Elsewhere, Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache is on the spot over a suspect letter she wrote directing embattled Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) to procure COVID-19 supplies from specific firms.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Mochache, whose demotion by President Uhuru Kenyatta was retracted moments after her reshuffle on Wednesday, could now become a person of interest in the Covid-19 funds probe.Also Read Teachers to report back to school on MondayOn Thursday, the KEMSA board chaired by ex-Murang’a Senator Kembi Gitura appeared to throw Mochache under the bus in the COVID-19 procurement mess.Also Read President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGAThe board told the National Assembly Health Committee how Mochache wrote to the agency trying to direct how to procure the COVID-19 emergency supplies.In her letter dated April 15, Mochache specified to KEMSA the items they were to procure, listed specific suppliers they were to source them from, as well as the prices. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives have recovered fake COVID-19 certificates following the arrest of 33 years old Edward Okuku Alando and 32 years old Yahya Ismael Sian in Busia County.Additional items that include a computer and a scanner believed to have been used in running the fake COVID-19 testing center were also recovered and have been retained as exhibits.Also Read Survey: Displaced persons profoundly hit by CovidThe two suspects are in lawful custody awaiting arraignment as search for a third individual namely Mark Ouma, believed to be the Mastermind behind the syndicate continues.
Dick Advocaat is refusing to contemplate an extended stay at Sunderland until he has completed his survival mission. The 67-year-old Dutchman was parachuted in with nine games of the season remaining as the Black Cats rolled up their sleeves for a second successive battle to stay in the top flight. Six games into his reign, head coach Advocaat has collected 10 of the 18 points on offer, but has still not managed to edge the club over the finishing line ahead of Saturday’s home clash with in-form Leicester. However, despite being installed as the bookmakers’ favourite – West Ham’s Sam Allardyce appears second in the list, although he is understood not to be a contender – to secure the job beyond the confines of his current contract, the former Holland boss will not even consider the matter until the battle is completed. He said: “I think it’s better to wait until after next weekend.” Gus Poyet’s replacement would receive popular support if he were to indicate his continuing availability after dragging the club back from the brink with successive victories over Southampton and Everton after a derby win against Newcastle and a point at Stoke. However, he modestly insists that even if the club does book a place in next season’s Premier League, his contribution will only have been part of the equation. He said: “If we stay up, then that’s the success of the club, for everybody who works for the club, and we are part of that. “I have to be very fair to the players, the way they train, the way they work during the games. We are very positive about that so in that way, I have no complaints at all about the players. “Enjoyment is helped by winning games. That means the work you are doing is more enjoyable than when you lose. “The last six games have been rather good, winning three games and one draw. We have only lost two. The performances and the results are okay, but we still have to do it, and that’s the reason we are here.” Press Association Sunderland will have to turn in another good performance if they are to get any change out of Leicester with the Foxes having won six of their last seven games in a remarkable fightback. Advocaat admits he did not know a great deal about the club or their manager Nigel Pearson before he arrived in England, but he knows a lot more about both now. He said with a smile: “To be honest, if somebody said anything about Leicester, I always thought about Gary Lineker – honestly. “But they have done really well, to be fair to the manager. Six out of seven, that’s very positive. It’s always a cooperation between players and management staff, and he’s always calm – most of the time, he is calm. “He looks very bright and he knows what he’s doing, and if you win six out of seven, then you are doing a great job. “But we will give them, tomorrow, a very difficult time.” Advocaat, however, will be without midfielder Jordi Gomez, whose two nerveless penalties secured a 2-1 victory over Southampton, after a niggling knee problem was diagnosed as a fractured patella which will sideline him for up to six weeks. In addition, central defender Wes Brown is unlikely to play again this season after suffering a reaction to his return from a long-standing knee problem last weekend, although John O’Shea’s availability following a rib injury softens that blow. Nigel Pearson insists Leicester will go for the kill at Sunderland with the Foxes on the brink of a stunning recovery. A win over the Black Cats, and Hull dropping points at Tottenham, would see Leicester become just the third side to survive in the Premier League after being bottom at Christmas. A draw on Saturday would be good enough if Hull lost at White Hart Lane and would cap a remarkable survival bid. Leicester – who are three points above the drop zone with two games left – have won six out of their last seven games and, with safety so close, manager Pearson will not change their plans. “We’re not all of a sudden going to be changing our preparation. You have to be flexible enough to change enough during games,” said Pearson, who was assistant manager at West Brom in 2005 when they survived after being bottom at Christmas. “I’d rather draw than lose but because of our circumstances over the last two months draws are not as beneficial, especially against sides around you. “Our preparation will be along the same lines it has been of late, which will be to produce the type of performance we have had in the last couple of months. “It’s not as simple as saying we want to go out there and play well, it does help when you have a fit squad and we’ve had that for vast majority of the season.” But Matty James has been ruled out for up to nine months with a crucial knee ligament injury while David Nugent misses the trip to the Stadium of Light with a calf problem, although Andy King (hamstring) is back.
A dozen cricket scorers from Antigua & Barbuda had the opportunity to increase their skills at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) workshop in Barbados which was conducted by noted Barbadian cricket scorer Harold Eastmond.According to Barbados Nation, throughout the workshop, Eastmond introduced the participants to the linear scoring method and exposed them to a number of different computer scoring solutions.“The importance of the scorer in the modern game is often overlooked so this was a valuable experience for the scorers that participated,” said Eastmond.“The WICB wants a uniform style of scoring in the Caribbean with all the territories using the same systems and this workshop will help enable the scorers in Antigua & Barbuda to get exposure to some of the best scoring systems on the market.”Eastmond added: “The aim is that when the WICB stages any of its competitions in the various territories they have scorers capable of providing accurate statistical information on the happenings in the game in a timely manner for distribution to other stakeholders.”WICB project officer in the cricket operations department Joset Jacobs, said; scoring, especially at regional matches, is ready for a major upgrade.She continued, “This will pave the way for more sophisticated and efficient scoring, and transfer of data to our stakeholders, especially the fans and the media, in a smooth and timely manner.”“Currently, resources can become stretched when we stage matches, particularly during our development tournaments, and this we hope will assist the territories with having a higher number of trained scorers available to them to cover matches.Participants of the workshop scored the ONEINDIG One-day International between West Indies and England last Sunday as part of their assessment. This is the second workshop of its kind the WICB has staged in as many years.