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Molo sub-County records 18 new COVID-19 cases

Minister for Health Mutahi Kagwe in his daily COVID-19 address from Mombasa County said since the easing of travel restrictions, attention now shifts to counties.

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A road signage in Molo town. Photo/Courtesy

Nakuru County has 23 COVID-19 positive cases out of today’s 447 cases reported nationally from the 3,803 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

The region now has over 110 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases, a worrisome reality that calls for more vigilance by policymakers and individual residents.

In today’s figures, Molo sub-County leads with 18 cases, Nakuru Town East 2 while Gilgil, Naivasha and Nakuru Town West sub-counties have 1 case each.

Naivasha sub-County leads with 22 per cent of the total cases followed by Nakuru Town East at 13 per cent. Njoro, Kuresoi North and Subukia sub-Counties trail with 1 per cent each.

Minister for Health Mutahi Kagwe in his daily COVID-19 address from Mombasa County said since the easing of travel restrictions, attention now shifts to counties.

“We are now dealing with community infections and every county must have requisite medical facilities to be able to handle all conditions,” he stated.

He said Counties should strive to meet the 300-bed capacity, as instructed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, as it was the only way of assuring Kenyans of their safety and well-being.

Earlier in the day, County Minister for Health Dr Gichuki Kariuki said Nakuru County has so far set up 400 beds in isolation and treatment facilities.

Twenty five people are currently under management at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital and Naivasha sub-County Hospital isolation and treatment units. Thirty people have recovered and discharged.

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Governor Kinyanjui: Molo, Gilgil towns set for major growth with status change

Upon elevation, Gilgil and Molo will become the third and fourth town to be Municipalities after Nakuru, and Naivasha. Nakuru County is the pioneer of the upgrade of towns to Municipalities and a Municipality to a city under the 2010 Constitution.

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Governor Lee Kinyanjui (right) receives the report conferment of Municipal status to Gilgil town from the chairman of the ad-hoc committee Mr Kahiga Waitindi. Photo/Suleiman Mbatiah

Nakuru County’s Molo and Gilgil towns are set to enjoy immense urban infrastructure development through increased funding to improve businesses and living conditions and attract investors once elevated into Municipalities.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui, while receiving reports of ad-hoc committees on the conferment of municipal status to Molo and Gilgil towns, said the towns are expected to be conferred the Municipality status, with an award of a Charter in May.

The report will be forwarded to the County Assembly of Nakuru for debate, and if approved, Section 9 of the Urban Areas and Cities Act empowers the Governor, on the resolution of the Assembly, to confer the towns the status of a Municipality by the grant of a Charter in the prescribed form.

Nakuru County Attorney, Kaleb Nyamwange, said this comes barely three months after Nakuru Municipality was awarded the City status charter by President Uhuru Kenyatta, a move that has started attracting investors into the region.

Mr Kahiga Waitindi, the chairman of the ad-hoc committee on the conferment of Municipal status to Gilgil town, said his team extensively looked into the heritage and diversity of the region and its growth potential and need for government interventions.

His Molo town counterpart, Mr Simon Matiri said his team collected views from all relevant sectors and did site visits to ascertain elevation suitability before unanimously endorsing the award of the Municipality status.

Under the Urban Areas and Cities Act, a town can be elevated into a municipality if it has a population of at least 50,000 residents. According to the 2019 census conducted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Gilgil has a population of 185,209 residents while Molo has 156,732 people.

The two towns also met other key requirements, such as the ability to generate enough revenue to adequately fulfil its responsibilities to deliver key services to its residents, enough spaces for expansion, presence overall framework to guide its development among others.

Upon elevation, Gilgil and Molo will become the third and fourth town to be Municipalities after Nakuru, and Naivasha. Nakuru County is the pioneer of the upgrade of towns to Municipalities and a Municipality to a city under the 2010 Constitution.

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County calls for safe fire handling as tragedies rise

A modern fire station under construction in Nakuru CBD is near completion and last week the County conducted interviews for 17 more firefighters.

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A burnt down house

The County Government of Nakuru advises County residents to exercise caution while handling fire, especially now children are at home for the holiday.

County Chief Officer for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Ms Ann Njenga said recent fire incidences point at human negligence.

She was speaking at Elburgon in Molo sub-County when she presented humanitarian assistance by Governor Lee Kinyanjui to Mr George Omosa who recently lost 3 children in a fire incident.

Among the items were 30 irons sheets and mattresses to help Mr Omosa rebuild his livelihood. She said the County would deliver more items in the coming days.

“Governor Lee’s administration has invested heavily in disaster preparedness and management. Recently, the County bought 2 more modern fire engines to boost capacity,” she stated.

A modern fire station under construction in Nakuru CBD is near completion and last week the County conducted interviews for 17 more firefighters.

Also, in November 2019, thirty youthful firefighters graduated from the Morendat Institute of Oil and Gas after a rigorous four-week training program on basic firefighting techniques, fully sponsored by the County.

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Molo Stadium ready for local matches

The stadium rehabilitation is in line with Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s manifesto to nurture and promote sports at the community level.

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The newly renovated Molo Stadium
The rehabilitation of the perimeter wall around the Molo Stadium in Molo Sub-county has been completed.
At the same time, works to ensure the football pitch and athletics tracks are in good shape is almost complete.
Previously, the perimeter wall had collapsed and stones and gates were stolen while the ground was waterlogged.
In the first phase that will cost Sh2.9 million, the contractor is also expected to construct gender-sensitive toilet blocks.
The stadium rehabilitation is in line with Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s manifesto to nurture and promote sports at the community level.
Sports Director Ms Alice Gikonde said, “The second phase will entail the construction of a pavilion and fan stands.
Other similar projects are underway in other sub-counties.”

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