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Six Mumias Sugar cane-cutters dead, 30 injured in grisly crash

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Six people were killed while thirty others were seriously injured when the tractor they were riding in was involved in an accident in Transmara on Tuesday morning.

According to reports, the group consisted of cane cutters from the Mumias sugar factory who were being transported to work.

Trans Mara Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Mohamed Noor Hassan confirmed the incident, stating that a lorry lost control near the Moita area and collided head-on with a tractor.

“This area is a slope, we suspect that the Mitsubishi canter lost control and collided with the tractor which was carrying cane cutters from Mumias sugar factory,” Mr Hassan said on Tuesday.

Five people died on the spot, and one died as a result of injuries while receiving treatment in Trans Mara.

Those who were injured have been transferred to the Transmara Sub-county hospital for treatment. 

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Kangemi Flyover collapses, several trapped

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Several people have been injured and more trapped after part of the newly constructed Kangemi Flyover, Waiyaki Way, collapsed on Monday evening.

By-standers claimed that there were several people at the scene when the bridge under construction crashed, burying them.

Rescue efforts were underway into the night as well wishers and first responders moved to save the lives of those who were believed to be buried under the rubble.

By 7:00pm reports confirmed that four people had been retrieved and two were undergoing treatment at a local hospital.

The incident caused a major traffic along the busy Waiyaki Way highway at the peak of the evening rush hour.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the portion which collapsed had been constructed over loose soil.

A number of those trapped are believed to have been road workers who were working below the flyover at the time of the incident.

According to witnesses, one pillar of the bridge gave way causing a wall to collapse.

The old Kangemi bridge was demolished to allow for the construction of a modern flyover as contractors work on the Nairobi Expressway.

The 27.1 kilometer Expressway will stretch from Mlolongo to JKIA, Nairobi’s CBD and end at Westlands along Waiyaki Way.

Construction works are being executed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) at an estimated cost of Sh59 billion.

The contractor has projected up to Sh3.9 billion annual profits from the venture, gained from toll fees which will be levied on road users.

Works on the new bridge were announced in February, following a notice on a diversion that would continue to serve bridge users in the meantime.

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Pregnant Woman Sues Speaker Ken Lusaka In Ksh 25M Paternity Case

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A Kenyan woman through Lawyer Dunstan Omari has moved to court to seek a court order to compel senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka to accept responsibility for their alleged unborn child.

According to a submission by Lawyer Dunstan Omari, the Speaker of the senate has been having a jolly intimate with his client since 2018.

The lawyer also revealed that their love escapades often resulted in unprotected sex since 2018.

The two disagreed two months ago after Lusaka insisted on terminating the pregnancy, something which the accuser refused. The lady claimed that she had never seen any other man during their time together.

According to the applicant, Lusaka has since refused to take responsibility for his actions. She also claimed to have undergone pregnancy complications that could potentially threaten the pregnancy. 

The lady wants the former Bungoma governor to meet the financial costs of a high standard hospital commensurate with the class and statute of the senate speaker.

High Court Judge Justice James Makau has certified the matter as urgent and directed the woman to serve Lusaka. The case is set for July 7

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Government reviews curfew hours in Kisumu and 12 other counties, restricts movement

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The government has reviewed COVID-19 containment measures in 13 counties within the Lake Basin region following a spike in the infection rate.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the dusk to dawn curfew shall begin at 7pm and end at 4am in the counties of Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Kericho, Bomet, Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa-Bay and Migori.

This takes effect from Friday, June 18, 2021.

The CS said the 13 counties have been declared a COVID-19 hotspot zone after registering a positivity rate of 21% against a national average of 9%.

Movement in and out of the region will remain restricted unless for emergency and essential purposes.

“Except for essential and emergency services, movement between the hotspot Zone and the rest of the country is strongly discouraged,” reads the statement.

All forms of physical gatherings including at places of worship in the 13 counties have also been suspended for a period of 30 days.

It has further been ordered that all funerals and interment ceremonies within the Hotspot Zone  be conducted within 72 hours of confirmation
of death.

The attendees for funerals within the Hotspot Zone are capped to a maximum of 50 persons while only 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings and any other traditional ceremonies.

“That the attendees, officiators, and facilitators of weddings, celebrations of marriage or traditional unions, ceremonies of rites of passage, and all other similar events or ceremonies is maintained at 30 persons in total until further notice,” read the statement.

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