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Mt Kenya politicians urged to be united ahead of 2022 polls

He further called on Mt Kenya Senators to be cautious on revenue sharing citing that a win for Mt Kenya counties does not mean a win for communities living in the region.

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Subukia parliamentary aspirant Simon Ngugi

Politicians from the Mt Kenya region have been urged to remain united as they strategize on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession.

This follows a meeting by leaders from the region convened at a Murang’a hotel by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho on the weekend.

Subukia parliamentary aspirant Simon Ngugi urged the politicians not to gamble with the choice they make on Uhuru’s succession saying this will have a major impact on the region’s development.

Ngugi who addressed the press in Nakuru urged the leaders to align the region with a candidate whom they are assured of support once they get elected.

“Any miscalculation might land the region in the opposition thereby denying it the power to lobby for national government projects. Our leaders must be cautious and with our interests at heart,” said Ngugi.

Deputy President William Ruto is among the presidential hopefuls who have managed to make inroads in the Mt Kenya region.

This has, however, come with opposition from a section of Mt Kenya leaders-Kieleweke faction who do not back his presidential bid.

“Ruto remains a formidable force and a candidate with a head start in acceptance across all regions in the country as President Uhuru’s successor,” he said.

Ngugi faulted the leaders who met on Friday for attempting to put conditions on Ruto for the region to back him saying that it was already late.

“Ruto has already won the hearts of Mt Kenya people who do not need coercion to maintain or change their stand. They should be negotiating to have a bigger say in his government should he win the polls,” said Ngugi.

He further called on Mt Kenya Senators to be cautious on revenue sharing citing that a win for Mt Kenya counties does not mean a win for communities living in the region.

“According to 2019 census, Mt Kenya communities have the highest population. It should however be noted that most of them live outside Central Kenya. Disadvantaging other counties will be disadvantaging their own people living outside the region,” said Ngugi.

He urged them to focus on delivering the Jubilee manifesto-Big Four Agenda saying that continued politicking had derailed the dream.

Ngugi noted that a considerable number of Kenyans are yet to get connected to water and electricity despite promises by the government to connect all households before the next general elections.

He singled out Subukia as one of the marginalized areas on development projects under national government despite it being inhabited by communities from the Mt Kenya region.

On this, he urged the legislators to ensure counties such as Nakuru and Laikipia which are inhabited by Mt Kenya communities but fall outside the Mt Kenya region benefit from the national cake.

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  • Subukia parliamentary aspirant Simon Ngugi addressing the press at a Nakuru hotel on September 23, 2020. Photo: Courtesy.

  • Subukia parliamentary aspirant Simon Ngugi addressing the press on September 23, 2020 at a Nakuru hotel. Photo: Courtesy.

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Industrialist Shah receives 2021 Philanthropy Lifetime Award

The East Africa Philanthropy Network seeks to create awareness and a culture of philanthropy while inspiring emerging philanthropy leaders.

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Industrialist and philanthropist Mr Hirji Shah

Industrialist and philanthropist Mr Hirji Shah is the recipient of this year’s prestigious Philanthropy Lifetime Award at the East Africa Philanthropy Awards.

The award honours visionary leaders and philanthropists throughout the community doing extraordinary things to make East Africa a better place for the growth and development of Philanthropy.

Mr Shah serves in the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) Council as a representative of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE).

He is the chairperson of the Planning research, outreach and policy (PROP) Committee of the Council and a member of Human resource administration and finance (HRAF).

KNQA in a statement said it is proud to be associated with Mr Shah and that Mr Shah has over years promoted and grown a culture of giving in the society,

“The objective of the recognition goes beyond motivating individuals and organizations but also aims to highlight best practices and creativity in local philanthropy, “said Mr Evans Okinyi in his congratulation message to Mr Shah.

Mr Shah is a director of several companies, including Mabati Rolling Mills Limited, Comcraft Kenya Limited, Kaluworks Limited, Booth Extrusions Limited, Booth Fire Fighting Limited, Bahari Forwarders Limited, Bahari Insurance Brokers Limited, Kifaru Investments Limited, Juhudi Investments Limited and Juhudi Distributors Limited.

The East Africa Philanthropy Network seeks to create awareness and a culture of philanthropy while inspiring emerging philanthropy leaders.

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Nikama Ndrama: How pilot cop rescued minors from abductor

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Chief Inspector Justine Ouya

Two girls aged 3 and 4 were last evening rescued by a police officer from a man who had abducted them from their home and was ferrying them to an unknown destination.

The innocent angels had been lured from their home as they played by one Jackson Mutinda, 31, who was arrested at a shell petrol station along Langata road, as he walked with the girls to a yet to be established location.

Chief Inspector Justine Ouya, an aircraft engineer at the National Police Service Airwing, had just landed from a troops resupply mission and was walking along Langata road when she came across the man holding the two girls by their hands. They were walking with the minors towards Karen.

“After observing him and the little girls briefly, her intuition as a police officer coupled with her motherly instincts led her to be suspicious,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in a Facebook post.

She immediately stopped the man and interrogated him. She also spoke to the minors and established that the man was not their father as he had alleged.

Chief Inspector Ouya immediately restrained the man and raised the duty officer based at Wilson Airport, who responded with a contingent of officers instantly.

After interrogating the abductor, it was discovered that he had lured the little angels from their home in Muthurwa, promising to buy them a soda. The officers immediately set off for Muthurwa, in search of the parents to the minors.

After a few hours, the distraught parents of the angels identified as Judy Nyakio and Teresia Njeri were finally traced, desperately looking for their missing girls.

As they were reunited with their beautiful angels, the two parents could not hold back tears of joy thanking God for the miracle of seeing their babies alive and the officers for bringing them back home.

“The suspect is currently in custody at Langata Police Station, being processed for arraignment on Child Trafficking charges,” stated the DCI.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations thanks C.I Ouya for going beyond the call of duty and rescuing the little angels from the jaws of their captor.

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ASALs counties declare formation of UPYA Movement ahead of 2022 polls

The UPYA movement will also be used as a tool to unite residents from ASAL areas to articulate a common political position and objectives for the 2022 elections, negotiate for greater socio-economic investment and development in the region.

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Leaders from ASALs counties addressing journalists in Naivasha.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Leaders from Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) of Garissa, Isiolo, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana and Wajir have declared to rally behind new political formation UPYA Movement.

The leaders led by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani met in Naivasha on Saturday to reflect together on the future of their region to give it a voice and political direction at the national level.

They raised concerns on the effects of the ongoing drought in ASALs
gravely affecting lives and livelihoods in the region.

“We appreciate the quick response directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta declaring the drought a national emergency, thereby mobilizing local and foreign response to respond to the dire situation” they stated.

While noting with concern that despite ASAL areas constituting a vast land mass with a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and culturally diverse population, the leaders argued that has suffered from political and socio-economic marginalisation over the years without a unified voice, and only being regarded as a ‘swing vote’ region.

It is for these reasons that the leaders vowed to use UPYA Movement to ensure unity in the area and that their voice is heard.

“Having learnt from our past mistakes, the time has come to chart a brave and brighter future for the ASAL regions which remain Kenya’s most promising.We pledge our loyalty to the current government as led by His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and with whom we are working closely to resolve the immediate challenges affecting our regions.We declare that the UPYA movement will be the political platform at the national level speaking on behalf of the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands of Kenya. As an umbrella political platform, UPYA supports the revitalisation of 2-3 political parties in the region to guarantee the right of our people to participate in the 2022 general election” the said.

Under the new political formation,the leaders vowed to institutionalise and operationalise as as a viable coalition by establishing a functional governance structure from the national to the grassroots across the region.

The UPYA movement will also be used as a tool to unite residents from ASAL areas to articulate a common political position and objectives for the 2022 elections, negotiate for greater socio-economic investment and development in the region.

On the mass voter registration that the IEBC is planning to roll out in October 2021, the leaders called on IEBC to  assure the people of Northern Kenya that it has mechanisms to ensure every eligible citizen in the region is able to register despite the on-going drought.

The leaders also revealed that they wl work with like-minded leaders to unite towards a common agenda for the continued development of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and the Republic of Kenya at large.

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