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BBI proponents express optimism that Nakuru MCAs will pass the Bill as per residents’ wish

Addressing the media during a public participation meeting on the Bill at the Soilo Agricultural Training College grounds, the pro-BBI led by Nakuru County BBI Coordinator Njenga Mungai said the Bill will sail through.

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Nakuru BBI Coordinator Njenga Mungai addressing media at ATC Soilo.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Proponents of the Building Bridges Initiative in Nakuru County have expressed optimism that the County assembly of Nakuru will endorse the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020.

Addressing the media during a public participation meeting on the Bill at the Soilo Agricultural Training Centre grounds, the pro-BBI led by Nakuru County BBI Coordinator Njenga Mungai said the Bill will sail through.

He lauded the Nakuru County assembly and the residents of Nakuru East and Nakuru West sub-counties for holding a peaceful public participation on the Bill.

Njenga expressed optimism that Nakuru County will pass the Bill once it comes back to the House after the ongoing public participation in various sub counties.

During the meeting, Njenga branded the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020 ‘BBI Patanisho’ citing that it will ensure a unified country.

“From What I have seen in various public participation meetings in the county, I have no doubt that the County assembly of Nakuru will endorse the Bill as is the will of the majority of the residents” said Njenga.

On his part Nakuru County assembly speaker Joel Maina Kairu who chaired the meeting for Nakuru East and West Sub counties calling on MCAs to go as per the wish of the people.

Kairu also expressed optimism that the MCAs will pass the BBI Bill once the public participation exercise comes to an end.

“The MCAs have heard what the people want and now they have to play their role once the Bill comes on the floor of the house for voting. But I am sure they will pass it” said Kairu.

Similar Public participation meetings on Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 were on Thursday also held in Kuresoi South (Keringet), Kuresoi North(Sub county offices),Gilgil(Buffalo Horns Hotel),and Molo(St.Mary’s Catholic Hall)

On Friday 19, the meetings will be held in Bahati (sub county offices), Naivasha (Catholic Church), Njoro(St. Emmanuel ACK Church Hall),Rongai(Kampi ya Moto/IEBC Social Hall), and in Subukia at Catholic Church Hall.

Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Busia, West Pokot and Trans Nzoia are some of the counties that have already passed the legislation while Baringo is the only county assembly that has so far voted against the bill.

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Home Team London FC Lifts 6th Edition Of #KOT5Aside In Nakuru

Tournament organizer and founder Aleckie Ronald said he was pleased with how the tournament has grown.

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Home team London FC are the winners of the 6th Edition of #KOT5Aside which was held in Nakuru over the weekend.

The Nakuru based club emerged victorious after beating Afrohemian from Nakuru 2-0 in a hotly contested final.

London walked away with Ksh. 100, 000 courtesy of Odibets while Afroheamian won Ksh. 60, 000 as FUsball Arena Stars took home Ksh. 40, 000 after finishing third.

The tournament that attracted 16 teams saw all the eight teams from Nairobi eliminated before the semis with four Nakuru clubs advancing to the final.

Tournament organizer and founder Aleckie Ronald said he was pleased with how the tournament has grown.

“It’s almost three years since we started this tournament and I am really proud of how we’ve grown, we can only get better, I want to thank Odibets for their support since the tournament started, they’ve played a huge role in our growth,” Ronald remarked.

Story by Capital FM

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Nakuru to set up modern mental health hospital

The Taskforce on Mental Health of Kenya report of July 2020 recommended that mental illness should be declared a national emergency of epidemic proportions.

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Chiromo Mental Health Hospital

The County Government of Nakuru has initiated plans to construct a modern psychiatric facility to fully integrate mental health services in its healthcare provision programs.

Currently, Gilgil General and Psychiatric Hospital, which serves as Nairobi’s Mathari Hospital annexe, is the oldest and biggest psychiatric unit in Rift Valley.

The Gilgil-based hospital is grappling with the rising number of abandoned psychiatric patients, some being there for over 30 years, thus straining the facility.

Already, a technical team from Nakuru County has toured the Chiromo Mental Health Hospital to collect data on a modern and ideal mental health facility.

The team led by Dr Cleophas Wafula, a Clinical Psychologist at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital also met Dr Frank Njenga, a renowned mental health consultant.

County Architect, Mr Julius Kiprop Sang’ noted that the data will help Nakuru come up with a modern mental infrastructure in Gilgil sub-County to well serve the region.

Dr Frank Njenga commended Nakuru County for taking interest in coming up with the right infrastructure to address mental healthcare issues.

The Taskforce on Mental Health of Kenya report of July 2020 recommended that mental illness should be declared a national emergency of epidemic proportions.

The report further called for the prioritization of mental health as public health and socioeconomic agenda.

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Kihika alleges State plans to rig London by-election

She says Jubilee had panicked and resorted to open-market voter bribery as witnesses at the weekend. And in line with Operation Nakuru West, the police supervised the bribery.

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Senator Susan Kihika

Senator Susan Kihika has protested what she terms as an elaborate plan by the ruling Jubilee Party to rig the London Ward by-election slated for Thursday.

The seat fell vacant after area Member of County Assembly, Sammy Mbugua succumbed to a liver disease late last year.

The by-election has attracted strong succession competition with Jubilee’s Francis Njoroge and UDA’s Wachira Nzuki being frontrunners. ODM and KANU candidates have since pulled out.

In a letter to the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, the Senator claims the party plots to use police to cause chaos and disrupt the voting process.

“The dastardly, undemocratic and one-party era scheme is also meant to have marauding gangs cause mayhem in UDA strongholds in the Ward,” she further alleges.

She claims that the OCPD had been ordered by the government to ensure that Jubilee Party’s Njoroge wins, despite the party having no touch on the ground.

A week ago, police tear-gassed lawmakers allied to Deputy President William Ruto to stop a campaign meeting for the UDA party candidate.

The Senator warned the police against being used by State agents to subvert the will of London Ward people whom she said will turn up in large numbers to vote.

She says Jubilee had panicked and resorted to open-market voter bribery as witnesses at the weekend. And in line with Operation Nakuru West, the police supervised the bribery.

“We urge the IEBC to fulfil its role and be the honest arbiter the Constitution and the people of London Ward, and indeed Kenya, expect it to be,” she stated.

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