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Police Investigate The death Of BBC Journalist Kate Mitchelle In Her Hotel Room In Nairobi

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Detectives have launched investigations into the death of a senior British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist Kate Mitchell.

Kate Mitchelle’s body was found in her hotel room in Nairobi on the evening of Friday, November 19, city police boss Augustine Nthumbi confirmed.

BBC announced the death of Mitchelle who was in charge of BBC Media Action in the Ethiopian office, through an internal memo sent to its staff.

“I am so sorry to inform you of the death of our colleague from BBC Media Action Kate Mitchell.

She was in Nairobi and died in her hotel yesterday,” read the memo in part.

Preliminary investigations show that the reporter may have been strangled to death by a man she had previously stayed with in a hotel.

The two, whose relationship is unknown, were reportedly involved in an argument that turned into an altercation.

Mitchelle is said to have pressed the alarm bell when the altercation got worse. She was strangled before she could get any help.

According to Nairobi Regional Police Commander Benjamin Nthumbi, the door to Mitchelle’s hotel room was locked from the inside when the detectives arrived.

They found his lifeless body inside the room and noticed some cracked window chips on the floor.

“After checking through the window, the detectives saw the body of a man lying on the ground.

He was later identified as the man Mitchelle had been seen with earlier,” Nthumbi said.

“The man had jumped off the eighth floor of the hotel through the room window,” Nthumbi said.

The reporter, who is said to have just returned to the country, was employed in the BBC Media Action office in Ethiopia.

The office located in Addis Ababa focuses on telling true stories about unsafe and illegal migration, health and media development.

An internal communication to BBC staff in Nairobi says the circumstances of his death are unclear.

“We are working with the UK High Commission and the Nairobi Police … there is no indication that his death is related to his job or the BBC,” the note told staff.

In the past Mitchelle has worked in Zambia, South Sudan and more recently in Ethiopia.

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Farmers on the verge of East Cost fever get reprieve

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A chance discovery in Kenya could give relief to millions of farmers. Who have been losing their cattle to East Coast fever.

Researchers at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Kenya and Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh.

In Scotland have identified a genetic marker. That predicts whether an individual cow is likely to survive infection with East Coast fever.

PLOS Genetics

In its findings published last week in PLOS Genetics, the team says the allele (the variant of a given gene).

They identified is not necessarily the specific gene that limits the growth. Of the animal’s cells when they are infected by the parasite. Protecting them from the illness.

“For breeding, it doesn’t actually matter,” says Roslin’s David Wragg. “You just need a way of saying, ‘This animal is a good one to breed from’. Because its offspring are likely to survive the disease.”

Tests showed

“Tests showed the marker does this very well. With only one out of 20 animals with two copies of the allele succumbing to the disease.”

The scientists said further research to pin down the exact gene(s) responsible. And their mechanism of action will enable scientists to edit the DNA. Of cattle to make them disease tolerant.

This new information presents an opportunity. To craft breeding programmes that could develop cattle strains. With resilience against the disease.

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Even though

Even though a vaccine for East Coast fever exists. And usually gives cattle lifelong immunity, making it is a “complex affair”.

That involves making a kind of ‘tick smoothie’. By crushing up hundreds of thousands of infected ticks in an industrial blender.

Which is time-consuming, is expensive costing up to 20 times more than other common livestock vaccines and can cause disease if mishandled.

Manufacturing and distribution issues

“There are a lot of manufacturing and distribution issues. Associated with this vaccine. It is a difficult vaccine to produce.

It is difficult and expensive to store and to deliver. And it must be administered by a skilled person,” Vish Nene, co-leader of the ILRI Animal and Human Health Programme said.

The other option is regularly dipping animals in acaricides. Pesticides that kill ticks. But this is also labor-intensive, polluting.

To control this disease

“We are struggling to control this disease,” says Phil Toye, principal scientist in animal health at ILRI.

“If the cattle are susceptible, without treatment, you can lose 100 percent of your herd in two or three weeks.”

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How changaa is ferried in modern day Kenya

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Police have arrested a hearse driver and his assistant. After they were caught transporting illicit brew in Uthiru, Kabete, Kiambu County.

The duo was arrested on Tuesday morning. After police in the Western region, where the 59-seater hearse was returning from raised an alarm.

Over suspicion that it was ferrying brew after the funeral.

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The 135 litres of Changaa

Police said the 135 litres of chang’aa brew was packed in nylon carrier bags. And wrapped with clothes inside backpacks.

Other packages were in a bag sandwiched between dry maize. In the compartment meant for the casket. While transporting the body for burial.

“It was hidden in backpacks. This is an eye-opener that some of these vehicles, which one might think deserve to be given right of way.

Used to ferry contraband

Can sometimes be used to ferry contraband. We have seen it even with ambulances,” Dagoretti Police Commander Frank Wahome said.

He cautioned that police will intensify searches on ambulances.

Hearses, parastatal and government vehicles as part of their crackdown on contraband goods.

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Azimio – One Kenya Alliance Deputy President new stand on the BBI Bill

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NARC Kenya party leader and Azimio la Umoja presidential running mate Martha Karua has clarified her position in regard to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) should she ascend to power alongside Raila Odinga after the August elections.

Karua, who strongly opposed the BBI Bill and even challenged it in court, maintained that she will diligently take up a supportive role in steering the Constitutional reforms agenda, but as enshrined in the Constitution.

In an Interview

Speaking in an interview with Citizen TV on Monday, Karua acknowledged that she objected the process but should the Azimio outfit revive the BBI bill, she will act in accordance with the law and within her jurisdiction.

“In my acceptance, I said I will take up that supportive role in accordance with the law because everything you do we do under the constitution and the guiding statutes,” said Karua. 

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Objected the process

“On BBI, we objected the process, the court has settled the issues so anything done will be done under the law and I will be supportive to do things the way they should be done. It will be my duty to my principal, Kenyans, and the country.”

Karua was against the BBI-driven Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2022 saying her aim was to stop the state from mutilating the 2010 Constitution.

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The Supreme Court in March declared the bill, whose proponents were Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta, as unconstitutional and null and void.

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