3 things you need to know today

Did you know that it’s against the law to take inappropriate videos of individuals – with or without their consent – and proceed to publish them in the social media? Well, that is according to the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed With Your Day.


Mombasa becomes first county to open Cardiology laboratory, easing patient’s pain

Mombasa has opened a state-of-art Cardiology laboratory becoming the first county to have the public facility in the country. The new unit at the the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital (CGTRH) is capable of performing complex cardiac procedures.

The laboratory was funded by County Government of Mombasa in collaboration with the World Bank Group.

The lab is expected to significantly help in improving the survival of patients with coronary complications such as heart attacks. It also has an adjacent four-bed fully equipped modern Coronary Care Unit (CCU) where patients will be admitted post-procedure.

The lab machine will also assist patients with congenital heart diseases without the need for open-heart surgery and in dealing with complex diseases such as cancer, fibroids, strokes and vascular complications of the foot secondary to diabetes.

Before the opening of this facility, patients suffering from coronary complication had to travel to either Nairobi, and or to private hospital for treatment, which has been costly to them.

The County said the cost of treatment at the facility will be half of the price charged in private hospitals.


Kenya Film Classification Board warns Kenyans against unsavory videos

Kenyans who have the habit of recording inappropriate videos of other people before releasing them to the public have been warned against such acts. Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua said that it does not matter whether the video is made with or without the subject’s consent.  His sentiments drew criticism with many Kenyans arguing that the law only applies to films, while others accused him of bias.
Mutua has said that recording inappropriate videos of other people with or without their consent goes against the Film and Stage Plays Act.
“Making videos of others while naked, with or without their approval, is a breach of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222. No film or class of film for public exhibition shall be made without a filming license from the Board. Now you know!” Mutua wrote on twitter.
Mutua was reacting to a viral nude video alleged to be that of former Secretary-​General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi which has been a trending topic on social media after it was leaked online, by a person who is yet to be identified.
New examinations rules rattles private schools

The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) will not allow schools with less than 40 candidates to be registered as national examination centres.

In the circular, Knec acting chief executive Dr Mercy Karogo said only centres that have over 40 candidates as determined by the sub-county education directors will be allowed to register.

Previously, Knec had barred centres with between six and 14 candidates. But now the new conditions for a minimum of 40 candidates will apply for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) starting with the 2021 examinations early next year.

The condition set by the council is that the host school must be within the sub-counties and served by the same Knec examination distribution.

The distribution centres are the containers located at the Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) compounds countrywide.

The Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) whose members are likely to be most affected by the directive said it had rejected the directive in total and is looking for a sitting with the council to reverse the decision.

It claims that the move undermines public-private partnership that has promoted access to both primary and secondary schools.