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Nakuru CSOs call for concerted effort towards free, fair and peaceful 2022 polls

The virtual meeting was also attended by National Cohesion and Integration Commission-NCIC, Media practitioners, Independent Police Oversight Authority-IPOA, IEBC as well as Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission-EACC among others.

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Nakuru Civil Society Organizations have called for a concerted effort towards free, fair and peaceful 2022 general elections.

In a virtual CSOs’ Round table meeting held on Wednesday, the Organizations noted that the role of ensuring peaceful elections was a collective one and that electoral body IEBC should be supported in all ways as it goes on with the mandate of conducting the polls.

Cornelius Oduor, the Executive Director Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance- CEDGG was categorical that 2022 polls should not be left to IEBC alone.

He pointed out the need for state and non-state actors to join hands in ensuring successful polls in August 2022.

Oduor also reiterated the need for women, persons living with disabilities and young people to have an active role in the elections.
According to him, if issues of integrity can be adhered to, then Kenya will be a great country.

“As CEDGG, we believe CSOs can collaborate with other actors in ensuring peaceful elections come 2022.IEBC alone cannot and that is why we need everyone on board” he said.

Sentiments echoed by Masese Kemunche.

The Programs Officer at CEDGG called for the strengthening of the stakeholders to help address challenges around general polls.

“We all have a role to play. We need not leave the marginalized behind for they do also have a stake in the polls” stated Masese.

The virtual meeting was also attended by National Cohesion and Integration Commission-NCIC, Media practitioners, Independent Police Oversight Authority-IPOA, IEBC as well as Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission-EACC among others.

Wycliffe Mwatu from NCIC reminded the attendees that the Commission has unveiled a strategic plan towards peaceful elections.

He was however quick to note the need for citizen empowerment, selfless leadership, engagement of political parties towards peace as well as collaboration in addressing hate speech in the country.
IEBC’s Joseph Mathenge and Gilbert Serem reiterated the Commission’s commitment towards free, fair and peaceful elections come 2022.

Serem urged stakeholders to help the Commission in informing the public to visit IEBC offices to check their registration details.

“To avert disruptions during elections next year, let stakeholders also help us in ensuring people come to check their details in the register,” he said.

This, even as the issue of IEBC being underfunded remains a challenge.

The Commission has in recent days raised concerns on the same.
Nakuru CSOs have vowed to take up the funding issue seriously.

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Arama slams DP Ruto over bottom-up model, says not genuine with Kenyans

The Nakuru Town West Legislator has on many occasions defended his development agenda in Nakuru West attributing it to good working relationship between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta and Interior CS Dr.Fred Matiang’i.

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Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama has told off Deputy President William Ruto over the bottom-up model.

Speaking in Nakuru West, Arama said the Deputy President is not genuine with Kenyans who are going through harsh economic times.

He said it was hypocritical for DP to go around the country purporting that he will transform the lives of Kenyans if elected President.

The second term serving Legislator argued that DP Ruto has been in government and that if he has not been able to transform the lives of Kenyans then he cannot purpot that he will do so in future.

“The Deputy President should be genuine with Kenyans.He has been in government and if he has not delivered, then how can he claim that he will do so in future” said Arama.

The vocal Nakuru Legislator also took issue with MPs allied to Ruto’s UDA party.

He said the Legislators who claim to have ditched Jubilee party for UDA have lost focus on development and are now busy on campaigns moving from one county to another.

Arama challenged them to start focusing on transforming the lives of their constituents first before engaging in 2022 politics.

“There are these group of MPs who every weekend they are with DP.I think it’s high time they start focusing on development in their constituencies instead of moving around aimlessly” he said.

The Nakuru Town West Legislator has on many occasions defended his development agenda in Nakuru West attributing it to good working relationship between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta and Interior CS Dr.Fred Matiang’i.

 

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Stanbic Nakuru City Marathon to take place annually

The event was made possible through Stanbic Bank’s investment of Ksh10million.

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Stanbic Nakuru City Marathon will be held annually in Nakuru.

This was revealed on Sunday as the first one of its kind was held in Nakuru.

The cold Sunday morning was an added advantage for the participants in the race that kicked off at the Stanbic Nakuru branch, Kenyatta Avenue.

With over 3,000 participants taking  part in,  Daniel Simiyu (male category) and Catherine Reline (female category) emerged winners in the 21km category.

Cornelius Kemboi (male category) and Daisy Jepkemei (female category) also took lead in the 10km category.

The event also attracted elite athletes including World Marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei and 1,500m Olympic World Champion and Boston Marathon Champion Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui.

Speaking when he graced the event, Nakuru County Governor, H.E. Lee Kinyanjui congratulated the winners for shining in the first time event in Nakuru.

He said such is a great move towards nurturing talents.

“I am proud to be here today to launch this marathon. I am an advocate for promoting and nurturing young talent and I believe we have witnessed future world record runners here today. I wish to commend the winners of the marathon races” said Kinyanjui.

The event was made possible through Stanbic Bank’s investment of Ksh10million.

 

“I would like to congratulate the winners of all the races here today. You are a true embodiment of tenacity and have demonstrated what it takes to set your mind on a target, persevere and follow your dreams” said Stanbic Bank’s Chief Executive Charles Mudiwa.

 

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Nakuru County Police Commander Beatrice Kiraguri on a mission to aid police mental health

While noting that officers too are human, Kiraguri called on all other county Police Commanders to emulate the same.

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Nakuru County Police Commander Beatrice Kiraguri (front right) and Riftvalley Regional Police Commander Fredrick Ochieng (in checked shirt) and other officers during the well-being session held at Nakuru Agricultural Show.PHOTO/Courtesy.
Cases of depression among police officers in Nakuru county will be a thing of past following an initiative by Nakuru county Police Commander Beatrice Kiraguri.
The county Police Boss is on a mission to aid police officers on matters mental health.
She is doing this through organized soccer tournaments as well as well being sessions.
Under the soccer tournament, the Junior officers have been able to play and interact with their seniors.
“This is a good move to ensure good relationship between the juniors and seniors in the service” she said.
According to Kiraguri, the soccer tournament is key in relieving pressure and stress among Officers.
The police officers have also been able to play friendly matches with Bodaboda operators as a way of ensuring good police-public relationship.
It should be noted that mental health has been a subject of discussion in the Kenya police service, with cases of murder, suicide and violence committed by some members of the Police Service on the rise.
Besides the soccer tournament, Kiraguri has also partnered with other stakeholders to organize well-being sessions for Nakuru officers.
The recent one was on Saturday November 27 this year at the Nakuru Agricultural Show ground.
During the session, officers engaged in dances before listening to talks from various experts among them doctors, psychologists and counsellors.
Speaking after the event, Riftvalley Regional Police Commander Fredrick Ochieng lauded the move.
“This is a good initiative to just help our officers be able to handle pressure and stress that comes with their job” he said.
Similar sentiments echoed by Nakuru county Police Commander Beatrice Kiraguri who stated that such initiatives are key in addressing challenges that police officers go through.
While noting that officers too are human, Kiraguri called on all other county Police Commanders to emulate the same.
“Police officers are also human and they go through stressful moments and that is why I am doing this in my own small way.I hope all the other county commanders will follow suit” said Kiraguri.

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