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County honors Lee Njiru, Paul Tergat among others during Mashujaa Day celebrations

Today we choose to honor those among us who have been exemplary in their contribution to our society. As a way of appreciating them, we will name our roads in their honor. 

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Paul Tergat competes with Ethiopian Haile Gabreselassie. Photo/Courtesy

SPEECH BY H.E GOVERNOR LEE KINYANJUI DURING MASHUJAA DAY CELEBRATION AT KIHINGO, NJORO-SUB COUNTY ON OCTOBER 20, 2020.

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

Today we are gathered here for the annual Mashujaa Day celebrations to honor our heroes and heroines who fought for our independence. 

We are at Davison Primary School in Kihingo, Njoro-Sub-county in line with my promise that we will rotate national celebrations among sub-counties.

This is the first national holiday we have gathered to observe since the COVID-19 pandemic hit our country in March 2020. Today, we commemorate the struggle for our freedom by the Mau Mau. Since March, we found ourselves at war with a disease that up to now has no cure or vaccine.

As a nation and a county, we have gone through harsh times that none of us anticipated. When the pandemic struck, the State took deliberate measures to prevent the spread of the disease including restriction of movement and public gatherings.

Over time, COVID-19 prevention protocols have become our way of life. We should continue to wear masks, observe social distancing, wash our hands and sanitize to protect ourselves and our neighbors.

At the onset of the disease, we set up Isolation centers at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital, Naivasha Sub-County Hospital and Langalanga Hospital. We also have other isolation centers across the County for any eventuality.

My administration distributed over 350,000 masks across all sub-counties. Most of the masks were produced by TVETS in the county.

The County allocated Kshs. 250 million for food distribution and cash transfers to the vulnerable across the County. The County also gave food to those in quarantine centers and at home.

To enhance hand washing, over 500 water tanks were strategically placed in markets, bus parks and other public areas.

The County also decongested bus parks and markets across urban areas in the county which helped in containing the spread of the disease.

Traders have since been allowed back to the markets. Public Service Vehicles are still in the stages they were relocated to. We are working to set up a new stage where the current Fire Station and slaughterhouse is located.

Fellow Kenyans, there has been a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in our county in the past month. Most people are calling the increase in coronavirus infection as the second wave. Fellow residents, the wave we are experiencing is as a result of laxity in COVID-19 prevention guidelines. We should examine our behaviour towards management of this desease.

Most people have adopted the back to normal attitude and are not observing the preventive guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.

Opening of social places including churches and bars have also led to thespike in the number of infections. 

COVID-19 infections are now at the community level and as a clounty we made a decision to monitor the disease for timely interventions. Our department of Health has adopted targeted testing, which is recommended by WHO as the Public Health approach towards prevention of the spread of the disease.

We have increased testing on target population in 7 sub-counties. Initially, we used to test about 1,000 people per week but we have since doubled the number to 2,500. As of yesterday, 1,983 people had tested positive for Coronavirus disease.

These are active infection avenues that require close monitoring to ensure compliance to the set guidelines. We wish to reiterate that opening of these places was subject to strict compliance with public health regulations. Consequently we shall not hesitate to revoke licences if we find negligence to laid down protocols by businesses.

I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate health care workers for their continued selfless efforts as frontline workers in this war against COVID-19.

I salute and appreciate each and every one of you working in the over 200 health facilities in the 11 sub-counties. You are our heroes and I assure you that my administration will continue to support you through training, provision of protective gear and motivate you as you continue with your noble duties.

We also appreciate support from the National Government of Kshs.201 million towards the fight against COVID-19.

All health workers have been on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19 and we appreciate them for their selfless work as they too are at risk. 

A few months ago, we celebrated some of the health workers for their exemplary work in the fight against the pandemic. Today we wish to mention

  1. Dr Ithondeka Angeline: Pediatrician-For her frontline hospital leadership in COVID-19 preparedness. She identified hospital champions and together they led the team in training all the health workers in the hospital. She was key in developing a 6 point hospital plan to cover COVID 19 preparedness.

 

  1. Jacob Rotich: County epidemiologist. He established, mentored and led surveillance teams. He has also led the community response since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

  1. Sarah Mosop: Nursing officer- She has been a change management leader, inspired other health workers to join the team handling COVID-19 cases. She has shown exceptional selflessness in service to humanity 

 

  1. Jonathan Orinda: Clinical Officer and Influenza Surveillance officer-Mentored and led testing services, has been available around the clock to collect samples and train others, has collected more than 3,000 samples so far.
  1. Joseph Mbuthia|:Driver. He has consistently ferried samples to the National Public Heath lab in Nairobi on daily basis. He is also available beyond normal working hours.

We thank non-state actors who have contributed food, non-food items towards cushioning the vulnerable affected by the impact of COVID-19.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The County Government is still in the process of upgrading our health facilities across the County. Naivasha sub county hospital which is being constructed at a cost of Kshs. 300 million is 60 percent complete. We have also begun works at Olenguruone sub county hospital where construction of the Ksh 100 million outpatient department is ongoing. At Gilgil sub county hospital, we continue construction of the maternity wing at a cost of Ksh 40 million.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

A few weeks ago we were honored to host CS Agriculture Peter Munya who confirmed the National Government’s commitment to revive the pyrethrum sector. The CS committed Ksh 500 million towards this endeavor. We appreciate this move and we will continue to support our farmers.

The County Government has also started the fish eating program propagated in areas where fish is not a regular meal. We have introduced 40,000 fingerlings to Kenyatta dam in Kuresoi North sub county. Other areas include Mona dam in Molo sub county and Kapkores in Kuresoi south ward. The introduction of fishing activities in this area will provide a new source of income for our people and empower them economically.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The provision of clean and adequate water continues to be our top priority. The County Government has set up Nyondia water project in Gilgil sub county which provides water to over 2,000 residents. Other such projects include Sigutek in Subukia and Kapseger in Kuresoi South sub counties. All our water projects will be fitted with solar panels to make them more sustainable.

The County Government has also partnered with charitable organizations like World Vision Kenya to provide water in areas of WEMA in Subukia and Salgaa in Rongai sub counties.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The economy of any area whether urban or rural depends greatly on the road network. As a County we have a vibrant ‘Boresha Barabara’ campaign dedicated towards opening of feeder roads in the rural areas. This campaign has seen areas that have never been accessed before open up significantly. The rehabilitation of dilapidated roads has also been done under this program. This is an ongoing project that touches all corners of our county.

In the urban centers, we have embarked on tarmacking of roads. Some of these places include a 4km road in Naivasha town that goes from the wholesale market to the stage. Another road is the Njoro town shops frontage road that was tarmacked at a cost of Ksh 18 million. East Road in Nakuru East has also been tarmacked at a cost of Ksh 30 million. The construction of these roads aims to decongest our towns and ease movement of traffic in these areas.

Drainage works have also been done in areas of Kivumbini, Free Area, Kaloleni and Manyani. This has transformed these areas that were once prone to flooding.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Youth are the backbone of every society. As a county we recognize the significance of our youth to the growth and development of our economy. This year during the International Youth Day we officially opened the Directorate of Youth affairs that is tailor made to focus on issues affecting the youth. We have also set up a youth desk in all the 10 departments as a way of coordinating youth matters in the County government.

Our youth in Agriculture have also benefitted from the Narig project funded by world bank. The project offers Ksh 500,000 in form of grants. The County Government has also distributed car wash machines to youth groups as a way of enabling them earn a living.

The County Government has also embarked on rehabilitation of stadia across the County. The tender for construction of Afraha Stadium has also been advertised. 

We have also facilitated persons living with disabilities to participate in various tournaments like sitting volleyball an paralympics.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

You will recall that last year we started the journey towards attaining city status and becoming the fourth city in Kenya. However, this process has been derailed by the global Coronavirus pandemic. Despite these hiccups, we continue to upgrade our infrastructure within and without the city boundary. 

The contract for the upgrade of Lanet airport has been awarded to the contractor. We plan to upgrade the airport at a total cost of Ksh 2 billion. Once completed, the airport will open our County to more investors. The airport will also ease access of transport of goods like the flowers to the European market.

We are also working on the planning, survey and mapping of urban centers across the County. Currently the Department of Lands and Physical planning is carrying out stakeholder forums to get the views of the residents regarding planning of these centers. This program will guide the structure of our urban centers and bring orderliness in our centers.

In conclusion, 

Today we choose to honor those among us who have been exemplary in their contribution to our society. As a way of appreciating them, we will name our roads in their honor. 

These are:

  1. Lee Njiru. He is a long-serving civil servant and worked closely with the late President Daniel Arap Moi. He exhibited professionalism and consistency in the journalism profession and a key mentor and role model to journalists.
  2. Paul Tergat- athlete. He is a world-renown athlete who flew the Kenyan flag high in international athletics. He is currently the president of the National Olympic Committee (NOC-K). sports personality and philanthropist advancement of upcoming athletes.
  3. Moses Kamonye– He is a well-known businessman and among the first business persons in Nakuru. His prowess in the business field has contributed greatly to the economy of Nakuru town.  
  4. Prof. Richard Musangi– former Vice Chancellor at Kabianga University. He is a renowned educationist, scholar as well as an accomplished administrator. He is one of the brilliant minds that our country has.
  5. Caleb Kiarie-He is a renowned business person and one of the great mentors to upcoming business persons in the County. Mr Kiarie has also been critical in the leadership of the PCEA church.
  6. Peter Kinya– He is a great leader and an advisor in political affairs. Mr Kinya has also been instrumental in charitable activities geared towards helping the needy in the society.
  7. The late Eng. James Ochieng’- Eng. Ochieng exemplified professionalism, in his work and was instrumental in the redesigning of our modern bus park, markets and expansion of roads. 

We salute all our heroes. We ask you to continue observing the Ministry of Health guidelines. 

Thank you, God bless you and stay safe.

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List of newly elected MCAs in Nakuru County

The following are the Nakuru County elected MCAs following the 9th August General elections. The United Democratic Alliance party (UDA) got the most number of seats at 39

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The new County Asssembly of Nakuru chambers

The following are the Nakuru County elected MCAs following the 9th August General elections. The United Democratic Alliance party (UDA) got the most number of seats at 39. The Jubilee party managed 6 seats, while the Safina party won 1 seat. Seven of the MCAs were elected as independent candidates. Out of the 55 elected MCAs, 8 are women.

Naivasha Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. Maiella – Gituku Jane Wanjiru (UDA)
  2. 2. Naivasha East – Stanley Karanja (UDA)
  3. 3. Maai Mahiu – Eliud Kamau Chege (UDA)
  4. 4. Biashara – Elijah Mwaura (UDA)
  5. 5. Viwandani – Mwangi Muraya (UDA)
  6. 6. Lakeview – Alex Mbugua (UDA)
  7. 7. Hellsgate – Virginia Gichanga (Jubilee)
  8. 8. Ol’Karia – Peter Wanjala Palang’a (ODM)

Gilgil Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 9. Gilgil – Rose Njoroge (UDA)
  2. 10. Malewa – Francis Mungai Kuria (UDA)
  3. 11. Eburru Baruk – Michael Gathanwa (UDA)
  4. 12. Elementaita – George Nene (Safina)
  5. 13. Morendat – Peter Njoroge (UDA)

Subukia Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 14. Subukia – Isabella Makori (UDA)
  2. 15. Waseges – Elijah Murage (Independent)
  3. 16. Kabazi – George Talam (UDA)

Bahati Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 17. Bahati – Grace Mwathi (UDA)
  2. 18. Kabatini – Leah Ng’ang’a (Independent)
  3. 19. Kiamaina – Paul Waweru Warege (Ka Wambui) (UDA)
  4. 20. Dundori – James Gathuita Mwangi (UDA)
  5. 21. Lanet Umoja -Mwangi Ngarama (UDA)

Nakuru Town East Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 22. Nakuru East – Anthony Kamau (UDA)
  2. 23. Menengai – Wilson Mwangi (Jubilee)
  3. 24. Flamingo – David Kihumba Muraya (Independent)
  4. 25. Biashara – Fadhili Msuri (UDA)
  5. 26. Kivumbini – Neto Sakwa Alukutsa (Independent)

Nakuru Town West Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 27. Rhoda – John Macharia (UDA)
  2. 28. London – Benard Gattuso (Jubilee)
  3. 29. Barut – Ben Kirui (UDA)
  4. 30. Kapkures – Robert Ruto (UDA)
  5. 31. Kaptembwa – Peter Kanjwang’ (ODM)
  6. 32. Shabaab – Macharia Wathiai (UDA)

Rongai Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 33.Solai – Nixon Morogo (Independent)
  2. 34. Soin – Ellibas Naburuki (Degualle) (UDA)
  3. 35. Mosop – Dr. Alex Lang’at (UDA)
  4. 36. Menengai West – Isaac Kiptisya Rottok (UDA)
  5. 37. Visoi – Hellen Chemutai (UDA)

Njoro Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 38. Njoro – Hezy Ndung’u (Independent)
  2. 39. Nessuit – Samuel Tonui (UDA)
  3. 40. Mauche – Moses Koros (UDA)
  4. 41. Mau Narok – Cyrus Dida (UDA)
  5. 42. Kihingo – Simon Kamau Karanja (Jubilee)
  6. 43. Lare – Phillip Wanjohi (Jubilee)

Molo Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 44. Molo – Joseph Ngware (UDA)
  2. 45. Marioshoni – Ben Lang’at (UDA)
  3. 46. Elburgon – David Njuguna (Independent)
  4. 47. Turi – John Mwangi Macharia (Jubilee)

Kuresoi South Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 48. Keringet – William Mutai (UDA)
  2. 49. Tinet – Paul Lang’at Alvin (Drilit) (UDA)
  3. 51. Kiptangich – Rose Mutai (UDA)
  4. 52. Amalo – Robert Lang’at (UDA)

Kuresoi North Constituency UDA MCA nominees

  1. 53. Sirikwa – Emmanuel Lang’at (UDA)
  2. 54. Kamara – Joseph Kipng’etich (Chemutwet) (UDA)
  3. 55. Kiptororo – Alex Bor (Kipyek) (UDA)

 

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Nakuru to host World Bee Day celebrations

The Apimondia Regional Commission (ARC) President, Mr David Mukomana, in a statement, said the three-day program will include technical tours to see beekeeping within Nakuru County and any other areas, exhibitions, seminars and the actual celebrations.

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Bees on a honey comb

Nakuru City will this year host the Regional World Bee Day (WBD) celebrations from the 18th – to the 20th of May 2022.

The yearly event is commemorated to raise awareness about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity in food security, global hunger eradication, and environmental and biodiversity conservation.

Under the theme; “Bee engaged: Celebrating the contribution of bees to the environment, food security and income generation to mankind.”

The forum will share knowledge from across the world, and draw the attention of the public and decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees as well as halting the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems following the Paris Agreement.

FAO estimates that bees contribute to the pollination of food worth between $ 235 and $ 580 billion every year and that their decline continues to strain food systems.

Intensive farming practices, excessive use of agrochemicals, habitat loss, and adverse effects of climate among other issues have been identified as key hindrances causing the depopulation of bees and loss of colonies.

With such challenges, there is a need to come up with solutions that are resistive to the increasing bee population globally.

According to FAO, Kenya ranks third in Africa after Tanzania which is the largest producer of honey and produces approximately 31,405 tonnes annually while Angola ranks second producing about 23,500 tonnes annually.

As of 2020, Kenya’s production of honey was at 17,801 tonnes, up from 13,877 tonnes the previous year, this is a change of 28.28%.

Speaking during a past apiculture stakeholders’ workshop, State Department for Livestock Production Principal Secretary, Mr Harry Kimtai, expressed concern that new pests and farm pesticides have hit colonies hard.

“We’re collaborating with devolved units to halt the alarming depletion of bee colonies. Bee colony multiplication initiatives include capacity building, beekeeping equipment distribution, and bee bulking,” revealed PS Kimtai.

Despite the potential of honey production and the benefits of apicultural activity, very little income accrues from the activity.

The government in its progress, in the Big Four Agenda on 100% food and nutrition security, is committed to enhancing honey production from 25,000 tonnes to 38,000 tonnes by the year 2022.

Beekeeping offers an alternative source of livelihood and protects biodiversity and should ideally be established away from human interaction with enough bee forage and all-year-round availability of water to provide favourable conditions for beekeeping.

Nakuru County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Immaculate Maina, says that, ‘’bees have become increasingly endangered with one million species facing extinction. Thus, beekeeping should be embraced as an alternative environmentally friendly income-earning enterprise.”

‘’We hope that by hosting this event, we will be able to proactively assist in the opening up of our county by giving marketing opportunities and investment prospects in the apiculture industry,” Dr Maina noted.

“We also anticipate important topics discussed during the three-day forum, such as the role of women in the sector as those most affected by climate change, solutions to save our bee species from extinction, and how we can continue to rely on pollinators to save us from the current climate crisis,” she concluded.

Acting CEO of the Apiculture Platform of Kenya (APK), Mr Frederick Otieno Odera, says that beekeeping has significant potential in Africa to improve rural incomes and diversify livelihoods.

“We hope the commemoration of the National World Bee Day will showcase new technologies and sustainable measures from across the world in the apiculture industry and provide sustainable solutions to save our bees in the current climate crisis,” said Otieno.

The Apimondia Regional Commission (ARC) President, Mr David Mukomana, in a statement, said the three-day program will include technical tours to see beekeeping within Nakuru County and any other areas, exhibitions, seminars and the actual celebrations.

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Governor Kinyanjui drops deputy, picks Kamuren as running mate

The county is a cosmopolitan city and was the headquarters of the Rift Valley province under the old Constitution.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has dropped his Deputy of five years and named a woman running mate ahead of the August 2022 polls.

Kinyanjui, who is gunning for a second and final term in office, dropped Dr Eric Kipkoech in favour of Ms Franciscar Jelagat Kamuren.

He explained that Kamuren, 47, is an accomplished grassroots mobilizer with a strong passion for community development and was picked after wide consultation.

“Äfter long consultations with diverse stakeholders, I have decided to appoint Ms Franciscar Jelagat Kamuren as running mate for my second term bid,” Kinyanjui said.

The nominee holds a Masters’s degree in linguistics from Egerton University and has served in various capacities.

The governor is seeking to defend his seat via the ruling Jubilee party ticket under the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition.

He is however facing stiff competition from the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate Susan Kihika, who is the current Senator for Nakuru and his appointment is seen as a tactic to woo the women vote.

His announcement comes hours after Kihika unveiled her running mate in a press conference from Nakuru.

Kihika picked David Kones as the man to deputize her after an interview that attracted half a dozen candidates.

The senator, who is a staunch supporter of Deputy President William Ruto was handed a direct ticket.

Nakuru is among the largest counties in Kenya and was recently conferred city status by President Uhuru Kenyatta, making it the fourth city in Kenya after Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu.

The county is a cosmopolitan city and was the headquarters of the Rift Valley province under the old Constitution.

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