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Motorcyclists ride through a flooded section of a road in Nairobi on March 15, 2018. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL

By EVELYNE MUSAMBI

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has ignored warnings from the weatherman on imminent heavy rains that will pound the city from October through to December.

Two weeks to the expected flooding, the city’s drainage is still clogged despite early warnings by the Kenya Meteorological Department of unusually high rainfall.

Underground drain lines in the city centre are heavily silted following decades of neglect, while manholes are clogged with solid waste.

Flooding hotspots like South C, Ruai, Thome and parts of Kasarani drainages have not been attended to and drainages there are filled with plastic waste and vegetation.

SONKO’S APOLOGY

During the March rains, Governor Sonko apologised to Nairobians for the unclogged drainage, but blamed Evans Kidero’s led administration for misappropriating funds meant for the same.

“Rains are supposed to be a blessing and not a curse. Towards this end, my government has hit the ground running to mitigate against the adverse effects we have seen since the rains started. As a start, I have today directed the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company to hasten the process of unlocking the drainage system all over the county.

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“In the same vein, I am shocked that some Sh10 billion set aside by the previous administration for unblocking the drainage system did not go to the intended use but ended up in the pockets of some unscrupulous characters,” he wrote on Facebook.

The directive was never enforced.

During the same month, Nairobi’s Roads and Infrastructure County Executive Mohamed Dagane said the county had allocated Sh32 million for improvement of drainage system in the county.

UNCLOG DRAINAGES

The money was meant for procuring additional equipment as well as paying casuals who would unclog drainages across the county.

In April, the county government received drainage unclogging machines from the Ministry of Transport and Urban Development.

The cabinet secretary John Macharia, during the handover ceremony, said the equipment was part of the World Bank-funded Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project (NAMSIP) worth Sh500 million in which 75 per cent of the funds (Sh375,000) have been allocated to Nairobi to solve its drainage problem.

No works have been carried out yet.

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Mmeona hii? Pastor Kanyari ditches old look for this new fashion (Photos)

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Controversial man of God pastor Victor Kanyari has been going on with business as usual.

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The self-proclaimed prophet, who now goes by the name Bishop Mwangi of Salvation Healing Ministry, has changed his wardrobe.

The father of two has ditched his oversized, shinny red suits (prophet’s uniform) for a more sophisticated look.

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Kanyari has now switched to Nigerian attires and has been sharing photos just to let those who don’t attend his church know that he has upgraded.

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Kenyan Youth Will Bury Us in Large Numbers

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The Kenyan youth is one of the most downtrodden in any democratic nation in the world.

Almost six decades since the country gained independence from the colonialist, ukoloni mamboleo remains and the youth bear the brunt of it. Interestingly in politics, most of those who fall in the category above the youth bracket which is 35 years find government jobs easily in Kenya than those who could help move the country forward.

In fact, the president has been on record saying that the Kenya youth cannot be trusted with government jobs because they are corrupt.

See: Kenya, a Country of Very Selective Amnesia

In December 2018, Uhuru Kenyatta defended the decision to appoint former Vice President Moody Awori to the Sports, Culture and Social Development Fund Board, saying he had lost trust in the young generation.

“I saw that I was being criticized yesterday for appointing a 91-year-old to look after the youth’s sports fund…lakini jameni you put yourself in my shoes. Ukiona vile pesa inaibiwa and this is money that we went and passed the other day to support health programmes… halafu useme tupatie kijana, mimi afadhali bana nikae na huyo mzee achunge hiyo pesa na itumike vile inatakikana! Watu wawachane na mimi bana sitaki mambo mingi…” he said.

But we are living in interesting times.

Ali Gire, the gentleman who is more patritic than many holding government jobs today has been demonised and even branded a criminal because he chose to fight ineptness by those mandated to run this country.

Gire became a target after recording and sharing a video of a Chinese plane landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) when China was still in the heat of the covid-19 coronavirus.

The Kenya Airways employee was suspended for the recording where 239 China nationals aboard a China Southern Airline were allowed into the country and asked to ‘self-quarantine’.

And now, “It is the responsibility of the youth to secure the nation. God in his wisdom has decided to place the youth at this particular time, so that they can take responsibility of this disease,” said the Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in his April 4, 2020 update.

Read: 10 Things Uhuru Must Accomplish Under 24 Months

It is indeed interesting times that God has just realised there are youth in this country who can be used during the outbreak of the deadly covid-19 coronavirus. What an abuse and twisted view intended to misuse the very population that has been abused for decades.

“There is a generation that fought for independence and did its part, there are those who fought for the economy and the constitution. I appeal to you, it is now your turn as others have done, to protect this country,” added Kagwe.

It is almost laughable that such an inane statement can be coming from a government that has made it its sole mandate to frustrate the youth left right and centre. There are no jobs with most of these young men and women confined to the corners of the economy where they are expedient for the political elite.

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“If you don’t, you will suffer the most. There will be no jobs and a collapsed economy. It is you who will bury us in large numbers. However, the path ahead is clear, you have to be part of the solution,” the CS added.

Ironically, most of the youths he is imploring do not have passports and if they do, they have not been allowed to use them due to the tough economic times. The passports are just a means to escaping the country that has betrayed them and killed their hopes by stealing their future.

The CS proposes that the youth can organize themselves into groups and assist the security agencies to ensure that people maintain social distance.

As it has been and continues to be, the youth are only good for the menial tasks and not holding public offices. Kagwe is very well in order following the script that has been entrenched in a country that is bursting on the seams with youth who only need an enabling environment to make great things happen.

Also read: Too Late or Just in Time: Government’s Handling of Coronavirus in Kenya

And now to the big issue.

The youth in Kenya did not let in the coronavirus but those who are responsible for it are still enjoying all the trappings of power.

In addition, the youth may not have a grip of the complexities in running a country and so they do not deserve what they have been clamouring for. But when it comes to disasters, these same people who are unacceptable in public office qualify to be in the frontline because they are the expendables.

In Kagwe’s words, the youth will bury these politicians in large numbers.

Covid-19 coronavirus is the equaliser now that all the politicians have scampered and can only follow what is happening from the safety of their homes- albeit at the expense of the taxpayer. Interestingly, they are not falling sick requiring medical attention abroad and if they are, they are doing well keeping this under wraps.

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Coronavirus victims to be buried within 24 hrs, CAS says

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The Government has directed that persons who succumb to corona Virus must be buried within 24 hours.

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Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said the burials will only be attended by close family members.

The CAS said this as she announced that 16 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 142.

Dr. Mwangangi says of the number 15 are Kenyan while one is a Nigerian national.

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Nine of the new cases were people put on quarantine on arrival from abroad before the Kenyan airspace was closed for international commercial flights.

The CAS said production of masks is ongoing and they will be distributed at county level to curb the spread of the virus.

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The government however maintains that those on mandatory quarantine must strictly adhere to self-isolation if they want to b discharged early.

Four people have succumbed to coronavirus, among them Captain Daudi Kibati, a Kenya Airways pilot who contracted the virus on the airline’s last flight from New York that evacuated stranded Kenyans two weeks ago.

 

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