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Process on to probe Nakuru West NG-CDF Board over misappropriation of funds

Led by the lobby group’s chair Jimmy Wagakabu, the residents claim that a number of projects launched by area MP Samuel Arama since 2014 were questionable.

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Hezron Okiki and Jimmy Wagakabu from Nakuru County Opinion Leaders and Accountability Forum addressing media in Nakuru on Jan 19, 2021.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Residents of Nakuru Town West are in the process of compiling a report to be submitted to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) over alleged misappropriation of Constituency funds.

Under the umbrella Nakuru County Opinion Leaders and Accountability Forum, the locals are demanding that a probe be launched into the area’s Constituency Development Fund (CDF) over alleged misappropriation of funds.

Led by the lobby group’s chair Jimmy Wagakabu, the residents claim that a number of projects launched by area MP Samuel Arama since 2014 were questionable.

According to Wagakabu, they are in possession of a report on all the projects initiated in Nakuru west from 2014 to 2019 which indicates misappropriation of funds.

He adds that they have also with them the report from the auditor General’s office which also raises similar concerns on NG-CDF projects in Nakuru Town West.

The report from the auditor General’s office dated Nov 3, 2016 on Nakuru Town West Constituency for the year that ended in June 2015 indicates unexplained over expenditure.

On bursaries, the report indicated that there were no acknowledgement letters to confirm that the bursary funds were received by various schools and benefited the intended students.

It is on this basis that the Nakuru County Opinion Leaders and Accountability Forum has vowed not to relent in fighting for justice and ensuring value for taxpayer’s money.

“We have had a cry in how the over 700 million shillings has been used in Nakuru Town West since 2014.Instead of being given the right information we are being threatened with abuses that even touch on our families. However, this will not deter us from fighting for truth” said Wagakabu.

Sentiments echoed by Nakuru resident and ODM politician Hezron Okiki who stated that no single threats will stop them from liberating Nakuru Town West Constituency.

Okiki adds that last year parents were given bursary forms to fill to a tune of Sh 34 million but due to COVID-19, the Cheques were cancelled and this year parents were told to fill new forms.

According to Okiki,this is another area that the EACC should investigate the NG-CDF office in Nakuru Town West.

“How do you cancel Cheques and throw them away yet they are official documents? The office should come out clear on this” said Okiki.

Arama has however been on record rubbishing the claims raised by the lobby group.

The MP maintained that all projects initiated by the CDF are scrutinized by the Kenya National Audit Office.

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Home Team London FC Lifts 6th Edition Of #KOT5Aside In Nakuru

Tournament organizer and founder Aleckie Ronald said he was pleased with how the tournament has grown.

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Home team London FC are the winners of the 6th Edition of #KOT5Aside which was held in Nakuru over the weekend.

The Nakuru based club emerged victorious after beating Afrohemian from Nakuru 2-0 in a hotly contested final.

London walked away with Ksh. 100, 000 courtesy of Odibets while Afroheamian won Ksh. 60, 000 as FUsball Arena Stars took home Ksh. 40, 000 after finishing third.

The tournament that attracted 16 teams saw all the eight teams from Nairobi eliminated before the semis with four Nakuru clubs advancing to the final.

Tournament organizer and founder Aleckie Ronald said he was pleased with how the tournament has grown.

“It’s almost three years since we started this tournament and I am really proud of how we’ve grown, we can only get better, I want to thank Odibets for their support since the tournament started, they’ve played a huge role in our growth,” Ronald remarked.

Story by Capital FM

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Nakuru to set up modern mental health hospital

The Taskforce on Mental Health of Kenya report of July 2020 recommended that mental illness should be declared a national emergency of epidemic proportions.

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Chiromo Mental Health Hospital

The County Government of Nakuru has initiated plans to construct a modern psychiatric facility to fully integrate mental health services in its healthcare provision programs.

Currently, Gilgil General and Psychiatric Hospital, which serves as Nairobi’s Mathari Hospital annexe, is the oldest and biggest psychiatric unit in Rift Valley.

The Gilgil-based hospital is grappling with the rising number of abandoned psychiatric patients, some being there for over 30 years, thus straining the facility.

Already, a technical team from Nakuru County has toured the Chiromo Mental Health Hospital to collect data on a modern and ideal mental health facility.

The team led by Dr Cleophas Wafula, a Clinical Psychologist at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital also met Dr Frank Njenga, a renowned mental health consultant.

County Architect, Mr Julius Kiprop Sang’ noted that the data will help Nakuru come up with a modern mental infrastructure in Gilgil sub-County to well serve the region.

Dr Frank Njenga commended Nakuru County for taking interest in coming up with the right infrastructure to address mental healthcare issues.

The Taskforce on Mental Health of Kenya report of July 2020 recommended that mental illness should be declared a national emergency of epidemic proportions.

The report further called for the prioritization of mental health as public health and socioeconomic agenda.

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Kihika alleges State plans to rig London by-election

She says Jubilee had panicked and resorted to open-market voter bribery as witnesses at the weekend. And in line with Operation Nakuru West, the police supervised the bribery.

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Senator Susan Kihika

Senator Susan Kihika has protested what she terms as an elaborate plan by the ruling Jubilee Party to rig the London Ward by-election slated for Thursday.

The seat fell vacant after area Member of County Assembly, Sammy Mbugua succumbed to a liver disease late last year.

The by-election has attracted strong succession competition with Jubilee’s Francis Njoroge and UDA’s Wachira Nzuki being frontrunners. ODM and KANU candidates have since pulled out.

In a letter to the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, the Senator claims the party plots to use police to cause chaos and disrupt the voting process.

“The dastardly, undemocratic and one-party era scheme is also meant to have marauding gangs cause mayhem in UDA strongholds in the Ward,” she further alleges.

She claims that the OCPD had been ordered by the government to ensure that Jubilee Party’s Njoroge wins, despite the party having no touch on the ground.

A week ago, police tear-gassed lawmakers allied to Deputy President William Ruto to stop a campaign meeting for the UDA party candidate.

The Senator warned the police against being used by State agents to subvert the will of London Ward people whom she said will turn up in large numbers to vote.

She says Jubilee had panicked and resorted to open-market voter bribery as witnesses at the weekend. And in line with Operation Nakuru West, the police supervised the bribery.

“We urge the IEBC to fulfil its role and be the honest arbiter the Constitution and the people of London Ward, and indeed Kenya, expect it to be,” she stated.

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