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NCIC warns political class against causing division in the country

Farah stated that BBI should stand for peace rather than dividing Kenyans.

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NCIC Commissioner Abdulaziz Farah addressing media in Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has called on politicians to shun utterances that might divide the nation.

Speaking in Nakuru on Friday after holding a three-day meeting with representatives of various communities from perenial conflict-prone areas of Njoro and Molo subcounties, NCIC commissioners said the politicians should also focus on uniting the country.

“As a commission we want to urge political class to shun utterances that might incite communities” said Commissioner Abdulaziz Farah.

This even as the commission continues to engage communities on finding a lasting solution to perennial conflicts in Njoro and Molo sub counties of Nakuru County.

According to NCIC, the multi-agency task-force that was formed to look into the perennial conflicts touching on land in Njoro-Molo will come out with recommendations  that will help the residents of the area.

“We have been here for 3 days engaging the elders from Communities. We are optimistic that we shall find a lasting solution in Njoro-Molo perennial conflicts.

The Commissioner at the same time weighing in on the ongoing political heat about the Building Bridges Initiative.

Farah stated that BBI should stand for peace rather than dividing Kenyans.

He added that the Commission is concerned on the possible referendum and the 2022 succession politics.

Already NCIC has mapped political hotspots towards 2022 succession politics which include Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi.

The Commission has commenced community engagements to ensure no political conflicts towards 2022.

“If we start engaging various communities in mapped political hotspot areas then we shall be able to cool down the temperatures and that is what we are doing as a Commission” said Commissioner Farah.

The Commission revealed that integration cannot be left to NCIC alone and that is why as a commission, they have changed approach and are now working with all other agencies to cohesive nation.

On his part Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui reiterated the need to continue engaging communities in conflict- prone areas in finding amicable solutions.

Mbui noted that Njoro- Molo areas have had long time grievances around land ownership-an issue he says will be of past following government’s commitment

“Long time grievances in Njoro and Mariashoni is the issue of land and ownership. The earlier meetings, we have seen the locals are for the ongoing government program to ascertain the true boundaries.We hope the meeting will be able to find a lasting solution” said Mbui.

The County Commissioner once again called on Nakuru residents to ensure peaceful co-existence.

“It’s wrong to victimize anyone due to the stand they hold be it political or ideological. Locals should only agitate for Development” said Mbui.

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Governor Kinyanjui: Molo, Gilgil towns set for major growth with status change

Upon elevation, Gilgil and Molo will become the third and fourth town to be Municipalities after Nakuru, and Naivasha. Nakuru County is the pioneer of the upgrade of towns to Municipalities and a Municipality to a city under the 2010 Constitution.

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Governor Lee Kinyanjui (right) receives the report conferment of Municipal status to Gilgil town from the chairman of the ad-hoc committee Mr Kahiga Waitindi. Photo/Suleiman Mbatiah

Nakuru County’s Molo and Gilgil towns are set to enjoy immense urban infrastructure development through increased funding to improve businesses and living conditions and attract investors once elevated into Municipalities.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui, while receiving reports of ad-hoc committees on the conferment of municipal status to Molo and Gilgil towns, said the towns are expected to be conferred the Municipality status, with an award of a Charter in May.

The report will be forwarded to the County Assembly of Nakuru for debate, and if approved, Section 9 of the Urban Areas and Cities Act empowers the Governor, on the resolution of the Assembly, to confer the towns the status of a Municipality by the grant of a Charter in the prescribed form.

Nakuru County Attorney, Kaleb Nyamwange, said this comes barely three months after Nakuru Municipality was awarded the City status charter by President Uhuru Kenyatta, a move that has started attracting investors into the region.

Mr Kahiga Waitindi, the chairman of the ad-hoc committee on the conferment of Municipal status to Gilgil town, said his team extensively looked into the heritage and diversity of the region and its growth potential and need for government interventions.

His Molo town counterpart, Mr Simon Matiri said his team collected views from all relevant sectors and did site visits to ascertain elevation suitability before unanimously endorsing the award of the Municipality status.

Under the Urban Areas and Cities Act, a town can be elevated into a municipality if it has a population of at least 50,000 residents. According to the 2019 census conducted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Gilgil has a population of 185,209 residents while Molo has 156,732 people.

The two towns also met other key requirements, such as the ability to generate enough revenue to adequately fulfil its responsibilities to deliver key services to its residents, enough spaces for expansion, presence overall framework to guide its development among others.

Upon elevation, Gilgil and Molo will become the third and fourth town to be Municipalities after Nakuru, and Naivasha. Nakuru County is the pioneer of the upgrade of towns to Municipalities and a Municipality to a city under the 2010 Constitution.

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County calls for safe fire handling as tragedies rise

A modern fire station under construction in Nakuru CBD is near completion and last week the County conducted interviews for 17 more firefighters.

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A burnt down house

The County Government of Nakuru advises County residents to exercise caution while handling fire, especially now children are at home for the holiday.

County Chief Officer for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Ms Ann Njenga said recent fire incidences point at human negligence.

She was speaking at Elburgon in Molo sub-County when she presented humanitarian assistance by Governor Lee Kinyanjui to Mr George Omosa who recently lost 3 children in a fire incident.

Among the items were 30 irons sheets and mattresses to help Mr Omosa rebuild his livelihood. She said the County would deliver more items in the coming days.

“Governor Lee’s administration has invested heavily in disaster preparedness and management. Recently, the County bought 2 more modern fire engines to boost capacity,” she stated.

A modern fire station under construction in Nakuru CBD is near completion and last week the County conducted interviews for 17 more firefighters.

Also, in November 2019, thirty youthful firefighters graduated from the Morendat Institute of Oil and Gas after a rigorous four-week training program on basic firefighting techniques, fully sponsored by the County.

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Molo Stadium ready for local matches

The stadium rehabilitation is in line with Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s manifesto to nurture and promote sports at the community level.

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The newly renovated Molo Stadium
The rehabilitation of the perimeter wall around the Molo Stadium in Molo Sub-county has been completed.
At the same time, works to ensure the football pitch and athletics tracks are in good shape is almost complete.
Previously, the perimeter wall had collapsed and stones and gates were stolen while the ground was waterlogged.
In the first phase that will cost Sh2.9 million, the contractor is also expected to construct gender-sensitive toilet blocks.
The stadium rehabilitation is in line with Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s manifesto to nurture and promote sports at the community level.
Sports Director Ms Alice Gikonde said, “The second phase will entail the construction of a pavilion and fan stands.
Other similar projects are underway in other sub-counties.”

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