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[VIDEO] Kayole matatus strike over Forward sacco leader’s killing in Gaza gang attack

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Hundreds of commuters were stranded on Wednesday after Kayole matatus went on strike citing harassment and interference by the dreaded Gaza gang.

A Forward Sacco driver said the strike followed after one of them was killed by gangsters belonging to the group.

The operators conducted a procession from Kayole to town with the body the slain sacco leader.

“The said driver was in charge of operations at the Forward Travellers Sacco,” he said.

Reports are that the sacco leader was attacked after he questioned the gang members for locking one of the matatus. 

“In his attempt to unlock it, our leader was beaten and succumbed from the injuries he sustained,” his colleague said.

A Forward Sacco matatu carries the casket with the body of the sacco’s leader reportedly killed by Gaza gang in a recent attack, September 27, 2018. /MAGDALENE SAYA

A number of stuck commuters opted to use personal cars and motorbikes to get to their places of work. 

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On September 20, Umoja residents were stranded amid matatu sacco turf wars.

This was after Umoinner matatu Sacco, that operates in the estate, boycotted work to protest encroachment by its rivals.

Read: Umoja commuters forced to walk as matatus boycott work in turf wars

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Cameroon turns stadium into isolation centre as virus cases hit 650

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Yaounde. Cameroon has turned a football stadium in the country into an accommodation centre for coronavirus patients as authorities grapple with lack of space to lodge and treat the growing number of people testing positive for the virus.

Minister of Public Health, Dr Manaouda Malachie, said on Saturday that the Yaounde military stadium will now serve as one of the large capacity centres in the capital expected to increase the country’s management capacity to more than 3,000 beds.

He had earlier accompanied the Secretary General of the Cameroon Presidency, Mr Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, for an inspection of the stadium.

Authorities are also using some newly constructed social housing apartments in the country as accommodation centres.

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Central African country have hit 650 as it recorded nine deaths and 17 recoveries.

The country was the fifth on the continent with the highest number of confirmed cases after South Africa, Algeria, Egypt and Morocco as at Saturday.

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According to the Public Health Minister, the growing number of identified cases of the virus is thanks to a revised government strategy which includes mass generalised testing.

A mass testing campaign began in the country’s economic hub, Douala, with community health workers going round neighbourhoods to find potential positive cases.

“Similarly, there is a large order for respiratory assistance equipment through the central procurement office of the United Nations Development Programme,” the minister said.

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Woman begs CS Kagwe to release her from extended quarantine – Nairobi News

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A woman placed under mandatory quarantine has captured the attention of Kenyans with her passionate appeal to Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

The young woman penned an emotional open letter to the Health CS asking him to reconsider the 14-day extension of their isolation.

Kagwe on Saturday announced that those who have been in quarantine centres will have to extend their stay their by a fortnight.

This is after it emerged that some of those quarantined were sneaking out to go partying, a move that could further spread Covid-19.

In the letter written from quarantine at Pride Inn Azure hotel in Nairobi, the woman lamented that it wasd unfair for individuals who have been adhering to the government’s orders in quarantine to be punished for the sins of those who have been flouting the rules.

“We continue observing quarantine rules even though the rest of us tested negative. We wear masks every time we step out of our rooms. Sir, we are not party to the cases you cited in your press briefing. We therefore PLEAD with you to INTERVENE in our case, and authorise our release after our 14 days quarantine are over. Some of us are due to check out of the hotel on Monday the 6th of April,” read part of the letter.

In a separate video recording, the young woman experiences an emotional breakdowns as she narrates her experience in isolation.

She said she arrived in the country on March 23, and was taken to the hotel for quarantine, a stay she lamented has been unpleasant.

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The woman narrated how she had suffered four panic attacks while some of her fellow students quarantined at the same hotel often break down in tears.

“My greetings to everyone watching this video, I arrived in Kenya on the 23rd of March after I flew in from Canada. We were taken to a hotel where we were told we should quarantine and I complied. Now what happens on the 12th day we are told that we have to stay for 14 more days after our period is over. Considering we had followed all the government had said.

“So many of us are university students in the hotel, there is a pregnant mother who needs prenatal care and she is not getting that. So many of us are travelling from abroad and it is like our mental health has not been put into consideration at all. All this is taking a toll on our mental health if we won’t be affected by the virus for sure we will get so many panic attacks.”

I have had four panic attacks in the last two hours. The government has not taken into consideration the mental health of all the people quarantined,” complain the University student.

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No charges yet for DG in virus spread : The Standard

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The State could today charge Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi for failing to self-quarantine upon arrival from Germany early last month.

Saburi was arrested on Friday after two weeks of forced quarantine at the Coast General Hospital. He was accused of “negligently exposing residents and health officials in Kilifi and Mombasa to covid-19 virus.”
According to the State, the deputy governor committed a crime or crimes for refusing to self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a tour of a country afflicted with the contagious disease.
On Thursday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe proclaimed that Saburi was free of the coronavirus disease and will now face the law.
SEE ALSO: Kagwe: French national who tested positive for covid-19 critical”I am also pleased that the DG, whom we placed under forceful quarantine, has fully recovered and has been declared fit after being subjected to three tests all of which have turned negative. Naturally, the issue of the law will follow up with him,” said Mr Kagwe.
But lawyers are now warning that short of the deputy governor admitting culpability, securing a conviction may be possible but not easy.
Ng’eno Birir, a former prosecutor now in private practice, warns that the State “must deploy skill to sustain a case against the DG to the required standard.”
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He told The Standard that under the common law tradition, which Kenya subscribes to, the charges against the DG are ‘strict liability’ crimes.
Mr Birir said that, traditionally under common law, a crime is made of two parts – the act itself (actus reus) and the criminal mind (mens rea).
SEE ALSO: Covid-19: Agents of deathThere, however, exists a category of crimes (strict liability) where the prosecutor can secure a conviction without proving an alleged perpetrator was actuated by a criminal intention or conspiracy.
“It is not necessary to prove mens rea in this case. It is not easy to prove he intended to spread the disease,” said Birir.
He added that when the trial begins, the prosecution will be under pressure to prove that the DG was aware there was a State policy or decree requiring him to enter quarantine after returning from overseas, and he violated it.
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A lawyer who requested anonymity said that Kagwe’s statement, “betrays the challenge the State is likely to face when crafting charges against Saburi and sustaining a prosecution and conviction.”
SEE ALSO: Covid-19: Cops who interacted with Kilifi DG identified, quarantinedThe lawyer said demonstrating a causal link that the DG allegedly spread the virus among people he met beyond reasonable doubt would not be easy “given that the actual characteristics of the virus are still new and it can be spread in many ways.”
“The defence can also argue that the people allegedly infected by the DG also met other infected people who could have passed the virus to them,” said the lawyer.
Mombasa Directorate of Criminal Investigation Officer Anthony Mureithi had earlier said that a determination to charge Saburi had not been made.
“We are recording his statement. We must establish whether he signed a covid-19 self-declaration form, or was he spreading the virus intentionally and many other things,” said Mr Mureithi.
By yesterday, it was unclear whether charges had been drawn up or if the State had acquired adequate supporting evidence, including supporting affidavits and exhibits to open the prosecution.
SEE ALSO: Kilifi DG arrested for flouting rule on self isolationSources indicated the State is drafting charges against Saburi from the Penal Code and Public Health Act.
Under Section 27 of the Public Health Act, the Health CS has powers to quarantine any person infected with a virus until he or she heals and ceases to be a danger to the public.
Section 28 of the same Act says a person who fails to adhere to a directive to self-isolate is guilty of a crime and, upon conviction, can be jailed for three years, be fined Sh30,000, or both.
Section 186 of the Penal Code states that a person who unlawfully or through negligence spreads an infection or disease that is a danger to life is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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