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KCB finances Mt Kenya Moutain Running Championships

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Meru County Governor, Kiraitu Murungi (right) receiving a sponsorship cheque from the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Director of Corporate Banking, Peter Kathanga, towards the 2020 Mt. Kenya Mountain Running Championships

The Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Bank Kenya has channeled KShs 2 Million sponsorship towards the 2020 Mt. Kenya Mountain Running Championships which will be held on the 22nd of this month in Meru County.

The Championships, which will feature a 12KM, 8KM, 6KM and a 2KM race, will be flagged off from the Kenya School of Adventure and Leadership (KESAL) along the slopes of Mount Kenya and ascend to the highest point of 3,128 metres.

The event, which is being organized by the Meru County Government, is the first of its kind in Kenya and seeks to raise funds towards the fight against cancer in Meru, enhance environmental conversation and profile the county as the preferred tourism and investment destination in the country.

Speaking at the sponsorship announcement in Nairobi, KCB Bank Kenya’s Director of Corporate Banking, Peter Kathanga, affirmed the Bank’s full support in the forthcoming event; adding that KCB is proud to be associated with such a worthy venture is looking forward for more engagements.

“We are pleased to be part of the initiative to fight against cancer and conserve the environment by the Meu County Government. It speaks to the County Government’s focus to enhance the welfare of its people, and by extension that of the country. We affirm our commitment to continue supporting such initiatives in the future,and look forward to a successful event in two weeks’ time,” he said.

On his part, Meru County Governor, Kiraitu Murungi, thanked KCB Bank Kenya for the support towards the event, saying that the financial boost will go a long way in helping the county attain its objectives which include setting up the first cancer institute in the county.

“KCB Bank’s gesture today signifies its commitment towards supporting the fight against cancer and conservation of the environment; not only in Meru County, but also across Kenya. I thank the bank for its support and look forward to future partnerships on similar engagements,” he said.

The 12KM race category will feature elite runners with the winner taking home KShs 500,000 while runner-up will take home KShs 250,000; while the second runner-up will take home KShs 100,000.

Preparations for the event are in top gear with event organizers having completed mapping out and clearing the route for all the races. Registration continues at mtkenyarun.co.ke and closes on Friday, February 14, 2020; with over 1,000 participants having already registered to take part in the event.

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Two People Isolated at Kirinyaga over Coronavirus Symptoms

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The main gate and entrance to Kerugoya County Referral Hospital in Kirinyaga County on June 13, 2019. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Two people have been admitted at the Kerugoya Level Four Hospital isolation ward in Kirinyaga County with coronavirus-like symptoms.

Speaking on Thursday evening County Director of Health George Karoki said the two women are from Kirinyaga but one has been living in Rongai, Nairobi.

Karoti said blood samples have already been taken to KEMRI laboratories for testing:

“We are waiting for results, but right now the two patients have been quarantined in the hospital isolation ward,” He said

Kirinyaga county has donated 100 small water tanks at designated areas to help locals wash their hands frequently.

Additionally, mortuaries in the country will now only allow less than 10 people in accordance with the government directive on social distancing.

The new coronavirus has infected 246,181 people worldwide and killed 10,049.

In Kenya, which has seven confirmed cases, the government will start doing random screenings for the coronavirus, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said.

Kenyans are advised to maintain hygiene by washing their hands regularly with soap and water or alternatively, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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KRA Takes Over Revenue Collection in Nairobi

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The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has introduced new bank accounts to be used for revenue collection in Nairobi.

This is likely to revert payment of services at City Hall to the manual system.

The taxman, who on Monday took over revenue collection in Nairobi, said business owners, motorists and residents will now be required to pay revenue to the county through banks.

The public notice said the services will be paid through Cooperative Bank Account number 01141709410000 (City Hall) and National Bank Account number 01071225251100 (Times Tower) under the name Nairobi County Revenue Collection.

The takeover by KRA follows the signing of a deed of transfer agreement between the county and the national government last month, which took effect on Tuesday, March 16, 2020.

The authority was earlier this month gazetted to take over revenue collection at the county in line with a February 25 Gazette notice.

KRA will now oversee all streams of revenue and administer the taxes through the normal process of assessment, payment, accounting, remission and enforcement through both compliance and debt recovery.

National Bank has been collecting parking revenue on behalf of City Hall after JamboPay’s contract ended in June 2019.

On Tuesday, KRA sent a warning to any staff from City Hall found collecting revenue on behalf of the county starting Monday next week that they risk prosecution.

The authority said that it will henceforth be in charge of revenue collection in Nairobi as well as deployment of revenue staff who were asked to report to Times Tower Tuesday for redeployment.

“Any other person purporting to collect revenue on behalf of Nairobi County government with effect from Monday, March 23, 2020 shall be impersonating a public officer and shall be liable for prosecution in accordance with the law,” said the notice by KRA Commissioner-General James Mburu and Devolution Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli.

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Youth hired to disrupt BBI rally demand pay

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A group of youths in Meru county is baying for the blood of a senior politician, who reportedly hired them to disrupt the, Meru BBI rally a fortnight ago.

The youths say they did the duty assigned to them by the politician but they have not received their payment todate.

The politician has not been picking their calls and even efforts to send their representatives to his Nairobi office have not yielded fruit after security officials turned them away at the gate.

The youth have threatened to expose the politician should he fail to meet his part of the bargain.

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