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Ndungiri-Mutukanio locals get water after decades-long wait

According to MCA Mbae, the area has had the challenge of water for many years hence a solution had to be sought.

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Ndungiri-Mutukanio residents fetch water at the new installed borehole.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Ndungiri-Mutukanio c residents in Kabazi Ward of Nakuru County have water services for domestic use after decades of wait.

This is after area MCA Dr.Peter Mbae lobbied for the establishment of a water borehole project in the area.

Women addressing media at the new borehole.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The locals and more so women have in the past had to walk several kilometres in search of water for their domestic use.

But with the establishment of the borehole that is fully installed with solar panels to aid in the pumping of the water to the main tank for supply, they are now a happy lot.

Addressing the media at the borehole site, the locals led by Ms Emily Njokie lauded the area MCA for initiating the project that will now serve them for many years to come.

“We are very grateful that our MCA has ensured we have water in this area. Our problems of walking longer distances are now over” said Ms Njokie.

On her part Jane Gathoni, added that as women in the area they have had difficulties in the past in fetching water.

The longer distance as they look for the commodity, she says has seen some of them develop health complications.

“Some of us have had to develop complications due to the longer distances that we have had to walk in the past in search of water. But now we are happy that will be a thing of past” she said.

Similar sentiments echoed by Jane Muthoni.

According to MCA Mbae, the area has had the challenge of water for many years hence a solution had to be sought.

The bore hole, he says is able to produce 6,000 litres per hour with solar installed.

It should be noted that 50 percent of the County budget for Kabazi Ward goes to agenda number which is water with already 15 water projects fully installed in the area.

The vocal first time Nakuru County Assembly Jubilee member says they will also work closely with the community to ensure security mechanisms for the project as well as ensure supply to households.

“The area has had water challenges for a long time and that is why we came up with this project. The next step we shall be meeting the community to see how the project will be run and also mechanisms to supply to households” said Mbae.

 

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Vehicle dealer Isuzu opens new outlet in Naivasha

Recently the National Government started the campaign to encourage local assembly of vehicles creating numerous jobs for young people.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Ms Njenga during the official opening of the new Isuzu outlet in Nakuru.PHOTO/NGPU

Vehicle dealer Isuzu has opened its new outlet in the first growing Naivasha town.

Speaking during the official opening of the new outlet-Njewa Automobile,Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the move is a plus to Nakuru in terms of investment.

He added that his administration will continue to do all it can to accelerate growth.

“We have a great plan for Naivasha in terms of hospitality, industry and infrastructure improvement to accelerate growth” said Kinyanjui.

He lauded I Mrs. Judy Njenga for the Kshs 50million service centre citing  that it is evidence of investment opportunities in Naivasha and the larger Nakuru County.

While noting that Mrs Njenga was in 2019 named the Best Farmer in Kenya, Kinyanjui said he has no doubt Isuzu Njewa will achieve great milestone terming Ms Njenga a role model for women entrepreneurs.

Despite Ms Njenga’s husband passing away last year, the family has carried on his vision to complete and launch the Njewa Automobile.

“Nakuru is home to Isuzu and for a long time most lorries had the slogan “Another one from Samcon”.My administration will continue to support and provide conducive environment for businesses to set up shop in Nakuru and thrive” said Kinyanjui.

Recently the National Government started the campaign to encourage local assembly of vehicles creating numerous jobs for young people.

Kinyanjui also called on vehicle dealers and companies like Isuzu to think of ways of expanding the sector to manufacturing some of the vehicle parts locally.

The event was also attended by Isuzu Director Aftersales Julius Mwangi, CECs Mr Raymond Komen(Trade and Tourism), Dr. Immaculate Maina(Agriculture) and other County officials.

 

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Boost to farmers in Nakuru,Baringo as Yara East Africa steps in with training

Senior Commercial Manager at Yara East Africa Mr.Vitalis Wafula stated that as an organization they will continue to ensure farmers’ capacity towards production hence such training.

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Senior Commercial Manager at Yara East Africa Mr.Vitalis Wafula addressing media in Nakuru on Feb 26, 2021 during a training forum for farmers from Nakuru and Baringo counties.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Farmers in food basket counties such as Nakuru have a reason to smile after Yara East Africa -an agricultural organization stepped in to train farmers on how to improve production.

The company has commenced several training sessions for farmers on crop nutrition solutions and precision farming offerings to allow farmers to increase yields and improve product quality while reducing environmental impact.

Cecilia Tobon, a farmer from Nessuit in Njoro Sub county of Nakuru and a beneficiary of Yara training, is grateful that she has seen improved production in her farming activities.

Ms Cecilia said with improved yields, her livelihood has been transformed tremendously adding that she does not feel the pain of production unlike before.

“The training on the right fertilizers has been of great help boosting my production. At the moment I feel the fruits of my farming and even my life is transformed” she said.

For Josephat Ngacha Kariuki-a farmer of wheat, maize and barley from Njoro for the last 25 years, since introduction to Yara fertilizers (Yara Powr and Yara Boost) there has been an improved yield.

His appeal to the farmers to try and make good use of the training by Yara Company to help boost their production.

“I have been a farmer for many years but since the training and the introduction of Yara fertilizers I have seen the change. I can say as a farmer I am a proud person as the improved production also means extra coins in my pocket” said Kariuki.

And with the less government’s extension officers to offer guidance to farmers at grassroot level, some of the farmers who have gone through the training are now offering support to their fellow farmers.

Michael Wachira is one such farmer who after receiving training has been engaging farmers at grassroot level to help them earn from their production.

Addressing the media in Nakuru on Friday during one of the training forums for farmers from Nakuru and Baringo counties, Wachira admits that farmers at grassroot level have had numerous challenges.

Wachira appealed to both county and National governments to move with speed and facilitate farmers with capital as well as ensure a reliable market for their produce.

“The government should also join partners to address challenges facing farmers at grassroot such as lack of capital and market. Let the government ensure subsidy on farming inputs” said Wachira.

Senior Commercial Manager at Yara East Africa Mr.Vitalis Wafula stated that as an organization they will continue to ensure farmers’ capacity towards production hence such training.

Wafula attributed the low production among farmers to use of the wrong farm inputs as well as the continued shrinking of land for production.

“We are here today in Nakuru for purposes of enhancing the capacity of farmers to produce better. There is an increasing need to help the farmers improve production through soil testing as well as mapping” said Wafula.

 

 

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Healthcare boost as County upgrades Elburgon hospital

Construction of a modern Sh40 million 150-bed capacity maternity wing at the hospital is over 90 per cent done.

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An artistic impression of the upcoming maternity wing at the Elburgon Level 4 Hospital

The County is upgrading the Elburgon Level 4 Hospital in Molo sub-County to offer quality and affordable healthcare services.

The upgrade is also meant to lessen workload at the Nakuru Level 5, Njoro and Molo sub-County hospitals.

This is in line with Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s manifesto to provide quality healthcare to all Nakuru County residents.

Construction of a modern Sh40 million 150-bed capacity maternity wing at the hospital is over 90 per cent done.

The County has also replaced the over 20 years old leaking roofing tiles and asbestos with corrugated iron sheets.

Last year, the County equipped and staffed a theatre in the hospital and has since performed several surgeries.

The hospital has also received a Sh2.5 million laundry machine to help improve the hospital’s hygiene in the admission wards.

And today, Minister for Health Dr Gichuki Kariuki said the hospital will soon start optical/eye care services.

He was speaking today during a community dialogue to help get customer feedback for the improvement of services.

Ms Leah Wambui, a Community Health Volunteer in Matweku Community Unit appreciated the County’s efforts.

Chief Officer for Public Health Services, Mr Samuel King’ori said the County has invested Sh1 billion towards health infrastructural upgrade.

This week, the County distributed medicines and other items valued at Sh100 million to all hospitals in Nakuru County.

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