6 important news making headlines today

1.Didmus Barasa arrested

Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa was on Monday morning, August 2, arrested for allegedly assaulting a contract last week. Kimilili OCPD Lawrence Marao said that the first-time legislator is to be charged with assault after a video of him slapping a contractor following a disagreement emerged online – Kenyans

2. Anxiety as one million Form Ones report to school today

School authorities are glaring at an infrastructural nightmare as more than one million learners, who sat their 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), exam join Form One starting today, August 2. This is the first time that all the more than 5 million learners would be in school at the same time since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the 1,179,192 candidates that sat the 2020 KCPE examination, 1,171,265 were placed in secondary schools – People Daily

3. Hospital to pay woman Sh2m for testing HIV without her consent

A woman is set to receive Ksh2 million in damages after a hospital she used to work for tested her HIV status without her consent.  The woman accused the hospital of carrying out the test without pre-test or post-test counseling and unlawfully disclosing her status something that caused her psychological trauma. She demanded Ksh10 million in damages, but will now receive Ksh2 million – The Star

4. Covid-19: Hospitals report few ICU beds while others have no oxygen

private and public hospitals across the country are experiencing chronic shortage of oxygen and ICU beds to cater for Covid-19 patients. This comes after Health CS Mutahi Kagwe warned that ICU beds in Nairobi are full to capacity. The shortage being experienced across the country has seen many patients turned away. Kenyans have been asked to adhere to containment measures, to break the chain of transmission – Standard

5. Mudavadi dismisses Ruto’s bottom-up economic model

Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi has poked holes in the bottom-up economic model championed by Deputy President William Ruto, saying Kenyans need solutions and not models.

In an apparent attack on Ruto, Mudavadi said leaders should be concerned about providing solutions to problems affecting Kenyans and not coming up with theories to hoodwink Kenyans – People Daily

6. Bishop David Muriithi’s secret lover sues for child support

A woman has sued renowned televangelist and House of Grace bishop David Muriithi seeking Sh100,000 monthly allowance for child maintenance for her two-year-old son. JM claims she met the man of God in 2018 and they entered into a romantic relationship that led to her giving birth to her son in January 2019. According to court documents, Muriithi has threatened to not give his support towards the maintenance of the child because he is a bishop with no salary – Mpasho