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Nakuru Rights Groups join the World in launching the 16 Days of Activism

Speaking to journalists during the launch, Executive Director Women Empowerment Link Ms Vyginia Nduta reiterated the need for collective responsibility towards ending gender based violence in the society.

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The Nakuru launch of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Several lobby groups in Nakuru on Thursday joined the world in launching the 16 Days of Activism.

The 16 Days run up to December 10.

They held cyling activity from Kaptembwa Police Station before joining another walk team of women and girls at Free Area before the launch of the 16 Days of Activism at Hyrax as climax of the event.

The aim of the 16 Days of Activism is to create awareness on gender based Violence issues and ways to address the same.

Speaking to journalists during the launch, Executive Director Women Empowerment Link Ms Vyginia Nduta reiterated the need for collective responsibility towards ending gender based violence in the society.

She noted the gap that has been there when it comes to gender based violence survivors getting justice.

“We all have a role to ensure an end to GBV.We should unite in ensuring sensitization of the public so that these cases can be reported and justice served” said Nduta.

Similar sentiments echoed by Catherine Lagat from Wakili Mashinani.

According to her, retrogressive cultures, cases before court taking too long for justice to be served to the survivors as well lack of awareness among locals as main challenges in the fight against GBV.

“We need to have proper sensitization of the society on importance of bringing an end to GBV.I think the main challenges that need to be addressed in the whole issue is retrogressive cultures, lack of awareness among public and too long process in court on such cases” she said.

Vincent Tanui from Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance-CEDGG also called for collective responsibility in handling GBV matters.

He noted, ” while pervasive gender based violence is not inevitable.It can and must be prevented.Stiopping this violence starts with believing survivors, adopting comprehensive and condusive approaches that tackle the root causes, transform harmful social norms and empower women and girls.”

This even as the county government of Nakuru has continued to up in the fight against GBV.

In an interview, Nakuru County Director in charge of Gender and Culture Selina Nkatha who graced the event said the county has been working closely with GBV clusters at sub county level.

She was quick to note that Gilgil GBV Rescue Centre will be completed soon and similar be constructed in every sub county.

Nkatha also made an appeal to members of the public not to remain silent when they or neighbours or people they know undergoes GBV.

“Sensitization is key in the whole issue around GBV cases and that is why we have been as a county been working with GBV clusters.We have also began setting up the GBV Rescue Centres that will go a long way in addressing GBV issues” she said.

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Nakuru City Board issues new guidelines to dwellers, building owners

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

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Nakuru City Management board has issued a notice to building owners and the general public on strict guidelines within the city.

In a notice dated January 20, 2022 issued by Nakuru city manager Mr Gitau Thabanja, building owners are required to paint premises and ensure they are well maintained including ensuring rain water gutters are fixed as well as remove obstructive materials such as billboards, placards and posters on walkways to ensure safe and free movement.

All building owners are also expected to ensure proper disposal of garbage from their premises and that none finds its way into public designated spaces.

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

At the same time, all taxis, motorcycles and tuk tuk owners should ensure their automobiles are located in their designated pick up areas. All building owners to ensure drainage around their premises comply with the Public Health Act.

All hawkers and street vendors especially those operating along the highway (A104), Kenyatta Avenue and East Road are required to relocate to designated markets while all vehicles should be parked on designated spaces and not on pedestrian walkways and pavements.

All owners of developments that do not comply with the building code, relevant bylaws and do not have the relevant approvals must regularize the said development by submitting their applications within ninety (100) days for scrutiny and subsequent approval to the City Board of Nakuru.

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Maalim sends stern warning to hate mongers as he takes over as Rift Valley Regional Commissioner

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

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Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mohammed Ahmed Maalim.PHOTO/Isaac

Hate mongers in the Rift Valley Region have been put on notice.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mohammed Ahmed Maalim says he will not tolerate the same.

Speaking after holding a meeting with county commissioners under the Rift Valley Region, Maalim said he understands the task ahead of him.

He commended his predecessor George Natembeya for the tremendous work he did in the Region before his resignation to venture into politics.

While noting the security challenges in some of the counties in the region, the new Regional Commissioner was categorical that through proper coordination and collaboration all will be well.

“I know the tray is full but I am ready for the task ahead.War and hate mongers in this Region let them be warned that as a government we shall not tolerate such” he said.

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

The immediate former Makueni county Commissioner takes over from Natembeya who has declared interest in the Trans Nzoia Gubernatorial seat.

 

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IDPs call for establishment of special court to handle hate mongers

He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.

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As the country commenced the last  enhanced voter registration exercise ahead of the general election, IDPs Network in the country have embarked on an exercise to ensure the majority of their members have the cards to make choices of the leaders they wish to transform their lives.

Speaking in Nakuru, the team led by the chairman Patrick Githnji said that there has been a challenge to effectively address their concerns by the successive governments.
He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.
“We want to see serious interventions by the government on how it can handle the people spreading hate because the judicial systems currently are slow”, he said.
Lucy Njeri, one of the IDPs said that the government ought to treat their people more special than foreigners who seem to be benefiting more from natural resources.
 

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