Kenyan newspapers review for May 15: Makueni boda boda rider helps woman in labour to give birth
Muyela Roberto|May. 15, 2019
Newspapers in the country on Wednesday, May 15, continue to report widely on the gold scam involving top leaders in Dubai and Kenyan fraudsters.
The Standard reports that a boda boda operator in Kitise, Machakos County helped save the life of an expectant woman whose water broke at the gate of a health facility.
Virginia Munene developed labour pains on the night of Monday, May 13.
She sought transportation from a boda boda rider who left her at the gate of Kitise health center.
The hospital was closed and there was no one to help. She was left to writhe in pain for the greater part on the chilly night.
Early on Tuesday, May 14, a boda boda rider identified as Peter Muteti who was ferrying pupils at school came to her rescue and performed initial midwifery work.
Muteti later sought for help and the facility was opened.
Munene and her newborn baby boy were admitted in the clinic for medical attention.
The boda boda sector has been tainted with many ills among them abetting crime but Muteti's actions show that good riders also exist.
2. People Daily
The IEBC has continued to push for approval of a proposal seeking to see presidential and county elections convened on different dates.
The poll agency insists that elections will be more credible if convened on different dates. It argues that separate dates will reduce pressure and fatigue from electoral officers.
This came to the fore when IEBC commissioners appeared before senate where they also sought extension of time of filing presidential election petitions from the current 14 days to 30.
The commissioners were, however, challenged by Siaya Senator James Orengo.
Orengo sought to know why the expensive poll technology had not helped to reduce pressure and improve credibility.
The daily reports that the ongoing spirited crackdown on gold scam was ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
This is after top United Arab Emirates (UAE) government officials complained to him that they were conned by Kenyan fraudsters.
According to the daily, suspects in the syndicate used a fake CS Fred Matiang'i to dupe and gain their trust of their victims.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga's name has also been roped in the case but the move appears to be unsuccessful.
4. Taifa Leo
Leaders allied to Team Kieleweke have accused DP William Ruto of political discord witnessed in Mount Kenya region.
The leaders claim that the region used to dance to one political tune but Ruto has resulted to formation of an anti Uhuru team that is already campaigning for 2022 polls.
Among leaders who have pointed fingers of blame to the DP are Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, Kiambu Women Representative Gathoni Wamuchomba and Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambungu.
Nation reports that fear has gripped staff at the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) following a string of investigations seeking to unearth a tax aversion racket.
On Tuesday, May 14, DCI raided KRA offices in Mombasa where they made some arrests.
The purge that has been going on for almost one week now was made possible after the taxman hired DCI sleuths disguised as interns.
Though coast region KRA boss Nicholas Kinoti assured that normalcy had resumed, tension still appears to be rife.
Some of the employees who suspect could be next of the chopping board are on the run and detectives have vowed to hunt them down.
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