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What’s going on around Kenya – Thursday 30/07/2015

KNH cancer patients wait for 2 years for treatment

A new cancer patient seeking radiotherapy treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital may have to wait until 2017 to start treatment.

This is the magnitude of the burden of cancer brought about by the lack of proper infrastructure in government hospitals.

This has left the largest referral hospital strained, as it continues to deal with the ever-growing numbers of cancer patients.

KDF kill 3 Al Shabaab fighters in Lamu county

Three Al Shabaab terrorists were killed near Basuba in Lamu County on Wednesday in a battle with the Kenya Defence Forces.

KDF spokesman Colonel David Obonyo said five soldiers were injured in the 10am confrontation.

Col Obonyo said a KDF vehicle was hit by a home-made bomb seven kilometres from Basuba.

He said the soldiers, who were on patrol, engaged the militants in a fight, killing three of them.

“Others escaped with multiple bullet wounds (and) five KDF soldiers were injured, two of them seriously and are receiving medical attention,” said Col Obonyo.

Locals said they heard gunshots and saw smoke billowing from Boni Forest, where the KDF is said to be conducting an operation to root out Al Shabaab terrorists.

Kihiu-Mwiri
National Police Service Police Inspector Joseph Boinnet (in uniform) updating journalists on the ongoing investigations on the Kihiu Mwiri saga.

Troubled Kihiu Mwiri firm directors summoned by CID

Directors of the troubled Kihiu Mwiri land buying firm in Murang’a have been ordered to present themselves to the CID headquarters on Friday.

CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro says the decision was arrived at following a meeting that was called Thursday morning after the latest killing of two directors.

Muhoro was part of the meeting convened by acting Lands Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to discuss the challenges facing the land buying firm whose directors are living in fear after Wednesday’s executions.

The meeting comes a day after two directors of the firm were executed in cold blood, bringing the number of those killed so far to more than 10 since the beginning of the year.

Masinde Muliro University Engineering students suspended indefinitely

Engineering students at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) have been suspended indefinitely after they went on the rampage and destroyed property.

The students, who disrupted learning at the university on Tuesday were demonstrating against failure by the university to accredit their courses. It took the interventions of the ant-riot police to restore calm.

In a circular from the university management, all the second year engineering students who reside in the university hostels were told to vacate the institution’s compound by 4pm, on the same day.

Piped-water
Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua (right) samples water in one of the housing units that benefited from the free piped water project in the entire county.

Ukambani residents get piped water

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has launched a Sh2.5 billion water programme in which all homes are to be connected with piped water.

Mutua also unveiled 100 new boreholes and 105 dams, which have been done by the county government in the past two months.

Mutua said apart from the new boreholes, 76 dams, which were silted, have also been rehabilitated as part of the extensive programme to provide water to every household.

Mutua said apart from the new boreholes, 76 dams, which were silted, have also been rehabilitated as part of the extensive programme to provide water to every household.

The governor said piped water will flow from taps in every household within a kilometre radius of new boreholes in one week.

“The county now has 746 operational boreholes. By December, we plan to have added 600 and by end of next year 1,000 new boreholes and 200 new dams,” Mutua said.