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County chicken stimulus project hatches housing units for Olkaria bodaboda riders

The group had received two modern incubators and their accessories in January this year and its success story has inspired other farmers groups which they are now training on poultry hatching.

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The Kamere Housing Bodaboda Group members. Photo/Jasor Leleti

County Local Chicken Stimulus Project has continued to pay off with members of Kamere Housing Bodaboda Group in Olkaria Ward among the pioneer beneficiaries of the programme.

The group had received two modern incubators and their accessories in January this year and its success story has inspired other farmers groups which they are now training on poultry hatching.

Maurice Okoth, the group’s chairman lauded the project launched under the leadership of Governor Lee Kinyanjui saying it has helped them among other beneficiaries to have an additional income and uplift rural economies.

“With basic training from the county government, we have recorded up to 80 per cent hatching success. We now have a decent additional income to top up on our savings as compared to when we were just riders,” said Okoth.

He explained how being bodaboda operators has provided them with a link to market their new venture as some of their clients buy chicks from them or contract their hatchery.

“At the moment we are using word of mouth to market our business selling chicks that are between a day and a month old. Our progress is encouraging,” said Okoth.

Although some of the members were reluctant during its inception, it has continued to gain traction among the operators who earlier on contemplated selling the equipment and share the proceeds among themselves.

“We have managed to change their mindset. Since registering less than a year ago, we have managed to pool more resources which we now intend to use in expanding the business. The members are now active listeners and mobilizers of change as opposed to being rowdy, a presumed trait of most riders,” he said.

He thanked the county government for the initiative adding that similar support granted to others in their ward and other parts of the County will greatly empower the youth and help transform their lives.

On Thursday, the County Government of Nakuru distributed 26 other incubators, backup generators, voltage regulators and over 5,000 fertilized eggs to 26 farmer groups in Olkaria Ward, Naivasha sub-county.

This brings the total number of incubators and related accessories distributed this year to over 100 in Kihingo, Elementaita, Kabatini, Murindat, Njoro, Mai Mahiu and Olkaria wards.

Livestock Production Officer, Dr Jane Waititu said that the County Government of Nakuru has put tremendous efforts into ensuring that farmers produce food for the sustainability of the food nutrition and security aspect under the Big 4 Agenda.

“Agribusiness guarantees an extra income for the youth as they engage in other activities. The county government will continue to provide technical training to ensure the success of the Local Chicken Stimulus Project,” said Dr Waititu.

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Children officers raise alarm over increased teenage pregnancies in Rongai Sub County  

Rongai Sub county Children Officer Beatrice Mandieka revealed that between January 2020 to May 2020 there 520 cases of teenage pregnancies were reported.

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Teenage pregnancies.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Children officers in Rongai Sub County have raised concerns over the increasing cases of child abuse and teenage pregnancies.

Rongai Sub county Children Officer Beatrice Mandieka revealed that between January 2020 to May 2020 there 520 cases of teenage pregnancies were reported.

She attributed these cases to lack of parental guidance occasioned by domestic violence that makes children vulnerable.

The officer also revealed that most perpetrators of the cases reported are people well known to the children.

“As per the data, 520 cases of teenage pregnancies were reported between January and May 2020.Most girls in this area lack guidance as parents are engaging in domestic violence leaving children vulnerable” she said.

With the rising harsh economic times in society, the officer noted that if parents will continue neglecting their children, then they will end up engaging in unlawful activities.

She urged the parents to continue playing their parental roles and ensure their children are getting quality education as well as other basic needs as enshrined in the constitution.

“Parents should take their responsibility and ensure basic needs are provided. If they fail to do so the children will look out for favors that might land them into sexual abuse” she said.

Public health officials and women’s rights advocates worry that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is delaying an adequate response to a growing sexual reproductive health crisis.

The World Health Organization reports that complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19-year-old girls and women globally — 99% of those deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Further, teenagers who give birth often face higher rates of poverty and domestic violence later in life due to misogynistic cultural norms and threadbare social safety nets.

 

 

 

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Educationists call for equal opportunities for special needs children

Special Needs Education Expert Anne Njeri says the society has been reluctant when it comes to children with special needs.

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Special Needs Education Expert Anne Njeri hands over a gift to a student during a thanksgiving ceremony at 1st Baptist Church Solai,Rongai Subcounty.PHOTO/Pritone Mambili.

There is a need for concerted effort in ensuring equal education opportunities for all children including those with special needs in society.

Special Needs Education Expert Anne Njeri says the society has been reluctant when it comes to children with special needs.

She was speaking over the weekend at 1st Baptist Church Children Development Centre in Lower Solai, Rongai Sub county during a thanksgiving ceremony for less fortunate children who excelled in their 2020 KCSE and KCPE.

The Children are under sponsorship of Compassion International Kenya Charity Group.

Ms Njeri called on parents, the government and the society at large to end the stigma around children with special needs.

“We need to give equal opportunity to all our children including those with special needs. Parents with special needs children should not hide but come out so that the children can be assisted” she said.

The Centre had 33 candidates in 2020 KCSE from the project and 5 among them managed direct entry to University.

Compassion International Project Director Jemely Kurgat on her part called on the community to continue supporting the project that will see many less fortunate children achieve through quality education.

“Our challenge has been the community’s willingness to support the project. We call on the society to join efforts in supporting the project” she said.

Sentiments echoed by the patron of the Centre Pastor Stephen Tirop.

During the event Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4s were feted for their good performance in their examinations.

The ceremony was also attended by Children officer Rongai Sub county Beatrice Mandieka, Rongai Sub county Administrator Reuben Yatich,the duo reiterating the importance of education for all.

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UDA makes major inroads in Nakuru, registers over 100,000 members

The party has been testing its popularity in the county in the run-up to the 2022 polls and go to the extremes of fielding candidates in nearly all by-elections across the country.

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Mr Kipkorir Dudes, a UDA data entry clerk registering bodaboda riders. Photo/Courtesy

The United Democratic Alliance party has so far registered over 100,000 members in Nakuru County in the ongoing nationwide recruitment drive.

Nationally, the party has registered more than 2.8 million and 1.5 million members in the Rift Valley region to bolster its power ahead of the 2022 polls.

Aspirants planning to vie for various seats through UDA ticket are ensuring their supporters register ahead of party primaries later next year.

“We are also capitalizing on market days and other social gatherings to popularize the party and campaign for our 2022 candidates,” said a data entry officer who sought anonymity.

The Deputy President Dr William Ruto-linked party has made inroads in Nakuru County in an attempt to chart a different political path away from Jubilee, a party he helped put together.

The party has been testing its popularity in the county in the run-up to the 2022 polls and go to the extremes of fielding candidates in nearly all by-elections across the country.

Recently in Nakuru, the party won the London Ward by-election where flag bearer Antony Nzuki floored Jubilee’s Francis Njoroge, spelling doom for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party.

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