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Sigh of relief as State Degazettes Chetambe Hills Forest Land
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Sigh of relief as State Degazettes Chetambe Hills Forest Land

By: Dishon Amanya  The Government has revoked the Gazettement of the Chetambe (Webuye) Hills Forest Land that would have displaced tens of thousands of families in Webuye East. Addressing affected families at Sipala High School, Environment Cabinet Secretary Hon Keriako Tobiko announced the withdrawal of the gazette notice that affected residents who had not been compensated. Today's move is a culmination of several meetings that were initiated by CS Eugene Wamalwa (Defence) and Governor Wycliffe Wangamati. In a June meeting in Mombasa last year, CS Eugene and Governor Wangamati asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to revisit the gazettement of Chetambe (Webuye) Hill Forest Land, saying the move puts at risk lives and livelihoods of thousands of residents.  The duo ...
CAK Boss urged to take action against social media law violators
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CAK Boss urged to take action against social media law violators

By: Dishon Amanya  Bungoma County Interfaith Council Network has asked Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) boss Ezra Chiloba to take a stern action against social media platform users violating online rules saying that many youths have been fully concentrated on online campaigns which has brought accusations among political factions. Online platforms are the ones causing criminal offence that violates the public peace. Speaking to the star during a peace campaign meeting, Bishop Calistus Barasa, Chairman of the Interfaith council network in Bungoma County said as the country prepares for the next years general elections Communications Authority Of Kenya should take actions against users who use online platforms to violet public peace, adding that the interfaith council h...
Booming business for “boda boda” bikes in Bungoma
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Booming business for “boda boda” bikes in Bungoma

By: Dishon Amanya Bungoma Town was formerly known for the Boda boda Operators, in the absence of vehicles and good road networks in the rural areas of Western Kenya, young entrepreneurs started up the environmentally-friendly "boda boda" bicycle business that ferries clients from main roads to villages . In the rural areas of Kenya, some opportunistic youth capitalized on poor road networks and lack of vehicles to earn their daily bread. They offered transportation on a "boda boda," a bicycle with a brightly colored cushioned pad attached behind the seat, used for carrying one passenger at a time. Bicycle shuttle services were, in some areas, the only way of maneuvering around. Boda bodas have been around since 1990, when young people in Busia, a town that shares a border with Ug...
Bungoma school receives Young Scientists Kenya 2021 Trophy
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Bungoma school receives Young Scientists Kenya 2021 Trophy

By: Dishon Amanya and Ian Imbaiza A few months ago two form four students at the St. Mary’s Kamba secondary school in Kanduyi, Bungoma County won the 2021 Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) National Science and Technology Exhibition, health category. Valerie Wanjala and Claire Wesonga scoop the award for the most innovative project in health, after they presented an idea on reversible male family planning pill from Mondia Whitei, commonly referred to as Mkombero and another plant known as justica genderusa. The students made Kamba Secondary to appear on the map after defeating bigger schools like Alliance Girls who emerged the second best in the competition. The Celebration that took place at the Kamba school ground was attended by the Chairman of KUPPET, Bungoma  County, The A...
Spread of HIV/AIDS drops to 2.2% in Bungoma County
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Spread of HIV/AIDS drops to 2.2% in Bungoma County

By: Ian Imbaiza and Dishon Amanya  The Deputy County Commissioner of Sirisia Sub County in Bungoma County Henry Katana, the Regional Coordinator National Aid Control Stephen Kataka, the County Health Management team and residents from Sirisia Sub-County united to show support for people living with HIV/AIDS and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Each World AIDS Day focuses on a specific theme, with this year's theme targeting Ending inequalities, End AIDS. End Pandemics. This year’s theme joins a growing list of challenges that World AIDS Day has alerted people globally. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever International Day for global health. Every year, United Nations agencies, governments and civil society join together to campaign ...
Bungoma County Govt Signs MoU With AMREF Health Africa
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Bungoma County Govt Signs MoU With AMREF Health Africa

By: Dishon Amanya, Kenya Governor Wycliffe Wangamati has signed a pact with AMREF HEALTH AFRICA  that will formalise the working relationship between the two entities.  In the MOU, AMREF Health Africa commits to offer financial and technical support in the health sector to fight malaria and TB among other Neglected Tropical Diseases in the county.  Presently, AMREF  Health Africa is running an intensive campaign  to eradicate Bilharzia, tape worms and round worms by the year 2023.  The drive facilitated by END Fund,  in collaboration with the Ministry of  Health expect to reach all the 45 wards in the distribution of drugs to treat the two diseases.  Speaking during the function AMREF HEALTH AFRICA Deputy County Director Mr.  Alb...
Man stabs lover for rejecting his marriage proposal, hangs self in Kenya
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Man stabs lover for rejecting his marriage proposal, hangs self in Kenya

By: Dishon Amanya Residents of Rurare village, Musikoma ward Kanduyi constituency Bungoma County woke up to a rude shock after Evans Wanjala, 34, committed suicide after a girl he was dating dismissed his request of getting married to him. Preliminary investigations indicate that before the deceased committed suicide he raided the girl’s home stabbed her lover severally on the stomach on allegations that she has been conning him money but at last she turned down his offer of marrying him and that he found another man with her. Speaking through an interview, Fidelis Mechumo, brother to the deceased, said that the deceased has been having a love affair with Juliet Makokha, 29, for the past 9 months after he divorced his wife over ‘Mpango wa kando’. He added that his brother has ...
Reprieve for Gender Based Violence as Govt aims to Upscale Rescue Centers
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Reprieve for Gender Based Violence as Govt aims to Upscale Rescue Centers

By: Dishon Amanya The State Department for Gender in partnership with development partners and other stakeholders yesterday launched the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence campaign at KICC, Nairobi. This year's theme, Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now will see Kenya stand with the rest of the world and in solidarity against GBV. The 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence is an international campaign that calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. The campaign runs annually from 25th November to 10th of December. In Bungoma, CAS Ministry of Public Administration and Gender Hon. Rachael Shebesh,PS Gender Collete Suda, Country Director UN Women Ms. Ann Mutavati and Bungoma County Women Rep Hon. Catherine W...
Bungoma Residents Turn out en masse for Jabs after Kagwe’s directive
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Bungoma Residents Turn out en masse for Jabs after Kagwe’s directive

By: Dishon Amanya Bungoma residents have turned out in large numbers to get the Covid 19 Vaccines, this is after the ministry of health directive. Kenya will require people seeking government services to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus from Dec. 21 as authorities move to increase inoculation before the year-end holiday season. The government will restrict in-person services at the revenue, transport, ports, immigration and education agencies, Health Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said. The state will also limit access to hospitals, prisons, game parks as well as hotels, bars, restaurants and businesses that attend to 50 people or more in a day, Kagwe said in a statement. Speaking to the residents who turned out to get the vaccines, they said they cannot stay with...
Closure of Donkey Abattoirs, relief for Narok West farmers
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Closure of Donkey Abattoirs, relief for Narok West farmers

By: Dishon Amanya Donkey farmers in Olposimoru area, at the border of Narok West Sub county and neighboring Tanzania country can now breathe a sigh of relief after the government closed slaughter houses that were a threat to welfare of their donkeys. The farmers who spoke to KNA when Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) officers visited them said since 2020 when the government ordered closure of donkey slaughter houses countrywide, cases of donkey theft have decreased tremendously and the number of the beast of burdens has increased gradually. Olposimoru Nyumba Kumi Initiative Chairman Mulinga Ngume lamented that he had lost eight donkeys between the year 2016 and 2019 when the slaughter houses were operational. Ngume said he had lost hope in rearing donkeys because no mat...
Bungoma County Teams off to Winnings Start in Embu KICOSCA
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Bungoma County Teams off to Winnings Start in Embu KICOSCA

By: Dishon Amanya Bungoma county government teams began their games on a winning note as Kenya Inter Counties Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA), entered day three in Embu county.  Bungoma's Basketball Men and Women got off to a good start by humbling the host Embu county in their opening matches, at Embu University grounds.  Men avenged their early loss to Kisumu County in their first match of the tournament by beating Governor Martin Wambora's men 26-20 and Bungoma Women handing them identical defeat of 22- 17 in hotly contested matches. Patrick Opiyo from the Department of Health led the way for Bungoma men, scoring 18 points. It is his third KICOSCA tournament playing for Bungoma consecutively with Sirengo Kennedy, Kevin Murumba, Derrick Nalubi, Brian Masibay...
Former female circumciser honoured as one of Kenya’s heroes
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Former female circumciser honoured as one of Kenya’s heroes

As Kenya approaches it's 60 years of independence, patriotic men and women are adversely being recognized and rewarded. Unlike other years, this year's Mashujaa Day celebrations were held in Kirinyaga before counties continued awarding their notable heroes and heroines. In Bungoma county, a woman who used to perform female genital mutilation emerged as one of Kenya's heroes. Juliana Chebor says she used to sustain her family through income from the practice before she learnt of it's effects to young girls and quitted to become a christian. "I used to circumcise girls three times a year: in April, August and December," she told journalists. Juliana also pointed out that she had not received civic education and that is why she believed in it. "I now understand that FGM cau...
Mombasa Governor hopeful Shabal, faces backlash for supporting Homosexuality
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Mombasa Governor hopeful Shabal, faces backlash for supporting Homosexuality

After News Circulating on Social media and Mainstream media of one Suleiman Shabal a Businessman in Mombasa Supporting Homosexuality and Lesbianism in the County, He has of late received Criticism for supporting immorality and acts that go against the Spiritual teachings. Suleiman Shabal who will also  be vying For Mombasa Governorship seat through the ODM party was interrigated in an interview before whether he supports Gaysim and lesbianism and he clearly stated that he had no problem with it since those people doing it have a right and freedom to engage in the act.   This has drawn the attention of Churches and places of worship in Mombasa. Hon. Ali Menza Mbogo MP Kisauni Constituency who is also seeking to take over the county as the second Governor of the city ha...
NEMA warns residents against discharging effluents into the rivers
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NEMA warns residents against discharging effluents into the rivers

The National Environment management authority (NEMA) has warned residents staying along Khalaba river in Bungoma town to stop discharging effluents to the river arguing that effluents have really tempered with aquatic life. The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent in Kenya said Erick Matia, the Nema officer in Bungoma County while speaking to the press at Mteremko Vocation training center in Bungoma town, blamed residents staying along the river banks of Khalaba River, appealing to them to stop releasing effluents to the river, he added that the effluents have polluted the water making it unsafe for animal consumption and domestic use. Matia appealed to the members of the public to conserve the environment by disposing effluents correctly and support the river cleaning program and p...
Police arrest two suspects with elephant tusks in Kenya
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Police arrest two suspects with elephant tusks in Kenya

Two suspects, James Wandili and Moses Crusho on Saturday were arrested after they were found with elephant tusks in Bungoma town. Benjamin Kimwele, Bungoma south OCPD told the press that the two were arrested in Bungoma town while escaping police arrest who had received a tip-off from residents in Bungoma town. Kimwele added that the suspects were carrying the elephant tusks in the bag but their destination has not been established yet. "After they were arrested, officers from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) came and confirmed that it was elephant tusks," he said, adding that KWF officers are yet to establish the cost of the tusks. The police boss assured that the suspects are detained at Bungoma police station waiting to be arraigned in court on Monday. "The suspects are deta...
Unite behind President Uhuru, Raila – NG-CDF Director urges Kenyans
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Unite behind President Uhuru, Raila – NG-CDF Director urges Kenyans

The National Government Constituency fund director Peter Anyanga has called upon leaders and Kenyans to remain united as the country approaches it's general elections. Speaking in Bungoma county when his board toured several schools to access progress of CDF projects in Kanduyi constituency, Anyanga said no level of development can ever be achieved amidst political intolerance. "It is high time for all of us to shun name calling, incitement and bad politics the way President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga have done so that we achieve a peaceful and progressive country," he said. Anyanga also insisted on the need to support ODM leader Raila Odinga and his ambitions for unity in the country, terming it an avenue for good politics in the country. "This will spearhead love for on...
Big Win for Bungoma as British High Commissioner lands with a grant
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Big Win for Bungoma as British High Commissioner lands with a grant

Governor Wycliffe Wangamati received British Deputy High Commissioner H.E Julius Court, and Cabinet secretary for Devolution, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, at County Headquarters, Bungoma. The envoy’s visit kicks off an exercise that will see the County sink a staggering Sh1 billion in opening up its town, upgrading the market and expanding critical infrastructure and improving social amenities to support growing urbanization in Bungoma Municipality.  Managed through the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), SUED is a £70 million five-year programme that will support up to 12 fast growing municipalities in Kenya to plan their urbanization better, improve links with larger markets that were previously inaccessible and prepare for climate-resilient and sustainable growth. ...
President Kenyatta Tasks Kenyans on Security
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President Kenyatta Tasks Kenyans on Security

President Uhuru Kenyatta has reminded Kenyans to play their civic duty of securing the country saying Kenya’s safety, her freedom and prosperity are not a preserve of the state’s security machinery. “Our communities and, indeed, every citizen must also play their part. Therefore, I call upon the local communities and leadership to collaborate with security agencies to achieve the success we desire,” the President said. The Head of State spoke on Thursday in Lamu County during the presentation of the Presidential and Regimental Colors to the Kenya Navy Manda Bay Base, an exercise that will see the military installation gain expanded operational autonomy as it sets out to become a more geo-strategic facility for national, regional and global security operations. The President point...
Unidentified dead body found dumped in a trench in Bungoma
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Unidentified dead body found dumped in a trench in Bungoma

Residents of Namilama area, Sio location Bungoma south Sub-county Bungoma County, Kenya woke up in shock after the body of a middle aged man was found killed in unclear circumstances and his body dumped in a trench 5KM south west of Bungoma police station.  The man was not identified by area residents. The matter was reported to Bungoma police station by Moses Wanjala the proprietor of Sayona driving school in Bungoma town. While confirming the incident, Bungoma South police boss Benjamin Kimwele condemned the incident asking residents to cooperate with the police and help in identifying the culprits to ensure that they are brought to book. The police boss added that the body of the deceased was lying in a trench with head injuries probably as a result of blunt objects. K...
Bungoma residents urged to bring their deaf children to public
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Bungoma residents urged to bring their deaf children to public

The Bungoma county residents have been urged not to hide their children and siblings who are deaf, as they can benefit from various empowerment opportunities  from both the National and County Government through education and business start-ups. Speaking at the Bungoma Airstrip grounds in Kanduyi sub-county during the official launch of the International Deaf Awareness week, Mrs Wendy Naliaka from the National Government Disability office in the county has said that deaf children can benefit from various scholarship opportunities to further their education. Mrs Naliaka also noted that through the National Council of People living with  Disabilities, the deaf can also receive economic empowerment&nbs...
Hidden Facts Behind the Bukusu Circumcision Culture in Kenya
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Hidden Facts Behind the Bukusu Circumcision Culture in Kenya

The Bukusu culture covered in refreshing detail and breadth along with rites of passage, stages of life, and events such as birth, naming, circumcision, marriage, burial, and death is of significance to the Bukusu community. The Bukusu are widely known for their circumcision culture which is deeply rooted in them. There are some significant practices that many people are not aware of. The Kenya News Agency visited a renowned circumciser (Omukhebi) Josephat Musungu Makoye who narrated that he inherited the spirit of circumcision from his uncles (bakhoma clan). He fell sick when he was young and developed some mysterious wounds on his body and later during the circumcision ceremony he fainted on the(stabicha) a special soil applied to those awaiting to undergo the circumcision, He was gi...
Jigger disease hinders learning  in Webuye East, Kenya
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Jigger disease hinders learning in Webuye East, Kenya

Pupils at Musa FYM in Bungoma East, Kenya can't concentrate on their studies due to Jiggers' invasion. Most of them fail to report to school because jiggers have made them have deformed legs giving them the challenge to walk to school.  Speaking to The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent in Kenya, the Deputy Headteacher Mr. Kitangara Mtengo, explained that the school being a public institution faces many challenges, they only have 7 permanent classes which are divided among the total population of 570 which is not enough.  Mr. Kitangara added that they also have two classes made of soil which is used by the ECDE children.  The Deputy Headteacher highlighted that the main cause of jiggers invasion to children is lack of proper hygiene at home, most parents in the a...
Ex Soldier on the run after stabbing 91-year old mother to death in Kenya
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Ex Soldier on the run after stabbing 91-year old mother to death in Kenya

Police in Homa Bay County, Kenya have launched a manhunt for a retired soldier who allegedly killed his 91-year-old mother following a land dispute in Kamagak location, Rachuonyo South sub-county. The ex-solder is accused of stabbing to death his mother, identified as Hellen Ajwang Odiango, after they differed over a piece of land which belongs to the deceased. The suspect, who served as a soldier in Tanzania, has had a protracted row over ownership of the piece of land with his mother. It is reported that the suspect left home last year for an unknown place with his family, only to return on Friday and begin squabbling with his mother. The altercation later led to a physical fight during which he reportedly stabbed the mother with a knife on the chest and head. Rachuo...
Kenyan Women Chip a Way at Employment Barriers
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Kenyan Women Chip a Way at Employment Barriers

Bungoma town is growing daily like any other town in Kenya. There are garages where women are showing interest in the mechanical field. This being a male-dominated industry, a local woman has gained fame as hard-working and very skilled in the industry. Rose Literian, 35, dropped out of school in order to focus on her role as a housewife, mother, and homemaker who had lost hope in life after being discouraged and facing stigmatization while at school. Through the USAID Youth empowerment and the Kenya Youth Employment Opportunities(KYEOP), Rose changed her story from nobody to somebody. The Daily Vendor Newspaper learnt that a three-month competency-based training program, offered at the garage where Rose is now employed, inspired her to try something new and become a mechanic. ...
Family Turns Homeless in Kenya over Kshs.70,000 Bank Loan
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Family Turns Homeless in Kenya over Kshs.70,000 Bank Loan

A loan facility amounting to Ksh 70,000 which was taken by a deceased father of four sons from a Busia-based financial facility in Kenya in an undisclosed year has turned out to be a nightmare for the surviving son’s after the bank came for their piece of land. The Daily Vendor Newspaper learnt that the four sons who are all family men in Mtongwe village within the precincts of Busia town spent the night in the piercing cold after unknown people who are under the guard of armed policemen demolished five houses that were erected on the family’s two acre piece of land. Elias Okinda, one of the victims, who spoke to The Daily Vendor correspondent said the two-acre piece of ancestral land has been the centre of a raging dispute between them and a Busia-based Bank due to an outs...
Internet Memes have become a powerful way of communication in Kenya
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Internet Memes have become a powerful way of communication in Kenya

By: Dishon Amanya, Bungoma County, Kenya Memes act as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices, that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogs to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures. Kenyan Netizens have proven beyond reasonable doubt their creativity when it comes to online fun, Most of them create memes that go viral and make online the best place to be. They come either in form of pictures or videos accompanied with funny descriptions, most of them are widely shared via Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, and Instagram. It's a jaw-dropping fact that nowadays creating meme ...
Ex-Tanzanian MP arrested after fleeing to Kenya as crackdown on opposition intensifies
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Ex-Tanzanian MP arrested after fleeing to Kenya as crackdown on opposition intensifies

Tanzania opposition leader Godbless Lema was on Sunday arrested as he fled to Kenya as a crackdown in the neighbouring country intensifies following the swearing of President John Pombe Magufuli for a second term in office after a disputed poll late last month. Reports according to Kenyan media outlets say Lema spent Sunday night in a police station in the East African country. His arrest comes following a crackdown on opposition leaders following President John Magufuli’s re-election in a landslide victory. His lawyer, George Luchiri Wajackoyah, is quoted by the newspaper as saying he wanted to present the politician to the United Nations Human Rights Commission office in Nairobi. “Right now, I am with my wife Neema, my 14-year-old son Allbless, Brilliance (daughter) and ...
Heavy flood, landslides in Kenya have killed nearly 200 in past month
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Heavy flood, landslides in Kenya have killed nearly 200 in past month

KENYA, Heavy rains in Kenya have caused floods and landslides that have left 194 dead and destroyed crops since the deluge began last month, complicating the fight against the coronavirus, the government said Wednesday. The heavy flooding comes after similarly deadly rainfall at the end of last year, and brings with it a second wave of locusts with massive swarms forming in Kenya and elsewhere in East Africa. A statement from the presidency said that people were being evacuated from flood-prone areas in several counties, with major dams having reached their maximum capacity. “So far, 194 people have been killed by floods and related hazards, especially in Western Kenya, Central, and Coastal regions,” said the statement. “Crops running into 8,000 acres (3,240 hectares) have ...
Coronavirus Enters Kenya, Ghana and Gabon
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Coronavirus Enters Kenya, Ghana and Gabon

Three other African countries, Kenya, Ghana, and Gabon, on Friday, reported their first confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus. In East Africa, Kenya reported one case on Friday, while in West Africa, Ghana reported two cases just as Gabon said it had logged one case. This, however, raised the total number of African countries affected by the pandemic to 15. According to Kenyan Health Minister, Mutahi Kagwe, the patient is a Kenyan citizen who had recently travelled to the US. The Gabonese Health Ministry said that the infected person in Gabon was a national who had returned from a trip to Bordeaux, France on March 8. The ministry added that Gabonese authorities were in the process of tracing all contacts the patient had since his arrival in the capital, Libr...