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Natembeya issues stern warning to corrupt chiefs, officers over killer illicit brew in Kabatini

Natembeya also called on the county government of Nakuru to ensure no wines and spirits shop or bars are not licensed to operate near schools or hospitals.

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Rift valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya addressing locals at Hodihodi, Kabatini in Bahati Subcounty of Nakuru county.PHOTO/Isaac Manoti.

Rift valley Regional commissioner George Natembeya on Thursday sounded stern warning to local chiefs and police officers collaborating with illicit Brewers  in Hodihodi area of Kabatini, Bahati Subcounty of Nakuru county.

His sentiments come after 10 people perished after consuming illicit brew in the area.

Natembeya who spoke after holding a meeting with security team in the area was categorical that no government officer should tolerate illicit Brewers and that those doing so would face full wrath of the law.

“There is no way a Chief or police can protect illicit brewer.As a government we will not allow that” said Natembeya.

The RC called on locals to be vigilant and report any Chief or officer who is tolerating sell of illicit brew in the area for action to be taken.

He called on Assistant county commissioners,chiefs,police officers to worker in collaboration in wiping out illicit Brewers in the area.

Natembeya also called on the county government of Nakuru to ensure no wines and spirits shop or bars are not licensed to operate near schools or hospitals.

This even as two more people succumbed after consuming illicit brew on Tuesday in Bahati, Nakuru County, raising the death toll to 10.

Nakuru County Chief Officer of Medical Services Dr. Solomon Sirma confirmed that 16 more people were still being treated following the incident.

According to Dr. Sirma, 9 of them were taken to the Nakuru Level 5 Teaching and Referral Hospital for specialized treatment.

Police officers have now launched a crackdown against illicit liquor in Hodi Hodi and JC villages in Bahati where the incidences occurred.

Five people initially died after consuming the llicit brew on Tuesday, before Nakuru Health Chief Officer Dr. Dan Wainaina later  on Wednesday, confirmed that three more victims had succumbed while undergoing treatment.

And on Thursday,two more succumbed raising death toll to 10.

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Boost for Irene Njoki’s Parliamentary bid as Turkana community vow total support

Njokiel took issue with the current MP for showing no respect for the minority adding that her leadership will ensure such limitations are addressed.

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Jubilee Nominee for Bahati Parliamentary seat Irene Njokie addressing Journalists in Bahati when she met members of Turkana community.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Irene Njoki’s bid to capture Bahati Parliamentary seat in the August 9 polls has received major boost after members of Turkana community in Bahati vowed their support for her.

Led by their chairman Justus Ekeno, the pointed out that the community was sidelined for many years by the leadership.

He added that this has seen them open their eyes and decided to support Njoki’s bid.

The members of the community hit out at the current MP Kimani Ngunjiri for neglecting them.

“As a community we have been sidelined for long and we say enough is enough.We will rally to consolidate votes for Irene Njoki so that we can see some change in Bahati” said Justus.

Similar sentiments echoed by Mary Ekai.

While drumming support for Njoki, Ekai regretted that the current MP has continued to talk ill of the community with words such as “Kura yenu haijai hata kikombe”.

For this reason, Ekai says the community has made a decision to full rally behind Njoki.

“As women from the Turkana community in Bahati we want to send a strong message to Ngunjiri that you cannot abuse us and expect our support, forget about that” said Ekai.

Speaking at Bahati Centre after receiving the members of the Turkana community, Njoki commonly known as ‘Mrembo na Kazi’, she vowed to ensure the minority groups are also part of her leadership.

Njoki took issue with the current MP for showing no respect for the minority adding that her leadership will ensure such limitations are addressed.

“I want to assure you of my support and that of Jubilee.We know there are those who have looked down upon you but be assures I personally value your vote.My leadership will incorporate all the communities” she said.

The Jubilee nominee for Bahati Parliamentary seat also called on the party to ensure more nominations for the marginalized communities.

According to her, this will ensure unity of purpose that will see development for all.

Njoki has been involved in various empowerment programs for youths,women and the vulnerable in Bahati.

She uses every platform to sell her agenda to the people ahead of the August 9 polls.

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Kihika, Ngunjiri reconcile before DP Ruto

Kihika has declared interest for the gubernatorial seat to unseat Governor Lee Kinyanjui who recently states that he will defend his seat on Ubuntu People’s Forum.

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Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri and Senator Susan Kihika with DP William Ruto during the tour in Bahati,Nakuru.PHOTO/Courtesy.

In what is seen as unity of  UDA party, Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri and Senator Susan Kihika on Saturday reconciled ending their political differences.

The duo have of late not been in good terms despite both  being supporters of Deputy President William Ruto.

They reconciled before Deputy President who was in Nakuru to drive his bottom-up agenda.

It is during this that Ngunjiri vowed to support Kihika in her political bid.

Kihika has declared interest for the gubernatorial seat to unseat Governor Lee Kinyanjui who recently states that he will defend his seat on Ubuntu People’s Forum.

Ngunjiri made the remarks before Deputy President William Ruto who was on a tour in Subukia and Bahati sub counties.

“I will do all I can to support you Senator for the top seat in the county.I have no issue” said Ngunjiri.

The move has left many shocked after the Bahati Lawmaker in the past vowed to only support DP Ruto.

The Legislator also made it clear that he had burried their political differences with Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika for the sake of UDA party.

Kihika on her part called on residents of Nakuru county to support DP Ruto’s bottom up economic models.

She reiterated that UDA party will form the next government.

“Thank you so much people of Bahati and Subukia for turning out in large numbers.UDA is the party to watch come 2022 and we must all come and support DP Ruto’s agenda to transform this agenda.

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Support us even in our struggles, blind musicians pleads with Kenyans

The move follows concerns that a number of these talented groups had been side-lined with others being misused by their managers taking advantage of their situation to rake in cash.

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A sign indicating PWDs.PHOTO/Courtesy.

The national and county governments have been challenged to allocate more funds to nature talents among persons living with disabilities within the country.

The move follows concerns that a number of these talented groups had been side-lined with others being misused by their managers taking advantage of their situation to rake in cash.

Lucy Gitama said there was little attention on disabled musicians adding that there was a need to allocate more budget for the same.

She said a clear budgetary allocation for this special group would go a long way in boosting their income to reduce dependency on people.

Speaking in Bahati on Sunday during a launch of an album by a blind singer Jane Wambui, – Gitama called on the formulation of more policies to nature such talents adding that talents were wasting in villages.

“There have been concerns that some disabled are not getting their dues.I think it is high time the government  collects data  and disburse the funds to help boost the disabled” she said.

On her part, Jane Wambui called on the government to focus more on embracing the growing talents of persons living with disabilities as ways to ensure they become self-reliant.

Wambui said she is dependent on her music for daily living adding that she has to sell her records manually to earn her income revealing that at times it is a challenge.

“I have been depending on my music for daily bread.The government should look on how it can help us nurture our talents” said Wambui.

At the same time, Benson Gitanga said Wambui’s songs have become a hit in Bahati adding that she has given hope to many in the area.

Area MCA John Njuguna called on other person’s living with disabilities to focus on their talents saying it was the way to go.

“As a county government, we shall do all we can to help PWDs” said MCA Njuguna.

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