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Nakuru residents join the world in marking Peace Day with calls for peaceful 2022 polls

The event that took place at Cathedral Church of Christ the King, was organized by  Ms Rani Ramchandani, in partnership with Tobias Foundation and Black Coffee Network.

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Some of the partners of the International Peace Day celebrations in Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Residents of Nakuru county on Tuesday joined the World in marking Peace Day with calls for peaceful elections taking centre stage.

The event that took place at Cathedral Church of Christ the King, was organized by  Ms Rani Ramchandani, in partnership with Tobias Foundation and Black Coffee Network.

In an interview with this writer,Rani called on residents of Nakuru county and Kenya as a whole to be peace ambassadors.

Speaking at the event,peace ambassador and Kisii County Police Commander Francis Kooli reiterated the need for every Kenyan to embrace peace even as the nation prepares for 2022 general elections.

The officer noted that without peace no development can be realized.

He added that there are numerous government projects that have been initiated in the country and can only be completed when there is peace.

Kooli once again appealed to the youths to avoid being used by politicians to cause havoc in the country.

“As security agents in the country we also appeal for peace.Let us all be peace ambassadors even as we gear towards 2022 polls.No development can be realized when there is no peace” said Kooli.

Sentiments echoed by Nakuru County CEC for  Finance Dr.Peter Kityenya who noted that lack of peace affects everyone.

While calling for collaboration among all sectors to ensure peace, Kityenya called on youths to keep themselves busy by using various opportunities and funds that the county government of Nakuru has set aside for them.

“We all have a role to ensure peaceful country.Youth in Nakuru should use the opportunities set aside by county government to empower themselves” he said.

Director Youth affairs Josephat Kimemia called for need to sensitize young people on matters peace and the need to empower the same.

He added that idleness among young people has always led them to criminal activities interfering with peace in society.

While revealing that Sh.162 million has been set aside for the youth in Nakuru, Kimemia urged parents to also engage their children so as to avert engaging in criminal activities.

The event was also attended by President Rotary Club of Nakuru Joab Okello who decried the displacement of people that has always been witnessed due to political conflicts.

“We need all stakeholders on board to engage on peace initiatives.If our youth are engaged, then they will not be used by politicians to cause havoc” he said.

Sentiments echoed by Tobias Orwa from Tobias Foundation.

Orwa noted that youth are vulnerable and that is why the politicians take advantage of them

“We are telling youths to shun being used as we head to 2022 polls” said Orwa.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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