Private security guards have been enlisted to bolster Government efforts in fighting the Covid-19 outbreak in Kenya.
The guards, employed by private security companies will serve as a standby force to assist the Government as it strives to enforce Covid-19 orders.
According to a statement by Protective Security Industry Association (PSIA) released on Saturday, the sector had already started organising its membership of 700,000 into groups to handle different tasks.
The sector provided that different firms had already contributed some of their numbers to support the Government.
“The teams are already working and we are in constant consultation with relevant offices,” confirmed Cosmas Mutava, Chairperson at the Protective Security Industry Association.
Currently, more than 600 officers are undergoing training on how to sanitize and use protective gear without endangering their lives.
This training is designed to trickle down to the other members.
Coordination of the guards will be effected through the communication and command centre that will relay information from the security officials to the national centre and vice-versa.
According to General Delano Kiilu, Secretary-General of the Protective and Safety Association of Kenya, the officers would serve as primary informants for the government.
“Our guards will act as primary informants and we immediately transmit the same information to national emergency centre,” Kiilu stated.
Security companies in the country fall under the list of essential service providers who can operate outside the curfew hours.
More than 750 people were stopped from holding a meeting at the Maanzoni Lodge in Machakos County to strategize for 2022 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Police officers on Monday, March 30, arrested Maanzoni hotel manager Chris Musau and the leader of a youth group consisting of 750 people.
Officers who acted on a tip-off claimed that the group had convened to discuss Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential campaign.
Machakos County Commissioner Esther Maina confirmed the incident and stated that charges would be levelled against the two.
“Yesterday, I got information from the public that there was 750 youth who were at Maanzoni lodge.”
Chairman Mr Chris Musau Receiving The TaxPayers Appreciation Award From Kenya Revenue Authority’s Assistant Manager Mr Simon Mbuka in 2018 Photo/Courtesy
“We arrested the manager and Wachira, their youth leader,” the county commissioner stated.
Maina added that the group was flouting the Public Health Act and the directive by the Ministry of Health to ensure that there was social distancing between individuals.
“How can they allow 720 people to stay together at a time when the country is fighting against the Coronavirus pandemic?” she questioned.
Further, she stated that the two would be charged while the 720 youth would be screened and released.
Athi River police boss Catherine Ringera said they were not under arrest and that they would be screened before being released.
“It is hard to hold such a group for now. We will test and screen them before they are released,” she said on Tuesday morning.
A Member of the Kirinyaga County Assembly is seeking to have Governor Anne Waiguru removed from office.
Mutira MCA Kinyua Wangui is readying the motion on grounds of what she terms as a gross violation of the Constitution, abuse of office and gross misconduct.
The notice of the motion was signed by the county assembly speaker on Monday evening awaiting the official filing
“The County assembly NOW resolves to remove Hon. Anne Mumbi (herein referred to as the County Governor) from the office of the county governor of Kirinyaga, pursuant to Article 181 (1) (a) & (c) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, Section 33 of the County Governments Act, 2012 and the County Assembly Standing Order. No 58,” the motion reads.
According to Ms Wangui, the governor has deliberately refused, failed and/or neglected to deliver the same for the financial year 2018- 2019 which failure amounts to a gross violation of the Constitution and the County Government Act.
She further accuses Governor Waiguru of undermining the authority of the County Assembly
The MCA cites Article 176 (1) and 185 (3) and (4) of the Constitution, as read together with Section 8 of the County Government Act, which empowers the County Assembly to legislate and offer oversight as well as approving county plans and policies on the development and management of the County’s infrastructure and institutions.
She states that the Governor is mandated to submit the county plans and policies to the county assembly for approval.
“That the governor’s failure to comply with Section 30 (2) (f), (j) and (k) of the County Government Act 2012 not only undermines the power and the authority of the County assembly to offer oversight and approve various developmental plans but also greatly clogs the wheels of the Wanjiku’s oriented development in Kirinyaga County,” the motion reads.
Governor Waiguru is also on the spot over several tenders that the MCA claims were irregularly awarded.
They include a tender on evaluation report for proposed upgrading of Kagumo market that was prepared on December 20, 2018.
According to the MCA, the tender was awarded to Joames Investment Limited but without following the due process yet the award to Joames Investment limited had not been cancelled.
“The tender was unilaterally undertaken by Master Rock Construction Company whose bid was non- responsive thereby violating the Constitution and the Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Act, 2015 and the regulations therein,” the motion reads.
Another tender listed is one that was to procure the governor’s vehicle at a cost of Ksh.15, 000, 000/= that was allegedly irregularly awarded despite the same having been procured during the previous County Government regime of Joseph Ndathi.
“(This) action amounts to imprudent use of public resources, and in furtherance of the corrupt practices,” the MCA said in the motion.
Waiguru has been at the centre of the controversy surrounding the land as she demanded assurances on how the facility will benefit Kirinyaga residents, particularly in terms of jobs.
Among the Governor’s requests were 30 per cent of manual and non-technical jobs at the facility to be set aside for Kirinyaga residents.
Murango lamented that the project had been held up for too long due to the protracted negotiations between Waiguru and Kemri.
The Catholic fraternity is in mourning after the announcement of the death of retired Archbishop Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki.
According to a statement shared by the Archdiocese of Nairobi on Tuesday, March 31, the death of the retired archbishop was made public by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue.
It was not immediately clear what had caused his death.
Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki was a retired Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi.
He passed away aged 89 after battling illness for a long time
He is best remembered for his fearless confrontation of the provincial administration and the police for their role in political clashes of 1992 where 2000 people are reported to have died.
Ndingi made history last year as the first Catholic bishop in Kenya to mark 50 years. Records show that no Catholic bishop has celebrated their episcopal golden jubilee in Kenya. This was a first, a record for the Church in the country.
Jacques Joachim Yhombi Opango former president of the People’s Republic of Congo has died of coronavirus in France.
The 81 years old had lived in exile in France since 1997 after he was ousted from power.
According to Les Echos, a French financial newspaper, Opango’s health had been deteriorating over the years.
His son Jean-Jacques said Opango died at a Paris hospital after contracting coronavirus.
Congo has 19 reported cases of the COVID-19 disease.
Last week, the country’s President closed the borders and imposed a state of emergency to contain the coronavirus outbreak.