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Nakuru to host World Cities Day celebrations, the first to be held in Africa

This year’s global observance is historic as it is the first to be hosted in Africa with attendance ranging from local communities to the highest level of dignitaries.

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Welcome to Nakuru County gantry at Barnabas on the Nakuru - Nairobi highway. Photo/Suleiman Mbatiah

Nakuru County is set to host the World Cities Day celebrations on Saturday, October 31, a major milestone as Nakuru Municipality gears up to attain City status.

The day has been observed annually across the globe on the 31 October since 2014, to highlight a range of issues around sustainable urbanization.

The County Government of Nakuru, supported by Uasin-Gishu and Kisumu County Governments under the theme – Better City, Better Life-, while the sub-theme is –Valuing our Communities and Cities.

This year’s global observance is historic as it is the first to be hosted in Africa with attendance ranging from local communities to the highest level of dignitaries.

The observance will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, raising an urgent need to prioritize sustainable urban planning and development, especially in informal settlements, which have become epicentres for the spread of diseases.

National and sub-national governments have a responsibility to shape cities and urban areas to be drivers of economic growth, centres for opportunities and innovation,” said Governor Lee Kinyanjui.

He added that counties play an integral role in providing solutions to communities through inclusive, accessible, and transparent participatory processes due to their advantage of operating at the local level.

The observance will include the launch of UN-Habitat’s flagship World Cities Report which is focusing on the value of urbanization. There will also be live linkups to events in China and Malaysia and the launch of the latest edition of The Shanghai Manual, a resource providing practical solutions for urban decision-makers.

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PNU commences BBI grassroot popularization

Speaking on Wednesday during a leadership meeting in Nakuru, PNU  National Chair David Kamau said the Party is in full support of the BBI process.

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PNU National Chair David Kamau(left),one of the PNU founder members George Nyamweya(centre) and PNU Nakuru branch chair John Kamama addressing media on BBI on January 27, 2021.PHOTO/Isaac Manoti.

The Party of National Unity (PNU) has vowed to rally support for the Building Bridges Initiative at grass root level as a way of ensuring a united nation.

Speaking on Wednesday during a leadership meeting in Nakuru, PNU  National Chair David Kamau said the Party is in full support of the BBI process.

PNU National Chairman David Kamau reads press statement in Nakuru on January 27,2021.Looking on is PNU Nakuru chairman John Kamama.PHOTO/Isaac Manoti.

In a statement, Kamau noted that since the November 2020 meeting in Nairobi, the Party resolved to drum up support for the BBI process.

This, he says, is in line with PNU’s principle of a unified nation and that Kenyans should embrace the same.

During the Nakuru meeting, the PNU delegates and other stakeholders who attended the meeting were also tasked to go grassroot level to sensitize other members on the BBI document.

“The Party of National Unity supports BBI and that is why we have met delegates and other stakeholders here in Nakuru on the same. They are now expected to take the message to the grassroot” said Kamau.

Similar meetings by PNU on BBI have been held in Nairobi and Laikipia Counties respectively and the Party maintains that the train has already left the station.

According to Kamau, the party will hold other meetings in Meru, Kisii,Nyeri,and Embu counties in the coming days.

“This Nakuru meeting is the third after Nairobi and Laikipia and we will be moving to other parts of the country. We call on Kenyans to support BBI since it is good for the future of this country” said Kamau.

The Nakuru PNU delegates led by Chairman John Kamama vowing to penetrate grassroot and popularize the BBI document.

Kamama once again called on the county assembly members across the country to go by the will of the people and support BBI and ensure equitable distribution of resources.

“As delegates in Nakuru, we today agree to put aside our differences and rally our support for the BBI. We call upon the county assemblies to listen to the people. From here we shall be going to grassroot” said Kamama.

One of the founder members of PNU former MP George Nyamweya reiterating that PNU has continued to maintain principles on national unity and pursuance of constitution reforms.

He argues that there is a need for Kenyans to support the ongoing constitutional amendments through the BBI so that whatever was not in the 2010 constitution can now be included.

“As PNU we are not ourselves joining but saying thank you to the President and former Prime Minister for fulfilling what our Party’s manifesto has been. I call upon Kenyans to support” said Nyamweya.

 

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Fish from Lake Nakuru unfit for human consumption-Government warns

A research carried out by Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFRI) shows that the fish contained dangerous chemicals.

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Fishmonger during business hours.PHOTO/Mbatia.

The goverment has warned residents of Nakuru against consumption of fish from Lake  Nakuru.

A research carried out by Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFRI) shows that the fish contained dangerous chemicals.

The chemicals may cause damage to the body in future.

Through the Ministry of Agriculture,the county government of Nakuru has been asked  to revisit the ongoing fishing activities on Lake Nakuru.

Agriculture Chief Administrative Secretary Linah Chebii Kilimo who spoke to the press,called on county government of Nakuru to check into the fishing activities.

“This is not good fish. I take this opportunity to ask the Nakuru Government of Nakuru through the public health department, to check into the fishing issue,” she noted.

The CAS was speaking in Naivasha on Tuesday when she led the exercise to restock the Lake Naivasha with fish fingerlings.

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Additional 5 constituencies for Nakuru a plus if BBI sails through, says Kinyanjui

Addressing on Monday during the swearing in of two CECMs and two members of the County Public Service Board, Kinyanjui noted that Nakuru will benefit with additional 5 constituencies.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui.PHOTO/NGPU.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has weighed in on the ongoing debate on the Building Bridges Initiative, revealing that Nakuru will benefit greatly if the report sails through.

Addressing on Monday during the swearing in of two CECMs and two members of the County Public Service Board, Kinyanjui noted that Nakuru will benefit with additional 5 constituencies.

While citing that there has been a challenge in resource allocation due to the vastness of some constituencies, the additional constituencies will help address such.

According to Kinyanjui who admitted having gone through the document, residents of some of the vast constituencies such as Naivasha,Nakuru East,Nakuru West,Njoro, and parts of Bahati will have a reason to smile.

“I have personally read the document and I can say that Nakuru will greatly benefit. One way is that we shall have 5 extra constituencies hence resources such as bursaries will reach more people than before” he said.

Meanwhile, Kinyanjui has called for the need to separate the 2022 succession politics from the BBI process.

He says such will enable Kenyans read the document and understand what it has for their various counties in terms of development.

On the recent sentiments by some leaders that BBI is not popular in the central region, Kinyanjui slammed such saying the document is yet to be subjected to popularization.

“Some people have said it’s not popular in some areas, but the truth is that we have not commenced the process to popularize the document. We are still at signatures verification before we can hold town hall meetings to popularize the same” he said.

He once again called on Nakuru residents to make an effort and read through the document that according to him means good for the people of Nakuru.

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