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Many in Hot Water After Magufuli’s Second Minerals Report

By Katare Mbashiru

President John Magufuli has directed the security apparatus to summon and interrogate all officials who were mentioned in the second report on the export of mineral concentrates.

Among them are former cabinet ministers who entered into shoddy Mining Development Agreements (MDAs) with mining companies, occasioning loss to the country in taxes between 1998 and 2017.

Others are former Attorneys General (AGs), their deputies, former commissioners of minerals, directors of contracts departments, lawyers in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals and others who participated in the drafting of the agreements, as well as provision and renewal of mining licences.

Speaking at the State House in Dar es Salaaam yesterday after receiving a report from an eight-member team led by Professor Nehemiah Osoro, Dr Magufuli said he endorsed all its recommendations.

The Osoro-led committee also proposed that legal steps should be taken against workers and owners of the biggest mining companies, Freight Forwarders (T) Limited for contravening the country’s laws.

Some of the individuals featuring in the report include former ministers for energy and minerals – Daniel Yona, Nazir Karamagi,Wiliam Ngeleja and Professor Sospeter Muhongo.

Others are former commissioners of minerals Paulo Masanja and Dr Dalali Kafumu, as well as Acting Commissioner of Minerals Ally Samaje. Featured too are former AGs (by virtue of which they were chief state legal advisors) Andrew Chenge and Johnson Mwanyika.

The list also includes former deputy AGs, Felix Mrema and Sazi Salula as well as the heads of the contracts department, Maria Kejo and Julius Malaba.

” I hereby direct intelligence and security officials to summon all the individuals who have been mentioned in this report and interrogate them, as a preamble to taking appropriate legal actions,” he said.

The mining companies that signed vague agreements with the ministry of Energy and Minerals, according to the report, are Bulyanhulu Gold Mines Limited (Kahama Mine Corporation Limited), North Mara Gold Mine Limited and Pangea Gold Mine Limited – all of which are under the Acacia Gold Mine Plc as well as Geita Gold Mine Limited (AngloGold Ashanti Limited).

Dr Magufuli furthermore called for a review of the Mining Act, directing lawyers in the ministries of Energy and Minerals, as well as Justice and Constitutional Affairs to work together to make important amendments that will help the country to benefit from the natural resources.

“Our country is endowed with a lot of natural resources but our people are still languishing in abject poverty because of some people who subordinate individual gains to national interests,” he said. He blamed some officials who ignored potential investors who had shown interest to build smelters in the country.

The Head of State said the country needed investors who were ready for conducting business under win-win arrangements and not exploiters who had been siphoning the country’s resources. He asked the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Job Ndugai, to explore the possibility of squeezing amendments in the law within the ongoing parliamentary budget session.

“Even if this entails extension of the session for an extra week, I am ready to give you the go-ahead and give you full support, to enable us amend our legislation for the benefit of our country,” he added.

Mr Ndugai, who also attended the report’s handing over function, said the House was ready to overhaul the law, adding that he also intended to form a team for overseeing the country’s diamond business as he did relating to Tanzanite.

In an interview with the ‘Daily News’, the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Professor Palamagamba Kabudi, said he would facilitate the amendments of the Mining Act as directed by the Head of State. The president accepted all the committee’s 20 recommendations.

Public Debt Crosses Sh4 Trillion Mark As State Eyes More Loans

By Brian Ngugi

Kenya’s public debt crossed the Sh4 trillion mark at the end of March this year, reflecting the Jubilee government’s sharp appetite for loans.

This has raised fears of the country’s future ability to repay the mounting credit.

The latest Quarterly Economic and Budgetary Review report released Wednesday by the Treasury shows that total public debt has now risen to an equivalent of more than half (52.6 per cent) of the gross domestic product (GDP), on the back of massive increase in borrowing since the Jubilee administration took power four years ago.

The public debt comprises 51.9 per cent foreign and 48.1 per cent domestic loans.

“The gross public debt increased by Sh782.3 billion from Sh3.26 billion as at the end of March 2016 to Sh4.04 trillion, equivalent to 52.6 per cent of GDP by March 31, 2017,” says Treasury in the report tabled in Parliament.

“The overall increase is attributed to increased external debt due to exchange rate fluctuations, disbursements from external loans and more uptake of domestic debt during the period.” The rate of increase in the debt load, however, does not correspond with growth in revenue generation, indicating the widening gap and mounting pressure on government’s capacity to repay loans.

The ability to generate and grow tax revenue is a strong indicator of future ability to repay debt.

The Treasury report shows that the government’s cumulative revenue collection for the period July last year to March this year amounted to Sh984.6 billion against a target of Sh1.05 trillion.

“This represented an under-performance of Sh65.9 billion mainly due to shortfalls in income tax, (fees, charges and court fines) collection, Investment Income and Imports Declaration Fee (IDF),” says Treasury in its documents.

The total external debt stock including the international sovereign bond stood at Sh2.1 trillion at the period ending March 2017.

The debt stock comprised multilateral debt at 38.4 per cent, bilateral debt at 32.8 per cent, commercial banks debt at 28.3 per cent including international sovereign bond and suppliers’ credit debt at 0.5 per cent.

Corresponding to the rising debt load, foreign interest payments rose to Sh38.2 billion in the period compared to Sh26 billion in the same period of the 2015/16 financial year. On the other hand interest payments on domestic debt totaled Sh145.8 billion, which was higher than the Sh122.6 billion paid in the corresponding period of the previous financial year.

According to the budgetary review, Kenya’s loan repayment to China stood at Sh18 billion over the period representing over half of the total bilateral loans (Sh32.8 billion) highlighting the country’s growing appetite for Chinese loans.

Kenya this week committed to borrowing additional billions of shillings to finance the ongoing construction of the standard gauge railway (SGR) line indicating that the borrowings could soon take the debt load past 60 per cent of GDP level.

On Monday the government announced it is seeking an additional Sh370 billion ($3.59 billion) Chinese loan to extend the SGR from Naivasha to Kisumu, pushing the construction cost to Sh847 billion.

The country has in the past four years borrowed billions of shillings to finance power generation and road construction projects.

In addition to Sh327 billion spent on the first phase between Mombasa and Nairobi and Sh150 billion that the emerging Asian economy extended recently for the Nairobi-Naivasha section, the Chinese will have pumped a total of Sh847 billion in the venture.

This excludes interest on the loans that would push the overall cost beyond Sh1 trillion.

Hawkers Threaten to Return to Nakuru Town Streets

By Magdalene Wanja And Reitz Mureithi

Tension is rising in Nakuru town after hawkers threatened to return to the streets.

Residents woke up to a dramatic scenes on Wednesday morning after the hawkers demarcated parking lots along the town’s Kenyatta Avenue, Gusii and Neru Pundit roads, with some writing their names on the tarmac using white chalk.

The hawkers then put pieces of sack on the sections they had demarcated to show seriousness of their intentions.

It was not clear who could be behind the looming return of the hawkers who were driven out of the streets by the county government two years ago.

But the business community in the town suspect a political hand could be behind the turn of events, given that their eviction had been politicised.

CAUGHT UNAWARES

Shop owners in town were caught unawares by the Wednesday morning scenes. Shocked and confused, they stood outside their shops in small groups conversing in low tones.

The battle between the hawkers and the county government has quietly been simmering since January 2015 when they were forcefully evicted from Nakuru Central Business District following a directive issued by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.

According to the governor, the hawkers’ presence on Nakuru streets created disorder, making it difficult for visitors to navigate their way around the town.

The hawkers were then moved to the bus terminus area where stalls were hurriedly erected and allocated to individuals.

Traders in food produce were taken to the town’s Wakulima market where a temporary structure was established to accommodate them.

CAMPAIGN AGENDA

The hawkers’ eviction quickly formed a campaign agenda for candidates who were seeking various elective posts in the August 8 polls.

Depending on whether one was for or against the eviction of hawkers, two teams were formed.

The opposing team was led by Nakuru East MP David Gikaria and backed by his Nakuru West counterpart Mr Samuel Arama.

Governor Mbugua took reigns of the proposers’ team and was publicly supported by Biashara Ward representative Stephen Kuria.

As news came in on April 27 that Mr Mbugua had lost the Jubilee nomination to Mr Lee Kinyanjui, residents quickly concluded that it was the eviction episode that prematurely killed his political dream.

ANTICIPATED DEFEAT

Vendors in Wakulima and Nacha markets said they had anticipated the defeat as they had vowed to send the governor home.

However, during his campaigns Mr Kinyanjui went on record saying his administration would look into the plight of the hawkers.

During the just concluded Jubilee Party primaries, leaflets warning business owners against nominating Mr Lee Kinyanjui because he ‘intended’ to bring back the hawkers to the streets, were circulated in the town a day before the nominations.

Mr Kinyanjui dismissed the claims terming them as “kicks of a dying horse”.

He said he said he has never made any promises to return the hawkers back to the streets despite being against their forceful eviction.

MCA Aspirant’s 3 Children Go Missing in Uasin Gishu

By Wycliff Kipsang

Three children belonging to a candidate for MCA in Uasin Gishu County have gone missing for the fourth day running.

The three boys — Clifford Nyambane, six, Dan Nyamweya, five, and Glen Ongagi, three — went to Eldovil SDA Church in the company of their cousin on Saturday but failed to return.

DISTRAUGHT

Their father James Ratemo, a Kanu candidate for Kapsoya ward, was in agony on Wednesday after efforts to find them failed to bear fruit.

Their mother, with teary eyes, said the children had gone ahead of her to church but she did not find them when she arrived a few minutes later.

“I prepared very early for church as is the norm on Saturday,” she said.

“However, when I reached church, which is just 500 metres away, I could not find them. I assumed that they had gone to play with their friends but I was alarmed when they failed to come back home.”

PUPILS

She appealed for help to help find her children.

“These children are my only hope. Please, anybody with information, assist me to find my children,” she said.

An uncle of the children, who was last seen with them, has denied any knowledge of their whereabouts.

He has since been questioned at the Naiberi and Central police stations.

Clifford is a Standard One pupil at Highland Grace Academy while Dan is in Middle Class at Shalom Academy. The youngest, Glen, is yet to go to school.

Mr Ratemo said they had searched for the boys everywhere, including in children’s homes and relatives’ houses, but to no avail.

UNCLEAR

“I cannot rule out that the children’s disappearance is related to politics, but I cannot speculate. Let police do their own investigations,” he said.

He said he had not had any differences with his rivals or his neighbours.

“We call on well-wishers to assist us to find our children,” he added.

Cases of children disappearing in unclear circumstances in the North Rift have been on the rise recently.

Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdi Hassan said investigations into the latest disappearances had begun.

He called on parents in the region to keep an eye on their children.

“Parents should also vet people who take care of their children when they have gone to work,” he said.

Remembering MV Bukoba Disaster 21 Years On

analysisBy Marycelina Masha

MV Bukoba moments before she disappeared from the surface of Lake Victoria on May 21st, 1996

ON the morning of May, 21, 1996, a ship christened MV Bukoba, carrying more than 1,000 passengers and cargo, overturned and sank in Lake Victoria, just half an hour before docking at Mwanza Port.

According to a report issued by the government’s probe commission, over 700 people perished while 114 others were lucky to survive the accident.

The government was overwhelmed by the crisis and sought assistance from Neighbouring Kenya and South Africa for concerted efforts to remove the bodies of those trapped in the sunken ship.

A tower of memories was built at Igoma on the outskirts of Mwanza town where victims were buried in a mass grave. Nyaisa Simango was one of the survivors of the worst marine transport accident in Tanzania.

Inspired by a burning desire to tell the world what happened before and after the ship capsized, Simango who now works with the Bank of Tanzania wrote a book titled Sitasahau MV Bukoba, in which he chronicles the horror as it unfolded during that fateful morning.

This is a true heartbreaking story, a depiction of how negligence, complacency, greed and corruption on the part of the establishment, could cost the nation very dearly. The book is available in bookshops across the country.

For the sake of preserving history and the love for our nation, this review recommends it as one of Tanzania’s Best Sellers. Title of the book: Sitasahau MV Bukoba. Author: Nyaisa Simango. Publisher: E&D Vision Publishers ISBN No: 978-9987-521-43-2 Preface: Professor Haroub Othman Genre: Nonfiction, tragedy Style: Narrative Reviewer: Marycelina Masha

The plot

Nyaisa Simango, then a prison warder at Ukonga Maximum Prison, leaves Dar es Salaam for Mwanza by train in the company of a colleague Sergeant Nico.

They are escorting a prisoner who they are scheduled to hand over to the authorities in Bukoba. On arrival in Mwanza, the trio proceed to the port and board an overly crowded MV Bukoba, after jostling and shoving their way through the crowds to get some room in the restaurant cabin.

Tickets were available through the backdoor, even if you came late. As night falls, Nyaisa is shocked to see that the vessel almost overturns when an irresponsible crew member messes up with the ship’s wheel.

He narrates: “All hell broke loose when the ship swayed violently as we were sipping our soft drinks. The refrigerators dropped on the floor with a loud bang! Bottles of beer and soda broke into pieces and littered the floor. I feared for my life… .” The ship anchors in Bukoba though, the end of the first leg of Nyaisa’s journey.

Chaos reigns at Bukoba Port on the following day of May 20th May, when Nyaisa prepares for boarding for a cruise back to Mwanza. A cargo of bunches of bananas, cars, suitcases and all sorts of luggage, flood the basement of the ship.

Multitudes jam the dock with their belongings as if fleeing a war zone. Those who fail to board hurriedly hire taxis in order to catch up with the vessel at Kemondo Bay.

It was a frightening scenario, but no authority, not even the Tanzania Railways Authority which operated the vessel, came forward to quell this manmade storm.

Throughout the voyage, Nyaisa, who has never travelled on a ship is a very worried man, often looking for a lifebuoy or consulting with a passenger about it, though none is keen to listen.

This weakness makes him naïve and nervous. Had the ship arrived in Mwanza safely, we would accuse him of being a nuisance to other passengers. Suddenly, the vessel sways to the left then right… left then right.

He writes: “My mind veered off from the swaying ship and reached my home village. I saw my younger sib lings screaming and wailing after my body is brought home from the accident scene… . I wanted to throw up and release the beer I had just sipped, so I went to the bathroom, but I couldn’t… ” In the middle of the night Nyaisa gets tired of the ship’s swaying and rocking.

He squeezes himself to a corner where a woman is sleeping with his children and falls asleep, only to be awakened by screaming voices. He is lying in a pool of water, alone.

Other passengers are assembled in the upper part of the ship. Some are praying but many are screaming. The ship sways again, left, then right, left, right, left… “Oh my goodness! The vessel has gone adrift… some passengers have been tossed overboard!” Someone yells.

The swaying stops and Nyaisa goes to take a shower, soon the ship will dock at Mwanza Port. This must be due to heavy weather, though no authority speaks. It is 7.00 am. and the sky is clear enough to see the view of Mwanza town.

While he is brushing his shoes, the impossible happens. The ship tilts to the left, then right and then makes about turn! She has overturned! Nyaisa writes: “Impossible! No ship overturns.

No! ships sink… Good God! My life is over… ! I’m dead!” This episode could be the climax of the story as it revolves around fear and agony but with a desire to live. Nyaisa finds himself in a new but frightening world. He sees people dying, many of them.

The ship now lies upside down and water penetrates through the walls. There is darkness and the door has closed from the outside, the floor is submerged! When three courageous men appear from nowhere, he joins them to drill an escape hole.

This particular trick works after a great deal of laboring and Nyaisa hauls himself into the lake! He can’t swim, he has never done so. He seizes an object, while waggling in the water. It’s a human being’s leg. He holds it firm, until he manages to grab a lifebuoy.

Finally he climbs onto the sinking ship’s hull where he, together with a few other victims, are rescued by fishing boats, four hours after the ship overturned! Prior to the post script, E&D Vision Publishers added some colour to the book by including a piece showing how Tanzania’s press reported MV Bukoba accident, plus an interview with some of those who lost their loved ones in the accident.

Premonition

Nyaisa unwittingly predicts the occurrence of a disaster well before he leaves Dar es Saalam. While chatting with his cousin about the journey, he asks him where he would get a life jacket in case of an accident.

Three more times he talks to himself about a looming accident. At a certain moment, he unchains the prisoner’s handcuffs and says “I don’t want to be blamed for the prisoner’s death if the ship sinks…”

On the journey back to Mwanza, and after taking three bottles of beer, he whispers to a fellow pas senger and asks him whether he could get a life jacket.

The author’s tone

After reading the book several times about manmade tragic episodes, depicting negligence, greed, inefficiency and corruption, I expected no mercy on those responsible for this calamity.

However, much as Nyaisa clearly punches holes on the performance of the authorities, he does so with a sober mind. Sometimes he even adds humour when he says:” Someone grabbed my underpants as we hassled for the lifebuoy. I felt somehow relieved because when you are under the water, your clothes are nothing but a heavy burden.”

He continues: “I was completely naked. The only thing I was wearing was my watch… When the rescue boats arrived, we were given clothes, BUT some of us rejected them… It did not matter, men and women sat together, all naked… “

Moral lesson

The Preface by Profes sor Haroub Othman, tells it all. Prof Othman criticizes the then Ministry of Communication and Transport’s inability to rein in corruption, negligence and inefficiency in the TRC.

In particular, he questions the country’s ability to deal with disasters and the whole issue of safety in the transportation sector. If everyone executed their duties diligently, the accident would not happen.

On 21, May, (this coming Sunday) someone will be commemorating the 21st anniversary of the sinking of MV Bukoba, in remembrance of those who perished with it.

It is a historical event which must not be allowed to die. It must be told again and again for everyone to get to know their role and responsibility towards protecting lives whenever they are on the steering wheel.

Sad to say, this anniversary comes at a time when hearts are still bleeding for 33 children, two teachers and their driver who died in the Karatu school bus tragedy. May God rest their souls in eternal peace.

Mary Wambui Calls Time On Elective Politics

By Joseph Wangui

Othaya MP Mary Wambui has quit elective politics after losing in the Jubilee Party primaries.

Ms Wambui on Wednesday said she had decided not to ditch the party to defend her seat as an independent candidate like a host of incumbent MPs in Nyeri have done.

SH15 MILLION

The first-term MP said she would focus her energy and influence on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election campaigns.

Speaking in Othaya town after issuing bursary cheques worth Sh15 million to 1,000 students from low-income backgrounds, the MP said her desire was to see residents get education and development.

She lost in the nominations to Gichuki Mugambi, who garnered 20,228 votes against her 12,524.

Ms Wambui called on voters to turn out in large numbers during the August elections and vote for Mr Kenyatta, saying he had performed well.

PROJECTS

“Giving President Kenyatta a second term in office will enable the country to continue witnessing more growth and development. Tens of projects have been put up to improve the economy,” she said.

She condemned the opposition coalition Nasa, describing as “selfish” the five-man team led by Raila Odinga.

“The Nasa coalition is an outfit that is out to divide Kenyans. They are more concerned about themselves and their families than Kenyans,” she said.

She was referring to the nomination of Nasa co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka’s son, Kennedy, to the East African Legislative Assembly.

She further took a swipe at Nasa’s pledges to Kenyans ahead of the General Election, calling them “unrealistic”.

RIVALS

She took over the parliamentary seat from retired President Mwai Kibaki, who had represented the constituency in the National Assembly for 34 years.

In the last elections, Mr Kibaki opposed Ms Wambui’s candidature and supported Mr Mugambi of the Sabasaba Asili Party.

Mr Mugambi will face Nairobi based-lawyer Peter King’ara of the Democratic Party and Zack Ireri of Maendeleo Chap Chap in the race to succeed Ms Wambui.

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Laikipia Governor Picks 35-Year-Old Running Mate

By Mwangi Ndirangu

Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu has settled on a 35-year-old as his running mate.

Mr Patrick Waigwa, the former chairman of Ward Development Fund at the County Government had initially declared his interest to contest the Laikipia East parliamentary seat on a Jubilee ticket but later opted out under unclear circumstances.

He had resigned from his position at the county government and told close friends and supporters that he would seek to be elected to the National Assembly.

But after the announcement, nothing much was heard from him until Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement by Governor Irungu caught many by surprise as speculations were rife that he would reward people from Laikipia North for supporting him during the recent Jubilee Party primaries.

REWARD SUPPORTERS

“I am indebted to you people from Laikipia North for the many votes you gave me during the Jubilee party nominations. But after wide consultations, I came to the conclusion that I will pick my running mate from Laikipia East Constituency but I can assure you of a big position after August 8,” Governor Irungu told tens of Jubilee supporters gathered at old County Assembly Hall to witness issuance of Jubilee nomination certificates.

Getting the certificate came as a big relief to Governor Irungu following a bitter contest with his main challenger Ndiritu Muriithi.

Mr Muriithi, a nephew to retired President Mwai Kibaki had contested Mr Irungu’s win and the party’s dispute tribunal and the matter eventually ended at the Court of Appeal where the incumbent triumphed.

After receiving the certificate, the Governor extended an olive branch to his political nemesis telling then to abandon plans to contest as independent candidates but come and assist in Jubilee campaigns with an assurance that they would be rewarded with positions at the County Government.

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‘Scared Opponents’ Think We Are Defensive, Says Posta Coach Omollo

By Cellestine Olilo

Posta Rangers coach Sammy “Pamzo” Omollo has rubbished claims that his side has been very defensive as the SportPesa Premier League enters round 12 this weekend.

Speaking after receiving the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month award for April at Camp Toyoyo ground on Thursday, Omollo claimed that Posta are actually the “most offensive-minded team” in the league despite the fact that they have managed just nine goals in their 11 matches so far this season.

Omollo, who saw his side fall two points behind leaders Gor Mahia after their barren draw with Nakumatt last weekend, said his critics who claim his approach on matches is “defend first, attack maybe” are misguided.

Their mean defence, which has conceded only three goals, has seen opposing teams label the mail men’s style of play both unattractive and un-progressive, but Omollo believes that is far from the truth.

The former Kenyan international agrees that the nine-goal haul, together with the fact that all their six wins have ended in a slim 1-0 scorelines, truly depicts his team’s strike force as deeply wanting, but he explained that this is due to his opponents’ defensive approach to matches.

“I have heard so many people criticising us for those 1-0 wins. But that doesn’t mean that we are a defensive team,” stated Omollo.

“We are actually the most offensive team in the league. Anyone who has watched our games knows this. The thing is that many of our opponents usually get timid, especially after they get to concede early in the game. They close up their defences completely, thereby making it very difficult for us to get a second goal.”

“We have been working on that for a while now. I keep telling them to make sure in every game, especially if they happen to score first, they find a second goal. We are still working on that.”

Western Stima and Thika United have conceded 16 goals each, the worst defensive record in the league this term.

But it is little wonder why they have established such a mean defence. The Rangers backline has some of the most combative defenders in the country.

The likes of captain Joackins Atudo, Luke Ochieng’ and Titus Achesa are experienced defenders, and their award winning goalkeeper Patrick Matasi has kept on improving as the league gathers momentum.

Posta’s unbeaten run however faces a major test in the next 10 days with matches against 2010 league champions Ulinzi Stars, who have the most potent attack in the league this season, and leaders Gor Mahia.

Rangers are placed second on the SPL table with 23 points, two below leaders Gor Mahia.

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Nairobi Workers Tell of Harrowing Ordeals Following Pay Delay

By Lillian Mutavi

As the pay row at City Hall rages, workers with patients admitted to hospitals are the most affected, the Nation has learnt.

Some county staff who spoke to the Nation on Wednesday, on condition of anonymity, narrated of harrowing ordeals they have been subjected to, as City Hall has not remitted National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) money.

On Wednesday, Niarobi County services were paralysed as the workers protested their delayed April salaries due to an impasse between Central Bank and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) on one side against the County government on the other side.

According to one of the workers, his spouse has been detained at Nairobi West Hospital as he has been unable to offset bills because no money has been remitted to his NHIF account.

In a hospital form from the Nairobi West Hospital seen by the Nation, the worker has been informed in the membership segment that the current contribution is in arrears and he is not covered for the services offered.

“Current contributions in arrears. This member is not covered for the services (Apr NOT PAID),”read the form.

13,000 WORKERS

A former branch secretary the workers’ union, Edward Peter Nyerere, said that all workers who had patients including family members admitted in the month of May are detained at hospitals and are in debts over arrears in payment of NHIF.

Mr Nyerere said that he could not ascertain the number but with such a huge workforce of over 13,000 with families, those affected are many.

Services paralysed on Wednesday included parking, markets, licences, city mortuary, garbage collectors and inspectorate departments.

The Kenya Union workers union chairman Nairobi branch Bernard Inyangala said that the county had said that the dispute between the county and KRA did not involve them and all they want is their pay.

Workers missed their April salaries following the standoff between KRA and City Hall after CBK transferred money to the taxman which the county says was meant to pay it workers.

ADVANCE LOAN

The devolved unit spends about Sh1.3 billion to pay its 13,000 workers.

However the county received an advance of Sh1.021 billion from treasury on Tuesday with county secretary Robert Ayisi saying workers had been paid terming their strike illegal.

According to Dr Ayisi, workers with accounts at Cooperative bank and Nacico will receive their salaries today as the county had already deposited Sh1 billion.

“While those in other banks will receive there’s tomorrow because of clearance procedures. Everybody should go back to work there is no cause for alarm and unnecessary picketing,” said Dr Ayisi.

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Heart Surgery Camp Targets 100 Children

Lions Club of Dar es Salaam (Host), in collaboration with Regency Medical Centre, is set for a Mega Cardiac Screening Camp for children born with surgically repairable heart defects and youth with acquired rheumatic valvular heart disease.

The camp will stretch from 23rd to 24th May 2017 at Regency Medical Centre and 25th to 26th at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar, courtesy of Zanzibar’s Ministry of Health. According to Lion Dr Rajni Kanabar, who is District Chairperson of Lions Clubs International Multiple District 411B for Heart Project and Medical Camps, this camp will be conducted by local experts, including Dr Ashutosh Marwah, a paediatric cardiologist from Jaypee Hospital in New Delhi, India.

Dr Kanabar said 100 children who will need heart surgery will be selected for surgeries at highly subsidized rates which will be borne by the Lions Club of Dar es Salaam (Host).

“This is a special way of celebrating completion of 100 years of Humanitarian Services in Global Communities by Lions Clubs International, the largest Service Club in the world.It consists of more than 1.4 million members and 46,000 clubs spread out in more than 207 countries and geographical areas,” he said .

The President of the Lions Club of Dar es Salaam (Host), Lion Noreen Nathoo, said Tanzania Heart Babies Project 2017-2018, which has been in operation over the last three and a half decades, will be part of the highlights of the Lions Clubs International Centennial Anniversary Programme.

It embraces partners who include Lions Club of Dar es Salaam (Host) and Regency Medical Centre. Others who are playing a significant role in the noble mission include Lions club all over the world, donors, corporate firms and foundations.

Plus, hospitals in different parts of the world who can offer best subsidized rates or free surgeries. Lion Nathoo said over 3,000 children had been given a new lease of life, and stressed that efforts to raise funds for needlessly dying disadvantaged children and youth with heart problems would be sustained.

“We are also looking for a team of missionary experts to come to Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute in Dar es Salaam where many surgeries can be done at highly subsidized costs, which will be borne by the Lions Club of Dar es Salaam (Host),” she added.

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