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Governor Lee mourns ‘amiable’ Machakos Senator Kabaka

In his condolences message, Governor Lee said the late Kabaka approached issues from a pragmatic position and was never shy to state his position even when it went against the grain.

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The late Machakos Senator Boniface Kabaka

Governor Lee Kinyanjui has mourned Machakos Senator Boniface Kabaka as an amiable person, a trait he said endeared him (Kabaka) to many.

Senator Kabaka passed away earlier today while undergoing treatment at a Nairobi hospital a week after he ended up in the intensive care unit.

In his condolences message, Governor Lee said the late Kabaka approached issues from a pragmatic position and was never shy to state his position even when it went against the grain.

“This unique trait of independent thinking earned him respect and favour both within Machakos County and nationally,” stated the Governor reminiscing on their official interactions.

Early March, Kabaka was among the members of the Senate Standing Committee on Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations who toured Nakuru Municipality to fact-check on City status conferment viability.

The team toured various development projects and collected views from the members of the County Assembly of Nakuru and other stakeholders.

“The amount of investment the County has put into the health sector is encouraging. We recommend that national government pumps more funds to the sector in Nakuru,” noted Kabaka.

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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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Kihika picks Mwalimu Kones as running mate

Addressing journalists in Nakuru on Monday after unveiling Kones, Kihika said she will work closely with him in making better the lives of Nakuru residents.

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Nakuru Gubernatorial Candidate on UDA ticket Susan Kihika and her newly unveiled running mate David Kones.PHOTO/COurtesy.

Senator Susan Kihika who is contesting the Nakuru Ubernatorial Seat on UDA party ticket has chosen David Kones as running-mate.

 

Kones emrged the best among 16 persons who had applied for the position of Deputy Governor to be if UDA gets the seat after the August 9th Polls.

 

Addressing journalists in Nakuru on Monday after unveiling Kones, Kihika said she will work closely with him in making better the lives of Nakuru residents.

 

“I hereby present to you David Kones who will be my deputy in the race for the gubernatorial seat as we look forward to emerge winners so that we can transform the lives of the people of Nakuru” said Kihika.

 

Kihika who has been vocal when it comes to matters governance and justice, assured residents of Nakuru that there will be no conflict once in officer between and her deputy but they will work to deliver.

 

Kones, a teacher by profession is also an expert in matter coflict resolution and management besides being a clergy.

 

With theres expertise, Kihika- a lawyer believes she has made the right the choice towards transforming Nakuru county.

 

“Ours is to work together and I believe in him as a qualified person and up to the task ahead of delivering to the people of Nakuru once we are in office” said Kihika.

 

Kones on his part thanked Kihika for having confidence in him to work with the people of Nakuru county.

 

He noted that Nakuru is the best county to live as it is cosmopolitan hence a need to ensure continued cohesion.

 

“ I am grateful to my senator for entrusting me with the leadership. I will not let you down but we will work together under your guidance to better Nakuru” said Kones.

 

The event was also attended by Nakuru leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto among them Woman Rep Liza Chelule, Mps David Gikaria(Nakuru Town East), Samuel Tanui(Kuresoi South as well as UDA Candidate for Nakuru Senatorial seat Tabitha Karanja among others.

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