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Kikuyu Kiama Kia Ma elders call for concerted effort in restoring discipline among students

Addressing journalists in Nakuru during a seminar for students drawn from various schools with a view to establish the possible contributing factors to unrest in schools, the leaders said time is now for all stakeholders to have a sitting and come up with solutions.

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David Kinyanjui from Kiama Kia Ma addressing journalists during a meeting with studnets to atry and find solution to cases of unrest in schools.PHOTO/Isaac

Kikuyu elders under the cultural wing ‘Kiama Kia Ma’ are now calling for concerted effort towards finding a lasting solution on the rising cases of indiscipline among students that has led to the unrest in several schools in the recent days.

Addressing journalists in Nakuru during a seminar for students drawn from various schools with a view to establish the possible contributing factors to unrest in schools, the leaders said time is now for all stakeholders to have a sitting and come up with solutions.

The elders led by Paul Ndegwa, said the seminar was prompted by the unrest in schools and such was in order to give the students a listening ear.

He noted that the current unrest witnessed in schools was clear communications that something was wrong hence the need to amicably address the same.

During the seminar, the students were able to air their views as counselors and professionals engaged them on various issues before they filled their concerns in a special questionnaire form.

Ndegwa expressed optimism that through the many concerns raised by the students, they as elders will move in and have a sitting with other stakeholders including parents and teachers.

“We felt as elders in this area, it is time that we sit down with the students to address the challenges facing our children. We look forward to holding similar gatherings with an aim to find a solution on the same” said Ndegwa.

Similar sentiments echoed by David Kinyanjui who stated that the students have been frank with whatever challenges they are facing, among them pressure in the education system and misguide from their peers.

The elder called on parents to up their parenting role and ensure they talk to their children and understand what is ailing them.

“As elders we want to plead with parents to help find a solution to what is being seen as rising indiscipline among our children. We cannot remain silent assuming everything is right” he said.

Some of the students who spoke to journalists during the seminar organized by Kiama kia Ma lauded the gesture.

According to them, issues of drugs and substance abuse as well as peer pressure are some of the key issues that should be addressed in schools.

“Such Seminars are key in ensuring we are listened to and our views are understood by the education system. Whatever we have learnt here will really help us when we go back to our various schools” they stated.

During the seminar, the students also got the opportunity to interact with comedian Professor Hamo who encouraged them to stay focused and work hard, making good use of the opportunity they have in schools.

According to Professor Hamo, young people should utilize every opportunity they have positively.

“The greatest people we have in this country and even the world have one thing in common that they utilized whatever opportunity they had. So young people should understand their potential, be it in talent or academics and use it to make change” he said.

It should be noted that the continued cases of unrest in schools saw the Ministry of education direct that students proceed for mid term from 19th of November to 23rd.

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Arama slams DP Ruto over bottom-up model, says not genuine with Kenyans

The Nakuru Town West Legislator has on many occasions defended his development agenda in Nakuru West attributing it to good working relationship between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta and Interior CS Dr.Fred Matiang’i.

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Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama has told off Deputy President William Ruto over the bottom-up model.

Speaking in Nakuru West, Arama said the Deputy President is not genuine with Kenyans who are going through harsh economic times.

He said it was hypocritical for DP to go around the country purporting that he will transform the lives of Kenyans if elected President.

The second term serving Legislator argued that DP Ruto has been in government and that if he has not been able to transform the lives of Kenyans then he cannot purpot that he will do so in future.

“The Deputy President should be genuine with Kenyans.He has been in government and if he has not delivered, then how can he claim that he will do so in future” said Arama.

The vocal Nakuru Legislator also took issue with MPs allied to Ruto’s UDA party.

He said the Legislators who claim to have ditched Jubilee party for UDA have lost focus on development and are now busy on campaigns moving from one county to another.

Arama challenged them to start focusing on transforming the lives of their constituents first before engaging in 2022 politics.

“There are these group of MPs who every weekend they are with DP.I think it’s high time they start focusing on development in their constituencies instead of moving around aimlessly” he said.

The Nakuru Town West Legislator has on many occasions defended his development agenda in Nakuru West attributing it to good working relationship between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta and Interior CS Dr.Fred Matiang’i.

 

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Stanbic Nakuru City Marathon to take place annually

The event was made possible through Stanbic Bank’s investment of Ksh10million.

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The award ceremony.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Stanbic Nakuru City Marathon will be held annually in Nakuru.

This was revealed on Sunday as the first one of its kind was held in Nakuru.

The cold Sunday morning was an added advantage for the participants in the race that kicked off at the Stanbic Nakuru branch, Kenyatta Avenue.

With over 3,000 participants taking  part in,  Daniel Simiyu (male category) and Catherine Reline (female category) emerged winners in the 21km category.

Cornelius Kemboi (male category) and Daisy Jepkemei (female category) also took lead in the 10km category.

The event also attracted elite athletes including World Marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei and 1,500m Olympic World Champion and Boston Marathon Champion Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui.

Speaking when he graced the event, Nakuru County Governor, H.E. Lee Kinyanjui congratulated the winners for shining in the first time event in Nakuru.

He said such is a great move towards nurturing talents.

“I am proud to be here today to launch this marathon. I am an advocate for promoting and nurturing young talent and I believe we have witnessed future world record runners here today. I wish to commend the winners of the marathon races” said Kinyanjui.

The event was made possible through Stanbic Bank’s investment of Ksh10million.

 

“I would like to congratulate the winners of all the races here today. You are a true embodiment of tenacity and have demonstrated what it takes to set your mind on a target, persevere and follow your dreams” said Stanbic Bank’s Chief Executive Charles Mudiwa.

 

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Nakuru County Police Commander Beatrice Kiraguri on a mission to aid police mental health

While noting that officers too are human, Kiraguri called on all other county Police Commanders to emulate the same.

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Nakuru County Police Commander Beatrice Kiraguri (front right) and Riftvalley Regional Police Commander Fredrick Ochieng (in checked shirt) and other officers during the well-being session held at Nakuru Agricultural Show.PHOTO/Courtesy.
Cases of depression among police officers in Nakuru county will be a thing of past following an initiative by Nakuru county Police Commander Beatrice Kiraguri.
The county Police Boss is on a mission to aid police officers on matters mental health.
She is doing this through organized soccer tournaments as well as well being sessions.
Under the soccer tournament, the Junior officers have been able to play and interact with their seniors.
“This is a good move to ensure good relationship between the juniors and seniors in the service” she said.
According to Kiraguri, the soccer tournament is key in relieving pressure and stress among Officers.
The police officers have also been able to play friendly matches with Bodaboda operators as a way of ensuring good police-public relationship.
It should be noted that mental health has been a subject of discussion in the Kenya police service, with cases of murder, suicide and violence committed by some members of the Police Service on the rise.
Besides the soccer tournament, Kiraguri has also partnered with other stakeholders to organize well-being sessions for Nakuru officers.
The recent one was on Saturday November 27 this year at the Nakuru Agricultural Show ground.
During the session, officers engaged in dances before listening to talks from various experts among them doctors, psychologists and counsellors.
Speaking after the event, Riftvalley Regional Police Commander Fredrick Ochieng lauded the move.
“This is a good initiative to just help our officers be able to handle pressure and stress that comes with their job” he said.
Similar sentiments echoed by Nakuru county Police Commander Beatrice Kiraguri who stated that such initiatives are key in addressing challenges that police officers go through.
While noting that officers too are human, Kiraguri called on all other county Police Commanders to emulate the same.
“Police officers are also human and they go through stressful moments and that is why I am doing this in my own small way.I hope all the other county commanders will follow suit” said Kiraguri.

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