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Nakuru Hindu community calls for political tolerance, peace ahead of 2022 elections

The HCK – Nakuru Chapter chairman, Mr Shailesh Sheth appealed to the general public not to be misused by politicians as they would bear the cost and the country be in turmoil and hurt the economy, which would take years to recover.

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Hindu Council of Kenya - Nakuru Chapter chairman, Mr Shailesh Sheth at a past event. Photo/Courtesy

The Hindu community living in Nakuru County has called for political tolerance as the country heads to elections next year, noting that the region has a history of political hostility during electioneering periods.

The Hindu Council of Kenya – Nakuru Chapter chairman, Mr Shailesh Sheth termed Nakuru County as a ‘rainbow County’ that hosts all the Kenyan tribes, making it a perfect example of mutual coexistence.

“When Nakuru sneezes, Kenya gets cold. This simply means the town’s key position makes it a melting point for our investors hence the need to maintain peace before, during and after the elections,” he stated.

In a video message, Mr Sheth further stated that the peace that Nakuru County residents enjoy should be safeguarded jealously adding that peace means a thriving economy, more job opportunities among others.

On politics of hate speech, he pointed out at the social media, especially WhatsApp, that he said politicians were luring jobless youths to propagate their hate messages that would destroy the already fragile economy.

On politicians using religious gatherings to further their agendas and politics of hate, Mr Sheth said religious leaders must say no to any forms of political sentiments in their sermons and gatherings.

“Religious leaders play a key role in uniting all Kenyans and must adopt zero-tolerance to all negative messages which could potentially divide Kenyans by politicians for personal gains. Peace is paramount,” he noted.

He appealed to the general public not to be misused by politicians as they would bear the cost and the country be in turmoil and hurt the economy, which would take years to recover.

“Some of the sectors of our economy are yet to recover from the 2007/08 violence that also led to the death of many innocent Kenyans. We must avoid violence at all costs and preach peace,” he pleaded.

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Cathy Hotel owner Toroitich was committed to his beliefs, says Governor Lee

The late President Daniel Moi’s nephew died on Thursday following a short undisclosed ailment. He is survived by one wife, six children and several grandchildren.

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The late Toroitich

Governor Lee Kinyanjui has sent a message of condolence to the family of the late Gideon Toroitich, who until his death was the proprietor of Cathy Hotel.

Governor Kinyanjui said Toroitich contributed immensely to the growth and prosperity of Nakuru Town, especially in the agriculture and the hospitality sectors.

“Mzee Toroitich was a principled man who did not shy from saying what he believed in. He was firm and committed to his beliefs,” the Governor stated in a Facebook post.

The late President Daniel Moi’s nephew died on Thursday following a short undisclosed ailment. He is survived by one wife, six children and several grandchildren.

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi mourned the prominent businessman, who once served as the Managing Director of the Agricultural Finance Corporation, as a steadfast man who portrayed the value of family.

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Matatu owners fault County over ‘harrasment’

Nakuru Business Coalition Secretary, Simon Ole Nasieku accused Senator Susan Kihika of failing to champion for their business rights.

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The leaders led by Central Rift Matatu Owners Association Chairman Stephen Muli

Players in the transport sector have called on the County Government of Nakuru to fast-track the construction of a new matatu terminus to improve their working conditions.

Led by Central Rift Matatu Owners Association Chairman, Stephen Muli the businessmen said the upcoming modern termini at the railway’s yard had taken longer to complete.

He argued that the delay was fuelling an extortion racket where County enforcement officers are said to be harrasing and receiving bribes from matatus plying undesignated zones.

“Our vehicles are being seized day and night and released with hefty fines. We will not allow this,” said Muli while accusing the County of what he termed as militarizing the enforcement unit.

He said his office had tried to reach Chief Officer for Public Service Training and Devolution, Paul Githinji to no avail. He said he will be reaching out to Governor Lee Kinyanjui on the same.

His sentiments were echoed by Nakuru Business Coalition Secretary, Simon Ole Nasieku who also accused Senator Susan Kihika of failing to champion for their business rights.

Mr Nasieku said the politicians had failed in coming up with friendly policies to see their businesses thrive, but instead turn to the businessmen for political mobilizations and votes.

The Friends of Devolution chairman, Benson Macharia said Counties should provide a good environment for business for all sectors, political affiliations notwithstanding.

When contacted, CO Githinji said urban planning was a function of the County government and that the Governor was committed to ensuring Nakuru City is habitable for all.

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Unison Sacco opens 11th branch in Nakuru

While welcoming the Unison Sacco in Nakuru, CEC Komen noted that the county government of Nakuru has continued to create a conducive environment for business investors.

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Nakuru CECM for Trade and Cooperatives Raymond Komen(With a CHief Guest tag) ad Regional TSC Director Aden MOhammed duirng the official opening of Unison Sacco Nakuru Branch.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Unison Sacco has opened her 11th branch in the country within Nakuru’s CBD as a way of enhancing service delivery to customers.

The Sacco that was established in 1977 under the name Laikipia Teachers Sacco before it re-branded to Unison Sacco in 2014 prides in empowering members drawn from from TSC, Civil Servants, private schools/institution employees, corporates, Micro-credit groups and individual business entrepreneurs capable of making regular contributions.

Speaking in Nakuru Town during the launch, Chief Executive Officer John Njogu noted that the re-branding was done in December 2013.

He reiterated the commitment towards empowerment of everyone including those at grassroot level in the county and country.

We have no doubt in our ability ad that is why we are opening this 11th branch in Nakuru so that we can serve our members here better” he said.

Sentiments echoed by Chairman James Muhandi who noted that the New branch comes a time the country has gone through tough economic times.

He called for the need to focus on primary and secondary consumer with the Sacco having pride in having approximately 400,000 members.

On his part Nakuru Branch Manager Peterson Wanjohi said the opening of the new branch in Nakuru is a great milestone towards devolving financial services.

As we birth this new branch today,it is another milestone. We endeavor to grow our members through credit and savings” he said.

The event was graced by Nakuru County Chief Executive Committee Member for Trade and Cooperatives Raymond Komen.

While welcoming the Unison Sacco in Nakuru, CEC Komen noted that the county government of Nakuru has continued to create a conducive environment for business investors.

This confirms confidence that the business community has in Nakuru.Statistics indicate that Nakuru is 2nd largest contributor to National GDP after Nairobi hence Unison Sacco is joining the best. We need to ensure we deepen the financial services to the people” said Komen.

Others who addressed during the event included Teachers Service Commissioner Regional Director Aden Mohamed.

He noted the importance of the Sacco to the teaching fraternity in the region.

I am here to celebrate with you the opening of this branch. As teachers,we will get help in many ways. Teachers depend highly on Sacco. The Sacco’s model is key in socio economic growth for the country.

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