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MP faults President Kenyatta’s interview on 4 vernacular radio stations

It will be noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Monday morning on Inooro, Cooro, Kameme and Gukena radio stations through a pre-recorded interview highlighting what the Jubilee Administration has done in terms of projects.However, due to the nature of the pre-recorded interview and the fact that it was being aired in Kikuyu language, Kenyans had no opportunity to ask questions.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kameme FM presenter John Njuguna Gicheha alias Man Nyari at a past event. [Source/Man Nyari]

The Monday morning interview of President Uhuru Kenyatta on Inooro, Cooro, Kameme and Gukena radio stations has elicited mixed reactions.

Bahati MP Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri addressing media in Nakuru on Monday Jan 18, 2021.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Bahati Member of parliament Kimani Ngunjiri has hit out at President Uhuru Kenyatta over the move saying it lowers his stature as President.

The Legislator argued that the Presidency is a symbol of unity and that the move by the President to be interviewed on the Kikuyu vernacular radio stations was going against the same.

According to Ngunjiri, President Kenyatta should have had an interview on national radio stations where all Kenyans can understand rather than going on Kikuyu vernacular stations yet he was addressing national issues.

He vocal Nakuru Legislator said the President is trying to use the Kikuyu vernacular radio stations to woo the community that seems to fall out with his leadership.

Ngunjiri now calls on President Uhuru Kenyatta to go back to the drawing board if indeed he wants to leave a legacy as his predecessor former President Mwai  Kibaki.

“The President’s move is a sign of failed leadership. I never saw Mzee Jomo Kenyatta,Mwai Kibaki or even the late Moi go to their vernacular stations to address national issues. Let the President address the nation, not a community in a cocoon. Let me tell you Mr.President that the ground of the Central region is gone” said Ngunjiri.

He called on Kenyans to shun divisive politics but rather work towards transformational agenda through unity.

It will be noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Monday morning on Inooro, Cooro, Kameme and Gukena radio stations through a pre-recorded interview highlighting what the Jubilee Administration has done in terms of projects.

However, due to the nature of the pre-recorded interview and the fact that it was being aired in Kikuyu language, Kenyans had no opportunity to ask questions.

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Home Team London FC Lifts 6th Edition Of #KOT5Aside In Nakuru

Tournament organizer and founder Aleckie Ronald said he was pleased with how the tournament has grown.

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Home team London FC are the winners of the 6th Edition of #KOT5Aside which was held in Nakuru over the weekend.

The Nakuru based club emerged victorious after beating Afrohemian from Nakuru 2-0 in a hotly contested final.

London walked away with Ksh. 100, 000 courtesy of Odibets while Afroheamian won Ksh. 60, 000 as FUsball Arena Stars took home Ksh. 40, 000 after finishing third.

The tournament that attracted 16 teams saw all the eight teams from Nairobi eliminated before the semis with four Nakuru clubs advancing to the final.

Tournament organizer and founder Aleckie Ronald said he was pleased with how the tournament has grown.

“It’s almost three years since we started this tournament and I am really proud of how we’ve grown, we can only get better, I want to thank Odibets for their support since the tournament started, they’ve played a huge role in our growth,” Ronald remarked.

Story by Capital FM

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Nakuru to set up modern mental health hospital

The Taskforce on Mental Health of Kenya report of July 2020 recommended that mental illness should be declared a national emergency of epidemic proportions.

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Chiromo Mental Health Hospital

The County Government of Nakuru has initiated plans to construct a modern psychiatric facility to fully integrate mental health services in its healthcare provision programs.

Currently, Gilgil General and Psychiatric Hospital, which serves as Nairobi’s Mathari Hospital annexe, is the oldest and biggest psychiatric unit in Rift Valley.

The Gilgil-based hospital is grappling with the rising number of abandoned psychiatric patients, some being there for over 30 years, thus straining the facility.

Already, a technical team from Nakuru County has toured the Chiromo Mental Health Hospital to collect data on a modern and ideal mental health facility.

The team led by Dr Cleophas Wafula, a Clinical Psychologist at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital also met Dr Frank Njenga, a renowned mental health consultant.

County Architect, Mr Julius Kiprop Sang’ noted that the data will help Nakuru come up with a modern mental infrastructure in Gilgil sub-County to well serve the region.

Dr Frank Njenga commended Nakuru County for taking interest in coming up with the right infrastructure to address mental healthcare issues.

The Taskforce on Mental Health of Kenya report of July 2020 recommended that mental illness should be declared a national emergency of epidemic proportions.

The report further called for the prioritization of mental health as public health and socioeconomic agenda.

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Kihika alleges State plans to rig London by-election

She says Jubilee had panicked and resorted to open-market voter bribery as witnesses at the weekend. And in line with Operation Nakuru West, the police supervised the bribery.

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Senator Susan Kihika

Senator Susan Kihika has protested what she terms as an elaborate plan by the ruling Jubilee Party to rig the London Ward by-election slated for Thursday.

The seat fell vacant after area Member of County Assembly, Sammy Mbugua succumbed to a liver disease late last year.

The by-election has attracted strong succession competition with Jubilee’s Francis Njoroge and UDA’s Wachira Nzuki being frontrunners. ODM and KANU candidates have since pulled out.

In a letter to the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, the Senator claims the party plots to use police to cause chaos and disrupt the voting process.

“The dastardly, undemocratic and one-party era scheme is also meant to have marauding gangs cause mayhem in UDA strongholds in the Ward,” she further alleges.

She claims that the OCPD had been ordered by the government to ensure that Jubilee Party’s Njoroge wins, despite the party having no touch on the ground.

A week ago, police tear-gassed lawmakers allied to Deputy President William Ruto to stop a campaign meeting for the UDA party candidate.

The Senator warned the police against being used by State agents to subvert the will of London Ward people whom she said will turn up in large numbers to vote.

She says Jubilee had panicked and resorted to open-market voter bribery as witnesses at the weekend. And in line with Operation Nakuru West, the police supervised the bribery.

“We urge the IEBC to fulfil its role and be the honest arbiter the Constitution and the people of London Ward, and indeed Kenya, expect it to be,” she stated.

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