governor announced that the county had issued a 100 per cent waiver on land rates and land arrears.

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Further, the Machakos government reduced transport levy costs by 50 per cent, and non-payment of fees on vegetable vendors, boda boda operators, tuk tuk and Maruti operators.

“Fee waiver on fire licence, land subdivision. When you pay your fees you will not pay on the license,” read part of the statement.

In his statement Governor Mutua called upon traders to lower the prices of their commodities in order to make them affordable.

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I urge other industry players to also forfeit a bit of their profits by lowering the prices of their goods so as to cushion Kenyans,” he said.

Mutua urged the petroleum industry to find a way of reducing the price of paraffin, petrol and diesel at this time of hardship.  

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“Reduce your profits for a little bit now. As was done before, I urge His Excellency the President to intervene with Kenya Power and Lighting  Company so that they don’t not disconnect power from Kenyans who are  struggling to pay  for  power at this time,” he said.

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Al Shabaab Suicide Bomber Kills Six At Somali Cafe In Baidoa

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Six civilians died and seven more were injured on Saturday when an Al-Shabaab suicide bomber blew himself up outside a cafe in Somalia, police and witnesses said.

The attack happened in the central town of Baidoa, 250 kilometres (190 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu and police said the target was the regional governor, who was inside the cafe taking tea.

“A terrorist suicide bomber blew up himself at Suweys cafeteria and killed six people, he was targeting the governor Ali Wardheere but he survived the attack,” local police officer Mohamud Adan told AFP by phone.

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Uhuru contributes Ksh. 1 Million towards rugby icon Ayimba’s medical expenses

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IN SUMMARY:
– President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged Ksh. 1 million towards rugby legend Benjamin Ayimba’s medical expenses
– Senator Sakaja disclosed Uhuru’s contribution in a message posted on his Twitter account
– Kenya Rugby union had disclosed that Ayimba was critically ill
– Ayimba is a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, who was first appointed Shujaa Head coach in 2006

President Uhuru Kenyatta through Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja has contributed a sum of Ksh. 1 million towards the medical expenses of ailing rugby legend, Benjamin Ayimba.

On a Tweet posted on his Twitter handle, Senator Sakaja disclosed that the head of state had promised Ksh. 1 million that will go into Ayimba’s medical expenses.

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“Let’s keep at it #TurnUpforBenja. Thank you H.E Uhuru for the KES 1m. Kindly @RailaOdinga @WilliamsRuto @MusaliaMudavadi join in,” said Sakaja in the Tweet.

Kenya Rugby union had disclosed that Ayimba was critically ill and that his condition had drastically deteriorated. The union called on Kenyans to make their contributions via the Paybill number 8021673 with the name BENJAMIN OTIENO AYIMBA MEDICAL towards the rugby icon’s medical bills.

Ayimba is a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, who was first appointed Shujaa Head coach in 2006. He went on to guide Kenya to her first ever World Series Cup Final in Adelaide, Australia losing 26-7 to South Africa.

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In 2011, he left the job under controversial circumstances after he openly opposed the fielding of Kenya’s main players at the Safaricom Sevens.

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Kirinyaga: Middle-aged man found dead inside a lodging in Ndia

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IN SUMMARY:
– The middle-aged man was found dead inside a lodging in Ndia area, Kirinyaga
– Police are in pursuit of an unidentified woman who was in the company of the deceased
– His body was moved to Kutus Funeral home, Kutus

Police in Kirinyaga are investigating the death of a middle-aged man who was found dead inside a lodging in Ndia area.

According to the lodging caretaker, the man  booked a room at around 1pm in the company of unidentified woman who latter went missing.

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The incident was confirmed by agio town’s Nyumba Kumi Chairman, Daniel Kangangi who is also a brother to the caretaker.

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The caretaker is my brother. When he called me I informed officers based at Kagio Police station,”  said Kangangi.

Police are now in pursuit of the unidentified woman asking people in the hotel business to ensure that they take details of their customers.

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The body has been moved to the Kutus Funeral home Kutus pending further investigations.

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