Nakuru second after Nairobi in COVID-19 vaccine uptake
Governor Lee Kinyanjui regretted that the drive started on a very slow pace citing propaganda on the vaccine’s efficacy, which he said even kept off healthcare workers.
Nakuru is the second county after Nairobi, and followed by Uasin Gishu, with the highest number of persons who have so far received the COVID-19 vaccination jab in the country.
Nationally, a total of 339,893 people have so far been vaccinated with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine with healthcare workers, security officers and teachers leading.
According to Governor Lee Kinyanjui, Nakuru County will deplete its 30,000 doses of the vaccine in the coming days and would be seeking more from the national government.
The Governor regretted that the drive started on a very slow pace citing propaganda on the vaccine’s efficacy, which he said even kept off healthcare workers.
“But with time, and particularly after the President publicly took the jab, the following day we had long queues and as we speak we have only 1,000 doses remaining,” he stated in an interview.
He said the County had noted a serious interest in the jab and was negotiating with the Ministry of Health for more doses to reach out to areas and persons of interest.
The Governor said his administration had redefined the ‘frontline worker’ tag to encompass people in the transport, hospitality and markets due to the nature of work.
County Minister for Health Dr Gichuki Kariuki said 7,200 people have tested positive for COVID-19 since March 30, 2020, when the first case was reported in Nakuru County.
“Of this, 96 per cent are local transmissions while the rest are imported cases. The County has a case fatality rate of 2.6 per cent,” stated Dr Gichuki in a daily COVID-19 status briefing.
Governor Kihika Hails Resumption of Itare Dam Construction
Once complete, the 56.1 million cubic meters of water that covers an area of approximately 2,500 hectares is expected to provide water to over 800,000 residents in Nakuru and its environs.
Governor Susan Kihika has welcomed the resumption of the construction of the Kimwarer, Arror and Itare dams which were stalled in 2018 following various challenges.
In Particular, she expressed excitement about the revival of the Itare Dam project in Kuresoi North, which she believes will revolutionize agriculture and improve the supply of clean water in Nakuru County.
“The absolute best News!! Was waiting on this. ITARE Dam is a game changer for Nakuru County. Water & Food Security will be guaranteed,” she stated on her Twitter.
Earlier today, President Ruto met his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarela where the two committed, in good faith, to re-establish cooperation on water and sanitation programs.
Speaking at State House, Ruto announced that they had agreed to withdraw the arbitration cases against the three dams and that they should be able to resume construction in a few months.
“I’m proud to announce that the three dams which were subjected to court cases and court matters, we should be able to go on with the construction of these three dams in a few months,” he said.
Governor Kihika commended the President for honouring one of his campaign promises; that he would revive the construction and completion of the dam once elected.
The Sh38 billion project stalled in 2018 due to delays in the disbursement of funds from both the Kenyan government and the Italian government, which is funding part of the project.
The project has also faced several legal disputes, including a case filed by a group of activists who claim that the project will have adverse effects on the environment and the local communities.
Once complete, the 56.1 million cubic meters of water that covers an area of approximately 2,500 hectares is expected to provide water to over 800,000 residents in Nakuru County.
Nakuru Rastafarians Urge Kenyans to Protect Cultural Traditions, Values after LGBTQ Ruling
Same-sex unions remain illegal in Kenya, as homosexual activity is criminalized under Section 162 of the Penal Code. The maximum sentence for engaging in homosexual activity is 14 years in prison.
The Rastafari community in Nakuru is calling on Kenyans to stand up and protect their cultural traditions and values following the recent Supreme Court of Kenya ruling on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ).
The apex court recently criticised the government for failing to register unions and associations for the LGBTQ people, saying the decision discriminates against the rights of the community.
The NGOs Co-ordination Board had refused to register six unions, among them the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Council
In a strong statement, the Empress Menen Cultural Group is urging the government to take immediate action, of whatever nature, to reverse the ruling, which they say undermines the very fabric of the society.
The group’s chairman, Kimathi Thuo stated that leaders must protect Kenya’s traditional values and promote the principles of natural law and morality.
“We call on the government to ensure that the traditional values that have guided us throughout our history are respected and protected,” he stated on the sidelines of a worship service in Nakuru City.
He said the community fully supports the recent comments made by political leaders, led by President William Ruto regarding LGBTQ unions and associations.
The Rastafari community emphasized that the government should immediately give a way forward, specifically that which respects the country’s values and beliefs
“It is only through united and such honest efforts that we can ensure that these values are preserved for future generations,” stated Thuo the Rastafarians stand with all groups protecting the sanctity of family structures.
LGBTQ advocacy groups and individuals have for years been pushing for greater recognition and protection of the rights of the LGBTQ community in Kenya.
They have been vocal about the need to repeal laws that criminalize homosexuality and provide legal recognition and protection for same-sex relationships.
However, same-sex unions remain illegal in Kenya, as homosexual activity is criminalized under Section 162 of the Penal Code. The maximum sentence for engaging in homosexual activity is 14 years in prison.
DG Kones Advocates for Bible Accessibility in All Languages
The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It never needs a furlough, is never considered a foreigner, and it costs nothing
The importance of the Bible in Christianity cannot be overemphasized, as it serves as the foundation for Christian beliefs and practices. However, for some communities, access to this holy book in their native language is a challenge, hindering their spiritual growth and understanding of the faith.
To bridge this gap, the Bible Translation and Literacy organization celebrated its 41st anniversary by organizing a fun run at Nakuru High School to raise awareness and funds for its translation projects.
Nakuru Deputy Governor David Kones, who attended the event, stressed the significance of making the Bible accessible to all communities, saying, “The Bible is a powerful tool for spiritual growth and guidance, and everyone must have access to it in their native language.”
The event was also graced by other officials, including Chief Officer Resource mobilisation Pastor Alex Maina, Vice-chair of BTK Board Kendi Ogamba, and the manager of Investment BTK Godfrey Mwenda. They also participated in flagging off the race, marking the organization’s inception 41 years ago.
The run saw the participation of children from various schools, reminding everyone of the importance of making the Bible available to all communities, regardless of language or background. As the Deputy Governor rightly put it, “Let’s do good when we can, for time waits for no man.”
Overall, this fun run serves as a call to action to support organizations like Bible Translation and Literacy, as they work towards making the Bible accessible to all communities. In the words of the organization’s founder, Cameron Townsend, “The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It never needs a furlough, is never considered a foreigner, and it costs nothing.”