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Joy as parents to triplets get donation from Lions Club of Nakuru

The school was started in 1978 and currently has 196 learners, most of them with autism, Down Syndrome and mental disorders.

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The handing over of the donation to beneficiaries.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The Lions Club of Nakuru has stepped in to support a family that in 2019 welcomed triplets.

Mr John Thuo and his wife Ms Eunice Wambui have been struggling to feed the children and other members of the family.

And today, the club donated food and non-food items that will see the family through for months.

Past District Governor PCC Lion Vasakha Sabharwal who oversaw the event said the club stands for humanitarian assistance.

“We are ready to reach out to more needy people with various programs to enable them to earn a meaningful livelihood,” he stated.

The club also donated food and non-food items to Nakuru Hill School Special in London Ward in Nakuru Town West sub-County.

The school was started in 1978 and currently has 196 learners, most of them with autism, Down Syndrome and mental disorders.

Lions Club of Nakuru has on several other occasions donated food, learning materials and craft tools such as sewing machines.

The institution’s head, Ms Lucy Kihato said the donations have gone a long way in impacting the learners with life skills.

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Rift Valley Budget Hub on a mission to ensure citizens-led advocacy for improved water services in the Region

Under the umbrella Rift Valley Budget Hub, the facilitators observed that the water sector in the region has not been given priority it deserves and this has impacted negatively on the socio-economic livelihoods.

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Masese Kemunche from Centre for enhancing Democracy and Good Governance addressing state actors and members of the Rift Valley Budget Hub.PHOTO/CEDGG Communication Team.

Budget Facilitators in the Central Rift Region have called on state actors and citizens in the region to work closely in ensuring access to clean water services.

Under the umbrella Rift Valley Budget Hub, the facilitators observed that the water sector in the region has not been given priority it deserves and this has impacted negatively on the socio-economic livelihoods.

Addressing media in Nakuru on Friday during a round table meeting with representatives from the county governments and Central Rift Water Works Development Agency, the budget facilitators called for a need to have conversations around the Water sector.

This even as the 2019 census report indicates that there is serious water access in the Rift Valley region with 7 of the 10 bottom counties being from Rift valley.

Rift Valley Budget Hub Coordinator Mr.Evans Kibet said this is what informed the move to sensitize the citizens in the region on the importance of giving priority to the water sector.

“The idea is to have conversations between the county governments, national government and the citizens so that community priorities find space in the budget and are implemented fully” said Kibet.

The Rift Valley Budget Hub covers Nakuru, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot,Bomet  and Uasin Gishu counties in the Central Rift Region.

According to Kibet, most of the counties in the region are struggling with water departments performing poorly in terms of budget absorption.

This, he attributed to the inadequate technical capacities-an issue he said through collaboration with Regional Water Works Development Agency they will be able to address.

“Water departments across the counties are doing poorly in budget absorption due to lack of technical capacities and that is why we want to ensure capacity building for the counties” he said.

The Rift Valley Budget Hub has vowed not to relent in supporting citizens-led advocacy for improved water services in the Region.

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MP Arama sounds stern warning to dayschool heads over extra costs

Arama who was speaking at NG-CDF office on Thursday during issuance of bursary cheques worth Ksh.20 million for needy students, said he will take up the matter with relevant ministry.

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Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama addressing journalists after issuance of bursary cheques.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama has hit out at section of Day School heads for charging parents extra costs.

The furious Arama said this was uncalled for and those doing so were contravening the government policy on free secondary education.

He revealed that some day schools were forcing parents to pay extra money and interfering with the 100 percent transition.

The second term MP was categorical that dayschool secondary education is free and no parent should be forced to pay extra fee.

According to him,the feeding program for students in Day Schools should be an agreement between parents and school and should not be used to keep students out of School.

Arama who was speaking at NG-CDF office on Thursday during issuance of bursary cheques worth Ksh.20 million for needy students, said he will take up the matter with relevant ministry.

He added that if action will not be taken,then he will lobby parents and assess situation in schools where complaints have been raised.

“As far as I am concerned and as far as Jubilee administration is concerned Education in secondary Day Schools is free.Its against the law for school heads to demand extra money in the name of lunch.I will personally deal with this in Parliament” said Arama.

He added that the government will not condone such acts from school heads whom he insisted had no authority at the moment to send away students.

The Jubilee Legislator maintained that that he will work closely with administrators to ensure full transition to secondary.

He called for dialogue with the ministry of education officials whenever a school is in crisis instead of sending learners away.

“We want to ensure all children are in school as per government policy” said Arama.

 

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Egerton University student commits suicide over suspected depression

Confirming the incident,Njoro Sub county police commander Jonathan Kisaka said the deceased had tried several times to take his life before the Sunday incident.

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A 23-year-old Egerton University student on Sunday committed suicide over suspected depression.

Confirming the incident, Njoro Sub-county police commander Jonathan Kisaka said the deceased had tried several times to take his life before the Sunday incident.

The officer noted that the deceased identified as Edward Chege was living in a rental house just a few meters from the main campus.

“Yesterday we received a report of a suicide incident. The student might have been depressed for he had severally tried to take his life” he said.

The body of the deceased was taken to Egerton University Mortuary awaiting postmortem.

Mr Kisaka called on youths to share their problems with counsellors to avert such incidents.

“Depression is real and people should seek help,” he said.

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