Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is dead! According to state media WAM, the United Arab Emirates President died on Friday, aged 73 years.
The president came up with modernization policies that helped transform UAE into a regional powerhouse.
WAM announced his death by issuing a statement ;
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs mourns the people of the UAE, the Arab and Islamic nations, and the whole world. The nation’s leader and the patron of its march, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, passed away to the Lord’s side today, Friday, May 13,”.
WAM also added in a tweet that “The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announces an official mourning and flags to be flown at half-mast for the late His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, for 40 days, starting today, and suspending work in ministries, departments, federal and local institutions, and the private sector for 3 days, starting today (Friday),”
Sheikh Khalifa’s ill health started when he suffered a stroke and underwent surgery in 2014, resulting in him being a ceremonial president. His brother and Abu Dhabi, the crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, has been at the forefront of running the day-to-day affairs of the Gulf nation.
Sheikh Khalifa was appointed as the second president of the UAE in 2004, succeeding his father and founder of the nation, Sheikh Zayed al Nahyan.
The late president was born in 1948 in the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi; Sheikh Khalifa was the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed.
He was the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and headed Abu Dhabi’s Supreme Petroleum Council, which drafted oil policy before becoming the president.
Sheik Khalifa as president, headed one of the largest investment funds in the world, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, managing hundreds of billions of dollars in assets.
One of the world’s tallest buildings, the Burj Khalifa, took on his name after the UAE government bailed Dubai out of its debt. He was an ardent sports fan and supported the acquisition of the English Premier League soccer club Manchester City.
Farmers on the verge of East Cost fever get reprieve
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.
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 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 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
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.
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
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.
The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court in March declared the bill, whose proponents were Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta, as unconstitutional and null and void.