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James Wakibia-the man behind ban on plastic in Kenya speaks on the gains 4 years since ban

Wakibia,who last Saturday joined other environmentalists in clean up exercise at Lake Nakuru National Park was categorical that plastic bottles are also becoming menace.

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Environmentalist James Wakibia.PHOTO/Courtesy.

It is 4 years since the ban on plastic bags in Kenya.

The move though received a lot of opposition, many good things have been achieved.

Locals in Nakuru county admit that indeed it was a nice idea as it has limited pollution.

Led by environmental activist James Wakibia,noted that despite Challenges in implementation , the menace of plastic bags is now thing of past.

According to Wakibia, the implementation has been achieved at  80 percent.

He however pointed out that full implementation of the ban on plastic can achieve much if the neighboring countries also ban plastics.

“We have achieved alot since  ban on plastic.I can say we are at 80 Percent.The challenge has been some Countries still have not banned plastic bags hence a times they gain entry into this country” he said.

Wakibia also took issue with industries in Nakuru for continued poor disposal of plastic bottles.

He called on National government to ensure the industries adhere to the environmental laws and policies.

“The Kenyan government has tried in terms of implementation,but we still need to do more.Let these industries adhere to the laws and stop pulluting the environment” added Wakibia.

Plastics have negative effects as they contribute greatly in polluting the environment.

They block riverways and eventually lead to flooding.

Wakibia,who last Saturday joined other environmentalists in clean up exercise at Lake Nakuru National Park was categorical that plastic bottles are also becoming menace.

“Last Saturday we had clean up exercise at Lake Nakuru National Park and can admit that plastic bottles make up mojority of solid waste.We need to start rethinking about plastic bottles” said Wakibia.

According to Wakibia, already an audit has been done on the type of solid waste that make their way to Lake Nakuru and a report shall be out soon for action.

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Cathy Hotel owner Toroitich was committed to his beliefs, says Governor Lee

The late President Daniel Moi’s nephew died on Thursday following a short undisclosed ailment. He is survived by one wife, six children and several grandchildren.

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The late Toroitich

Governor Lee Kinyanjui has sent a message of condolence to the family of the late Gideon Toroitich, who until his death was the proprietor of Cathy Hotel.

Governor Kinyanjui said Toroitich contributed immensely to the growth and prosperity of Nakuru Town, especially in the agriculture and the hospitality sectors.

“Mzee Toroitich was a principled man who did not shy from saying what he believed in. He was firm and committed to his beliefs,” the Governor stated in a Facebook post.

The late President Daniel Moi’s nephew died on Thursday following a short undisclosed ailment. He is survived by one wife, six children and several grandchildren.

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi mourned the prominent businessman, who once served as the Managing Director of the Agricultural Finance Corporation, as a steadfast man who portrayed the value of family.

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Matatu owners fault County over ‘harrasment’

Nakuru Business Coalition Secretary, Simon Ole Nasieku accused Senator Susan Kihika of failing to champion for their business rights.

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The leaders led by Central Rift Matatu Owners Association Chairman Stephen Muli

Players in the transport sector have called on the County Government of Nakuru to fast-track the construction of a new matatu terminus to improve their working conditions.

Led by Central Rift Matatu Owners Association Chairman, Stephen Muli the businessmen said the upcoming modern termini at the railway’s yard had taken longer to complete.

He argued that the delay was fuelling an extortion racket where County enforcement officers are said to be harrasing and receiving bribes from matatus plying undesignated zones.

“Our vehicles are being seized day and night and released with hefty fines. We will not allow this,” said Muli while accusing the County of what he termed as militarizing the enforcement unit.

He said his office had tried to reach Chief Officer for Public Service Training and Devolution, Paul Githinji to no avail. He said he will be reaching out to Governor Lee Kinyanjui on the same.

His sentiments were echoed by Nakuru Business Coalition Secretary, Simon Ole Nasieku who also accused Senator Susan Kihika of failing to champion for their business rights.

Mr Nasieku said the politicians had failed in coming up with friendly policies to see their businesses thrive, but instead turn to the businessmen for political mobilizations and votes.

The Friends of Devolution chairman, Benson Macharia said Counties should provide a good environment for business for all sectors, political affiliations notwithstanding.

When contacted, CO Githinji said urban planning was a function of the County government and that the Governor was committed to ensuring Nakuru City is habitable for all.

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Unison Sacco opens 11th branch in Nakuru

While welcoming the Unison Sacco in Nakuru, CEC Komen noted that the county government of Nakuru has continued to create a conducive environment for business investors.

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Nakuru CECM for Trade and Cooperatives Raymond Komen(With a CHief Guest tag) ad Regional TSC Director Aden MOhammed duirng the official opening of Unison Sacco Nakuru Branch.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Unison Sacco has opened her 11th branch in the country within Nakuru’s CBD as a way of enhancing service delivery to customers.

The Sacco that was established in 1977 under the name Laikipia Teachers Sacco before it re-branded to Unison Sacco in 2014 prides in empowering members drawn from from TSC, Civil Servants, private schools/institution employees, corporates, Micro-credit groups and individual business entrepreneurs capable of making regular contributions.

Speaking in Nakuru Town during the launch, Chief Executive Officer John Njogu noted that the re-branding was done in December 2013.

He reiterated the commitment towards empowerment of everyone including those at grassroot level in the county and country.

We have no doubt in our ability ad that is why we are opening this 11th branch in Nakuru so that we can serve our members here better” he said.

Sentiments echoed by Chairman James Muhandi who noted that the New branch comes a time the country has gone through tough economic times.

He called for the need to focus on primary and secondary consumer with the Sacco having pride in having approximately 400,000 members.

On his part Nakuru Branch Manager Peterson Wanjohi said the opening of the new branch in Nakuru is a great milestone towards devolving financial services.

As we birth this new branch today,it is another milestone. We endeavor to grow our members through credit and savings” he said.

The event was graced by Nakuru County Chief Executive Committee Member for Trade and Cooperatives Raymond Komen.

While welcoming the Unison Sacco in Nakuru, CEC Komen noted that the county government of Nakuru has continued to create a conducive environment for business investors.

This confirms confidence that the business community has in Nakuru.Statistics indicate that Nakuru is 2nd largest contributor to National GDP after Nairobi hence Unison Sacco is joining the best. We need to ensure we deepen the financial services to the people” said Komen.

Others who addressed during the event included Teachers Service Commissioner Regional Director Aden Mohamed.

He noted the importance of the Sacco to the teaching fraternity in the region.

I am here to celebrate with you the opening of this branch. As teachers,we will get help in many ways. Teachers depend highly on Sacco. The Sacco’s model is key in socio economic growth for the country.

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