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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 7th April 2021.
State Goes After Anti-IMF Loan Activists
At least 30 social media influencers have been arrested after leading a campaign against the government over its growing insatiable appetite for loans.
The online crusaders launched a petition to stop the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from lending Kenya Ksh257 billion.
One of the activists, Mutemi Kiama (pictured), was yesterday charged with various counts, including misuse of social media.
Kiama allegedly made two portraits, one of President Uhuru Kenyatta and the other of Deputy President William Ruto, telling lenders that the two are not authorised to transact any business on behalf of Kenyans.
Treasury to Announce New Taxes
The National Treasury is expected to unveil new taxes in the package by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which recently approved a multi-billion loan to Kenya.
Any existing tax exceptions will also be reversed. Currently, those who earn Ksh24,000 and below have a 100 per cent waiver on tax.
Further, the government will reduce the wage bill, a measure that could see hundreds of government employees lose their jobs.
Unknown Illness Claims 8 Lives in Kakamega
At least eight people in Isukha, Kakamega County have died in the last one month from a mysterious illness.
All the casualties had felt pain in the left arm, with the cutting away of the skin and itchy rashes.
The locals said the victims had consumed alcohol stolen from an illicit brew maker.
Over 20 others are in hospital battling the disease.
Accident Leaves 14 Dead
Fourteen people died on the spot after two public service vehicles collided head-on at Kwa Shume near Kizingo on Malindi-Mombasa highway in Kilifi County.
A Muhsin bus under Garissa Sacco was travelling from Mombasa to Garissa when it had a tyre burst before it struck a Sabaki T shuttle mini-bus, which was moving in the opposite direction.
Kwale County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka said the driver of the Muhsin bus could have controlled the vehicle had he not been speeding.
Kenya and UK Begin Talks Over Travel Restrictions
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Rachel Omamo yesterday reached out to her United Kingdom counterpart, Dominic Raab, over a diplomatic row between the two countries.
The phone meeting came days after both sides imposed travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Omamo and Raab agreed to form a joint committee to resolve the misunderstanding.
London complained that a good number of visitors who travel from Kenya test positive for Covid-19 just two days after landing despite possessing a Covid-19 free certificate.
US Tells Citizens to Avoid Visiting Kenya
The United States Centre For Disease Control and Prevention has issued a level-four health notice for Kenya due to the coronavirus risk.
Other reasons cited in the notice include crime, terrorism, kidnapping and health risks.
However, international flights between Kenya and the US will continue, though limited.
Domestic Quarrel Leads to Death of Police Couple
A General Service Unit (GSU) officer attached to to the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government shot his wife dead following a domestic altercation.
He turned the firearm on himself after making sure the wife had died.
Family members said Hudson Wakise and his partner Pauline Wakasa have been fighting since 2019. Wakasa was a police attached to the traffic department.
Western Counties on the Spot Over Misuse Over Covid-19
The Controller of Budget (CoB) has raised the red flag in three western counties because they cannot account for how they have managed the Covid-19 funds allocated to them.
The CoB said Busia County Government refused to give a breakdown of how they utilised the money.
In Kakamega, the devolved unit’s administration used more than the Ksh100 million approved budget while Bungoma only spent Ksh76.9 million from an allocation of Ksh213.7 million.
LSK Protects Ban on Importation of Vaccines by Private Firms
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has moved to the High Court, protesting the government’s decision to prohibit the importation of Covid-19 vaccines by private companies.
LSK president Nelson Havi said the ban was irrational, as Article 43 of the constitution has given every Kenyan the right to access quality healthcare.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, while banning use of the commercialised Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, alluded that private importers could cause a health crisis to their own benefit.
Adverse Effects of AstraZeneca Vaccine
A Kenyan died moments after he was inoculated with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) revealed.
The national drug regulator also said more than 200 people had developed adverse effects after taking the jab.
In addition, a woman complained that she lost her pregnancy shortly after receiving the injection. However, PPB said it was investigating the claims to establish if the loss of pregnancy had anything to do with the vaccination.