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Akuisi Farmers Company members decry delayed title deeds despite President’s directive

Their worry is that the status of these titles is still unknown as they are under the name of Akuisi Farmers Company in the Lands Ministry Nakuru.

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A section of members of the Akuisi Farmers Company.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

A section of members of the Akuisi Farmers Company within Solai,location of Rongai Sub county in Nakuru have raised concerns over delayed titling despite the President’s directive on free title deeds to all members.

They say the delay has led to the  grabbing of public utilities within Solai Ndungiri Block 12-Akuisi Cattle dip plot number 21,Police post plot number 1297,1298 and the Coffee factory plot number 678.among them

A section of members of the Akuisi Famers Company in Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The members who addressed the press in Solai-Ndungir  on Thursday argue that the President’s directive came even after some members had paid Ksh 10,000 per share to process issuance of title deeds.

Led by Simon Kimani , they say their chair Mr.Kagai informed members that their Ksh 1.6 million  paid by some members for the titling process was intact in the company’s bank account and would be refunded to members immediately after the issuance of free title deeds by the President.

The members are however bitter that the money is yet to be refunded.

“The money is yet to be returned and we also 570 members are yet to get title deeds” said Kimani.

They add that following the presidents’ directive to issue title deeds to all members in February 2019  1/3  of members were issued while 2/3 of members are yet to be issued.

Their worry is that the status of these titles is still unknown as they are under the name of Akuisi Farmers Company in the Lands Ministry Nakuru.

In a letter to the County Criminal Investigation office, the irate members further claim that the Directors of Akuisi have transferred the Company head office from Akuisi Farm to a private office unknown to members.

The move, they say, has made it impossible for members to reach them.

Their call is now to the government agencies to facilitate the issuance of title deeds to all public utilities, facilitate government surveyor to mark boundaries to all public utilities and facilitate issuance of title deeds to the remaining members.

They are also appealing for investigations and audits of the company.

David Macharia on his part reiterating that after the President’s directive on titling, some members did not get.

He has appealed to the President through Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya  to intervene in the issue.

“Let the national government intervene in this matter of Akuisi Farmers Company” said Macharia.

Hesbon Muigai called on the national government to step in and safeguard public utilities from land grabbers.

He says some individuals have begun interfering with schools such as Akuisi Primary school, factories.

“The government should ensure public utilities are protected” he said.

Area MCA Dr.Peter Mbae while commending the President on the free titling program, said it was wrong for some directors to demand money from members.

He has appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and stop those interfering with the process of titling.

“The President had a good aim for the people and that is why I want to appeal to him through the Regional Commissioner to visit this area and ensure a smooth process so that we can see development” said Mbae.

Our attempts to reach the leadership of Akuisi Farm directors over the matter was futile as phones went unanswered.

 

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Boost for Irene Njoki’s Parliamentary bid as Turkana community vow total support

Njokiel took issue with the current MP for showing no respect for the minority adding that her leadership will ensure such limitations are addressed.

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Jubilee Nominee for Bahati Parliamentary seat Irene Njokie addressing Journalists in Bahati when she met members of Turkana community.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Irene Njoki’s bid to capture Bahati Parliamentary seat in the August 9 polls has received major boost after members of Turkana community in Bahati vowed their support for her.

Led by their chairman Justus Ekeno, the pointed out that the community was sidelined for many years by the leadership.

He added that this has seen them open their eyes and decided to support Njoki’s bid.

The members of the community hit out at the current MP Kimani Ngunjiri for neglecting them.

“As a community we have been sidelined for long and we say enough is enough.We will rally to consolidate votes for Irene Njoki so that we can see some change in Bahati” said Justus.

Similar sentiments echoed by Mary Ekai.

While drumming support for Njoki, Ekai regretted that the current MP has continued to talk ill of the community with words such as “Kura yenu haijai hata kikombe”.

For this reason, Ekai says the community has made a decision to full rally behind Njoki.

“As women from the Turkana community in Bahati we want to send a strong message to Ngunjiri that you cannot abuse us and expect our support, forget about that” said Ekai.

Speaking at Bahati Centre after receiving the members of the Turkana community, Njoki commonly known as ‘Mrembo na Kazi’, she vowed to ensure the minority groups are also part of her leadership.

Njoki took issue with the current MP for showing no respect for the minority adding that her leadership will ensure such limitations are addressed.

“I want to assure you of my support and that of Jubilee.We know there are those who have looked down upon you but be assures I personally value your vote.My leadership will incorporate all the communities” she said.

The Jubilee nominee for Bahati Parliamentary seat also called on the party to ensure more nominations for the marginalized communities.

According to her, this will ensure unity of purpose that will see development for all.

Njoki has been involved in various empowerment programs for youths,women and the vulnerable in Bahati.

She uses every platform to sell her agenda to the people ahead of the August 9 polls.

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Kihika, Ngunjiri reconcile before DP Ruto

Kihika has declared interest for the gubernatorial seat to unseat Governor Lee Kinyanjui who recently states that he will defend his seat on Ubuntu People’s Forum.

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Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri and Senator Susan Kihika with DP William Ruto during the tour in Bahati,Nakuru.PHOTO/Courtesy.

In what is seen as unity of  UDA party, Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri and Senator Susan Kihika on Saturday reconciled ending their political differences.

The duo have of late not been in good terms despite both  being supporters of Deputy President William Ruto.

They reconciled before Deputy President who was in Nakuru to drive his bottom-up agenda.

It is during this that Ngunjiri vowed to support Kihika in her political bid.

Kihika has declared interest for the gubernatorial seat to unseat Governor Lee Kinyanjui who recently states that he will defend his seat on Ubuntu People’s Forum.

Ngunjiri made the remarks before Deputy President William Ruto who was on a tour in Subukia and Bahati sub counties.

“I will do all I can to support you Senator for the top seat in the county.I have no issue” said Ngunjiri.

The move has left many shocked after the Bahati Lawmaker in the past vowed to only support DP Ruto.

The Legislator also made it clear that he had burried their political differences with Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika for the sake of UDA party.

Kihika on her part called on residents of Nakuru county to support DP Ruto’s bottom up economic models.

She reiterated that UDA party will form the next government.

“Thank you so much people of Bahati and Subukia for turning out in large numbers.UDA is the party to watch come 2022 and we must all come and support DP Ruto’s agenda to transform this agenda.

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Support us even in our struggles, blind musicians pleads with Kenyans

The move follows concerns that a number of these talented groups had been side-lined with others being misused by their managers taking advantage of their situation to rake in cash.

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The national and county governments have been challenged to allocate more funds to nature talents among persons living with disabilities within the country.

The move follows concerns that a number of these talented groups had been side-lined with others being misused by their managers taking advantage of their situation to rake in cash.

Lucy Gitama said there was little attention on disabled musicians adding that there was a need to allocate more budget for the same.

She said a clear budgetary allocation for this special group would go a long way in boosting their income to reduce dependency on people.

Speaking in Bahati on Sunday during a launch of an album by a blind singer Jane Wambui, – Gitama called on the formulation of more policies to nature such talents adding that talents were wasting in villages.

“There have been concerns that some disabled are not getting their dues.I think it is high time the government  collects data  and disburse the funds to help boost the disabled” she said.

On her part, Jane Wambui called on the government to focus more on embracing the growing talents of persons living with disabilities as ways to ensure they become self-reliant.

Wambui said she is dependent on her music for daily living adding that she has to sell her records manually to earn her income revealing that at times it is a challenge.

“I have been depending on my music for daily bread.The government should look on how it can help us nurture our talents” said Wambui.

At the same time, Benson Gitanga said Wambui’s songs have become a hit in Bahati adding that she has given hope to many in the area.

Area MCA John Njuguna called on other person’s living with disabilities to focus on their talents saying it was the way to go.

“As a county government, we shall do all we can to help PWDs” said MCA Njuguna.

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