How deadly malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans

Reuters 15th Oct 2019 21:42:09 GMT +0300 A health worker shows a malaria rapid test kit after collecting blood sample from a resident during a drive to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in Ahmedabad, India, October 26, 2018. Scientists who resurrected a 50,000-year-old gene sequence have analyzed it to figure out how the world’s deadliest malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans – giving insight into the origins of one of human history’s biggest killers. The researchers said their work also deepens understanding of a process known as zoonosis…

Counties are rejecting Aukot’s Punguza Mizigo, what does it mean?

Thirdway Alliance leader Ekuru Aukot. [Standard] Garissa County Assembly has rejected the Punguza Mizigo Bill, a day after it was thrown out in Busia. So far 18 counties have rejected it. The Thirdway Alliance leader needs more than half of the 47 county assemblies to approve the bill. If the 24 do not approve, his referendum bid dies. But if Ekuru Aukot secures the 24 nods from MCAs, then the bill goes to both Senate and National Assembly for debate. County assembly after county assembly has been rejecting the Constitution…

The curse of the handshake

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga at Harambee House, Nairobi on March 9, 2018. [File, Standard] The closing of ranks by MPs to raise the debt ceiling to Sh9 trillion is the latest pointer to how the political truce between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga has turned politics on its head, both in parliament and outside the House. Yesterdays’ critics have become today’s cheerleaders as the March 9, 2018 handshake blurs political lines – almost turning the House into a one-party chamber where government business…

The curse of handshake

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga at Harambee House, Nairobi on March 9, 2018. [File, Standard] The closing of ranks by MPs to raise the debt ceiling to Sh9 trillion is the latest pointer to how the political truce between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga has turned politics on its head, both in parliament and outside the House. Yesterdays’ critics have become today’s cheerleaders as the March 9, 2018 handshake blurs political lines – almost turning the House into a one-party chamber where government business…

How collapse of lakeside economy has left behind decaying towns

Nyambambo Trading Centre at the border between Nyamira and Homa Bay counties. [Sammy Omingo, Standard] Old buildings that have clearly seen better days, crumbling graves and an abandoned jetty on Lake Victoria are the only signs that Asembo Bay was once a major economic hub in Nyanza. Between the 1970s and 1980s, the town, also known as Kamito, was a household name. Sitting on the shores of Lake Victoria in Asembo, Siaya County, the town bustled with fish, cotton and garment trade, most of it run by Indian traders. It…

Shame of hospitals with no toilets, water

Many of the public hospitals that received the Sh38 billion leased medical equipment lack toilets or drinking water. A study in 14 top county hospitals shows many do not have adequate toilets, lack piped water and lack storage for safe drinking water hence putting the lives of patients and workers at risk. The survey published last Wednesday was carried out by Kenya Medical Research Institute, (Kemri) University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the University of Oxford, UK and appears in the journal Plos One. The team assessed the status of…

Three candidates in Bondo to miss out on KCPE

A pupil from Oduma Academy in Usenge, Siaya County sheds tears outside Bondo Education office on October 14, 2019, after being informed by the school that she will not sit for KCPE exams not sit for national examination because her name was missing on the register despite paying examination and registration fees. [Denish Ochieng, Standard] Agony and heartbreak have befallen three Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates at Zedekiah Oduma Academy in Bondo, after their names were found missing on examination register. According to the Kenya National Examination Council…

There will be no exam leaks: CS Magoha

Education CS George Magoha during a press conference in Kibera Nairobi, on Monday, September 30 2019 [David Njaaga,Standard] Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has issued a staunch warning against exam cheats. Magoha said that papers will only be seen during the day of the examination. “If you’re stupid ‘shauri yako’ because there’s no exam that shall be seen except in the morning that that exam is supposed to be seen. And we know all the tricks that they have employed.” Magoha presided over the launching of examination period at…

Mudavadi hits at Ruto over bribery of voters

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi (right) flanked by the party’s aspirant for Kibra by-election Eliud Owalo address the press outside Friends Church Quakers along Ngong road after attending a Sunday church service. [Collins Kweyu, Standard] Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi is now alleging a well-choreographed scheme to rig the November 7, Kibra mini poll. Mudavadi who accompanied the party’s candidate Eliud Owalo in a vote hunting mission in Kibra’s Laini Saba Grounds yesterday evening said the party is aware of ongoing bribery. In particular, Mudavadi claimed inducement is being…

State eyes Sh421 billion in new loans

A week after MPs raised the country’s debt ceiling to Sh9 trillion, a Treasury debt plan shows that negotiations are under way to borrow up to Sh421.3 billion to fund various projects. Majority of the funds will be borrowed from the African Development Bank (Sh94 billion) and China (Sh86 billion), according to the plan.   The Government also intends to borrow from the World Bank (Sh51 billion), French Development Agency (Sh30 billion) and South Korea (Sh15 billion), among other agencies. The money will go towards various projects such as infrastructure,…