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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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Digital Taxi drivers,owners to boycott UBER, BOLT,LITTLE CAB over oppression

The Nakuru Digital Taxi drivers and owners have entered into a working agreement between drivers, car owners and MYRIDE PAP LIMITED in bid to address what they term as continued oppression by digital applications.

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The Nakuru Digital Taxi drivers and owners addressing journalists.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The Nakuru Digital Taxi drivers and owners have entered into a working agreement between drivers, car owners and MYRIDE PAP LIMITED in a bid to address what they term as continued oppression by digital applications.

The move under the umbrella E-HAILING TRANSPORT KENYA is aimed at ensuring Kenya Digital Taxi’s self-regulations as the Digital Taxi Business has been operating in the country for the last 6 years without any government regulations.

Addressing journalists in Nakuru on Saturday, the players led by Organizing Secretary Mathew Lesanjo stated that there have been no proper legal guidelines on how the stakeholders in the business should operate.

While noting that the Digital Taxi Business has three major stakeholders (car owners, the drivers and the digital App owners), Lesanjo revealed that for the last 6 years the business operation model, rules and regulations have been set by only one stakeholders-the digital app owners.

“The app owners have oppressed the drivers and car owners by dictating the prices, pricing models, commissions, cars to onboard on their platforms and even some have dictated which laws can govern their operations,” said Lesanjo.

He added that the skewed models of operation have led to massive losses to car owners and drivers because of extremely low prices and very high commissions and misclassification and categorization of cars forcing car owners to sell high-quality cars to buy low engine cars as a precondition to operate on these apps.

They accused the major leading companies namely UBER, BOLT and LITTLE CAB of which their owners cannot be traced.

The taxi drivers in Nakuru have now issued the app companies 21 days ultimatum to comply or else they will switch off from the apps.

This even as drafted regulations by National Transport and Safety Authority-NTSA on the same still stuck at Parliament.

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St. Xaviers Primary emerges top public school in Nakuru municipality in 2020 KCPE

On his part Barnabas Lukano who emerged the top at the school, attributed his success to God,discipline,supportive parents and teachers.

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Celebrations at St. Xaviers Primary School in Nakuru town.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

St. Xaviers Primary School in Nakuru Town emerged the academic giant among public schools in Nakuru East and Nakuru West with a mean score of 338 in the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education.

The school that had 71 candidates sitting for the exam had the top candidate scoring Barnabas Lukano scoring 423 marks.

Other 6 candidates scored 400 marks and above.

Addressing media at the school, Deputy Head teacher Mr.Simon Gakuna said almost 80 percent of their candidates performed well scoring 300 marks and above, attributing the good results to God’s favor, hard work and discipline.

He noted that they missed their target mean score with only two marks.

“We are proud to be the best school in this Municipality. Our target was 340 but we got 338 with our top getting 423 marks and we thank God for that. With 100 percent transition we are sure all our children will get good secondary schools” said Gakuna.

On his part Barnabas Lukano who emerged the top at the school, attributed his success to God,discipline,supportive parents and teachers.

His dream to join Kapsabet Boys’ High school has just commenced and Lukano is confident that he will sail through and later at the University study architecture.

“I want to thank the Almighty God for the good results. My dream is to join Kapsabet Boys and later pursue architecture” he stated.

His father Pastor Rodgers Lukano who was at the school on Friday to celebrate the good performance could not hide his joy.

Lukano stated that his son has made him proud for emerging top at the school and also number 16 countrywide.

He urged parents to be there for their children during studies as this will motivate them even towards excellence.

“Overall he is number 16 in the country. We have walked this journey together and my call to parents is to have time to talk to their children and help them in their studies” he said.

Loise Mureithi- a parent at the school and also a class representative for the class 8 of 2020 on her part commended the class attributing the success to discipline.

Ms Mureithi who also doubles up as the prayer coordinator in the school also lauded the the school headmistress Ms Anne Gikonyo for good leadership

“I have journeyed with them since class five and they were the best. The team work in the school was key and we thank God for the results” said Ms Mureithi.

While releasing the 2020 KCPE results, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof.George Magoha was very categorical that the public schools performed better than private schools.

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Dr.Peter Mbae declares interest for Subukia Parliamentary seat

The MCA who is a close ally of Deputy Pesident William Ruto is optimistic that once elected Subukia MP in 2022, the electorates will witness transformation.

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Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae at a past function.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae has declared his interest to contest the Subukia Parliamentary seat in 2022.

The Kabazi MCA in Nakuru County is one of the most learned politicians in the county.

The vocal MCA has a PhD in Peace and Reconciliation besides having a masters in Mass Communication.

In an exclusive interview, Mbae who served in the Nakuru County Public Service Board before switching to politics a f clinching the Kabazi Ward seat in 2017 said his development record is clear in Kabazi and time is now to serve the larger people of Subukia.

He decried that Subukia has never had leaders with people’s interests at heart.

The Subukia seat is currently being held by Samuel Gachobe.

Others who have shown interest in tbe seat include Njenga Kihanya.

Mbae who hinted at launching his manifesto for the campaigns later this year,said his focus is to see a transformed Subukia.

He admits that his aggressiveness and good working relationship with other stakeholders and Government parastatals is a plus in ensuring more benefits for the Subukia constituents.

According to Mbae,once COVID-19 and BBI issues are over,he will roll the sleeves into action.

“I have a passion to see Subukia transformed and my agenda on development will be launched soon as we roll over to full campaigns” he said.

Dr.Mbae was in the headlines during the Solai dam tragedy when he stood with victims and one particular time he was arrested.

When he assumed into office as MCA, Mbae through collaboration with heads of departments and other local administrators in the area, came up with Kabazi Ward Development Framework for the five years.

The framework is one of its kind in Nakuru county and across the country as no other MCA has ever come up with such.

The framework focuses on five key agenda which include water, infrastructure, Health, Education and Empowerment.

With a background in matters communication,Dr.Mbae has been releasing accountability statement on development to his electorates every August on the development achieved.

The MCA who is a close ally of Deputy Pesident William Ruto is optimistic that once elected Subukia MP in 2022, the electorates will witness transformation.

 

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