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Multi-million building set to house all County departments

The Sh900 million building will house all County departments and  is expected to enhance efficiency and effectiveness on service delivery. 

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The model illustration of the building upon completion.PHOTO/Courtesy.
All County departments will be housed in one modern building that is set to be constructed at the Nakuru county headquarters.
This was revealed on Thursday when the County Government of Nakuru handed over the site of the construction of the modern building to the contractor.
The Sh900 million building will house all County departments and  is expected to enhance efficiency and effectiveness on service delivery.
Recently, the County Government begun the process of automating revenue systems to a digital platform that is easy to use.
The automation of revenue collection has seen own-source revenue rise in the last three years due to efficiency, convenience and transparency.
While handing over the site, Finance CECM Dr Peter Ketyenya said, “the building will have seven floors with a basement and a conference hall.”
He added that works on the site is expected to start soon and be completed in 9 months.
Chief Officer Trade and Tourism Kennedy Momanyi on his part stating that the building will be a one-stop shop for all revenue services.
“This will ease payment of revenue as all revenue officers will be under one roof” said Momanyi.

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DP Ruto, Senator Kihika risk disciplinary action for endorsing UDA candidates for London, Hells Gate

In a letter dated January 20 2021, Cheruiyot has cited a meeting held in Ngata, Nakuru on January 17 where DP Ruto in company of Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika endorsed two persons who are in the UDA political party to vie for MCA for London and Hells Gate Wards by-elections slated for March.Cheruiyot goes further to argue that the move is contrary to the Jubilee Party Constitution and that it undermines the Party’s position and its identified nominees for the upcoming March 4th  By-elections.

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Jubilee Party Nakuru Branch Secretary Peter Cheruiyot Mtumishi addressing media at the Nakuru Party office on January 21, 2021.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The Jubilee Party Nakuru Branch Secretary General Peter Cheruiyot Mtumishi is demanding a disciplinary action be taken against Deputy President William Ruto and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika for contravening the Jubilee Party constitution.

In a letter dated January 20 2021, Cheruiyot has cited a meeting held in Ngata, Nakuru on January 17 where DP Ruto in company of Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika endorsed two persons who are in the UDA political party to vie for MCA for London and Hells Gate Wards by-elections slated for March.

Cheruiyot goes further to argue that the move is contrary to the Jubilee Party Constitution and that it undermines the Party’s position and its identified nominees for the upcoming March 4th  By-elections.

He says, every member of Jubilee Party should support the Party’s candidates who emerged winners in the party primaries for the London and Hells Gate Wards.

It should be noted that Jubilee’s Candidates for London Ward in the forthcoming by-elections is Francis Njoroge while for Hells Gate is Virginia Gichanga.

The letter as seen by this writer, has been copied to Party Leader President Uhuru Kenyatta,Nelson Dzuya(Chairman),David Murathe(Vice-Chairman),Raphael Tuju (Secretary General),James Waweru(Executive Director) and David Manyara(Nakuru Branch Chairman).

Cheruiyot maintains that on the said date, the DP who is also Jubilee Party Deputy Party leader contravened Article 13 of the Party’s Constitution by displaying disloyalty and associating with UDA candidates hence pledging allegiance to another party.

The DP has been given 7 days to defend his position on the raised concerns failure to which the Jubilee Party Nakuru Branch will recommend disciplinary action against him.

“This is to therefore, require you to show cause within 7 days of this letter as to why the Nakuru Branch office should not recommend disciplinary action against you to the Jubilee Party Disciplinary Committee” stated Cheruiyot.

A similar letter has also been written to Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika who is said to have been the host of the Ngata meeting where UDA candidates for London and Hells Gate wards by-elections were endorsed.

 

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Nakuru members of border communities’ origin decry discrimination in passport issuance

Abdulaye was quick to note that as Nakuru residents of Somali origin or members of the border communities’ origin, they are not against the government’s position on vetting before passport is given but at the same time it should not be used to discriminate against them.

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Nakuru residents of border communities’ origin have raised complaints against the Immigration office in Nakuru and the government at large over what they term as discrimination in the issuance of passports.

Speaking to this writer in Nakuru town on Wednesday, the residents led by Abdulaye Adan wondered why any application from their side does not get a booking date.

He argued that the Immigration office in Nakuru should not discriminate against residents in terms of service delivery.

Adan revealed that he has received several complaints from Nakuru residents of Somali origin who visited the office seeking for a passport service but their application did not materialize with no clear information why the delay.

This, he says, will inconvenience Muslims who are in preparation for the forthcoming Hajj and Umrah prayers.

He has called on the National government through the Cabinet Secretary for Interior AND National coordination Dr.Fred Matiang’i to move with speed and save the situation.

“We have received several complaints from residents of Somali origin or those Muslims from border counties that when they apply for passports they are discriminated against, some even not receiving booking dates. We therefore call on CS Matiang’i to come to our aid especially during this time that we are headed for special prayers” said Abdulaye.

According to Abdulaye, the constitution is very clear on matters service delivery and there should be no any form of discrimination.

He was quick to note that as Nakuru residents of Somali origin or members of the border communities’ origin, they are not against the government’s position on vetting before passport is given but at the same time it should not be used to discriminate against them.

He called on the vetting committee to ensure the members of border communities’ origin are vetted and served with passports without discrimination.

“We are all Kenyans and registration of passports in Nakuru should not be discriminative” he said.

But according to information from the Immigration office, it is government’s’ requirement for vetting before passport is issued.

 

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1000 households to benefit from power connectivity following lobby by MCA Mbae

While noting that Subukia Constituency has not been in the front-line on matters of power connectivity, Dr.Mbae called on the area MP to also pick it up and ensure all households are connected.

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Power connectivity at Kiangare settlement scheme in Kabazi Ward,Subukia subc county of Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

1000 households in the 8 settlement schemes in Kabazi Ward,Nakuru County will soon benefit from the electricity connectivity project initiated by area MCA Dr.Peter Mbae.

The project is targeting Kiremba,Kiangari ,Solai Nyakinyua,Marigu,Mahinga,Matuto, Milimani Kihoto, Mutukanio A schemes.

Locals led by Joseph Kagia are now a happy lot lauding area MCA Dr.Peter Mbae for initiating the project 5 years ago.

“We used to just hear that there is something called electricity but now we are seeing it and we want to thank our MCA for lobbying the same” said Kagia.

Lucy Macharia from Solai-Kiremba says they have been relying on kerosene which is expensive.

She is however quick to note that by March this year, they will be able to have power in their homes and life will have transformed.

“We have been using kerosene in our homes but we are happy to our MCA for reaching out to the President and we know by March we shall have power” said Ms Macharia.

Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae inspects the poles that will be used for the exercise of power connectivity.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

According to MCA Mbae, the journey started way back in 2016 when he was a member of the Nakuru County Public Service Board.

He says he knocked at every door to ensure the people in the 8 settlement schemes are connected to electricity.

And now the engagement is finally materializing with the installation of transformers expected anytime.

Dr.Mbae says the project that costs over 60 million shillings will open up the area to more opportunities.

While noting that Subukia Constituency has not been in the front-line on matters of power connectivity, Dr.Mbae called on the area MP to also pick it up and ensure all households are connected.

“The project will improve the livelihoods of the people in the 8 settlement schemes. Subukia has been left behind in matters of connectivity for so long and that is why we now appeal even to the MP to step up” said Dr.Mbae.

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