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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 to host World Bee Day celebrations

The Apimondia Regional Commission (ARC) President, Mr David Mukomana, in a statement, said the three-day program will include technical tours to see beekeeping within Nakuru County and any other areas, exhibitions, seminars and the actual celebrations.

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Bees on a honey comb

Nakuru City will this year host the Regional World Bee Day (WBD) celebrations from the 18th – to the 20th of May 2022.

The yearly event is commemorated to raise awareness about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity in food security, global hunger eradication, and environmental and biodiversity conservation.

Under the theme; “Bee engaged: Celebrating the contribution of bees to the environment, food security and income generation to mankind.”

The forum will share knowledge from across the world, and draw the attention of the public and decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees as well as halting the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems following the Paris Agreement.

FAO estimates that bees contribute to the pollination of food worth between $ 235 and $ 580 billion every year and that their decline continues to strain food systems.

Intensive farming practices, excessive use of agrochemicals, habitat loss, and adverse effects of climate among other issues have been identified as key hindrances causing the depopulation of bees and loss of colonies.

With such challenges, there is a need to come up with solutions that are resistive to the increasing bee population globally.

According to FAO, Kenya ranks third in Africa after Tanzania which is the largest producer of honey and produces approximately 31,405 tonnes annually while Angola ranks second producing about 23,500 tonnes annually.

As of 2020, Kenya’s production of honey was at 17,801 tonnes, up from 13,877 tonnes the previous year, this is a change of 28.28%.

Speaking during a past apiculture stakeholders’ workshop, State Department for Livestock Production Principal Secretary, Mr Harry Kimtai, expressed concern that new pests and farm pesticides have hit colonies hard.

“We’re collaborating with devolved units to halt the alarming depletion of bee colonies. Bee colony multiplication initiatives include capacity building, beekeeping equipment distribution, and bee bulking,” revealed PS Kimtai.

Despite the potential of honey production and the benefits of apicultural activity, very little income accrues from the activity.

The government in its progress, in the Big Four Agenda on 100% food and nutrition security, is committed to enhancing honey production from 25,000 tonnes to 38,000 tonnes by the year 2022.

Beekeeping offers an alternative source of livelihood and protects biodiversity and should ideally be established away from human interaction with enough bee forage and all-year-round availability of water to provide favourable conditions for beekeeping.

Nakuru County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Immaculate Maina, says that, ‘’bees have become increasingly endangered with one million species facing extinction. Thus, beekeeping should be embraced as an alternative environmentally friendly income-earning enterprise.”

‘’We hope that by hosting this event, we will be able to proactively assist in the opening up of our county by giving marketing opportunities and investment prospects in the apiculture industry,” Dr Maina noted.

“We also anticipate important topics discussed during the three-day forum, such as the role of women in the sector as those most affected by climate change, solutions to save our bee species from extinction, and how we can continue to rely on pollinators to save us from the current climate crisis,” she concluded.

Acting CEO of the Apiculture Platform of Kenya (APK), Mr Frederick Otieno Odera, says that beekeeping has significant potential in Africa to improve rural incomes and diversify livelihoods.

“We hope the commemoration of the National World Bee Day will showcase new technologies and sustainable measures from across the world in the apiculture industry and provide sustainable solutions to save our bees in the current climate crisis,” said Otieno.

The Apimondia Regional Commission (ARC) President, Mr David Mukomana, in a statement, said the three-day program will include technical tours to see beekeeping within Nakuru County and any other areas, exhibitions, seminars and the actual celebrations.

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Governor Kinyanjui drops deputy, picks Kamuren as running mate

The county is a cosmopolitan city and was the headquarters of the Rift Valley province under the old Constitution.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has dropped his Deputy of five years and named a woman running mate ahead of the August 2022 polls.

Kinyanjui, who is gunning for a second and final term in office, dropped Dr Eric Kipkoech in favour of Ms Franciscar Jelagat Kamuren.

He explained that Kamuren, 47, is an accomplished grassroots mobilizer with a strong passion for community development and was picked after wide consultation.

“Äfter long consultations with diverse stakeholders, I have decided to appoint Ms Franciscar Jelagat Kamuren as running mate for my second term bid,” Kinyanjui said.

The nominee holds a Masters’s degree in linguistics from Egerton University and has served in various capacities.

The governor is seeking to defend his seat via the ruling Jubilee party ticket under the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition.

He is however facing stiff competition from the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate Susan Kihika, who is the current Senator for Nakuru and his appointment is seen as a tactic to woo the women vote.

His announcement comes hours after Kihika unveiled her running mate in a press conference from Nakuru.

Kihika picked David Kones as the man to deputize her after an interview that attracted half a dozen candidates.

The senator, who is a staunch supporter of Deputy President William Ruto was handed a direct ticket.

Nakuru is among the largest counties in Kenya and was recently conferred city status by President Uhuru Kenyatta, making it the fourth city in Kenya after Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu.

The county is a cosmopolitan city and was the headquarters of the Rift Valley province under the old Constitution.

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Kihika picks Mwalimu Kones as running mate

Addressing journalists in Nakuru on Monday after unveiling Kones, Kihika said she will work closely with him in making better the lives of Nakuru residents.

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Nakuru Gubernatorial Candidate on UDA ticket Susan Kihika and her newly unveiled running mate David Kones.PHOTO/COurtesy.

Senator Susan Kihika who is contesting the Nakuru Ubernatorial Seat on UDA party ticket has chosen David Kones as running-mate.

 

Kones emrged the best among 16 persons who had applied for the position of Deputy Governor to be if UDA gets the seat after the August 9th Polls.

 

Addressing journalists in Nakuru on Monday after unveiling Kones, Kihika said she will work closely with him in making better the lives of Nakuru residents.

 

“I hereby present to you David Kones who will be my deputy in the race for the gubernatorial seat as we look forward to emerge winners so that we can transform the lives of the people of Nakuru” said Kihika.

 

Kihika who has been vocal when it comes to matters governance and justice, assured residents of Nakuru that there will be no conflict once in officer between and her deputy but they will work to deliver.

 

Kones, a teacher by profession is also an expert in matter coflict resolution and management besides being a clergy.

 

With theres expertise, Kihika- a lawyer believes she has made the right the choice towards transforming Nakuru county.

 

“Ours is to work together and I believe in him as a qualified person and up to the task ahead of delivering to the people of Nakuru once we are in office” said Kihika.

 

Kones on his part thanked Kihika for having confidence in him to work with the people of Nakuru county.

 

He noted that Nakuru is the best county to live as it is cosmopolitan hence a need to ensure continued cohesion.

 

“ I am grateful to my senator for entrusting me with the leadership. I will not let you down but we will work together under your guidance to better Nakuru” said Kones.

 

The event was also attended by Nakuru leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto among them Woman Rep Liza Chelule, Mps David Gikaria(Nakuru Town East), Samuel Tanui(Kuresoi South as well as UDA Candidate for Nakuru Senatorial seat Tabitha Karanja among others.

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