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New railways matatu stage to open before December 1, says Governor Lee

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The new matatu stage at the Kenya Railways yard, opposite GateHouse, will be opened by December 1, Governor Lee Kinyanjui has announced.

The Governor has advised matatu stakeholders to form a steering committee that will work with the County Government of Nakuru to ensure a smooth transition to the new stage.

The steering committee will help identify matatu SACCOs that will operate at the new stage, as not all can fit at the moment as the County negotiates for more space from Kenya Railways.

“The committee will handle transport issues at every stage such as planning for the construction of additional bus parks to professionalize the sector,” he stated.

He was speaking when he met representatives of over 60 matatu SACCOs operating in Nakuru Town to discuss long-term solutions to issues affecting the sector.

Mololine Services Limited chairman, Mr Joseph Kariuki, popularly known as Bumasu, advised transport stakeholders not to fall into divisive politics meant to derail beneficial government agenda.

The Governor said his administration would not give room to political rhetoric that harms instead of building small and micro-enterprises, such as markets and the transport sector.

“I am also in talks with the National Government to ensure the sector benefits from funds earmarked for post-COVID-19 economy recovery,” he revealed.

This comes at a time a section of transport operators led by Central Rift Matatus Association chairman, Mr Steve Muli has vowed to force their way back into town.

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Nakuru City Board issues new guidelines to dwellers, building owners

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

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Nakuru City Management board has issued a notice to building owners and the general public on strict guidelines within the city.

In a notice dated January 20, 2022 issued by Nakuru city manager Mr Gitau Thabanja, building owners are required to paint premises and ensure they are well maintained including ensuring rain water gutters are fixed as well as remove obstructive materials such as billboards, placards and posters on walkways to ensure safe and free movement.

All building owners are also expected to ensure proper disposal of garbage from their premises and that none finds its way into public designated spaces.

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

At the same time, all taxis, motorcycles and tuk tuk owners should ensure their automobiles are located in their designated pick up areas. All building owners to ensure drainage around their premises comply with the Public Health Act.

All hawkers and street vendors especially those operating along the highway (A104), Kenyatta Avenue and East Road are required to relocate to designated markets while all vehicles should be parked on designated spaces and not on pedestrian walkways and pavements.

All owners of developments that do not comply with the building code, relevant bylaws and do not have the relevant approvals must regularize the said development by submitting their applications within ninety (100) days for scrutiny and subsequent approval to the City Board of Nakuru.

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Maalim sends stern warning to hate mongers as he takes over as Rift Valley Regional Commissioner

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

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Hate mongers in the Rift Valley Region have been put on notice.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mohammed Ahmed Maalim says he will not tolerate the same.

Speaking after holding a meeting with county commissioners under the Rift Valley Region, Maalim said he understands the task ahead of him.

He commended his predecessor George Natembeya for the tremendous work he did in the Region before his resignation to venture into politics.

While noting the security challenges in some of the counties in the region, the new Regional Commissioner was categorical that through proper coordination and collaboration all will be well.

“I know the tray is full but I am ready for the task ahead.War and hate mongers in this Region let them be warned that as a government we shall not tolerate such” he said.

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

The immediate former Makueni county Commissioner takes over from Natembeya who has declared interest in the Trans Nzoia Gubernatorial seat.

 

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IDPs call for establishment of special court to handle hate mongers

He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.

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As the country commenced the last  enhanced voter registration exercise ahead of the general election, IDPs Network in the country have embarked on an exercise to ensure the majority of their members have the cards to make choices of the leaders they wish to transform their lives.

Speaking in Nakuru, the team led by the chairman Patrick Githnji said that there has been a challenge to effectively address their concerns by the successive governments.
He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.
“We want to see serious interventions by the government on how it can handle the people spreading hate because the judicial systems currently are slow”, he said.
Lucy Njeri, one of the IDPs said that the government ought to treat their people more special than foreigners who seem to be benefiting more from natural resources.
 

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