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PWDs feel left out in the fight against COVID-19

“The government when coming up with these containement measures ,let them have us in mind as PWDs.If they put us at risk,they are also making us more disabled” said Ms Wanjira.

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Ms Caroline Wanjira (PWD) demonstrate the struggles they go through in accessing handwashing points.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Persons Living with Disability challenges now want to be fully considered in the fight against COVID-19.

They say they have had to go through alot during this COVID-19.

Speaking in Nakuru during a launch of health report for PWDs on COVID-19,they pointed out stigma and discrimination even in the COVID-19 protocols.

Ms Caroline Wanjira faulted the protocols and containement measures which she says have no considerations for the PWDs.

According to her,the handwashing points are stationed in a position that is a challenge to the PWDs to access.

Wanjira narrates how she has had to struggle while in public transport vehicles to maintain social distance but due to her condition with the wheel chair atimes it becomes difficult more so when alighting.

She adds that for the visually impaired,it becomes difficult to ensure some of the containment measures.

Her appeal to the government to consider the PWDs in the containement measures to avert spread of COVID-19.

“The government when coming up with these containement measures ,let them have us in mind as PWDs.If they put us at risk,they are also making us more disabled” said Ms Wanjira.

Sentiments echoed by PWDs Kenya President Ambrose Lasoi.

He wants government to take action against perpetrators of gender based violence against PWDs.

The PWDs Kenya President also calling on government to address challenges facing PWDs during COVID-19.

“We want government to ensure engagement on policies,trainings for our people so that they cannot suffer anymore” he said.

Molo MP Kuria Kimani who graced the occasion also calling for the need to ensure containment measures are PWDs friendly so that they are not left out in the fight against COVID-19.

He says the MOH guidelines seem to leave out the PWDs which should not be the case.

“We cannot fight this pandemic if we discriminate the PWDs hence the government should look at such area.If we put them at risk,the lives of the caretakers” said Kimani.

This even as Nakuru county boasts of taking considerations of the PWDs.

County Director Social Services Wesley Kipng’ok says the county will continue to intensify awareness among PWDs during this COVID-19.

“As a county we have continued to engage PWDs to ensure they are not left behind in the whole process” he said.

Amref Kenya Technical advisor on matters COVID-19 Mr.Fred Bosire states that they are working in 9 urban counties(Nakuru included) to ensure PWDs are part in the fight against COVID-19.

He noted that already Amref has trained various health staff in counties.

Bosire adds that health is key in transforming lives and that is why they have been working in the 9 counties.

“Ours is to work and ensure that we have sustainable health services” he said.

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Digital Taxi drivers,owners to boycott UBER, BOLT,LITTLE CAB over oppression

The Nakuru Digital Taxi drivers and owners have entered into a working agreement between drivers, car owners and MYRIDE PAP LIMITED in bid to address what they term as continued oppression by digital applications.

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The Nakuru Digital Taxi drivers and owners addressing journalists.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The Nakuru Digital Taxi drivers and owners have entered into a working agreement between drivers, car owners and MYRIDE PAP LIMITED in a bid to address what they term as continued oppression by digital applications.

The move under the umbrella E-HAILING TRANSPORT KENYA is aimed at ensuring Kenya Digital Taxi’s self-regulations as the Digital Taxi Business has been operating in the country for the last 6 years without any government regulations.

Addressing journalists in Nakuru on Saturday, the players led by Organizing Secretary Mathew Lesanjo stated that there have been no proper legal guidelines on how the stakeholders in the business should operate.

While noting that the Digital Taxi Business has three major stakeholders (car owners, the drivers and the digital App owners), Lesanjo revealed that for the last 6 years the business operation model, rules and regulations have been set by only one stakeholders-the digital app owners.

“The app owners have oppressed the drivers and car owners by dictating the prices, pricing models, commissions, cars to onboard on their platforms and even some have dictated which laws can govern their operations,” said Lesanjo.

He added that the skewed models of operation have led to massive losses to car owners and drivers because of extremely low prices and very high commissions and misclassification and categorization of cars forcing car owners to sell high-quality cars to buy low engine cars as a precondition to operate on these apps.

They accused the major leading companies namely UBER, BOLT and LITTLE CAB of which their owners cannot be traced.

The taxi drivers in Nakuru have now issued the app companies 21 days ultimatum to comply or else they will switch off from the apps.

This even as drafted regulations by National Transport and Safety Authority-NTSA on the same still stuck at Parliament.

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St. Xaviers Primary emerges top public school in Nakuru municipality in 2020 KCPE

On his part Barnabas Lukano who emerged the top at the school, attributed his success to God,discipline,supportive parents and teachers.

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Celebrations at St. Xaviers Primary School in Nakuru town.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

St. Xaviers Primary School in Nakuru Town emerged the academic giant among public schools in Nakuru East and Nakuru West with a mean score of 338 in the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education.

The school that had 71 candidates sitting for the exam had the top candidate scoring Barnabas Lukano scoring 423 marks.

Other 6 candidates scored 400 marks and above.

Addressing media at the school, Deputy Head teacher Mr.Simon Gakuna said almost 80 percent of their candidates performed well scoring 300 marks and above, attributing the good results to God’s favor, hard work and discipline.

He noted that they missed their target mean score with only two marks.

“We are proud to be the best school in this Municipality. Our target was 340 but we got 338 with our top getting 423 marks and we thank God for that. With 100 percent transition we are sure all our children will get good secondary schools” said Gakuna.

On his part Barnabas Lukano who emerged the top at the school, attributed his success to God,discipline,supportive parents and teachers.

His dream to join Kapsabet Boys’ High school has just commenced and Lukano is confident that he will sail through and later at the University study architecture.

“I want to thank the Almighty God for the good results. My dream is to join Kapsabet Boys and later pursue architecture” he stated.

His father Pastor Rodgers Lukano who was at the school on Friday to celebrate the good performance could not hide his joy.

Lukano stated that his son has made him proud for emerging top at the school and also number 16 countrywide.

He urged parents to be there for their children during studies as this will motivate them even towards excellence.

“Overall he is number 16 in the country. We have walked this journey together and my call to parents is to have time to talk to their children and help them in their studies” he said.

Loise Mureithi- a parent at the school and also a class representative for the class 8 of 2020 on her part commended the class attributing the success to discipline.

Ms Mureithi who also doubles up as the prayer coordinator in the school also lauded the the school headmistress Ms Anne Gikonyo for good leadership

“I have journeyed with them since class five and they were the best. The team work in the school was key and we thank God for the results” said Ms Mureithi.

While releasing the 2020 KCPE results, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof.George Magoha was very categorical that the public schools performed better than private schools.

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Dr.Peter Mbae declares interest for Subukia Parliamentary seat

The MCA who is a close ally of Deputy Pesident William Ruto is optimistic that once elected Subukia MP in 2022, the electorates will witness transformation.

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Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae at a past function.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae has declared his interest to contest the Subukia Parliamentary seat in 2022.

The Kabazi MCA in Nakuru County is one of the most learned politicians in the county.

The vocal MCA has a PhD in Peace and Reconciliation besides having a masters in Mass Communication.

In an exclusive interview, Mbae who served in the Nakuru County Public Service Board before switching to politics a f clinching the Kabazi Ward seat in 2017 said his development record is clear in Kabazi and time is now to serve the larger people of Subukia.

He decried that Subukia has never had leaders with people’s interests at heart.

The Subukia seat is currently being held by Samuel Gachobe.

Others who have shown interest in tbe seat include Njenga Kihanya.

Mbae who hinted at launching his manifesto for the campaigns later this year,said his focus is to see a transformed Subukia.

He admits that his aggressiveness and good working relationship with other stakeholders and Government parastatals is a plus in ensuring more benefits for the Subukia constituents.

According to Mbae,once COVID-19 and BBI issues are over,he will roll the sleeves into action.

“I have a passion to see Subukia transformed and my agenda on development will be launched soon as we roll over to full campaigns” he said.

Dr.Mbae was in the headlines during the Solai dam tragedy when he stood with victims and one particular time he was arrested.

When he assumed into office as MCA, Mbae through collaboration with heads of departments and other local administrators in the area, came up with Kabazi Ward Development Framework for the five years.

The framework is one of its kind in Nakuru county and across the country as no other MCA has ever come up with such.

The framework focuses on five key agenda which include water, infrastructure, Health, Education and Empowerment.

With a background in matters communication,Dr.Mbae has been releasing accountability statement on development to his electorates every August on the development achieved.

The MCA who is a close ally of Deputy Pesident William Ruto is optimistic that once elected Subukia MP in 2022, the electorates will witness transformation.

 

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