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Bodaboda rider flees after breaking pedestrian’s legs on Kenyatta Avenue – VIDEO – Nairobi News

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A bodaboda rider on Saturday morning knocked down a pedestrian on Nairobi’s Kenyatta Avenue then fled the scene.

The goon fled the scene as the man, who was bleeding profusely, lay on the ground writhing in pain.

Witnesses said the man was using a pedestrian crossing when he was knocked down.

The scene of the early morning accident. PHOTO | AMINA WAKO

“The rider was speeding, yet there is a zebra crossing where the man was crossing the road. He did not even stop to see or try to help the man he knocked down. Everything happened very fast we did not even get the chance to note the number plate of the bike,” said one of the witnesses.

Luckily,an ambulance from Morning Star Medical Centre responded fast and administered first aid to the man.

He suffered two broken legs and injuries on his right arm, head and bruises on his face.

The unidentified man is lifted into the ambulance. PHOTO | AMINA WAKO

Blood was oozing from his nose and he was semi-conscious when he was lifted into the ambulance.

Police officers on the scene said the only way to identify the rider was to review that CCTV footage.

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According to a report by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), deaths caused by motorcycles on Kenya roads rose by nearly a third in 2019 compared to 2018.

The unidentified man is lifted into the ambulance. PHOTO | AMINA WAKO

The statistics released in December indicate that at least 724 people were killed in motorcycle-related accidents in 2019 compared to 598 in 2018, an increase of 23 percent.

In Nairobi, the bodaboda menace is compounded by the fact that the riders break all the rules and are always in a hurry to avoid being nabbed by authorities.

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Heartless landlord walks away with doors leaving tenants in the cold – Nairobi News

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A landlord in Juja on Monday walked away with the doors of seven tenants over delayed payment rent. The landlord also left the affected families in the dark and without water.

The landlord, identified as Francis Kamau who owns Limpopo flats in Witeithie, Juja came to the property armed with crude weapons, including hammers and steel bars and went from house to house removing doors of tenants who were yet to pay their March rent.

The one-storey building has 17 single-room units, with each tenant paying a monthly rent of Sh3,000. Seven doors were removed.

His action comes just days after President Uhuru Kenyatta pleaded with landlords across the country to reduce monthly rent for their tenants following the financial crisis that has been occasioned by coronavirus outbreak.

The President, while addressing the nation, requested the landlords to consider sharing the heavy burden of the current pandemic.

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“Those property owners who have reduced or agreed to work terms for the monthly rent in order to provide roofs over the heads of vulnerable brothers and sisters and in this regard.

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“Those property owners who have reduced or agreed to work terms for the monthly rent in order to provide roofs over the heads of vulnerable brothers and sisters and in this regard, I wish to urge all others to emulate this great example and not put our people in even more vulnerable situations as we face this current pandemic,” said Mr Kenyatta.

Last week, the Landlords and Tenants Association of Kenya (LATAK) called for landlords across the country to offer their tenants rent waivers for the months of April, May and June.

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Firms ask for Sh1.7b to keep the taps flowing : The Standard

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Water service providers have called on the government to provide them with free treatment chemicals as well as subsidise their wage bills to stay afloat. [Omondi Onyango, Standard]

Water service providers in the country have asked the government to subsidise their wage bills and offset their power bills for three months in the wake of Covid-19.

They are also calling on the government to buy them water treatment chemicals.
According to the Water Service Providers Association (Waspa), the measures would help players in the industry deal with the effects of Covid-19 on their businesses.
They fear they may find it hard to continue supplying clean water to Kenyans due to reduced revenues owing to the ravages of the pandemic.
SEE ALSO: China virus cases spike, 17 new infections reportedWaspa says their ability to provide sustainable water service may be hindered by reduced income among citizens and institutions.
Reduce collections
Waspa CEO Anthony Ambugo said their members are facing reduced collections, which will in turn see them struggle to meet operation costs such as staff salaries, electricity bills and water treatment chemicals.
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There are currently 88 providers in the country, but they are not funded by the exchequer.
Mr Ambugo said the water companies require Sh1.7 billion every month to cater for personnel (Sh900 million), chemicals (Sh205 million), electricity (Sh250 million), and fees and levies (Sh195 million).
SEE ALSO: China confirms virus spreading between humansHe said the average nationwide collection from water services now stands at 30 per cent.
“This means water companies can only raise about Sh510 million every month,” he said.
Ambugo also called for waiver of fees and levies on water, zero-rating of chemicals for water supply and reviewing of electricity tariffs.
He said Health and Water ministries should set up a water treatment chemicals bank for important chemicals such as chlorine, alum and soda ash.
Reluctant to pay
SEE ALSO: Factbox: What we know about the new coronavirus spreading in China and beyond“The thing is, even customers who are able to pay their bills are now reluctant to do so. This is the biggest threat to sustainable water service provision for service providers. Apart from consumers in informal settlements, the rest should pay their bills and if unable to, they should enter into a pay arrangement with water companies,” said Ambugo.
He called for a ministerial directive encouraging consumers to pay their bills promptly to sustain water service provision.
He added that at least 46 providers and one non-governmental organisation had installed 1,740 handing washing points in strategic places within their respective areas of jurisdiction in the country.

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Raila: Where is Ruto’s church offering at hour of need? : The Standard

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ODM leader Raila Odinga undergoes a screening exercise as he arrived for the National Prayers against the Coronavirus pandemic at State House, Nairobi.

AU special envoy Raila Odinga has challenged political leaders who used to donate colossal sums of money to churches before the outbreak of Covid-19 to donate the funds to struggling Kenyans in the wake of the pandemic.

In what was seen as a dig at Deputy President William Ruto, Raila urged leaders to donate for the poor now that churches are closed.
In an interview with a local radio station on Friday, Raila wondered where the philanthropic leaders have gone to at the hour of need.
“We have witnessed in the past leaders go to church every weekend, on Saturday they are in church, on Sunday they are in church giving donations, Kenyans are wondering where are they now,” Raila said
SEE ALSO: GEMA’s views of the BBI”Because now there is no church, the money that they were taking to church, they should now use that money to help the people.
He slammed the leaders for being mute when Kenyans need them, adding that with the directives issued by the government to curb the spreads of coronavirus, most Kenyans are feeling the pinch and should be assisted.
“Don’t just sit in your house, sleep and wait for everything to clear then you start giving donations to the church again,” he said.
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“I would like to see them helping the people, even if you are not going there physically, but you are giving a little.”
Kibra donation
SEE ALSO: The wars in Uhuru and Raila political partiesThis comes a day after Raila, his wife Ida Odinga among other sponsors donated a consignment to Kibra residents, which included food, sanitisers, soap, oil and water, through the national government.
The Sh15 million worth supplies were meant to help residents of Kibra during the coronavirus pandemic crisis.
The former Prime Minister said the donation that he gave to the people of Kibra was as a result of him talking to his friends to donate.
The ODM leader said he is talking to his friends again to help various slums in Nairobi and a number of towns in the country.
Raila’s remarks could elicit a heated political debate between his supporters and those of Ruto who have been silent since the outbreak of Covid-19 in mid-March.
SEE ALSO: Uhuru, Raila shouldn’t hide behind BBI pushDonation debate
Raila has in the past took issues with the church for receiving hefty donations without questioning the source, wondering how a person who earns a monthly salary of Sh1 million can afford to donate a hundred million shillings in a month.
Raila maintained that the hefty donations dished out to churches should be investigated, stating that they could be proceeds of corruption and part of a wider money-laundering racket.
“Every weekend this church Sh5 million, that church Sh5 million, that other church Sh5million. Every weekend 15 million yet your monthly salary is only Sh1 million.”
Ruto, however, said he will continue to donate money to the church despite critics claiming that politicians use the clergy to sanitise proceeds of corruption.
SEE ALSO: Could BBI morph into another political party?“When you see some of us go to church, lift hands, make this contribution it’s because we can’t forget where God brought us from Some of us have more to thank God for, than some of us,” he said.

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