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US to help Kenya in land reforms: The US government is working closely with the Kenyan government through its Embassy in Nairobi and USAID in pushing forward the land reform agenda in the country. Speaking during a consultative meeting with lands CS, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi in his office at Ardhi house, US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec called on the lands ministry to restructure land management policies in order to fast track socio-economic development in the country. The two discussed a host of issues hinging on collaboration between Kenya and the US in the implementation of land reforms in Kenya. The US envoy was accompanied by USAID economic growth deputy director, Prof. Michael Nicholson. Prof. Kaimenyi said that his Ministry in collaboration with the EACC is currently carrying out a systems audit in an effort to wipe out corruption in the Ministry.

Unions warn against early campaigns: Trade unions have warned politicians against early campaigns saying it will hurt the economy. Both the Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) and Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) have said the early campaign moods being witnessed now could send the country into an early election fever and derail the government in delivering on its development projects. COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli criticized the government saying it has abdicated its duties and has failed to deliver key services to the citizens. Atwoli singled out the speech by the Deputy President William Ruto during the recent launch of Jubilee party and alleged it was an indictment on the failure of Jubilee government to tackle challenged bedeviling workers. He warned the DP that his 2022 presidential ambitions may be jeopardized if he takes Kenyans for a ride. Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Mr. Wilson Sossion shared Atwoli’s sentiments arguing that continuous campaigns will ‘orchestrate’ economic slump for the country. 

MPS oppose FIDA move to change law on property sharing: Three Members of Parliament have opposed the move by the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) to amend the Matrimonial Property Act, saying it is malicious and driven by greed. Fida has moved to court seeking to have a section of the law that says family wealth should be shared out based on each spouse’s contribution claiming it is unfair to women. But MPs Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini), Njogu Barua (Gichugu) and David Ochieng’ (Ugenya) said the women lawyers are out to commercialise marriage by encouraging women to divorce their spouses. The women lawyers last week went to court seeking changes to the law that was passed by parliament last year and outlined how family property will be shared in case of a divorce. FIDA now wants the court to nullify section 7 of the act arguing that it was passed unconstitutionally by parliament. The legislator noted that even if a woman is a housewife, she is contributing something and deserves an amount. Mr Barua shared Wamalwa’s sentiments arguing that Kenyans must first improve or fix the moral fabric of the country before seeking court intervention.

Ray of hope for patients requiring specialized treatment: There is a ray of hope for patients undergoing specialised treatment including surgeries as they will from October start accessing medical covers from the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). The fund’s Chief Executive Geoffrey Mwangi said the policies and guidelines to facilitate the cover are ready only awaiting gazettement.  Mwangi said that beneficiaries will access the new services from all level three and above hospitals that are accredited with the national insurer. “Besides finalizing on the guidelines, we are also signing contracts with over 2,000 facilities that are accredited with us,” said Mwangi. Kenyans who access the other over 4,000 low-end facilities will also benefit from this package. The insurer had initially announced the surgical benefits last month stating that it had embarked on setting up guidelines for gazettement. Kenyans accessing minor procedures from health centers and other low-end facilities will enjoy between Sh30, 000 and Sh40, 000 cover of their medical bills. Major and specialized surgeries done in level three, four and five hospitals will be catered for their bills to the tune of Sh80,000 and Sh500,000, respectively. The increased benefit comes a few months after the NHIF increased premiums payable by members. It has since introduced special packages including; foreign treatment, specialized lab test, chronic disease, oncology and radiology. Other newly introduced packages include drug and substance abuse, kidney transplant and renal dialysis package. The NHIF previously only covered maternity, inpatient and outpatient medical costs.

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