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Ogiek community wants goverment to lift ban on maize farming in Nessuit, Mariashoni

Government through a public notice issued by the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya, said the ban in Nessuit, Ndoswa and Marioshoni in Eastern Mau was a preventative measure to curb recurrent ethnic clashes.

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Ogiek council of elders addressing media in Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The goverment’ move to ban maize planting activities in Nessuit, Ndoswa and Marioshoni in Eastern Mau has elicited mixed reactions among locals.

Members of the Ogiek community living in the said areas have raised concerns over the move.

Addressing media in Nakuru on Thursday,the locals under the Ogiek community council of elders said the move is a threat to their rights to food security.

Led by John Sironga,they called on the goverment to log the ban as it means no good for the livelihoods.

The locals have differed with the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government that the move is aimed at securing the area and preventing reportedly rampant ethnic attacks.

Sironga said the move is only aimed at barring them from exercising their rights to access food.

They say instead of the ban,the goverment should use the security personnel in the area to wipe out criminal activities.

“We are in shock over a ban on the production of a crop.Our appeal to the goverment to come to our rescue and allow us to grow maize as we rely on the same for our livelihoods” said  Sironga.

Sentiments echoed by Sarah Osas who wondered why the goverment took such a move.

She said it was wrong to bar locals from planting in the name of insecurity.

According to Ms Osas,there are many security personnel who can ensure security even in the Maize plantations.

“Our cry as mothers who depend on maize farming is that the government can lift the ban to avert our suffering” she said.

Government through a public notice issued by the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya, said the ban in Nessuit, Ndoswa and Marioshoni in Eastern Mau was a preventative measure to curb recurrent ethnic clashes.

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Njoro MP Kathambi outshines competitors to clinch UDA ticket

Kathambi emerged winner with 18,340 votes against his competitor John Kaniaru who managed 3,455 votes.

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A poster of Njoro MP Charity Kathambi's message to residents.PHOTO/Courtesy.
Njoro Member of Parliament Charity Kathambi on Thursday clinched UDA ticket in party primaries after outshining her male competitors.
Kathambi emerged winner with 18,340 votes against her competitor John Kaniaru who managed 3,455 votes.
Kinyanjui Mwamba came 3rd with 2,933 votes followed by
Njogu wa Njoroge who got  1,588 votes.
Addressing journalists, Kathambi lauded Njoro residents for having confidence in her.
The award winning peace ambassador was categorical that her strategy in uniting all residents by preaching peace and ensuring equality in development in the area was key to her success.
She expressed hope of clinching the seat come August 9 polls to continue with development agenda for the people of Njoro.
“I want to thank the people of Njoro for their faith in me.It has not been easy for female politicians but I thank God that we had peaceful campaigns and I emerged the winner” she said.

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MP Kathambi roots for peaceful co-existence ahead of polls

Kathambi who has declared to defend her seat on UDA party ticket, was speaking during engagement meeting with youth and bodaboda operators in Likia and Mauche.

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Njoro Member of Parliament Charity Kathambi addressing bodaboda operators.PHOTO/Kathambi Facebook page.

Njoro Member of Parliament Charity Kathambi has called for peaceful co-existence in Njoro ahead of August polls.

She says Njoro is a cosmopolitan constituency hence need for peace to prevail.

The vocal Nakuru MP added that the focus should be on hard work to lift livelihoods.

She warned those trying to cause division among locals to keep off.

“We should not attempt to retreat to ethnic political formations that will erode our peace and development agenda” stated Kathambi.

She reiterated that the constituency can only develop if there is unity of purpose.

Kathambi who has declared to defend her seat on UDA party ticket, was speaking during engagement meeting with youth and bodaboda operators in Likia and Mauche.

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Three die in a road accident hours after cultural initiation ceremony

The youths had yesterday spent the day in a cultural function conducted at Kahiriga Shrine where they were handed back to their parents after 12 successful days and they were in a journey back to their homes.

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Police vehicle at a past scene of crime.PHOTO/DCI.

Three initiates from Kahiriga Kikuyu cultural shrines have died tonight and several others left with serious injuries after a car they were travelling in rolled several times at Davision Area along the Njoro – Mau Narok road.

According to eyewitnesses the car they were travelling in is suspected to have veered off the road and rolled severally causing the deaths.

The youths had yesterday spent the day in a cultural function conducted at Kahiriga Shrine where they were handed back to their parents after 12 successful days and they were in a journey back to their homes.

 

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