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Relieve for Rongai 2007/2008 post election violence IDPs as county resettles them

With the title deeds, the residents of Giwa settlement scheme in Visoi, Rongai Subcounty are now rightful owners of the land and are no longer IDPs.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui during the handing over of land title deeds to Giwa IDPs in Visoi Ward,Rongai.PHOTO/NGPU.

Internally Displaced Persons of the 2007/2008 post-election violence in Giwa, Visoi Ward of Rongai Sub County in Nakuru have a reason to smile after the county government handed them title deeds.

They are the beneficiaries of Nakuru titling program after suffering for the last 15 years.

With the title deeds, the residents of Giwa settlement scheme in Visoi, Rongai Sub County are now rightful owners of the land and are no longer IDPs.

Speaking during the event, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said with the document, they can confidently develop their land and even use it to acquire funding to invest.

He warned them against selling their parcels of land saying such a move was uncalled for.

“We urge beneficiaries not to rush to sell as there are major developments including road upgrade, avocado factory that will increase value of land and offer opportunities for rentals and other businesses”  said Kinyanjui.

The county government has vowed to issue more title deeds to all the IDPs in Nakuru county in the next 6 months.

Besides, the county government of Nakuru will also issue 29 market centers across the county with titles in an effort to secure public utilities.

So far,  70,000 title deeds have been issued under the program as one way of addressing historical land question.

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Rotary Club of Nakuru,Gilanis step in for vulnerable Athinai IDPs

Speaking at Makongeni Chief’s office after handing over the donation, Shamsher Gilani noted that the harsh life the locals are facing is what prompted them to make donation.

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Shamsher Gilani addressing IDPs at Athinai, Rongai in Nakuru county.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Rotary Club of Nakuru in partnership with Gilanis Supermarket have stepped in to assist vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons at Athinai, Rongai Subcounty of Nakuru county.

The groups on Thursday visited the camp and made food and non food stuff donations to the IDPs.

Athinai camp is not a political camp but people who were employed to work in a sisal farm in the area.

They were able to provide a livelihood for themselves and their families until this farm later got auctioned and all the workers were laid off.

In this farm, there were also people who were squatters and they too were chassed out of the said farm.

These people called this farm their “home” and most of them were born and grew up there.

Having nowhere the squatters moved out first and settled in the market place and since they were a big number, the market closed down so as to accommodate these large number of squatters.

Those who were working in the farm were able to find themselves small houses in which they now live in and pay some small amount for rent.

The camp has been in existence for the last 3 years and has very old men and women who depend entirely on donations.

There are also men and women who are in dire need of medical attention as they do not get any assistance from the Government.

Speaking at Makongeni Chief’s office after handing over the donation, Shamsher Gilani noted that the harsh life the locals are facing is what prompted them to make donation.

“These people are really vulnerable. They depend on well-wishers and have absolutely no income. The few strong ones go to look for casual jobs in the nearby Marigat Centre.  All the children spend their day in the camp as they are unable to go to school. We thought it wise to assist them” said Shamsher.

Shamsher who is also chairman Board of Trustees at Street Children Assistance Network Nakuru (SCANN) also vowed to sponsor some of the vulnerable children from the camp for education studies.

According to him, education is key in transferring the society.
“We have agreed that we will have some of the vulnerable children here to our SCANN home so that we can have them in school” he said.

The camp has approximately 70 families living in dilapidated shacks built close to each other and made of polyethene.

Rotary Club of Nakuru President Joab Okello called for need for collaboration among well-wishers to uplift the lives of these vulnerable families.

“These people are in dire need. As Rotary we cannot do it alone. We call on well wishers to step in and through partnership we can do more” said Okello.

The visit by Rotary Club of Nakuru in partnership with Gilanis Supermarket gave the locals some hope.

Led by Ekai Chekolei, they thanked the well wishers for the gesture.

“We have been in this camp for long but we are grateful to Rotary and Gilanis for remembering us” he said.

The locals received a donation which included food,mosquito nets, blankets and mattresses.

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Man commits suicide in Rongai, Nakuru after long illness

Sombre mood engulfed Moricho village in Rongai Subcounty, Nakuru county on Tuesday after  a 30 year old man identified as Bernard Kipkemoi Tanui was found  dead in what is linked to suicide.

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

Sombre mood engulfed Moricho village in Rongai Subcounty, Nakuru county on Tuesday after  a 30 year old man identified as Bernard Kipkemoi Tanui was found  dead in what is linked to suicide.

Confirming the incident,area Chief Moses Rotich said the deceased had been ailing for a long period.

Rotich added that this might have led to depression hence suicide.

The deceased is also said to have informed his family members that he was tired with life and would take his life any time.

The body was collected by police officers and taken to Nakuru county mortuary.

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Patel Family lauded for their contribution to improving education standards in Solai

Schools such as Solai Nyakinyua Primary,Akuisi Primary,Akuisi Secondary and Mansukh Primary just to mention a few, are beneficiaries of the Family’s charity work with over 10 pupils already on full sponsorship.

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Patel Farm General Manager Vinoj Kumar (Right) leads a team from Patel Family to hand over donation to pupils in the area.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Residents of Solai in Nakuru County have lauded Patel Family for continued contribution towards improving the education standards in the area.

The family that settled in the area since colonial time has been contributing immensely towards improving the education standards through establishment of schools and complementing government efforts in the education sector.

George Opondo, a local who has been working for many years in the Patel Farm, revealed to Nakurunews.co.ke that since the Patel Family settled in Solai’s Patel Coffee Estate, locals have reaped big.

According to Opondo, the late Businessman Patel Mansukh Kansagra inherited the spirit of Charity from Senior Patel and the same has been emulated by his son Perry Mansukh Patel.

The same charity work spirit saw Jamhuri Primary school that initially had grass structures renovated to the current modern school now with quality standard structures.

Opondo, who was speaking when he joined the Family in distributing foodstuffs to schools in the area, recalled that before the Patel Family stepped in, Jamhuri Primary was in a bad state with pupils having to sit on stones.

Majority of the pupils in these schools have their parents employed as casuals in the Huge Patel Coffee Estate.

“Patel Family has been of great help to us. We have job opportunities and the schools in this area have been improved in terms of infrastructure” said Opondo.

Despite Businessman Patel Mansukh Kansagra having died, his son Peri Mansukh Patel has vowed to continue with his late father’s spirit of uplifting livelihoods in Solai.

Schools such as Solai Nyakinyua Primary,Akuisi Primary,Akuisi Secondary and Mansukh Primary just to mention a few, are beneficiaries of the Family’s charity work with over 10 pupils already on full sponsorship.

“The family has made assurance to the locals that whatever charity work was started by their forefathers will continue” said Opondo.

The script is the same at Solai Nyakinyua Primary where the Patel Family has been of support with 8 modern classrooms constructed to ease congestion.

Speaking after receiving food donations from the Family, School’s Deputy Head teacher Ms Jenifer Muthoga said the school that has over 700 pupils and 17 teachers has had challenges of congestion and Patel Family gesture has helped a lot.

“We have had challenges here with classrooms. However, we are grateful that Patel stepped in and did the 8 modern classrooms you are seeing over there” she said.

Sentiments echoed by Ms Ruth Kairu who called for the need for more classrooms in the area as well as a feeding program.

Patel Farm General Manager Vinoj Kumar who witnessed the donations to over 14 schools in the area, stated that it is not a one-time gesture but they will continue to do so more often.

He called on Kenyans to embrace charity work and try to practice it in their little capacity to make a better society.

“We have done so for many years in several schools here. It’s a call to all people in society to also try and emulate the same. We need a society where everyone is happy” stated Vonoj.

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