COVID-19: German Army Loses 6 Million Masks In Kenya

A medical worker wearing protective gear takes a rest as he waits for ambulances carrying patients infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus at an entrance of a hospital in Daegu on February 23, 2020. YONHAP / AFP

 

 

A German army shipment of six million face masks needed to protect against the novel coronavirus has vanished in Kenya, the defence ministry in Berlin confirmed Tuesday.

“We are trying to find out what happened” to the massive order of protective equipment meeting the FFP2 standard for protection against particles and aerosols, a spokeswoman said.

News weekly Der Spiegel had earlier reported that the masks went missing at a Kenyan airport at the end of last week.

It was not immediately clear why the shipment was transiting via the east African country, the spokeswoman said.

The German army’s procurement office — plagued in normal times by equipment shortages and breakdowns — is providing the health ministry with logistical support during the coronavirus crisis.

Due to arrive in Europe’s largest economy on March 20, the missing mask shipment was one of the first major deliveries needed to gird Germany’s health system for its battle against the coronavirus, Spiegel reported.
That makes the loss “more than irritating” for the German health and government workers on the front line of the crisis, Spiegel wrote citing official sources.

According to the Robert Koch Institute disease control authority, the country had 27,436 confirmed virus infections Tuesday — an increase of almost 5,000 over the tally on Monday.

The defence ministry spokeswoman said the German government would not suffer a financial loss on the lost shipment as payment for the masks had been due on delivery.

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Kenya Confirms First Case Of Coronavirus In East Africa

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Kenya announced its first confirmed case of coronavirus on Friday, saying a woman who returned from the United States tested positive for the illness in Nairobi.

“I want to inform you that the Ministry of Health has confirmed the first coronavirus case in Kenya,” Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe told reporters.

“The case is a Kenyan citizen who travelled back to Nairobi, returning from the United States of America via London, United Kingdom, on March 5, 2020.”

The woman’s temperature had returned to normal and she was stable and recovering in isolation, he said.

It is the first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in the East African region.

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Rare White Giraffes Killed In Kenya

PHOTO USED TO DEPICT THE STORY Giraffes in outdoors enclosure at feeding time, Parc Zoologique de Paris, or Zoo de Vincennes, (Zoological Gardens of Paris, also known as Vincennes Zoo), 1934, by Charles Letrosne, 12th arrondissement, Paris, France.

 

Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers, conservationists said Tuesday, in a major blow for the rare animals found nowhere else in the world.

The bodies of the two giraffes were found “in a skeletal state after being killed by armed poachers” in Garissa in eastern Kenya, the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said in a statement.

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US Warns Of Attack Threat Against Major Hotel In Kenya

Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean.
Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean.

 

The United States warned on Thursday that extremists may be plotting an attack against a major hotel in Nairobi, urging its citizens to be cautious.

“The exact hotel has not been identified, but it is believed to be a hotel popular with tourists and business travelers,” the State Department said in a travel alert.

The State Department urged US citizens to “exercise increased vigilance” if staying in hotels around Nairobi and to be aware of buildings’ emergency evacuation plans.

In Kenya, a US embassy alert warning of the threat went out to citizens, while police on Thursday released a “periodic security alert” saying security had been stepped up as there were “a few criminal elements who may wish to cause harm to the public.”

“We wish to caution the public to be extra vigilant even as the police and other security agencies continue to work around the clock to ensure the safety and security of our country and Kenyans at large,” read the statement, which gave no specific details.

Kenya has witnessed a series of bloody attacks carried out by Al-Shabaab, an extreme Islamist movement affiliated with Al-Qaeda that controls parts of neighboring Somalia.

Kenya sent troops into Somalia in 2011 as part of an African Union peacekeeping mission fighting against Al-Shabaab, and the attacks are a brutal retaliation for its military presence across the border.

 Shabaab threats 

In January Al-Shabaab warned that Kenya “will never be safe,” threatening tourists and calling for more attacks on US interests after they stormed a US base in an assault that killed three Americans and destroyed several aircraft.

The Al-Qaeda linked group said its attack on Camp Simba should serve as a “warning,” and that Kenya should withdraw its forces from Somalia while they still “have the chance.”

The group’s most recent attack in Nairobi was in January 2019, when a suicide bomber and gunmen stormed the upmarket Dusit hotel complex, killing 21 people.

In 2013, a Shabaab raid on Nairobi’s upscale Westgate shopping mall left 67 dead in a siege that unfolded over four days.

Less than two years later, Shabaab gunmen stormed Garissa University in northeastern Kenya, killing 148 people as they singled out Christians.

The bloodiest attack in Kenya’s modern history was in 1998 when Al-Qaeda bombed the US embassy in Nairobi, killing 213 people.

Al-Shabaab has slammed a rise in air strikes under President Donald Trump, accusing the United States of “strafing villages from above and indiscriminately bombarding innocent women and children.”

AFRICOM said in April 2019 it had killed more than 800 people in 110 strikes in Somalia since April 2017.

On Monday AFRICOM said a senior Shabaab leader who had been involved in planning the Camp Simba attack was killed in an airstrike.

Observers say the Islamist group has shown remarkable resilience after more than a decade of efforts to combat it, retaining the capacity to inflict major damage despite losing control of several urban centres.

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Kenya Bans Controversial Donkey Slaughter Trade

A volunteer from the county government sprays pesticide on February 25, 2020 at a hatch site near Isiolo town in Isiolo county, eastern Kenya where locust nymphs have hatched en masse. TONY KARUMBA / AFP.

 

Kenya has decided to ban the slaughter of donkeys for use in Chinese medicine, a practice condemned by animal rights activists as cruel, unnecessary and devastating to donkey populations in Africa, a minister said on Thursday.

Agriculture Minister Peter Munya told AFP that the ban, imposed earlier this week, came after “people petitioned my office to ban the slaughtering of donkeys because theft of donkeys to sell had increased”.

A ministry statement said rampant theft of donkeys was hitting farmers who use them to transport agricultural produce and water, and causing “massive unemployment”.

Four abattoirs dealing in donkey meat have been given a month to stop the practice.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) hailed Kenya’s decision to “cut ties with a cruel trade that sentences gentle donkeys to miserable deaths by the millions.”

“No one needs donkey skin except the animals who were born in it,” said PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker.

Donkey skins are exported to China to make a traditional medicine known as ejiao, which is believed to improve blood circulation, slow ageing, and boost libido and fertility.

It was once the preserve of emperors but is now highly sought after by a burgeoning middle-class.

A PETA investigation last year showed donkeys being cruelly beaten by workers, or dead after long truck journeys from neighbouring countries.

UK-based animal welfare organisation The Donkey Sanctuary told AFP at the time that there were tales of the animals being rounded up and machine-gunned or bludgeoned to death

China is increasingly looking to Africa to satisfy demand as its own donkey population has nearly halved in recent years.

However several African countries have now banned Chinese-funded abattoirs or implemented policies to stop the export of donkey skins to China.

Donkeys reproduce slowly and do not handle stress well, and activists have raised fears that populations could be wiped out in east Africa in a matter of years.

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Coronavirus: Kenyans Kick As Direct China Flight Lands In Nairobi

Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean.
Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean.

 

A flight carrying 239 passengers from China has landed in Kenyan capital Nairobi, the BBC reported on Thursday.

Kenya had suspended direct flights from China two weeks ago, to check the spread of the novel coronavirus that emanated in Wuhan, a city in central China.

The China Southern Airlines flight from Guangzhou to Nairobi is the first to land after the suspension.

All the passengers were screened on board to check for any signs that they were carrying the deadly virus, the BBC reported.

More than 80,000 people in more than 40 countries have been infected with the virus and more than 2,700 people have died.

After the flight landed, several Kenyans took to social media to criticise the move.

On Tuesday, Algeria became only the second African country to confirm a case of coronavirus after Egypt.

No cases have yet been reported in sub-Saharan Africa.

Are You Midwives Of Good Things For Nigeria? Lumumba Asks NASS


 

A Kenyan professor of law, Patrick Lumumba, has called on Nigerian lawmakers to work for the betterment of the people.

Lumumba, former Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, made the call on Wednesday in Abuja during the launch of the House of Representatives’ Green Chamber’s publication.

He reminded the lawmakers that they are the “successors of Nigeria’s great leaders,” asking them to reflect on what they have done for the country.

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The former Director told the House of Representatives that “you must ask yourself, now that you have been given the honour and privilege of serving Nigeria, are you, honourable members or horrible members?”

According to him, the services they render to the people while they are lawmakers would determine if they are honourable members, adding that “we want to see honourable members, not horrible members.”

This is as he called on members of the lower chamber, now that Nigerians have given them the chance, to reflect on whether they are “the midwives of the good things for Nigeria or are you midwives that kill the children of the creator.”

Also, he said that Nigeria should be at par with several advanced nations.

Why Former Kenyan President Arap Moi Would Be Remembered – Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday joined other world leaders in mourning the late former President of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi.

Professor Osinbajo who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the state funeral for the late president, described Moi as one of the foremost leaders of decolonization of Africa and a founding father of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), while delivering his tribute.

According to him, “many in Africa will remember him in particular for the pioneering work that he did especially with respect to regional cooperation.”

“He was, as we have heard, very instrumental in the resuscitation of the East African Community along with President Museveni and others. He was also very instrumental in COMESA and even the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD,” Osinbajo said – IGAD is the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, an eight-country trade bloc in the Continent, composed of countries on the Horn of Africa and the Nile Valley, including Kenya.

The Vice President further stated: “these are the precursors of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement arrangements we are making today and to which almost every African country has subscribed. And it will define the future of trade and relations in Africa.”

 

 

Thanking God for the life of former President Moi, Prof. Osinbajo added: “we believe that the Almighty God whom he served through his life has already received him even now.”

Host President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, in his remarks regarded the former President Moi as a peacebuilder, an educationist and nationalist.
He said Moi worked with his father, Jomo Kenyatta, to ensure the socio-political and economic development of Kenya.

Other leaders who paid glowing tributes to the late former President, included Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, among others.

Late Daniel Arap Moi was the second and longest-serving President of Kenya, from 1978 to 2002. He died on the 4th of February, 2020 at the age of 95.

Osinbajo Represents Nigeria At Funeral Of Former Kenyan President, Daniel Arap Moi

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), on Tuesday, represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the state funeral of former President Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya, in Nairobi.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande.

The Vice President who was accompanied by senior government officials joined other African Heads of State and world leaders at the occasion which took place at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Read Also: Kenyans Queue To See Body Of Moi, The Country’s Longest-Serving Ruler

Moi was the second longest-serving President of Kenya from 1978 to 2002.

He died on Tuesday, February 4, aged 95.

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Kenya Mourns Ex-President With State Funeral

Military officers escort a gun carriage carrying the coffin of late former Kenya President, Daniel Arap Moi, draped in the Kenya national flag, during a state memorial service in Nairobi, on February 11, 2020. SIMON MAINA / AFP
Military officers escort a gun carriage carrying the coffin of late former Kenya President, Daniel Arap Moi, draped in the Kenya national flag, during a state memorial service in Nairobi, on February 11, 2020. SIMON MAINA / AFP

 

Thousands of Kenyans on Tuesday gathered to mourn the country’s longest serving leader, the hardline Daniel arap Moi, as a week of mourning climaxed with a state funeral.

Moi, whose 24-year rule saw Kenya become a one-party state where critical voices were ruthlessly crushed, died on February 4 aged 95.

Mourners began gathering at the stadium before dawn to pay their respects.

Moi, who towered over Kenya between 1978 and 2002, lay in state for three days in parliament, with tens of thousands of people filing past.

On Tuesday morning, he was taken on a gun carriage draped in Kenya’s flag through the streets of Nairobi to the crowded Nyayo national stadium flanked by soldiers.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who opened the memorial with the national anthem, has called Moi “a father of our nation, a champion of Pan-Africanism.”

Shortly after, the cortege entered the stadium flanked by long lines of red-coated soldiers and a brass band playing marching tunes and Christian hymns, their shining boots glinting in the bright sun.

Several foreign leaders from regional nations attended the ceremony, including Djibouti’s Ismail Omar Guelleh, Ethiopia’s Sahle-Work Zewde, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and South Sudan’s Salva Kiir.

The body of the late president will be buried on Wednesday in his home area of Kabarak, 220 kilometres (135 miles) northwest of Nairobi.

“The Last Salute”, Citizen TV wrote. “Fare thee well, 1924-2020” national broadcaster KBC headlined.

The usually congested and noisy streets of Nairobi were quiet, with Tuesday declared a national holiday.

While those at the stadium had come to pay their respects to a ruler they revered, others in Kenya remembered a man that they had long feared.

Moi’s 24-year rule saw critical voices crushed, corruption become endemic and tribal divisions stoked and turn bloody.

Moi was however praised for keeping Kenya a relative haven of peace during a chaotic period in east Africa.

 

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Kenyans Queue To See Body Of Moi, The Country’s Longest-Serving Ruler

 

Kenyans formed long queues on Sunday to glimpse the body of the country’s longest-serving leader, Daniel Arap Moi, lying in state ahead of a state funeral.

Moi, whose 24-year rule saw Kenya become a one-party state where critical voices were crushed, died on February 4 aged 95.

His body will lie for public viewing in Nairobi for three days, until a memorial service with full civilian and military honours on Tuesday.

The body of the late president who towered over Kenya between 1978 and 2002 was escorted by military guard through the streets of the capital to the parliament building, drawn on a gun carriage and wrapped in the national flag.

Foreign dignitaries, soldiers and ordinary citizens paused, bowed and saluted as they passed Moi’s body dressed in dark suit atop a velvet green plinth.

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Many of those queuing Sunday had come to pay their respects to a ruler they revered, while others stood in disbelief that the man they had long feared was gone.

Magdalene Njoki, a vendor, travelled with her two children from Thia, about 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Nairobi, to thank the president who provided free milk in school under a Moi-era policy.

“He was a good leader,” she said.

But Moi leaves a mixed legacy. During his tenure, corruption became endemic and tribal divisions were stoked and turned bloody, but many also remember a period of relative peace in Kenya as east Africa was roiled by conflict.

Justin Otello, who also queued to see Moi’s body, said “even the mention of his name” could evoke fear.

“I can’t believe that is Moi’s body lying there. That man who terrorised this country is now sleeping there, motionless,” he said.

Nixon Ind eche, a retired public servant, said she was “going to see his body for closure”.

“He detained a lot of people without trial and destroyed our economy, but all that is in the past now because he asked for forgiveness publicly,” he said.

In neighbouring Ethiopia, at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, a brief moment of silence was observed Sunday by visiting leaders and dignitaries before an annual two-day conference got underway.

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said Africa “had lost one of its illustrious sons”.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who on Saturday led the tributes for Moi on the first of his three days in state, remembered “a father of our nation, a champion of Pan-Africanism”.

In recent years observers had criticised the apparent rehabilitation of Moi as the elderly former president often received visits from Kenyatta, his opposition rival Raila Odinga and other politicians, seeking his blessing ahead of elections.

Kenyatta revived “Moi Day” in honour of the former president in 2017, after it was scrapped in 2010.

Officials said around 23,000 people saw the body on Saturday, though a final figure is not expected for some days. Sunday’s longer viewing hours could draw a bigger crowd.

His body will be buried Wednesday in his home area of Kabarak, 220 kilometres northwest of Nairobi.

Kenyan Athlete Wins 2020 Lagos Marathon

David Barmasai Tumo is a Kenyan long-distance runner.
David Barmasai Tumo is a Kenyan long-distance runner.

 

A Kenyan athlete, David Barmasai Tumo, emerged winner of the Lagos marathon Saturday morning.

Tumo’s 2:10:23 hours time was 4 mins 41 seconds faster than Abraham Kiprotich’s record in 2018.

The race, which is championed by Access Bank, started in front of the National Stadium, Surulere, and ended at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, a 42-kilometre stretch.

The 2020 edition of the Access Bank-Lagos marathon started in front of the National Stadium in Surulere. Photo Credit: Access Bank
The 2020 edition of the Access Bank-Lagos marathon started in front of the National Stadium in Surulere. Photo Credit: Access Bank

 

The Third Mainland Bridge, Osborne road, Parkview and Lekki/Ikoyi link bridge were among roads that were closed for the annual activity.

Last year, Sintayehu Legese of Ethiopia won the marathon. He finished with a time of 2:17:28.

Kenyan Sharon Jemutai Cherop, was the first woman to finish the race.
Kenyan Sharon Jemutai Cherop, was the first woman to finish the race.

 

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Osaro Eghobamien, ran for ‘justice’. Well-known faces such as former Super-Eagles midfielder, Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, also participated in the race.

Tumo will be rewarded with the race’s grand prize of $50,000.

The first woman to cross the finish line was another Kenyan, Sharon Jemutai Cherop.

Cherop’s 2:31:40 hours time is 6 mins 12 secs faster than Rodah Jpekorir’s record last year.