Kenya reported highest number of new cases.

recorded 247 more new positive cases, shooting its total positive cases to 7180.

Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman, announced that 242 were Kenyan and the rest were foreigners.

The youngest of the new cases is aged one year old, while the oldest is 100 years.

He further announced that 39 more patients had fully recovered and released from hospitals raising the number of recovery to 2148 while to more succumbed to the virus increasing the death toll to 154.

Hotspot counties

Nairobi been the county with the highest number of positive case recorded 153 on Friday, follow by Mombasa with 35, kajiado 15 , kiambu and Busia 12 each, uasin Gishu , machakosi and Carissa recorded 4 each, Murang’a , Nakuru and Siaya 2 each while Lamu and Nyamira 1 each.

Critical conditions

Dr Patrick Amoth – the acting health director general reported that 29 patients were in intensive care unit, 14 in public hospitals, 15 in private facilities and 1 under observation.

Kenya reported its first case on march 13th 2020 a week after virus outbreak in Huwan, China.

Government lead by his Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta took early containment measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus , learning institutions were shut down and dust to dawn curfew was imposed to prevent further spread of the virus.

The CAS urged Kenyan to observe containment measures to flattened the curve.

“Let us all take personal responsibility by observing social distance, washing our hands with soap and stay at home.” Dr Aman said.

Dr Amoth also noted that Kenya’s fatality rate was 2.29 per cent compared to the global average of 6.7 per cent.

According to coronavirus case tracker Worldometer, the disease had infected at least 11,023,455 people and killed 524,881 globally by July 3.

The number of recoveries was 6,178,566 and of active cases 4,320,008.

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ODPP speaks out on ‘slow’ prosecution of Babu Owino over attempted

ODPP speaks out on ‘slow’ prosecution of Babu Owino over attempted murder of DJ EvolveTOP: Felix Orinda aka DJ Evolve during the interview with NTV. BOTTOM: Embakasi East MP Babu Owino at his office. PHOTOS | COURTESY
Kenya’s top prosecutor has revealed why the case linking MP Paul Ongili Babu Owino to the attempted murder of Felix Orinda aka DJ Evolve has slowed down.
A statement released on Tuesday evening cited the inability of the victim to record a statement following the shooting which affected his speech.
“According to the IO report, the victim is paralyzed and has a speech impediment making it very challenging to record his statement,” the ODPP said on Twitter.
Babu Owino was arraigned in court on January 20, 2020 and charged with attempted murder as well as behaving in a disorderly manner.
He denied the charge and was released on Ksh. 10million bond with two sureties of same amount and in the alternative, cash bail of Ksh.5 million.
“The ODPP had vehemently opposed his release on bail/bond,” the statement adds.

What seems to be culmination of Bromance of uhuruto

The slogan that looked more real had long fallen apart. Uhuruto was used by H.E Uhuru and deputy as their main campaign slogan in 2013 and 2017 election. Uhuruto chemistry seems to be not work as it was before the famous handshake between the president and his brother Raila odinga took place on 9th march 2018.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen suggests the political relationship between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto has irretrievably broken down.

He spoke during a radio interview on Wednesday.

“The Uhuruto government ended long time ago,” he said.

Uhuruto was a campaign slogan coined to bring woo voters to elect the two leaders.

“What we have now is the kieleweke government. That of politicians who subscribe to the politics of the President and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Murkomen, who was recently relieved of his position of the Majority Leader in the Senate, also says he expects Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru to overcome the impeachment motion, which is now under debate and vote in the Senate.

“I don’t expect Waiguru to be impeached at the Senate not because she is innocent or guilty. Just that she is an important component of the President and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s plans especially with the BBI. What we are now seeing at the Senate in the form of a committee investigating her conduct is more or less choreographed,” he charged.

Following a bromance period at the start of their reign, President Kenyatta and DP Ruto have increasingly drawn apart in recent times culminating in the removal of the DP’s top lieutenants in Parliament and Senate.

The DP appeared to retaliate by forming a breakaway to the Jubilee Party, named Jubilee Asili

The only national park in northeastern,kenya

Malka Mari National Park is a national park of Kenya, situated along the Dawa River on the Kenya-Ethiopia border. It is approximately 1,500 square kilometres in size. It is accessible via the Mandera Airport and roads. Malka Mari is a settlement in Kenya’s north Eastern Province.

Owed to its high concentration of wildlife, Malka Mari National Park was gazetted in the year 1989. The park is situated along the Kenya-Ethiopia border along the Dawa River. The river is in the extreme north eastern part of the country on the Mandera plateau. The climate in Malka Mari National Park is hot and dry, implying that the area scrubby and semi arid grassland is dominant. The Dawa River is surrounded by palms and riparian woodland which includes Qone, maqina, midan-otha to mention but a few.
The major attractions of the Malka Mari National Park include Malkamari fort, valleys and hills. These physical features provide beautiful and attractive scenery, a worthwhile experience for tourists and visitors.

There has been no permanent human settlements owing to the very arid and inhospitable climate of the region. The common inhabitants of the park are nomadic herders of the Gurreh community, no other community not even as hunters and gatherers, though they are few in number and mostly dispersed over a wide region. Karache Urane is located at the southern end of Malka Mari National Park. The Southern part on the other hand hosts the Awara Plains. The boundary of the park to the north terminates on the Kenya-Ethiopia border. Therefore the extreme ends of Malka Mari National Park can serve as major tourist attraction sites.
(Malka-Mari route-in)
The first step is to take the A2 route of the Northern Road to Isiolo and then proceed to Moyale found on the Ethiopian border. From Moyale, you take the D504 road on the eastern side through the Yabdus and Sara hills for around 160 kilometers before reaching Banissa, a semi-permanent village that hosts an airstrip.

Another alternative route that drivers may opt to take is that of Wajir. There are two roads leading to Wajir. The first one is along B9 from Mado Gashi while the second route is from Dadaab at the north eastern part of Garissa, and then proceeds along the B9 route to Tarba. A visitor should proceed further north for about 200 kilometers along d500 prior to reaching Banissa.

Owed to the long distance as well as the poor road conditions at the north eastern part of the country, visitors should consider another alternative means to reach Malka Mari National Park. The best option that a visitor should consider is to charter a plane. There are two airstrips that can be used as a means of arriving at Malka Mari National Park. The first airstrip is located at Bannissa while the second one is a small airstrip that is situated in the park.

Popular Ethiopian activist arrested.

Oromo media on Tuesday 1st July 2020 announced that federal police had arrested Jawar Mohammed on Tuesday.

The activist was arrested along side 33 more including Bekele Gerba , one of the Senior official in oromia federal party. OMN further reported that OMN studio in Adis Ababa was shut down by the government.

More death

The death of popular musician, Hachalu Hundessa that triggered blast and protest in capital city and across the oromia region has lead to death of at least 10 people while 80 more suffered injuries during the protest.

Oromia regional state president, Shimele Abdissa, said on Tuesday that the killing of Hachalu was an orchestrated one and was intended to bring chaos in the country.

Blame games

He pointed fingers to Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) leaders and other political forces who he said were hired mercenaries.

Speaking with breaking voices out of grief, Shimeles also said that political entities that are combining peaceful and armed struggle are involved in the campaign to reverse the reform measures in the country.

Lencho Bati, a prominent Oromo activist, and politician who is said to work as an adviser to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government said the killing TPLF and Egypt are likely to be behind the killing.

“But it was executed through the agency of mercenaries hired from the Oromo community.” He added.

Federal state media own reported that oromian regional police and federal police clashed in Adis Ababa but no casualties reported.

Evil act

The Ethiopian prime mister called the killing of Hachalu an evil act during his televised speech on federal state Television.

“This is an act committed and inspired by domestic and foreign enemies in order to destabilise our peace and to stop us from achieving things that we started,” he said.

Haacaaluu was shot dead at around 9:30 p.m on Monday, police said.

Some suspects had been detained, Addis Ababa city police commissioner Getu Argawhe told state media, giving no further details.

police said.

Hachalu Hundessa, popular Ethiopian musician shot dead

Hachalu Hundessa , the popular Ethiopian musicians, who rose to fame through his protest music that made abiye Ahmed, a member of oromo ethnic group rise to power after long dictatorial regime lead by Tigray ethnic group of Ethiopia, was shot dead on Monday in the Geta Argwa area of Adis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ethiopians both in diaspora and back at home protested against unjustified killing of the popular musician, who left behind a widow and three children.

The prime minister, Abiye Ahmed expressed his sorrow and conolence and urge ethiopians to remain calm to save other lifes and prevent other crime.

“I express my deep condolences for those of us who are in deep sorrow since the news of the death of the shining young Artist Hachalu Hundesa,” Fana reported the prime minister as saying. “We are expecting full investigation reports of this evil act.”

“Let us express our condolences by keeping ourselves safe and preventing further crime,” Abiy said

Ethiopians on social media, including The Ethiopian ambassador to Washingtoin , were shocked by the death of the popular musician.

“Deeply saddened & shocked by the death of Hachalu Hundessa. We have lost a truly great young artist. My thoughts & prayers are with Hachalu’s family & friends.” Ambassador posted on Twitter.

“They did not just kill Hachalu. They shot at the heart of the Oromo Nation, once again !!…You can kill us, all of us, you can never ever stop us!! NEVER !!” Jawar posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

His killings was connected to his popular protest music. In October 2019 at least 78 people were killed in clashes between Jawar’s supporters and police after jawar’s security details were withdrawn.

Hopes of reopening institutions of high learning earlier

Colleges may open before primary and secondary schools
Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutions and universities stand a higher chance of reopening in shifts as opposed to primary and secondary schools.

This is according to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, who cited infrastructural challenges and congestion as a major hurdle in the reopening of primary and secondary schools.

Speaking in Kisumu on Friday, the CS said TVET colleges and universities have the capacity to achieve social distancing in efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 among learners.

“The TVET institutions, as we have looked at them, have a much better chance in terms of getting social distancing. Like universities, they offer various courses and can adjust their programmes and open in shifts much more easily than the primary and secondary schools,” Prof Magoha said when he met TVET principals from the Western region.

He added that mask production was no longer a headache as there was assurance from TVET Principal Secretary Julius Juan that the institutions can make their own.

“The unfortunate thing is Covid-19 is still increasing… But government is going to work as if we are going to open on September 1,” Prof Magoha said.

The first case of covid-19 in wild animals

First case of corona virus in animals was reported in Bronx zoo,new York after Tigers called Nadia tests positive on Sunday.

A four- year old female Malayan big cat, Nadia was spotted having the symptoms like novel coronavirus . it was confirmed positive after tested by the national veterinary services laboratory in lowa .

Along with the other six big cat are thought to have been infected by an asymptomatic zoo warder who was not have been identified. The cat started showing symptoms , including dry cough late last month after exposure to the employee who has believed to covid-19 infected person but not been identified

“This is the first time that any of us know that a person infected the animals and they got sick,” Paul Calle, the chief veterinarian at the zoo told Reuters news agency on Sunday.

He also assured the rest of zoo and other institutions researching the transmission of covid-19 that he will share the findings with them
“We tested Nadia out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about covid-19 will contribute to the world ‘s continuing understanding of this pandemic .”The zoo said in a statement.

Nadia, her sister Azul , as well as Amur tigers and three African lions which showed symptoms are all expected to make a full recovery

“The big cat had some decrease in appetite but are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright,alert and interactive with their keepers.” The zoo leadership said.
Still the scientists have no clue about how the virus will develop in animals like liger and lions since various species can react differently to new infection.