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South Africa:Mental Health Patients’ Lives Could Have Been Saved – Report

Social worker says mental health patients’ lives could have been saved if senior officials visited facilities. Bhekisisa has evidence they did.

A social worker from one of the three Cullinan care facilities responsible for the deaths of at least 25 mental health patients says their lives could have been saved if senior officials had known conditions on the ground. But evidence from an exclusive Bhekisisa interview with former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu shows she visited the organisations in August 2016.

On Monday, Cullinan Care and Rehabilitation Centre social worker Daphne Ndhlovu testified as part of an ongoing arbitration process regarding the Life Esidimeni tragedy in which at least 141 mental health patients lost their lives.

Ndhlovu admitted that standard procedures were not followed when the centre admitted 163 public sector patients from private healthcare provider Life Esidimeni after the Gauteng health department terminated its contract with the hospital group in March 2016 to save money.

Replying in response to questions from arbitration leader and retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Ndhlovu says that the centre outside of Pretoria could only accommodate 150 patients but ended up with almost double that number after Life Esidimeni patients were transferred there.

To make room for the influx of new patients, the Cullinan Care and Rehabilitation Centre moved some patients to two nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) operating on its grounds, the Anchor Centre and Siyabadinga.

Siyabadinga, which received 73 patients from Cullinan, was never licensed to provide care to mental health patients, found a February health ombudsman report.

At least 25 mental health patients housed at one of the three organisations later died, revealed the report. Now, Ndhlovu says deaths could have been avoided if senior Gauteng health officials had visited the centre.

We were given instructions from above. The people that weren’t even around at institutional level to see the problems,” she said before lawyers and families as arbitration entered its second week.

But in an exclusive October 2016 interview with Bhekisisa, Mahlangu admitted she visited all three facilities in August 2016.

Mahlangu explained: “During the elections, we visited [Cullinan Care and Rehabilitation Centre], and this Siyabadinga and Anchor. We observed there was no working relationship between the two NGOs. My exact words were, ‘We are all looking after the patients on behalf of the state, you have got to use the common kitty that is provided to you … ‘”

Mahlangu, who is not currently on the list of witnesses set to testify at the arbitration, maintained she inspected facilities such as a shared kitchen on the property in interviews with health ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba as evidenced in his report.

Ndhlovu also confirmed suspicions of Life Esidimeni families that many patients were transferred to local NGOs or other state hospitals without documentation.

Ndhlovu estimates that about 60% of the patients admitted at the Cullinan centre did not have medical records and almost a third had no identity documents. And as the centre staff were pressured to accept more patients, Ndhlovu says things got “hectic” and normal admissions procedures were not followed.

And she explains that standard screening techniques would have prevented the Cullinan Care and Rehabilitation Centre from admitting patients that needed more care than the centre could provide such as those with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health condition that can result in hallucinations and delusions, according to the United States nonprofit research organisation Mayo Clinic.

Ndhlovu warns that Siyabadinga was even less prepared to care for extremely ill patients as it had no professional nurses. She says she voiced her concerns about the lack of professional medical staff but alleges she was threatened with being accused of insubordination if she did not follow orders.

“It was very painful for us to hear every second day that another patient has died. We were not giving justice to our patients but it was instructions from above,” Ndhlovu says.

Arbitration is expected to continue until at least October 30, according to head of the arbitration office Obakeng van Dyk.

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Ssimbwa Beats Kerr to Win August Award

Nairobi — Sofapaka tactician Sam Ssimbwa was on Tuesday awarded the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for August at their Eastleigh High School training ground.

Ssimbwa led title chasing Sofapaka to four victories and draw, scoring fifteen goals while at it win the gong ahead of Gor Mahia’s Dylan Kerr.

The August goal-blitz saw Sofapaka edge Muhoroni Youth 2-3 away then dismissed struggling Thika United 3-0 at home. A seven-goal thriller between Batoto ba Mungu and Nakumatt ended Sofapaka’s way as they put five past Nakumatt.

Their fourth victory came over Nzoia Sugar in a 3-1 result before Posta Rangers held them to a 1-1 draw.

Sofapaka’s 13 point’s haul was only matched by Gor who beat Muhoroni Youth 2-0 at home and 1-2 away followed by two 1-0 wins over Nakumatt and Posta Rangers. A highly anticipated Mashemeji Derby ended 1-1, leaving Gor Mahia with 13 points but with a lower goal count than Sofapaka.

Coaches Kerr and Ssimbwa then squared off in a vote which the Sofapaka tactician won in a landslide. He pocketed Sh75, 000 as a result in addition to the personalized trophy and looks ahead with greater enthusiasm.

“We started the league as underdogs but it’s commendable we have done well, especially in the second leg. There is a slim mathematical possibility of getting to the title but Gor Mahia have a huge advantage. Anything is possible in football though, and all we need to do is just win our matches one after another.” An elated Ssimbwa said after picking his accolade.

“I’ve won such awards elsewhere in Uganda and Rwanda and winning in Kenya gives me so much joy. Credit to my players who worked hard all through and the technical bench who assist me in coaching,” Ssimbwa added

Leading scorer at Sofapaka Umaru Kasumba who joined mid-season is hopeful of eventually ending up with the golden boot, having notched 11 in the league and trail the leader by just one goal.

“I work very hard and everyone here can attest to that. I want to go harder in the remaining matches with a view of getting the golden boot. There are no secrets and the Kenyan league is not easy but I just work hard and the goals come.” Kasumba said.

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Kenyatta Asks Odinga Not to Block Kenyans From Voting

By Abdimalik Hajir and Kitavi Mutua

President Uhuru Kenyatta has dismissed the mass protests by opposition leaders, saying no candidate should be allowed to dictate the terms of participating in an election.

The President and his deputy William Ruto, who campaigned in Garissa, Kitui and Machakos counties, asked residents to come out in large numbers on October 26 to vote and re-elect him for a second term while urging them to ignore the calls by Nasa to boycott the poll.

ELECTION

They said the Nasa leader was hiding behind mass protests for fear of defeat and sought to scuttle the repeat presidential election.

“If you are not ready to participate in this election, nobody is forcing you to.

“Just stay at home and don’t bother Kenyans who want to exercise their democratic right,” the President told Nasa leader Raila Odinga, adding that he (Mr Odinga) was the one who went to the Supreme Court to have the August 8 presidential election nullified.

NASA DEMANDS

The two, who spoke at Garissa Primary School at Zombe in Kitui and Masii in Machakos, condemned the demonstrations by Nasa that have mostly turned violent.

President Kenyatta said Kenyans had a constitutional right to participate in an election and he should respect the verdict of the Supreme Court that ordered repeat presidential poll to be conducted within 60 days.

The President said one disgruntled player in a match cannot dictate to the referee, saying Mr Odinga’s demands on the electoral agency will not be allowed to deny Kenyans a chance to choose their leaders through the ballot.

President Kenyatta told Mr Odinga to “stop wasting time on fruitless street demonstrations” and instead seek votes from the electorate.

“The Opposition is free not to participate in the fresh October 26 election but they should not prevent those who want to exercise their democratic right of choosing their leader from doing so,” he said.

DEVELOPMENT

Mr Kenyatta termed comments attributed to Siaya Senator James Orengo that Nasa will conduct their own poll a sign that the Opposition was consistent in efforts to derail the election.

He urged the communities in Ukambani region to turn out in large numbers and double the votes they gave him on August 8, so that the country can continue on the path of growth.

The President assured Kenyans that his focus will remain trained on implementing policies and projects that will continue lifting the lives of all Kenyans.

He cited construction of roads, expansion of electricity connection to households, improving health and education as key platforms of his development agenda that would be interfered with if the Opposition has its way.

KALONZO

Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto hosted Kamba leaders and residents at Zombe public park as part of the homecoming ceremony for Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai who was elected on a Jubilee Party ticket.

Mr Kenyatta said firm action would be taken against those who choose to loot or vandalise property, and rob or injure innocent Kenyans under the guise of demonstrations.

Mr Ruto asked Mr Odinga to wait and prepare to face him in the 2022 presidential election if he is not ready for this month’s fresh election.

He claimed that Jubilee was right in its assertion that Nasa co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka was misplaced in the opposition coalition as “Mr Odinga has already started scheming for 2022 elections”.

The DP said this was proof that Mr Musyoka will not be endorsed by the former Prime Minister in 2022.

Additional reporting by Stephen Muthini

Nasa, Jubilee Ordered to Respond to Poll Suit

By Sam Kiplagat

Nasa and Jubilee have been directed to respond to a suit filed by two businessmen who want the Supreme Court to reverse its judgement on the presidential election petition.

Mr Jackson Ndegwa and Mr Edward Kings Onyancha appeared before Supreme Court Deputy Registrar Daniel ole Keiwua on Monday, when it emerged that Nasa and Jubilee were yet to respond to the case.

The two outfits were directed to file their responses by Monday.

REPEAT POLL

The application by the two businessmen was rejected by Mr Keiwua last month but they have filed an appeal and will now appear before a single judge of the Supreme Court.

In their case documents, Mr Ndegwa and Mr Onyancha argued that there is need to overturn the decision nullifying the August 8 presidential election so as to save the country from spending Sh12 billion in the repeat polls.

In the appeal, the two argue that the Supreme Court should be the last court to sustain and enforce procedural technicalities against a party at the expense of justice.

VIOLATION

They appeared before Mr Keiwua on September 18, but he declined to admit their case.

They now argue that the case ought to be heard urgently because it might be overtaken by events.

According to the two, the case raises very serious constitutional issues and legal principles, therefore the move by Mr Keiwua to dismiss the case is a violation of the Constitution.

RULING

According Mr Ndegwa, the deputy registrar erred in law and fact.

The Supreme Court, by a majority decision, nullified the August 8 presidential election, citing irregularities and illegalities in the transmission of results.

But the petitioners have argued that the judgment was based on flaws, was illegal and therefore should be reversed.

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Nakumatt Junction Ruling Set for Next Week

By Abiud Ochieng

Troubled retailer Nakumatt will on Wednesday next week know whether it will continue to be a tenant at the upmarket Junction Mall.

The retailer is fighting a bid by the mall’s owners to shut down its premises following alleged breach of the tenancy agreement.

Nakumatt yesterday urged High Court Judge Joseph Onguto to restrain the Junction Ltd from evicting it, saying there is already in place an order issued on August 28 stopping all creditors from interfering with its management and operations.

Under the law, property belonging to a company or individual facing insolvency proceedings in court, as is the case with Nakumatt, is protected from attachment for purposes of recovering the debt.

The Junction Ltd, however, says that it is currently facing huge losses and that there is no guarantee Nakumatt will be able to compensate it.

The owners of the mall urged the court to vary the August 28 order so as to allow them to evict Nakumatt and cushion themselves from further losses.

“The damage to us can’t be redeemed by the fact that Nakumatt is already facing a petition for being unable to pay its debt. It means that we will have to underwrite all the losses from October 1,” said Junction Ltd’s lawyer.

Nakumatt is said to owe the Junction between Sh50 million and Sh75 million.

It also emerged that Nakumatt and the mall’s owners had entered into an agreement in relation to the premise. The Mall owners told the court that Nakumatt has continued to use the premises in a manner that is against the surrender agreement.

The lawyer representing the Mall owners said that the damage they are currently facing is enormous given that Nakumatt as an anchor tenant, was the driving force of all the other tenants and that following the latest turn of events, other tenants have already approached them asking for rent reduction of almost 25 percent.

The Mall owners pleaded with the court to allow them evict Nakumatt from their premises saying that it is not unusual since the retailer has already vacated the Thika Road Mall (TRM), and that surrender of the premises is therefore necessary.

“We don’t know whether we will be paid. The Junction Ltd will not have a remedy in the present circumstances,” said the lawyer for the Mall owners.

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TRA Collects Sh64.65bn in First Quarter Revenue Boost

By By Alawi Masare

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), Zanzibar Zone , has managed to collect a total of Sh64.65billion, equivalent to 108 per cent of collection estimates in a period of three months from July to September, 2017.

The TRA Taxpayers’ Education Officer, Mr Saleh Haji Pandu, revealed this in his Gulion Office in Zanzibar when releasing a report on tax revenue collections and payments spanning the past three months.

Previously, he said, they were expected to collect Sh59.77 billion, equivalent to 101 per cent of tax revenue collection estimates from business operators, investors and other services including businesses for motorized vessels.

“This has been possible as a result of the big efforts that we have made, as an authority, to ensure an increase of Sh4.87 billion beyond the Sh59.77 billion that we collected previously,” said Mr Pandu.

Mr Pandu made a clarification on month-to-month revenue collections, saying in July they managed to collect Sh22.1 billion, in August (Sh21.3 billion) whereas in September Sh21.1 billion was collected.

He said in initial revenue collection projections over the months they targeted to collect Sh19.3 billion in July, Sh19.5 billion in August and Sh20.8 billion in September.

For his part, Zanzibar’s Planning and Finance minister, Dr Khalid Salum Mohamed, said despite the big increase in various tax revenue collections, more efforts were still needed to ensure a much bigger increase in revenue collections.

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Police Deny Killing 33 in Nairobi During Anti-IEBC Demos

By Hilary Kimuyu

The National Police Service has denied allegations that police officers have so far killed 33 people in post-election demonstrations.

Human rights watchdogs Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch had on Tuesday released a report that claimed police were directly implicated in the deaths.

The 33 victims were reportedly killed during police operations in Mathare, Kibera, Baba Dogo, Dandora, Korogocho, Kariobangi, and Kawangware between August 9 and 13.

The 37-page report, titled Kill Those Criminals’: Security Forces’ Violations in Kenya’s August 2017 Elections, documents excessive use of force by police and other security agents against protesters and residents.

But National Police Service spokesman George Kinoti, through a statement on Wednesday, termed the accusations as false.

“The National Police Service attention has been drawn to a sensational report by Amnesty International alleging that, 33 people were killed in the immediate post August poll period,” said Mr Kinoti.

“We wish to refute the claims as totally misleading and based on falsehoods. We are studying the report and will issue a comprehensive report later,” he added.

The report by the two human rights watchdogs reported that as many as 50 people, mainly in perceived opposition strongholds in the capital, could have lost their lives during the protests against President Kenyatta’s win.

“They shot directly at some protesters and also opened fire, apparently randomly, on crowds,” the report says.

“Victims and witnesses told researchers that as protesters ran away, police pursued them, kicking down doors and chasing people down alleyways, shooting and beating many to death.”

Other victims, the rights defenders claim, died of asphyxiation from inhaling teargas and pepper spray, from being hit by teargas canisters fired at close range, or from being trampled to death by fleeing crowds.

Additional reporting by Nation Team.

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Full List of People Shot Dead By Police in Nairobi

By Lillian Mutavi

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have released the names of the 33 people alleged to have been killed by Kenya Police in Nairobi during the ongoing Anti-IEBC demos.

In a quick rejoinder, though, the National Police Service disputed the report stating that the claims were “misleading and based on falsehoods”.

“We are studying the report and will issue a comprehensive report later,” said Mr Kinoti George Ag on behalf of Inspector General.

The report comes at a time when Nasa have intensified their demos to each day of the week maintaining that there will be no election on the October 26, unless reforms are made within IEBC.

Here is the list of people the two groups claim were shot dead by police:

1. Francis Njuguna, 31

He was shot dead in Kariobangi, Nairobi, on August 11.

His body was found at the City Mortuary.

2. Vincent Omondi Okebe, 27

He he was shot on August 11 in Dandora during protests by Nasa supporters.

He later succumbed to his injuries at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

3. Thomas Odhiambo Okul, 26

He died instantly after being shot by police on August 11 inside his home in Dandora, Nairobi.

4. Kevin Otieno, 23

He died on his way to hospital after being shot by police outside his gate in Dandora, Nairobi, on August 12.

5. Vitalis Otieno, 23

He died in his house out of shock in Dandora, Nairobi, on August 12.

He developed shock after being caught up in clashes between police and Nasa supporters.

6. Sammy Amira Loka, 45

He was hit by a teargas canister where he inhaled tear gas at Kawangware Stage Two, Nairobi.

He died at the KNH on August 9.

7. Lillian Khavere, 40

She was eight months pregnant when she met her death.

She fell after police fired teargas and she was trampled by a crowd at Kawangware No.56 on August 9. She later died at KNH.

8. Festo Kevogo, 33

He was shot through the head by police on August 9 at Kawangware No.56, Nairobi.

He died on his way to the hospital.

9. Melvin Mboka Mwangitsi, 19

He was shot dead by police in Satellite/Kawangware, Nairobi, on August 9.

His body was traced to KNH mortuary.

10. Paul Mungai, 33

He was shot in the abdomen. He died from internal bleeding at KNH on August 120.

He was from Kawangware No56 in Nairobi.

11. Zebedeo Mukhala, 42

He was shot on his leg where he fell down and was trampled by crowd on August 12.

12. Mr Mukhala

He was shot at Kawangware No 56 stage in Nairobi and died on August 14 at Mbagathi Hospital while undergoing treatment.

13. Violet Khagai, 43

She is from Kawangware stage Two. She was git by teargas and inhaled pepper spray on August 12.

She died on her way to hospital.

14. Erick Kwama, 30

He died at KNH after he was hit by teargas, fired at a close range, and inhaled pepper spray on August 10.

15. Nelvin Amakove, 30

On August 11,he was caught up in riots. He was shot in the back while running away from the police in Kawangware No 56, Nairobi.

He died instantly and his body was traced to KNH.

16. Suleiman Khatibu, 25

The Tanzanian national and was an employee of San Valencia restaurant in Karen.

On August 11, he was hit in his chest by teargas fired at close range range. He bled through nose and mouth and died at KNH on August 18.

He was from Kinyanjui area, near Kawangware, Nairobi.

17. Benson Wandera, 47

In Kinyanjui area, near Kawangware,Nairobi on August 11 he was shot by police. He was buried in Busia, Western Kenya.

18. Silas Owiti Lebo, 18

He was beaten by police on August 12th 2017 in Mathare 4A-C area, Nairobi. He died on admission in hospital.

19. Bernard Okoth Odoyo, 25

He died instantly after he was shot at the back at No. 10 on August 9. He was from Mathare 4A, Nairobi.

20. Victor Okoth Odoyo, 25

He died instantly at No.10 after he was shot in the back on August 9. He was from Mathare 4A, Nairobi.

21. William Waka, 42

On August 9, he was shot in the chest and his body traced to city mortuary. He is from Mathare North, Nairobi.

22. Boniface Ochieng Owino, 31

On August 12 he was shot in the chest in Mathare, Bondeni area, Nairobi where he died instantly.

23. David Owino, 28

He died instantly along Juja road after he was shot on his chest in August 12. He lived in Mathare, Bondeni area, Nairobi.

24. Stephanie Moraa Nyarangi, 9

She hit the news after she was shot in the chest while playing in the balcony in Mathare North, Nairobi on August 12.

25. Christopher Samwel Mutua, 32

Another victim from Mathare North, Nairobi who was shot in the chest at a close range on August 13. He died instantly near his house.

26. Fanuel Muruka Amule, 30

On August 12 in Mathare North, Nairobi he was shot in the chest. His body was traced to City Mortuary.

27. Raphael Ayieko,17

He died instantly after he was shot on the back in Babadogo, Kasabuni Area, Nairobi on August 12.

28. Privel Ochieng Ameso,18

He died instantly after he was shot at the back of neck and in the hip while on his knees on August 12.

He was from Babadogo, Kasabuni area, in Nairobi.

29. Shaddy Omondi Juma,17

He was shot dead while on his knees in Babadogo, Kasabuni area on August 12.

His body was traced to City Mortuary with five bullet wounds.

30. Geoffrey Onacha,34

He was shot dead in Kibera, Nairobi on August 10. Body was traced at City Mortuary.

31. Sharon Imenza, 10 (daughter of Geoffrey Onacha above).

On August 11 she collapsed and died upon seeing her father’s body in Kibera.

32. Henry Onyango Matete, age unknown.

He was beaten by police on August 12 in Kibera, Olympic area, Nairobi.

He died a day later at the Muthaiga hospital.

33. Michael Owino, 28

Was shot dead and body taken away in a body bag on August 12,2017 at Kibera Olympic area, Nairobi.

Body yet to be found.

Here’s the List of People Killed By Police

By Lillian Mutavi

At least 33 people were killed by police as they protested the outcome of August 8 General Election, according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

In a report released on Monday, the two rights watchdogs accused police of using excessive force on pro-opposition demonstrators.

Here is a list of the people killed and how they met their deaths, according Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch researchers.

1. Francis Njuguna, 31

He was shot dead in Kariobangi, Nairobi, on August 11.

His body was found at the City Mortuary.

2. Vincent Omondi Okebe, 27

He he was shot on August 11 in Dandora during protests by Nasa supporters.

He later succumbed to his injuries at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

3. Thomas Odhiambo Okul, 26

He died instantly after being shot by police on August 11 inside his home in Dandora, Nairobi.

4. Kevin Otieno, 23

He died on his way to hospital after being shot by police outside his gate in Dandora, Nairobi, on August 12.

5. Vitalis Otieno, 23

He died in his house out of shock in Dandora, Nairobi, on August 12.

He developed shock after being caught up in clashes between police and Nasa supporters.

6. Sammy Amira Loka, 45

He was hit by a teargas canister where he inhaled tear gas at Kawangware Stage Two, Nairobi.

He died at the KNH on August 9.

7. Lillian Khavere, 40

She was eight months pregnant when she met her death.

She fell after police fired teargas and she was trampled by a crowd at Kawangware No.56 on August 9.

She later died at KNH.

8. Festo Kevogo, 33

He was shot through the head by police on August 9 at Kawangware No 56, Nairobi.

He died on his way to the hospital.

9. Melvin Mboka Mwangitsi, 19

He was shot dead by police in Satellite/Kawangware, Nairobi, on August 9.

His body was traced to KNH mortuary.

10. Paul Mungai, 33

He was shot in the abdomen.

He died from internal bleeding at KNH on August 120.

He was from Kawangware No 56 in Nairobi.

11. Zebedeo Mukhala, 42

He was shot on his leg where he fell down and was trampled by crowd on August 12.

Mr Mukhala died on August 14 at Mbagathi Hospital while undergoing treatment.

12. Violet Khagai, 43

She is from Kawangware Stage Two.

She was hit by teargas and inhaled pepper spray on August 12.

She died on her way to hospital.

13. Erick Kwama, 30

He died at KNH after he was hit by teargas, fired at a close range, and inhaled pepper spray on August 10.

14. Nelvin Amakove, 30

On August 11, he was caught up in riots.

He was shot in the back while running away from the police in Kawangware No 56, Nairobi.

He died instantly and his body was traced to KNH.

15. Suleiman Khatibu, 25

The Tanzanian national and was an employee of San Valencia restaurant in Karen.

On August 11, he was hit in his chest by teargas fired at close range range.

He bled through nose and mouth and died at KNH on August 18.

He was from Kinyanjui area, near Kawangware, Nairobi.

16. Jeremiah Maranga,50

He was an employee of G4S.

He was beaten by police and left for the dead on August 11 at Kawangware No. 56 in Nairobi.

His body was soaked in blood.

He died of internal bleeding and severe organ damage while awaiting treatment at KNH.

17. Benson Wandera, 47

He was shot by police at Kinyanjui area, near Kawangware, Nairobi, on August 11t.

He was buried in Busia, western Kenya.

18. Silas Owiti Lebo, 18

He was beaten by police on August 12 in Mathare 4A-C area, Nairobi.

He died on admission to hospital.

19. Bernard Okoth Odoyo, 25

He died instantly after he was shot at the back at No.10 on August 9.

He was from Mathare 4A, Nairobi.

20. Victor Okoth Odoyo, 25

He died instantly at No. 10 after he was shot in the back on August 9.

He was from Mathare 4A,Nairobi.

21. William Waka, 42

He was shot in the chest on August 9 and his body was traced to City Mortuary.

He is from Mathare North, Nairobi.

22. Boniface Ochieng Owino, 31

He was shot in the chest in Mathare, Bondeni area, Nairobi, on August 12.

He died instantly.

23. David Owino,28

He died instantly along Juja Road after he was shot in the chest on August 12.

He lived in Mathare, Bondeni area, Nairobi.

24. Stephanie Moraa Nyarangi, 9

She hit news headlines after she was shot in the chest while playing on the balcony in Mathare North, Nairobi, on August 12.

25. Christopher Samwel Mutua, 32

Another victim from Mathare North, Nairobi, who was shot in the chest at a close range on August 13.

He died instantly near his house.

26. Fanuel Muruka Amule, 30

He was shot on August 12 in Mathare North, Nairobi.

His body was traced to the City Mortuary.

27. Raphael Ayieko,17

He died instantly after being shot in the back in Babadogo, Kasabuni Area, Nairobi, on August 12.

28. Privel Ochieng Ameso, 18

He died instantly after being shot shot in the neck and in the hip while on his knees on August 12.

He was from Babadogo, Kasabuni area, in Nairobi.

29. Shaddy Omondi Juma, 17

He was shot dead while on his knees in Babadogo, Kasabuni area, on August 12.

His body was traced to the City Mortuary with five bullet wounds.

30. Geoffrey Onacha, 34

He was shot dead in Kibera, Nairobi, on August 10.

His body was traced at City Mortuary.

31. Sharon Imenza, 10

The daughter of Geoffrey Onacha (above).

On August 11, she collapsed and died upon seeing her father’s body in Kibera.

32. Henry Onyango Matete, age unknown.

He was beaten by police on August 12 in Kibera, Olympic area, Nairobi.

He died a day later at the Muthaiga Hospital.

33. Michael Owino, 28

He was shot dead at Kibera Olympic area in Nairobi.

His body was taken away in a body bag on August 12.

The body yet to be found by his relatives.

34. Persons between 17 to 27 unconfirmed cases from various parts of Nairobi.

The areas include Kawangware, Kibera, Mathare and Dandora on dates between August 9 to 13.

Did not document for various reasons— families and witness not willing to speak.

Economy Hurts as Political Stalemate Holds

By Allan Olingo

Kenya’s drawn out election coupled with the political impasse is impacting negatively on the economy, threatening to have a spillover effect on the neighbours with whom it trades heavily.

Latest market and economic data, with a few exceptions, such as tourism and horticulture paint a picture of an economy in suspense as the two political poles maintain hardline positions, whose negativity is already showing in the macro and micro sides of the region’s largest economy.

The data from the Central Bank of Kenya’s Credit Survey released last month paints a gloomy picture as commercial banks lament how raised political risks have led to a tightening of credit and are jeopardising almost all economic sectors.

Already, the banking sector’s loan book growth shrunk by 0.84 per cent in June from March’s two per cent, while the ratio of gross non-performing loans to gross loans increased from 9.5 per cent in March to 9.91 per cent in June, attributable to the challenging business environment.

“This decrease in gross loans was mainly attributable to a reduction in loans granted to support the transport and communication, trade, agriculture, real estate, mining and quarrying sectors. Commercial banks expect an increase in the levels of non-performing loans (NPLs) in the third quarter of 2017 with 42 per cent of this expected rise in NPLs is attributed to the industry’s perceiving increased political risk ahead of the upcoming presidential election,” the banking regulator said.

To the economy, this is bad news given the fact that economic growth figures for the third quarter that ended last month are yet to be released.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) data released two weeks ago shows the economy slowed to five per cent in the second quarter as compared to 6.3 per cent over a similar period last year even as the National Treasury is grappling with a $276.19 million shortfall in the revenue targets for the first quarter of the 2017/18, with the second quarter already predicted to be even lower.

“Growth was constrained by subdued performances in agriculture, manufacturing, electricity and financial sector thereby dampened the overall growth momentum during the quarter in review,” KNBS said, adding that the growth in financial sector was also dampened by the effect of continued slow uptake of credit.

Central Bank of Kenya Governor Patrick Njoroge admitted that the extended low activity in the post-election season would affect the economy.

“Consumers will delay their decisions if there is too much uncertainty. That has ripple effect. If there is more noise there will also be delay in terms of government execution of products.”

Stanbic Bank’s PMI survey, a measure of private sector activity, dropped sharply last month to 42 from 48.1 in August, which was already its lowest ever figure since the index started three years ago. Any reading below 50 is a sign of contracting business.

“We saw companies report that the general election choked the private sector economy, citing lower business due to uncertainty amid the heated political climate. This resulted in a downturn for the private sector,” Jibran Qureshi, Stanbic regional economist said.

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