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Hyrax Hill Museum partners feted at a colourful event

Ms Amwanda maintains that all is set for this year’s full packed events at the Hyrax Hill Museum even as the facility marks 100 years since establishment.

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Hyrax Hill Museum Curator Lilian Amwanda(Left) hands over a flower gift to one of the facility's partners Ms Rani Ramchandani(President Lions Club of Menengai).PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

It was great pomp and joy as Nakuru Hyrax Hill Museum feted its partners in a colourful event held at the facility’s ground.

Out of the many partners of the Museum, 11 of them were selected for their consistent participation in the facility’s events throughout.

The 11 received the gifts of flowers associated with love as a form of expressing love ahead of the Valentine.

This was done to appreciate the partners who stood with the facility even during the COVID-19 pandemic period when everything came to a standstill.

Those feted during the event include Rani Ramchandani (President Lions Club of Menengai),Tobias Foundation, Neighbouring PCEA Neema Church,Midrift Human Rights Network,Sarova Woodlands Hotel,Women Like Us Centre among others.

Addressing the media during the event, Daniel Oluchiri from Tobias Foundation lauded Hyrax Hill Museum for coming up with such an event.

According to Oluchiri, the move will motivate more partners to come on board and help Hyrax Hill Museum achieve its mission.

He challenged every individual in the society to play a simple role of serving humanity whole heartedly.

“The event is a good sign that nothing comes for free and that is why we have been recognized. Hyrax is a good place for all and people should give to the community and humanity and the world will give back to you” said Oluchiri.

On his part Edwin Onimi, the Executive Director at Women Like Us Centre, stating that their partnership with Hyrax Hill Museum in various activities has been tremendous.

He said the Women Like Us Centre has partnered with the facility on several tree planting occasions as well sanitary pads donations to needy girls.

“We have been working closely with Hyrax Hill Museum and therefore today’s event is just a clear message that we are still together to ensure a better society” said Onimi.

Ms Rani Ramchanani (President Lions Club of Menengai) who has been a great partner of Hyrax Hill Museum both as an individual and as Lions Club of Nakuru was also feted by the facility.

And in the spirit of partnership and service to humanity, during the event, Rani also donated two wheel-chairs to a neighboring girl who has physical challenges while the other will be for the Hyrax Hill Museum.

She added that the donation at individual capacity was made possible through a donor HealthCare Direct (K) Ltd.

“We did several activities with Hyrax and we are grateful. Today I am donating today two wheelchairs to support one girl and then another for the Hyrax Hill Museum” said Rani.

The Host Hyrax Hill Museum Curator Lilian Amwanda said the move to fete partners was prompted by their support during the COVID-19 situation when things were tough with no funds from National Museum Kenya kitty.

She is however quick to note that through partnership several activities at the facility were a success.

“We decided to call our partners together this time of Valentine to give back love that they have always shown us even during the COVID-19 when NMK was not having funds” she said.

Ms Amwanda maintains that all is set for this year’s full packed events at the Hyrax Hill Museum even as the facility marks 100 years since establishment.

She called on the residents of Nakuru to make good use of the facility as everything in the museum is from and for the community.

“We will continue to work closely with the partners even throughout this year even as we look forward to celebrating 100 years of existence. We urge the community around to embrace Hyrax” she said.

 

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Home Team London FC Lifts 6th Edition Of #KOT5Aside In Nakuru

Tournament organizer and founder Aleckie Ronald said he was pleased with how the tournament has grown.

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Home team London FC are the winners of the 6th Edition of #KOT5Aside which was held in Nakuru over the weekend.

The Nakuru based club emerged victorious after beating Afrohemian from Nakuru 2-0 in a hotly contested final.

London walked away with Ksh. 100, 000 courtesy of Odibets while Afroheamian won Ksh. 60, 000 as FUsball Arena Stars took home Ksh. 40, 000 after finishing third.

The tournament that attracted 16 teams saw all the eight teams from Nairobi eliminated before the semis with four Nakuru clubs advancing to the final.

Tournament organizer and founder Aleckie Ronald said he was pleased with how the tournament has grown.

“It’s almost three years since we started this tournament and I am really proud of how we’ve grown, we can only get better, I want to thank Odibets for their support since the tournament started, they’ve played a huge role in our growth,” Ronald remarked.

Story by Capital FM

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Nakuru to set up modern mental health hospital

The Taskforce on Mental Health of Kenya report of July 2020 recommended that mental illness should be declared a national emergency of epidemic proportions.

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Chiromo Mental Health Hospital

The County Government of Nakuru has initiated plans to construct a modern psychiatric facility to fully integrate mental health services in its healthcare provision programs.

Currently, Gilgil General and Psychiatric Hospital, which serves as Nairobi’s Mathari Hospital annexe, is the oldest and biggest psychiatric unit in Rift Valley.

The Gilgil-based hospital is grappling with the rising number of abandoned psychiatric patients, some being there for over 30 years, thus straining the facility.

Already, a technical team from Nakuru County has toured the Chiromo Mental Health Hospital to collect data on a modern and ideal mental health facility.

The team led by Dr Cleophas Wafula, a Clinical Psychologist at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital also met Dr Frank Njenga, a renowned mental health consultant.

County Architect, Mr Julius Kiprop Sang’ noted that the data will help Nakuru come up with a modern mental infrastructure in Gilgil sub-County to well serve the region.

Dr Frank Njenga commended Nakuru County for taking interest in coming up with the right infrastructure to address mental healthcare issues.

The Taskforce on Mental Health of Kenya report of July 2020 recommended that mental illness should be declared a national emergency of epidemic proportions.

The report further called for the prioritization of mental health as public health and socioeconomic agenda.

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Kihika alleges State plans to rig London by-election

She says Jubilee had panicked and resorted to open-market voter bribery as witnesses at the weekend. And in line with Operation Nakuru West, the police supervised the bribery.

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Senator Susan Kihika

Senator Susan Kihika has protested what she terms as an elaborate plan by the ruling Jubilee Party to rig the London Ward by-election slated for Thursday.

The seat fell vacant after area Member of County Assembly, Sammy Mbugua succumbed to a liver disease late last year.

The by-election has attracted strong succession competition with Jubilee’s Francis Njoroge and UDA’s Wachira Nzuki being frontrunners. ODM and KANU candidates have since pulled out.

In a letter to the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, the Senator claims the party plots to use police to cause chaos and disrupt the voting process.

“The dastardly, undemocratic and one-party era scheme is also meant to have marauding gangs cause mayhem in UDA strongholds in the Ward,” she further alleges.

She claims that the OCPD had been ordered by the government to ensure that Jubilee Party’s Njoroge wins, despite the party having no touch on the ground.

A week ago, police tear-gassed lawmakers allied to Deputy President William Ruto to stop a campaign meeting for the UDA party candidate.

The Senator warned the police against being used by State agents to subvert the will of London Ward people whom she said will turn up in large numbers to vote.

She says Jubilee had panicked and resorted to open-market voter bribery as witnesses at the weekend. And in line with Operation Nakuru West, the police supervised the bribery.

“We urge the IEBC to fulfil its role and be the honest arbiter the Constitution and the people of London Ward, and indeed Kenya, expect it to be,” she stated.

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