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Governor Lee calls for action on cops filmed dragging woman on dirty road

Police should play safe refuge for all suspects until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Ms Mercy Cherono, the victim

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has warned that the rising cases of police brutality in the country on civilians may reverse gains made in police reforms and human rights.

In a statement shared in his official Facebook page, the Governor says the police should play safe refuge for all suspects until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Governor was reacting to an incident where police officers allegedly tied and dragged a woman on a motorcycle over an alleged robbery in Olenguruone, Nakuru County.

In a phone video,  21-year-old Ms Mercy Cherono is seen writhing in pain and pleading for her life as a police officer rides off a motorcycle on a rough footpath while another man whips her.

It’s alleged that Ms Cherono was cornered after breaking into a police house and stealing items among them police uniforms. Her two male accomplices managed to flee with the items.

“The notion of innocent until proven guilty must be upheld at all times. For Cherono, she appears to be already sentenced before her trial. This should never happen,” said the Governor.

He called for immediate action against the officer in question adding that such primitive acts continue to paint a dark image of the law enforcers.

He said Ms Cherono might not be innocent but her right to due process must be everyone’s concern, “Our collective silence on such blatant violations will make these acts to become the norm.”

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority – IPOA says it has launched investigations into the alleged assault, injury and other misconduct against the police officers and make appropriate recommendations if a vulnerability is established.

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Mtumishi Cheruiyot in the race for Kuresoi South Parliamentary seat

The youthful Cheruiyot says his leadership will be anchored on 6 key pillars which include creation of  jobs for jobless youth, title deeds for all, better infrastructure, quality education, women, widows and youth empowerment as well as recognition of vulnerable groups.

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Peter Kiplangat Cheruiyot Mtumishi.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Peter Kiplangat Cheruiyot is Jubilee flag bearer in Kuresoi South Parliamentary race.

Commonly known as Mtumishi among Nakuru county residents, he believes in servant leadership with key agenda of transforming the society.

He served as Jubilee party Secretary General Nakuru Branch.

Cheruiyot would later be promoted to the position of Regional Director Jubilee Party Headquarters.

The youthful Cheruiyot says his leadership will be anchored on 6 key pillars which include creation of  jobs for jobless youth, title deeds for all, better infrastructure, quality education, women, widows and youth empowerment as well as recognition of vulnerable groups.

“I believe in servant leadership and that which helps transform the society” he said.

Cheruiyot will be battling it out with UDA’s Joseph Tonui who is also the incumbent.

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Economy blooms as Kuresoi South farmers reap big from pyrethrum farming

In 2018, Governor Lee Kinyanjui launched the Pyrethrum Revival program that saw farmers from Kuresoi South, Kuresoi North, Subukia, Gilgil and Molo receive planting materials.

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A farmer displays harvested flowers at her farm in Kuresoi South sub-County. Photo/Amos Kerich

Over 231 farmers in Kuresoi South who were given free pyrethrum seedlings by the Nakuru County government have started reaping benefits from the crop.

Those interviewed said they harvest the cash crop twice a month and now pocket good money enabling them to pay their children’s school fee with ease as well as boosting their livelihoods.

” I am now like any other salaried person because I harvest the crop twice a week and sell them after every month Ksh. 200 a kilo and get at least sh. 15,000 monthly. I have, therefore, extended a half an acre and am waiting for rains to start so that I plant one more acre,” Joshua Tonui said

He added that before planting pyrethrum, he used to plant potatoes and peas that were costly and required intensive care with a lot of fertilizers, spraying with chemicals only to be disappointed by exploitative selling prices.

In 2018, Governor Lee Kinyanjui launched the Pyrethrum Revival program that saw farmers from Kuresoi South, Kuresoi North, Subukia, Gilgil and Molo receive planting materials.

Joseph Koech, Julius Langat, Amos Tuitoek and Alfred Koech are among the farmers who got the seedlings for a quarter of an acre but have expanded after realising that the crop was well paying.

They thanked the Governor for reviving the crop and bringing in investors who buy from them at good prices adding that according to experts the produce from the region has high pyrethrin content.

” We are so much grateful to Governor Lee Kinyanjui for showing us the way. Once you have planted only weeding is required. He put money in our pockets. This is a true leader who minds for his electorate,” he said

Koech however, said, having seen how the crop has changed the lives of many, there is high demand for seedlings among the locals, so requested the County government to distribute more seedlings before the onset of heavy rains in April.

Sub-county Agricultural Officer, Ms Grace Langat said the farmers in 2018, 2019 and 2020 got disease-free and certified pyrethrum planting materials from the County Government of Nakuru under the pyrethrum revival program.

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Nakuru avocado revolution yields fruits

Processors and exporters, among them Sunripe Kenya Ltd that is buying a kilogram of the fruit at Sh110, have camped in the region.

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Hass avocado

The flagship Hass Avocado farming program by the County Government of Nakuru has started yielding fruits.

Over the weekend, 14 farmers in Amalo and Kiptagich wards in Kuresoi South sub-County harvested and sold 4.2 tons of avocados.

Processors and exporters, among them Sunripe Kenya Ltd that is buying a kilogram of the fruit at Sh110, have camped in the region.

Sunripe Kenya Ltd field officer Mr Samuel Ndura said Kenyan farmers can not satisfy the local and international avocado market.

He urged farmers to plant more avocado trees. The company has taken upon itself to educate farmers on proper crop husbandry.

Kuresoi South sub-County agricultural officer Ms Grace Lang’at said farmers in the region so far have over 20,000 avocado trees.

She urged farmers to form cooperatives to help in marketing, offering extension services and seedling propagations.

Mr Paul Mitei, a small scale farmer at Kitoben in Amalo Ward said avocado is more profitable compared to tea and maize farming.

He said the farmers were in the process of forming cooperatives to enjoy incentives such as free seedlings and training by the County.

Mr Japhet Mutai, an avocado farmer in Kiptagich Ward said avocado farming is a profitable venture urging farmers to diversify on crops.

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