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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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Home Team London FC Lifts 6th Edition Of #KOT5Aside In Nakuru

Tournament organizer and founder Aleckie Ronald said he was pleased with how the tournament has grown.

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Home team London FC are the winners of the 6th Edition of #KOT5Aside which was held in Nakuru over the weekend.

The Nakuru based club emerged victorious after beating Afrohemian from Nakuru 2-0 in a hotly contested final.

London walked away with Ksh. 100, 000 courtesy of Odibets while Afroheamian won Ksh. 60, 000 as FUsball Arena Stars took home Ksh. 40, 000 after finishing third.

The tournament that attracted 16 teams saw all the eight teams from Nairobi eliminated before the semis with four Nakuru clubs advancing to the final.

Tournament organizer and founder Aleckie Ronald said he was pleased with how the tournament has grown.

“It’s almost three years since we started this tournament and I am really proud of how we’ve grown, we can only get better, I want to thank Odibets for their support since the tournament started, they’ve played a huge role in our growth,” Ronald remarked.

Story by Capital FM

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Nakuru to set up modern mental health hospital

The Taskforce on Mental Health of Kenya report of July 2020 recommended that mental illness should be declared a national emergency of epidemic proportions.

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Chiromo Mental Health Hospital

The County Government of Nakuru has initiated plans to construct a modern psychiatric facility to fully integrate mental health services in its healthcare provision programs.

Currently, Gilgil General and Psychiatric Hospital, which serves as Nairobi’s Mathari Hospital annexe, is the oldest and biggest psychiatric unit in Rift Valley.

The Gilgil-based hospital is grappling with the rising number of abandoned psychiatric patients, some being there for over 30 years, thus straining the facility.

Already, a technical team from Nakuru County has toured the Chiromo Mental Health Hospital to collect data on a modern and ideal mental health facility.

The team led by Dr Cleophas Wafula, a Clinical Psychologist at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital also met Dr Frank Njenga, a renowned mental health consultant.

County Architect, Mr Julius Kiprop Sang’ noted that the data will help Nakuru come up with a modern mental infrastructure in Gilgil sub-County to well serve the region.

Dr Frank Njenga commended Nakuru County for taking interest in coming up with the right infrastructure to address mental healthcare issues.

The Taskforce on Mental Health of Kenya report of July 2020 recommended that mental illness should be declared a national emergency of epidemic proportions.

The report further called for the prioritization of mental health as public health and socioeconomic agenda.

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Kihika alleges State plans to rig London by-election

She says Jubilee had panicked and resorted to open-market voter bribery as witnesses at the weekend. And in line with Operation Nakuru West, the police supervised the bribery.

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Senator Susan Kihika

Senator Susan Kihika has protested what she terms as an elaborate plan by the ruling Jubilee Party to rig the London Ward by-election slated for Thursday.

The seat fell vacant after area Member of County Assembly, Sammy Mbugua succumbed to a liver disease late last year.

The by-election has attracted strong succession competition with Jubilee’s Francis Njoroge and UDA’s Wachira Nzuki being frontrunners. ODM and KANU candidates have since pulled out.

In a letter to the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, the Senator claims the party plots to use police to cause chaos and disrupt the voting process.

“The dastardly, undemocratic and one-party era scheme is also meant to have marauding gangs cause mayhem in UDA strongholds in the Ward,” she further alleges.

She claims that the OCPD had been ordered by the government to ensure that Jubilee Party’s Njoroge wins, despite the party having no touch on the ground.

A week ago, police tear-gassed lawmakers allied to Deputy President William Ruto to stop a campaign meeting for the UDA party candidate.

The Senator warned the police against being used by State agents to subvert the will of London Ward people whom she said will turn up in large numbers to vote.

She says Jubilee had panicked and resorted to open-market voter bribery as witnesses at the weekend. And in line with Operation Nakuru West, the police supervised the bribery.

“We urge the IEBC to fulfil its role and be the honest arbiter the Constitution and the people of London Ward, and indeed Kenya, expect it to be,” she stated.

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