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Why Kihika may back off from Governorship race

Unlike other Counties like Kirinyaga that is shaped by local politics, Nakuru’s voting pattern is purely determined by national politics.

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Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Senator Susan Kihika at a past event. Photo/Courtesy

Senator Susan Kihika, as expected, over time, has expressed unpreparedness in facing incumbent Governor Lee Kinyanjui at the August polls.

As the New Year clock ticked, the governorship race in Nakuru County began to take shape, with a clear indication that Governor Lee would retain his seat easily.

In her New Year message, Senator Kihika earlier today expressed shock that it had just dawned on her that it’s already 2022, the year of elections.

“Waa it just hit me huu ni ule mwaka we have been talking about, 2022. Kusema ukweli nimepanic kidogo,” she stated in a Facebook post.

Her sentiments attracted over 1,000 comments of mixed reactions, with some asking her not to waste time vying for Governorship but defend her Senatorial seat.

Others gave messages of counsel and encouragement, citing Bible verses and motivational quotes. Due to the seriousness of the matter, she responded to all with an emphatic Amen.

The writing is now clear that Senator Kihika will not challenge Governor Lee and if she dared, be ready for a thunderous fall, and be forgotten.

The battle between Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for the Presidency is fast shaping the Governorship race.

Unlike other Counties like Kirinyaga that are shaped by local politics, Nakuru’s voting pattern is purely determined by national politics.

Clearly, the DP is losing nationally, according to polls. Raila has been embraced by the Kikuyu nation as a safer choice. Kikuyus in Nakuru are over 60 per cent.

Governor Lee’s development record is unmatched. Locals say they have seen the fruits of devolution during his tenure, citing health, infrastructure, education and his unifying nature.

Kihika has nothing to show for Nakuru County residents, unlike her colleagues Cleophas Malala of Kakamega, Johnson Sakaja of Nairobi, Mutula Kilonzo of Makueni and others.

“Ofisi yangu tulibakishiwa tu mdomo,” she stated, shocking mourners during the burial of illicit brew victims at Hodihodi in Bahati Constituency.

Recently, the Senator received a backlash for sponsoring a pro-abortion Bill in the Senate. Catholic Bishops termed it as a ‘work of anti-life mercenaries’.

The controversial Reproductive Healthcare Bill- 2019 only received support from the Atheists Society of Kenya, led by the society’s President,  Harrison Mumia.

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Nakuru City Board issues new guidelines to dwellers, building owners

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

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Nakuru City Management board has issued a notice to building owners and the general public on strict guidelines within the city.

In a notice dated January 20, 2022 issued by Nakuru city manager Mr Gitau Thabanja, building owners are required to paint premises and ensure they are well maintained including ensuring rain water gutters are fixed as well as remove obstructive materials such as billboards, placards and posters on walkways to ensure safe and free movement.

All building owners are also expected to ensure proper disposal of garbage from their premises and that none finds its way into public designated spaces.

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

At the same time, all taxis, motorcycles and tuk tuk owners should ensure their automobiles are located in their designated pick up areas. All building owners to ensure drainage around their premises comply with the Public Health Act.

All hawkers and street vendors especially those operating along the highway (A104), Kenyatta Avenue and East Road are required to relocate to designated markets while all vehicles should be parked on designated spaces and not on pedestrian walkways and pavements.

All owners of developments that do not comply with the building code, relevant bylaws and do not have the relevant approvals must regularize the said development by submitting their applications within ninety (100) days for scrutiny and subsequent approval to the City Board of Nakuru.

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Maalim sends stern warning to hate mongers as he takes over as Rift Valley Regional Commissioner

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

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Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mohammed Ahmed Maalim.PHOTO/Isaac

Hate mongers in the Rift Valley Region have been put on notice.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mohammed Ahmed Maalim says he will not tolerate the same.

Speaking after holding a meeting with county commissioners under the Rift Valley Region, Maalim said he understands the task ahead of him.

He commended his predecessor George Natembeya for the tremendous work he did in the Region before his resignation to venture into politics.

While noting the security challenges in some of the counties in the region, the new Regional Commissioner was categorical that through proper coordination and collaboration all will be well.

“I know the tray is full but I am ready for the task ahead.War and hate mongers in this Region let them be warned that as a government we shall not tolerate such” he said.

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

The immediate former Makueni county Commissioner takes over from Natembeya who has declared interest in the Trans Nzoia Gubernatorial seat.

 

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IDPs call for establishment of special court to handle hate mongers

He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.

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As the country commenced the last  enhanced voter registration exercise ahead of the general election, IDPs Network in the country have embarked on an exercise to ensure the majority of their members have the cards to make choices of the leaders they wish to transform their lives.

Speaking in Nakuru, the team led by the chairman Patrick Githnji said that there has been a challenge to effectively address their concerns by the successive governments.
He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.
“We want to see serious interventions by the government on how it can handle the people spreading hate because the judicial systems currently are slow”, he said.
Lucy Njeri, one of the IDPs said that the government ought to treat their people more special than foreigners who seem to be benefiting more from natural resources.
 

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