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I’m ready to lead fellow Nakuru rotarians, says President-elect Okello

Having served in various positions in the Rotary Club of Nakuru such as Club Secretary and Vice President, Sergeant at Arms among other prestigious posts, Mr Okello says he’s ready to serve.

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Philanthropist Joab Okello has taken over the reins of the Rotary Club of Nakuru, a member of the Rotary International, chartered 70 years ago.

Mr Okello was elected in November 2019 to succeed Mr Chris Gasperi. Yesterday, he took office but will have to wait until July for the installation of the entire board of directors.

The Paul Harris Fellow holder is the Director and founder of Inua Development, an organisation that specialises in microfinance products and services in the region.

Paul Harris Fellow is a prestigious recognitions bestowed on Rotarians who meet the highest professional and personal standards as exemplified by Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International.

He is also a co-founder of Ubunifu Hub, a start-up innovation centre that seeks to offer free computer training to poor locals as well as a free and safe space to study and research.

Having served in various positions in the Rotary Club of Nakuru such as Club Secretary and Vice President, Sergeant at Arms among other prestigious posts, Mr Okello says he’s ready to serve.

“Leading senior Rotarians can be intimidating for a young president like myself but members are very supportive and all members are treated equally regardless of their status,” he stated.

He explains that Rotary thrives in proper leadership and governance and handing over is a process where leaders go through world-class leadership training before taking office.

For example, he adds, Presidents are nominated 3 years prior. The handing over is simply a formality but the actual tenure begins 1st of July.

The Rotary Club of Nakuru is known for its 6Ts projects; Tanks, Toilets, Trees, Table Banking, Training and Transformation.

Over 6,000 households have benefited with 10,000 litres of concrete tanks, over 600,000 trees planted and over 6000 proper toilets for hygiene constructed in the low-income homestead.

The President-elect adds that over 6,000 people, mostly women, have been empowered economically through table banking and other life transformation program.

“I have come to learn that money isn’t everything. Everyone has something to give. Even the poorest in the society can generously donate blood,” he stated.

Though he wasn’t prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic when he was elected, Mr Okello says the outgoing leadership has ensured Rotarians adapt to the new normal.

Previously, the local Rotarians met every Tuesday from 1245 to 1400hrs at the Rift Valley Sports Club in Nakuru Town but now meet virtually over the COVID-19 pandemic threat.

“Our top priority is enhancing partnerships and collaborations with other service clubs, rotary clubs, governments and corporates for us to reach more people and impact change,” he stated.

The 2021-2022 Rotary Club of Nakuru Board of Directors are;

President: Joab Okello
Secretary –Ashley Gasperi
Treasurer – Edward Wahome
New Generation – Raymond Cheruiyot
Club administration –Rani Ramchandani
Service Projects –Elizabeth Ndungu
Public relation – Doris Boca
The Rotary Foundation – Anne Newsome
Membership and extension – Hitesh Pandoria
SCANN representative – Ephantus Wachira

The current Rotary International President is Mr Holger Knaack from Germany and the President-Elect is Mr Shekhar Mehta from India.

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Nakuru City Board issues new guidelines to dwellers, building owners

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

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Nakuru City Management board has issued a notice to building owners and the general public on strict guidelines within the city.

In a notice dated January 20, 2022 issued by Nakuru city manager Mr Gitau Thabanja, building owners are required to paint premises and ensure they are well maintained including ensuring rain water gutters are fixed as well as remove obstructive materials such as billboards, placards and posters on walkways to ensure safe and free movement.

All building owners are also expected to ensure proper disposal of garbage from their premises and that none finds its way into public designated spaces.

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

At the same time, all taxis, motorcycles and tuk tuk owners should ensure their automobiles are located in their designated pick up areas. All building owners to ensure drainage around their premises comply with the Public Health Act.

All hawkers and street vendors especially those operating along the highway (A104), Kenyatta Avenue and East Road are required to relocate to designated markets while all vehicles should be parked on designated spaces and not on pedestrian walkways and pavements.

All owners of developments that do not comply with the building code, relevant bylaws and do not have the relevant approvals must regularize the said development by submitting their applications within ninety (100) days for scrutiny and subsequent approval to the City Board of Nakuru.

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Maalim sends stern warning to hate mongers as he takes over as Rift Valley Regional Commissioner

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

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Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mohammed Ahmed Maalim.PHOTO/Isaac

Hate mongers in the Rift Valley Region have been put on notice.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mohammed Ahmed Maalim says he will not tolerate the same.

Speaking after holding a meeting with county commissioners under the Rift Valley Region, Maalim said he understands the task ahead of him.

He commended his predecessor George Natembeya for the tremendous work he did in the Region before his resignation to venture into politics.

While noting the security challenges in some of the counties in the region, the new Regional Commissioner was categorical that through proper coordination and collaboration all will be well.

“I know the tray is full but I am ready for the task ahead.War and hate mongers in this Region let them be warned that as a government we shall not tolerate such” he said.

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

The immediate former Makueni county Commissioner takes over from Natembeya who has declared interest in the Trans Nzoia Gubernatorial seat.

 

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IDPs call for establishment of special court to handle hate mongers

He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.

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As the country commenced the last  enhanced voter registration exercise ahead of the general election, IDPs Network in the country have embarked on an exercise to ensure the majority of their members have the cards to make choices of the leaders they wish to transform their lives.

Speaking in Nakuru, the team led by the chairman Patrick Githnji said that there has been a challenge to effectively address their concerns by the successive governments.
He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.
“We want to see serious interventions by the government on how it can handle the people spreading hate because the judicial systems currently are slow”, he said.
Lucy Njeri, one of the IDPs said that the government ought to treat their people more special than foreigners who seem to be benefiting more from natural resources.
 

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