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County modernizes slaughterhouses to upscale capacity, enhance meat quality

At the same time, the County Government of Nakuru has embarked on a livestock vaccination drive against Foot and Mouth, Lumpy Skin Disease and Rabies to create disease-free zones

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The upcoming modern slaughterhouse at Mirera. Photo/Suleiman Mbatiah

The County Government of Nakuru has embarked on a program to renovate and modernize slaughterhouses in the region to upscale capacity and enhance food quality and safety measures.

The region has over 80 slaughterhouses but only 5 are managed by the County Government of Nakuru. The rest are owned and managed by businessmen and ranchers.

Chief Officer for Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Enos Amuyunzu said the move was also aimed at creating room for other essential amenities within central business districts in urban areas.

Chief Officer for Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Enos Amuyunzu. Photo/Suleiman Mbatiah

Dr Amuyunzu was speaking during an inspection tour of an upcoming Shs15 million modern slaughterhouse at Mirera in Hells Gate Ward, Naivasha sub-County.

The facility upon completion will accommodate butchers from the Naivasha Slaughterhouse near Buffalo Mall to pave way for the construction of 2,400 units of affordable houses.

Over 100 heads of cattle and over 200 small animals will be slaughtered per day. The County will also construct an auction yard in the vicinity to enhance livestock trade in the area.

Scope of work signage. Photo/Suleiman Mbatiah

The facility’s project implementation committee chairman, Mr John Ngigi said the project will create employment among local youth, who mostly depend on fishing activities.

At the same time, the County Government of Nakuru has embarked on a livestock vaccination drive against Foot and Mouth, Lumpy Skin Disease and Rabies to create disease-free zones.

The County is also mulling at establishing a tannery under the manufacturing and food security economic agenda to enrich the livestock sector value chain.

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MCA Palang’a calls for concerted effort in addressing plight of flower farm workers

The seasoned Nakuru MCA who also served as a councilor was categorical that the former MPs and current MP have continued to take lightly the issue.

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Olkaria Ward MCA Peter Palang'a.PHOTO/Courtesy.

The National government has been urged to step up and ensure that the plight of workers in the flower farms in Naivasha are addressed.

Olkaria Ward MCA Peter Palang’a in an interview regretted the harsh welfare the workers have been subjected to.

He noted that majority of the flower farm workers have poor remuneration which falls under labour issues.

The seasoned Nakuru MCA who also served as a councilor was categorical that the former MPs and current MP have continued to take lightly the issue.

He however commended former MP John Mututho for trying to address the same through a bill even though it did not sail through.

“This is the time that we need to work together with all stakeholders including national government to ensure that we address the challenges to do with labour  that are facing the locals in flower farms.Most of our MPs who have served in Naivasha have not taken this issue seriously” said Palang’a.

The MCA who will be defending his seat on ODM ticket also appealed to the locals to ensure they register as voters.

This, he assured them is the only way to ensure best leaders are elected in the August polls.

Already the MCA has organized with office of registrar of persons to ensure that those who don’t have national identification cards have them.

“We appeal to our people to ensure they register as voters as from January 17th when IEBC opens the second phase” said Palang’a.

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Festus Lang’o leaving Inooro FM for NTV?

He promised to announce his next destination soon.

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Festus Lang'o

Celebrated radio journalist Festus Lang’o has broken silence over his absence in the Inooro FM airwaves for the last one week.

In an emotional Facebook post, Lang’o said he had been receiving inquisitive texts and calls from his fans and friends.

“I have decided to end these speculations by making it public that I have officially exited Royal Media Services Ltd,” he stated.

Without announcing his next move, he thanked his fans who supported him when working for RMS for the last 4 years.

In particular, he thanked his immediate former bosses Mercy Oburu, Collins Okoth, Sammy Kigo (former Asst. HR) and Patrick Rukwaro.

“They expressed their interests in me and it is my trust that I did not disappoint them,” he noted.

At the same time, Lang’o said he took criticism positively, a move that helped him improve on his reporting.

Before joining RMS, he worked as a sports journalist with Star Tv under Sahara Media Group in Tanzania.

He promised to announce his next destination soon.

Sources believe he could be headed to newly launched Ramogi TV but the tone of his Facebook posts spells otherwise.

Others are of the view that he has found a new home at Nation Media Group’s NTV that has not had a reporter in Naivasha for long.

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Chandarana Foodplus opens 23rd store at Naivasha’s Buffalo Mall

The opening of the two outlets in Nakuru County has provided unique employment opportunities to residents as well as supply opportunities for farmers.

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The Buffalo Mall - Naivasha. Photo/Courtesy

Chandarana Foodplus has opened its doors to shoppers at Buffalo Mall in Naivasha, making it the 23 rd store countrywide and the second in Nakuru County.

In October, Chandarana became the anchor tenant at the prestigious ultra-modern Golden Life Mall, which is also the largest mall in Nakuru City so far.

Chandarana is the oldest retail in the country, having set up its first retail shop in 1959 and boasts of branches in major cities including Nairobi, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nanyuki and Mombasa.

According to Operations Manager Ashvina Solanki, Chandarana Foodplus is known for high quality and low priced assorted products and offers and hassle-free shopping experience.

“Spacious, well organized and focused on customer experience the Buffalo Mall Branch is a real experience,” she stated during the official opening event.

Customers had access to hundreds of opening offers, with discounts of up to 50 per cent and buy-one-get-one-free on lots of items. They also applied for loyalty cards.

This new branch houses a hot deli, butchery, world-class wine and beer cellar, an in house bakery and a well-stocked and varied delicatessen.

County Minister for Trade, Mr Raymond Komen who officiated the event said Chandarana Foodplus’s footprint in Nakuru was a testament to the County’s business-friendly environment.

He said the opening of the two outlets in Nakuru County has provided unique employment opportunities to residents as well as supply opportunities for farmers.

“Nakuru is an important business hub that contributes the second-highest GDP among the 47 counties. It is a key market for businesses and producers of raw materials,” he noted.

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