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Matatu operators in Nakuru threaten to resume operations in CBD

Police are keen on establishing the authenticity of the document that officials widely distributed among members and citizens last Friday.

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Matatus at Kenyatta Lane

A showdown is looming between Matatu operators and Nakuru County Government after they threatened to resume operations in the CBD terminus.

Matatu operators through their leaders claim they have obtained a court order allowing them to resume operations within the town`s central business district pending the hearing and determination of a case between them and the County Government over relocation to an alternative terminus.

Chairman Steve Muli argues that the court order which was served to the County Attorney last week came into force immediately and a breach of the order is tantamount to contempt of court.

The court order also restrains the County Government of Nakuru from establishing a new terminus along the Nakuru Railways grounds.

Speaking at a thanksgiving service at Metro Church International in Nakuru, Muli said operators and members of the public relying on public service vehicles are going through untold suffering, 10 months after the County Government re-allocated the bus terminus, a move Governor Lee Kinyanjui said was meant to decongest the town amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muli said the re-allocation was not matched with the basic amenities and this has consigned operators to loss of business, depression and reduced quality of life.

However, in a statement to media houses last week Governor Lee Kinyanjui said his office had not received the court and the County Government will therefore proceed with the construction of the new bus park.

He reiterated that no public service vehicle will be allowed in the Central Business District.

Nakuru Town Service Chairman Joseph Njoroge lamented the deplorable state of the current terminus saying they had put operators out of business.

He said passengers are avoiding the current terminus due to lack of water and toilets and are far-flung from the Central Business District –the epicentre of business.

Chairman to Nakuru Hawkers Association Simon Sankale accused the county Government of being insensitive to small businesses in Nakuru town depending on the matatu sub-sector.

Sankale noted that many such businesses had collapsed and some people who had loans have since been liquidated.

In another twist, the Directorate of Criminal Investigation in Nakuru has since summoned Matatu Saccos officials over claims of distributing a fake court order.

Police are keen on establishing the authenticity of the document that officials widely distributed among members and citizens last Friday.

Forceful attempts by the operators to return to their termini within the CBD in recent months have been met with stiff resistance from the police.

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Respect courts,Nakuru MCA tells BBI proponents

The vocal Nakuru MCA called on elected leaders to respect the courts and Judiciary as an independent body.

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Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae at a past function.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Kabazi Ward MCA Dr.Peter Mbae has called on proponents of Building Bridges Initiative to respect courts.

In a statement to newsrooms on Monday morning,Mbae said it was wrong for people to bash judges and courts at large for a ruling issued that termed BBI process null and void.

His statement come a day the BBI proponents headed to court to appeal the ruling issued by a 5- judge bench.

“Attacking the Judiciary yet it’s the same institution you’re going back to seeking to handle your appeal is unwise, illogical, unreasonable, bad for the rule of law and extremely bad manners for elected leaders” he said.

The vocal Nakuru MCA called on elected leaders to respect the courts and Judiciary as an independent body.

Similar sentiments were issued by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula.

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Visa Oshwal community plant over 500 trees at Nakuru Hindu Crematorium

According to the members,the tree planting should be encouraged even among youths.

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Members of the Visa Oshwal community Nakuru during the tree planting exercise at Nakuru Hindu Crematorium.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Members of the Visa Oshwal community in Nakuru on Sunday planted over 500 trees at the Hindu Crematorium in Manyani,Nakuru East with calls on Kenyans to embrace tree planting as a way to address effects climate change.

Speaking during the exercise ,they said tree planting should be taken seriously.

Led by Visa Oshwal Community chairperson Sanju Shah,the members said trees are key in mitigating the devastating effects of climate change.

“We are here to communicate to the society that we all need to embrace tree planting and plantation forestry as it plays an important role in mitigating the devastating effects of climate change” said Shah.

They added that despite the fact that as a community they use trees during cremation,they have embraced tree planting to replace the ones used.

According to the members,the tree planting should be encouraged even among youths.

Visa Oshwal Community Women Wing chairperson Ms Divya Shah reiterated the same.

“As a community we use firehood during cremation and that is why we decided to plant trees in this crematorium today” she said.

She appealed to locals to work towards realization of more trees.

 

 

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MP Kathambi disburses Sh45 million bursary for secondary, tertiary students

In January this year, National Director NG-CDF George Ole Meshuko lauded the Njoro Constituency for the model classes set up and the effort put towards the education sector.

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Njoro MP Charity Kathambi with students during the launch of the bursary .PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Njoro Member of Parliament, Mrs Charity Kathambi has reiterated her commitment towards improving the education standards in her constituency.

She was speaking earlier today when she launched the National Government – Constituencies Development Fund bursary worth Shs45 million towards secondary schools and tertiary institutions.

She said she will also be lobbying through the national government to have a national tertiary college in Njoro Constituency where students from all over the country can come and start.

“As we launch this tranche of the bursary for the secondary and tertiary institutions I want to assure parents that in Njoro we will work to ensure our children are in schools and get the best,” she said.

The lawmaker told off those who have discriminated against children when it comes to access to education through retrogressive cultures.

She stated that all children are the same and should be given an equal opportunity in matters of education.

“Let me make it clear here in Njoro that all our children are the same and should be the same priority and opportunity,” said Kathambi.

On the recently released Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education results, she commended regional heads and parents for the continued success in schools.

The first time Lawmaker maintained that her legacy is to see transformed society through infrastructure and education and called on locals to shun divisive politics.

“Quality education is an invaluable investment. We endeavour to bequeath to our future generations” she said.

It should be noted that several schools in Njoro have seen infrastructural transformation under the leadership of the current lawmaker.

In January this year, National Director NG-CDF George Ole Meshuko lauded the Njoro Constituency for the model classes set up and the effort put towards the education sector.

He challenged the NG-CDF team in various constituencies to ensure the best utilization of the funds towards transformation.

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