Leaders Vow to Block All Kisumu Entry Points After Raila’s Mass Action Announcement; Cheruyoit Claims Raila is buying time to threaten Ruto into a deal & High School Students Cane Parents Who Stormed Institution to Eject New Principal

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Kidney patients want the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) Renal Package to be reviewed urgently to cover post-transplant treatment costs which they say are expensive.

This comes as new projections point to an increase in chronic kidney disease risk factors comprising diabetes and hypertension in the country, and delayed diagnosis of the disease.

Besides seeking assessments of the NHIF Renal Package, the patients want improved management and control of Non- Communicable Diseases (NCDs) to prevent complications arising from disruptions occasioned by emergencies, pandemics and social unrest being some of them.

John Gikonyo, the President Renal Patients Society of Kenya expressed anxiety that by not covering posttransplant medicines will send away many patients seeking kidney transplants, the majority preferring to remain on dialysis where they are fully covered. However, this form of kidney disease management according to Gikonyo is expensive.

Meanwhile, here are news stories making headlines on Opera News today;

“We Will Block All Entry Points To Kisumu” Leaders Vow Hours After Raila Announced Mass Action

Azimio Leader Raila Odinga attended the Burial of Ker Willis Opiyo Otondi Chairman of the Luo Council of Elders in Kisumu County. POOL

Kisumu Orange democratic movement (ODM) leaders have threatened to close all the entry points to the lakeside city from tomorrow to push for economic revolution.

The leaders included the speaker of the county assembly Elisha Oraro and deputy governor Mathews Owili.

The leaders Announced peaceful demonstrations starting today. “We are going to close all the city as from tomorrow”. Said Oraro. Flanked by several MCAs led by Seth Kanga of Milimani and Joachim Oketch of Kondele, the leaders said they will lead peaceful demonstrations in the city.

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Homa Bay: High School Students Cane Parents Who Stormed Institution to Eject New Principal

Parents have always had a say in how various academic institutions run their day-to-day affairs to ensure excellence in examinations.

The aftermath of the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)results has been characterised by parents storming schools to either celebrate stellar performance or protest poor results.

A section of parents in Otok Secondary School in Karachuonyo constituency, Homa Bay County, was left regretting their decision to storm a local secondary school.

The angry parents were reportedly dissatisfied with the Ministry of Education’s decision to change the school’s principal and had embarked on a mission to remove the new one from office forcefully.

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Raila buying time to threaten Ruto into a deal – Cheruiyot

Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot has scorned Raila Odinga’s delayed onset of the mass action against the government saying he is buying time to pressure President William Ruto into giving in to his demands.

His remarks follow Raila’s official call for civil disobedience on Thursday purportedly to kick out an ‘illegitimate’ Ruto administration over its failure to lower the cost of living.

Raila said the defiance protests, disobedience, sit-ins and demonstrations dubbed Movement for Defence of Democracy will officially start on March 20.

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