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Nakuru West locals call for more civic education towards enhancing good governance

This emerged on Saturday during a community sensitization dialogue convened by Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG) in partnership with Kenya Tuitakayo Movement at Rhonda estate of Kaptembwa Ward in Nakuru West Sub County.

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Masese Kemunche from CEDGG and a member of the Kenya Tuitakayo Movement addressing during a community dialogue on matters governance and Constitution in Nakuru West.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

There is a need for more civic education at grassroot to enhance citizens’ participation in ensuring good governance in counties and national level in the country.

This emerged on Saturday during a community sensitization dialogue convened by Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG) in partnership with Kenya Tuitakayo Movement at Rhonda estate of Kaptembwa Ward in Nakuru West Sub County.

The locals decried how poor citizen-engagement in matters of budget process and governance has continued to lead to poor governance.

Ambrose Welemba noted that youth in the area have continued to shun public participation forums on matters of budget.

He called for the need for Civil Society Organizations to conduct more sensitization meetings in the area to address the same.

“Our youth should be sensitized on the need to participate in ensuring good governance. We call on civil society to help in ensuring the same” said Welemba.

Sentiments echoed by Christine Wanyama from Kaptembwo Ward who is also a member of the Projects Implementation Committee.

According to her, civic education is key in shaping the society and ensuring good governance systems in place.

She challenged elected leaders to have the interests of the people at heart and ensure all projects are implemented on time.

“When following up these projects we find that there are self-interests as a hindrance. Our leaders should focus on the interests of the people” she said.

Moly Adero from Rhonda Ward challenged women in Nakuru West to also come up and use the many financial opportunities that the government has set up for them.

Kenya Tuitakayo Movement Riftvalley region Steering Committee member Masese Kemunche on his part reiterated that despite there being some progress in service delivery 11 years since the promulgation of constitution, there is still challenge with governance.

He was quick to note that this can only be addressed through more civic education so that Kenyans can understand their role in shaping governance in the country.

“Locals here are agreeing that indeed there has been some improvement in terms of service delivery. But there is need for more civic sensitization so that the governance challenges can be addressed” said Masese.

During the meeting, locals also vowed to ensure that they be ambassadors of ensuring peaceful elections and that leaders are elected not on tribal lines but on development agenda.

 

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MP Arama roots for inclusion of minority communities in the 2022 county government of Nakuru

According to him, Kenyans should elect leaders based on their development record adding that people like Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr.Fred Matiang’i are trusted because they are working to better lives of the people.

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Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama during issuance of bursary cheques for Day schools students at constituency offices.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama has called for an inclusive county government of Nakuru come 2022.

Speaking on Thursday during the issuance of bursary cheques to Day schools students in his constituency, the Legislator said time is now for the minority communities to be part of the government.

He was however quick to commend Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui for trying to incorporate the minority communities through his appointments to various positions such as county attorney, Chief Officers and the recent appointment of Chief Executive Committee Member for Youth, Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services Ms Sylvia Achieng’.

While noting that Nakuru Town West and Nakuru county as a whole is cosmopolitan, Arama said he will be rooting to ensure minority communities have their share in the 2022 government.

He also called on members of the minority communities in Nakuru to ensure they vote on the winning side.

According to him, that is the only way to ensure they are part of next  government.

“Gone are the days when county government of Nakuru was made up of only two tribes.We must ensure the minority communities we are part of the government. This  can be achieved if we vote in one basket” said Arama.

The vocal Nakuru Town West Law maker added that he will also engage President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga so that they can come to Nakuru and address the minority communities ahead of the 2022 polls.

Arama once again called on locals to shun divisive politics.

He said such politics have no room in the current nation.

According to him, Kenyans should elect leaders based on their development record adding that people like Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr.Fred Matiang’i are trusted because they are working to better lives of the people.

He cited another example of his development record in Nakuru Town West attributing it to the good working relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“We should stop divisive politics and focus on development.Here in Nakuru West we are seeing development in terms of infrastructure and education because of my good working relationship with President Kenyatta who has also entrusted CS Matiang’i because of his development record” said Arama.

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MP Arama calls on politicians to keep off ongoing security operation in Laikipia,allow government arrest the situation

According to him, political class should stop criticizing civil servants in the interior docket for doing their work.

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Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama addressing at a past event.PHOTO/Courtesy.
Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama has called on fellow  legislators to keep off the ongoing security operation in Lakikipia.
Addressing members of the press in Nakuru on Friday, Arama said Political leaders’ utterances might  escalate the situation.
The Nakuru West  Legislator  was optimistic that the Ministry of interior under leadership of Dr.Fred Matiang’i would arrest the situation.
He pointed out that those behind the banditry attacks and killings should be brought to book no matter their political affiliations.
“The government is on top of the  matter and I think politicians should keep  off the issue.We want to  see l those behind the attacks arrested” said Arama.
Arama also took issue with those criticizing government and  moreso Matiang’i.
According to him, political class should stop criticizing civil servants in the interior docket for doing their work.
“It’s wrong to criticize Civil servants when they are actually doing their work as per orders” he said.

This even as Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said the government will assist displaced residents resettle after recent attacks in Laikipia even as they ramp up security and other measures to restore calm in the region.

The operation started with the declaration of a dusk to dawn curfew in Laikipia Nature Conservancy and its environs on Monday.

Security agencies also arrested Tiaty legislator William Kamket and ex-Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel on Wednesday over growing tension in Laikipia.

 

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MP Arama sounds stern warning to dayschool heads over extra costs

Arama who was speaking at NG-CDF office on Thursday during issuance of bursary cheques worth Ksh.20 million for needy students, said he will take up the matter with relevant ministry.

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Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama addressing journalists after issuance of bursary cheques.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama has hit out at section of Day School heads for charging parents extra costs.

The furious Arama said this was uncalled for and those doing so were contravening the government policy on free secondary education.

He revealed that some day schools were forcing parents to pay extra money and interfering with the 100 percent transition.

The second term MP was categorical that dayschool secondary education is free and no parent should be forced to pay extra fee.

According to him,the feeding program for students in Day Schools should be an agreement between parents and school and should not be used to keep students out of School.

Arama who was speaking at NG-CDF office on Thursday during issuance of bursary cheques worth Ksh.20 million for needy students, said he will take up the matter with relevant ministry.

He added that if action will not be taken,then he will lobby parents and assess situation in schools where complaints have been raised.

“As far as I am concerned and as far as Jubilee administration is concerned Education in secondary Day Schools is free.Its against the law for school heads to demand extra money in the name of lunch.I will personally deal with this in Parliament” said Arama.

He added that the government will not condone such acts from school heads whom he insisted had no authority at the moment to send away students.

The Jubilee Legislator maintained that that he will work closely with administrators to ensure full transition to secondary.

He called for dialogue with the ministry of education officials whenever a school is in crisis instead of sending learners away.

“We want to ensure all children are in school as per government policy” said Arama.

 

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