Press Review; Here are the day’s top stories

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Senators call for temporary closure of Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital

Senate Health Committee is calling on the government to temporarily close Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital to allow room for thorough investigations into alleged neglect among hospital staff.

The committee reached its decision after listening to what they termed as horror stories emanating from the referral hospital. On Tuesday, the committee heard Edward “Eddy” Onyango Otieno lay helpless on the cold tiled floor at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital for more than two hours without receiving any assistance.

The 41-year-old had been taken to the hospital by the police close to 11pm after an accident on Kangundo Road — not far from the county referral hospital — minutes after 10.30pm on September 11.

His aunt Prof Emily Rogena rushed to the hospital to make sure he would receive assistance only to find her nephew pallid, his right eye shut, the eyelid dark. He was lying on the cold floor, his shirt ripped off, jeans partly pulled down, and shoes off.

“My nephew gasped in my hands and died at the door of a St John’s Ambulance. Kenyatta University Teaching Referral and Research Hospital was the destination that was not to be,” said Prof Rogena.

The senators led by Uasin Gishu Senator Jackson Mandago, the committee’s chairperson,  called for a thorough investigation into the hospital.

“No one should lose their life while giving another life. We are here to ensure such occurrences don’t happen again,” he said.

The committee will invite nurses from Kiambu Level Five Hospital to tell the committee in what condition they received Maureen Onyango, who died at the hospital.

Officials from Nairobi County will also be invited to shed light on how Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital operates and why the doctors referred a patient to Kiambu and not the Kenyatta National Hospital.

DCI reshuffles

Amin Mohamed, the new head of the DCI, has announced changes that have been interpreted as the removal of the last of George Kinoti’s goons from the Kiambu Road offices.

Some of the officers who worked closely with Kinoti have been relocated as a result of the changes, approved by the National Police Service Commission.

Amin has also brought back to the DCI a few senior officers who had left the division when Kinoti assumed leadership in 2018. This is even though inquiries are being made into the activities of the Special Service Unit (SSU), a DCI unit that has since been disbanded.

The reshuffle comes just days after Noordin Haji, the Director of Public Prosecutions, made damning revelations about the DCI’s operations.

Said Kiprotich Mohammed, the former head of operations for the Nairobi region, was appointed yesterday as the new head of operations for DCI.

He is an experienced police officer and previously served as the commander of the Flying Squad and the Special Crimes Prevention Unit, both of which were disbanded in response to public outcry. Bernard Gicheru, who had been working under contract after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60 years, is replaced by Said.

It is still unknown whether the new leadership will work with Gicheru or fire him three months before the end of his contract.

KEBS bans 435 cosmetic brands 

The Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KEBS) has banned 435 different brands of cosmetics over their alleged contamination with mercury and hydroquinone forms of drug compounds.

According to a statement issued by KEBS on Tuesday, the said beauty products including soaps, skin-lightening creams, and lotions have not been registered by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of the Ministry of Health for medical use and should only be applied under the directions of a medical doctor.

As a result, KEBS forbids the sale of the listed brands and threatens legal action against any company found to be selling the products.

KEBS issues warnings about the products’ potential long-term side effects, including skin rashes, swelling, redness or peeling, fatigue, weakness, pain in the bones, skin discoloration, kidney damage, digestive disorders, and neurological diseases.

Mercury was discovered in soaps such as Jaribu, Tura, Acura, Rico, Fair Lady, and Elegance.

Products like Betnovate, Mediven, Diprosone, Nerisone, Hydrocortisone, 0xy 5, and 0xy 10 have been evaluated as fit for use.

Cotu backs Ruto’s NSSF plans

The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) has backed President William Ruto’s renewed bid for a tenfold raise on contributions to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF.

Cotu secretary-general Francis Atwoli said, in a statement, Tuesday, November 1,  the increment is long overdue because the current deductions are inadequate.

“Cotu would like to make it clear to all Kenyan workers and Kenyans, in general, that we fully support the increment in NSSF deductions from the current Sh200 to the six percent rate as captured in the NSSF Act,” he said.

The statement comes just days after the President brokered a truce between the workers’ union, NSSF, and the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) to withdraw court cases blocking the implementation of the NSSF Act 2013.


CS Namwamba to meet KPL Clubs on Thursday

Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba will Thursday meet chairmen of the 18 Kenyan Premier League (KPL ) clubs to discuss the state of Kenyan football.

The Fifa suspension will headline the meeting where the 18 chairmen are also expected to give their proposals regarding resumption of the top tier league.

The kick off date for the new season is yet to be announced due to the uncertainty regarding the leadership of football in the country following the expiry of the mandate of the FKF Transition Committee last month.

The meeting is expected to only involve chairmen of KPL clubs and not Football Kenya Federation officials led by embattled President Nick Mwendwa.

Delayed Impala Floodlit tourney quarterfinal to be played today

The delayed Impala Floodlit tournament quarterfinal match between holders KCB Rugby Club and Kenya Harlequin will now take place today at 5 p.m. at Nairobi’s Impala Grounds.

The match against Impala and Nondescripts was also called off on Saturday due to a power outage on the right side of the pitch.

The organising committee, clubs, and match officials made the difficult decision to postpone the matches after the lights failed because the safety of the players could not be guaranteed, according to organisers.

Spurs top Group after nervy night

Tottenham went through to the Champions League last 16 as Group D winners after scoring in stoppage time to beat Marseille on a dramatic, frantic evening in France.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg struck in the 95th minute to secure Tottenham’s progress to the last 16 on a night when they were once heading out of the competition.

Spurs needed a draw to qualify for the knockout stage but Marseille took the lead through defender Chancel Mbemba on the stroke of half-time.

That meant Spurs dropped to third in the group – heading into the Europa League – before Clement Lenglet equalised early in the second half.

Tottenham were holding on desperately late on, but as Marseille pushed for the winner they needed to go through, they were caught on the break and Hojbjerg sealed victory for Spurs.

Other results; FC Porto 2-1 Atl Madrid, Liverpool 2 -0 Napoli, Rangers 1 -3 Ajax, Marseille 1 -2 Tottenham, B Leverkusen 0-0 Club Bruges, Bayern Munich 2 -0 Inter Milan, Viktoria Plzen 2-4 Barcelona, and Sporting 1 -2 Frankfurt.

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