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Muslim leaders make a wake up call to Government on street families

They spoke on Tuesday at Salgaa Mosque even as the world marked street Children Day.

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Muslim leaders are calling on government to address the street families menace.

The say this is the time the government should start more schools and accommodate them to better their lives.

Led by Ustadh Muhammad, the leaders also urged the government to help boost organizations working to defend the rights of children in the country.

They added that this will help reduce crime in Nakuru city and other towns.

“Children are innocent and we urge the government to ensure those on the streets are assisted” said Ustadh Muhammad.

They spoke on Tuesday at Salgaa Mosque even as the world marked street Children Day.

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Jubilee Party Nakuru branch apologizes over chaos witnessed at party offices

Speaking during a sensitisation meeting in Rongai constituency, Njuguna Gichamu, one of the mobilization coordinators said that jubilee is the party to beat in the next election and that is why people are fighting to be in it.

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Chaos witnessed at Jubilee party Nakuru branch offices earlier this week.PHOTO/Online

Jubilee party Nakuru branch has apologized for the chaos witnessed at the party offices in Nakuru earlier this week.

Speaking during a sensitisation meeting in Rongai constituency, Njuguna Gichamu, one of the mobilization coordinators said that jubilee is the party to beat in the next election and that is why people are fighting to be in it.

Gichamu said, “even as we regret the altercations, the party is a darling to many and we encourage many to vie through it.”

Similar sentiments echoed by Dr Stanley Karanja who is vying for governor seat in Nakuru.

Karanja stated, “It is so unfortunate that such happened but we are very remoseful and we urge our political leaders to maintain peaceful campaigns.”

This is the the 4th  subcounty the Jubilee party is doing sensitisation meetings after Nakuru west, Naivasha and Njoro.

The party intends to do similar meetings in all the sub counties before party primaries.

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Relieve for Rongai 2007/2008 post election violence IDPs as county resettles them

With the title deeds, the residents of Giwa settlement scheme in Visoi, Rongai Subcounty are now rightful owners of the land and are no longer IDPs.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui during the handing over of land title deeds to Giwa IDPs in Visoi Ward,Rongai.PHOTO/NGPU.

Internally Displaced Persons of the 2007/2008 post-election violence in Giwa, Visoi Ward of Rongai Sub County in Nakuru have a reason to smile after the county government handed them title deeds.

They are the beneficiaries of Nakuru titling program after suffering for the last 15 years.

With the title deeds, the residents of Giwa settlement scheme in Visoi, Rongai Sub County are now rightful owners of the land and are no longer IDPs.

Speaking during the event, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said with the document, they can confidently develop their land and even use it to acquire funding to invest.

He warned them against selling their parcels of land saying such a move was uncalled for.

“We urge beneficiaries not to rush to sell as there are major developments including road upgrade, avocado factory that will increase value of land and offer opportunities for rentals and other businesses”  said Kinyanjui.

The county government has vowed to issue more title deeds to all the IDPs in Nakuru county in the next 6 months.

Besides, the county government of Nakuru will also issue 29 market centers across the county with titles in an effort to secure public utilities.

So far,  70,000 title deeds have been issued under the program as one way of addressing historical land question.

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Rotary Club of Nakuru,Gilanis step in for vulnerable Athinai IDPs

Speaking at Makongeni Chief’s office after handing over the donation, Shamsher Gilani noted that the harsh life the locals are facing is what prompted them to make donation.

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Shamsher Gilani addressing IDPs at Athinai, Rongai in Nakuru county.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Rotary Club of Nakuru in partnership with Gilanis Supermarket have stepped in to assist vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons at Athinai, Rongai Subcounty of Nakuru county.

The groups on Thursday visited the camp and made food and non food stuff donations to the IDPs.

Athinai camp is not a political camp but people who were employed to work in a sisal farm in the area.

They were able to provide a livelihood for themselves and their families until this farm later got auctioned and all the workers were laid off.

In this farm, there were also people who were squatters and they too were chassed out of the said farm.

These people called this farm their “home” and most of them were born and grew up there.

Having nowhere the squatters moved out first and settled in the market place and since they were a big number, the market closed down so as to accommodate these large number of squatters.

Those who were working in the farm were able to find themselves small houses in which they now live in and pay some small amount for rent.

The camp has been in existence for the last 3 years and has very old men and women who depend entirely on donations.

There are also men and women who are in dire need of medical attention as they do not get any assistance from the Government.

Speaking at Makongeni Chief’s office after handing over the donation, Shamsher Gilani noted that the harsh life the locals are facing is what prompted them to make donation.

“These people are really vulnerable. They depend on well-wishers and have absolutely no income. The few strong ones go to look for casual jobs in the nearby Marigat Centre.  All the children spend their day in the camp as they are unable to go to school. We thought it wise to assist them” said Shamsher.

Shamsher who is also chairman Board of Trustees at Street Children Assistance Network Nakuru (SCANN) also vowed to sponsor some of the vulnerable children from the camp for education studies.

According to him, education is key in transferring the society.
“We have agreed that we will have some of the vulnerable children here to our SCANN home so that we can have them in school” he said.

The camp has approximately 70 families living in dilapidated shacks built close to each other and made of polyethene.

Rotary Club of Nakuru President Joab Okello called for need for collaboration among well-wishers to uplift the lives of these vulnerable families.

“These people are in dire need. As Rotary we cannot do it alone. We call on well wishers to step in and through partnership we can do more” said Okello.

The visit by Rotary Club of Nakuru in partnership with Gilanis Supermarket gave the locals some hope.

Led by Ekai Chekolei, they thanked the well wishers for the gesture.

“We have been in this camp for long but we are grateful to Rotary and Gilanis for remembering us” he said.

The locals received a donation which included food,mosquito nets, blankets and mattresses.

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