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Why Arama wants London Ward by-election Jubilee candidate hand-picked

According to Senator Susan Kihika, the move to hand-pick a candidate for the Lakeview Ward by-election following the death of Karanja Mburu in a road accident in April cost the Jubilee Party the seat.

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IEBC by-election manual

Member of Parliament for Nakuru Town West Samuel Arama has protested what he termed as unrealistic timelines by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for parties to conduct nominations ahead of March 4 by-elections.

Nakuru County is set to hold two by-elections following the deaths of John ‘Wa Susi’ Njuguna of Hells Gate Ward who succumbed to COVID-19 complications and Sammy Mbugua of London Ward who died of alcoholic fatty liver disease.

The second term Jubilee MP is confident that he will deliver the high-staked London Ward seat, which is in his constituency and has dared other candidates and parties to drop their ambitions and support Jubilee candidate.

However, a public disquiet is looming after the MP appeared to suggest that the party might not conduct nominations but instead hand-pick a compromised candidate citing lack of funds and short IEBC timelines.

“All those seeking the Jubilee ticket will go through the nomination, if the negotiation to filed a compromised candidate fails,” Mr Arama told the Sunday Standard in an interview on the upcoming by-elections.

According to Senator Susan Kihika, the move to hand-pick a candidate for the Lakeview Ward by-election following the death of Karanja Mburu in a road accident in April cost the Jubilee Party the seat.

The party opted for interviews instead of nominations citing lack of time to prepare for the nomination exercise. Aspirants read mischief in the move as voters in protest overwhelmingly voted in Simon Wanango of little-known New Young Democrats.

“To the Jubilee Party, I hope you lose every election that you try to impose your will on the people by introducing your dictatorial bad manners,” she stated adding that the people made a democratic choice and voted the best candidate, not a party.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui is of the opinion that Jubilee conducts free and fair nominations despite the tight timelines issued by IEBC via the Kenya Gazette to avoid a repeat of the Lake View by-elections where a Jubilee candidate George Mathu lost.

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Cathy Hotel owner Toroitich was committed to his beliefs, says Governor Lee

The late President Daniel Moi’s nephew died on Thursday following a short undisclosed ailment. He is survived by one wife, six children and several grandchildren.

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Governor Lee Kinyanjui has sent a message of condolence to the family of the late Gideon Toroitich, who until his death was the proprietor of Cathy Hotel.

Governor Kinyanjui said Toroitich contributed immensely to the growth and prosperity of Nakuru Town, especially in the agriculture and the hospitality sectors.

“Mzee Toroitich was a principled man who did not shy from saying what he believed in. He was firm and committed to his beliefs,” the Governor stated in a Facebook post.

The late President Daniel Moi’s nephew died on Thursday following a short undisclosed ailment. He is survived by one wife, six children and several grandchildren.

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi mourned the prominent businessman, who once served as the Managing Director of the Agricultural Finance Corporation, as a steadfast man who portrayed the value of family.

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Matatu owners fault County over ‘harrasment’

Nakuru Business Coalition Secretary, Simon Ole Nasieku accused Senator Susan Kihika of failing to champion for their business rights.

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The leaders led by Central Rift Matatu Owners Association Chairman Stephen Muli

Players in the transport sector have called on the County Government of Nakuru to fast-track the construction of a new matatu terminus to improve their working conditions.

Led by Central Rift Matatu Owners Association Chairman, Stephen Muli the businessmen said the upcoming modern termini at the railway’s yard had taken longer to complete.

He argued that the delay was fuelling an extortion racket where County enforcement officers are said to be harrasing and receiving bribes from matatus plying undesignated zones.

“Our vehicles are being seized day and night and released with hefty fines. We will not allow this,” said Muli while accusing the County of what he termed as militarizing the enforcement unit.

He said his office had tried to reach Chief Officer for Public Service Training and Devolution, Paul Githinji to no avail. He said he will be reaching out to Governor Lee Kinyanjui on the same.

His sentiments were echoed by Nakuru Business Coalition Secretary, Simon Ole Nasieku who also accused Senator Susan Kihika of failing to champion for their business rights.

Mr Nasieku said the politicians had failed in coming up with friendly policies to see their businesses thrive, but instead turn to the businessmen for political mobilizations and votes.

The Friends of Devolution chairman, Benson Macharia said Counties should provide a good environment for business for all sectors, political affiliations notwithstanding.

When contacted, CO Githinji said urban planning was a function of the County government and that the Governor was committed to ensuring Nakuru City is habitable for all.

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Unison Sacco opens 11th branch in Nakuru

While welcoming the Unison Sacco in Nakuru, CEC Komen noted that the county government of Nakuru has continued to create a conducive environment for business investors.

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Nakuru CECM for Trade and Cooperatives Raymond Komen(With a CHief Guest tag) ad Regional TSC Director Aden MOhammed duirng the official opening of Unison Sacco Nakuru Branch.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Unison Sacco has opened her 11th branch in the country within Nakuru’s CBD as a way of enhancing service delivery to customers.

The Sacco that was established in 1977 under the name Laikipia Teachers Sacco before it re-branded to Unison Sacco in 2014 prides in empowering members drawn from from TSC, Civil Servants, private schools/institution employees, corporates, Micro-credit groups and individual business entrepreneurs capable of making regular contributions.

Speaking in Nakuru Town during the launch, Chief Executive Officer John Njogu noted that the re-branding was done in December 2013.

He reiterated the commitment towards empowerment of everyone including those at grassroot level in the county and country.

We have no doubt in our ability ad that is why we are opening this 11th branch in Nakuru so that we can serve our members here better” he said.

Sentiments echoed by Chairman James Muhandi who noted that the New branch comes a time the country has gone through tough economic times.

He called for the need to focus on primary and secondary consumer with the Sacco having pride in having approximately 400,000 members.

On his part Nakuru Branch Manager Peterson Wanjohi said the opening of the new branch in Nakuru is a great milestone towards devolving financial services.

As we birth this new branch today,it is another milestone. We endeavor to grow our members through credit and savings” he said.

The event was graced by Nakuru County Chief Executive Committee Member for Trade and Cooperatives Raymond Komen.

While welcoming the Unison Sacco in Nakuru, CEC Komen noted that the county government of Nakuru has continued to create a conducive environment for business investors.

This confirms confidence that the business community has in Nakuru.Statistics indicate that Nakuru is 2nd largest contributor to National GDP after Nairobi hence Unison Sacco is joining the best. We need to ensure we deepen the financial services to the people” said Komen.

Others who addressed during the event included Teachers Service Commissioner Regional Director Aden Mohamed.

He noted the importance of the Sacco to the teaching fraternity in the region.

I am here to celebrate with you the opening of this branch. As teachers,we will get help in many ways. Teachers depend highly on Sacco. The Sacco’s model is key in socio economic growth for the country.

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