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Why Nakuru is yet to become a City

Nakuru City would be a reference point for other cities in the country; including Kisumu and Mombasa that have been elevated but have never received the charter.

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Lack of clear guidelines in the Urban Areas and Cities Act – 2011 on the awarding of a City status charter has delayed the granting of Nakuru Municipality a City status, three months after the Senate approved the elevation bid.

The Act provides for the procedure on the establishment of the various categories of urban areas and cities, their management and functions but does not provide for the form of a model City status charter to be granted to Municipalities.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui said Nakuru County residents were hopeful that President Uhuru Kenyatta would sign and award the City status charter this August but the lack of the statutory basis to conform with the provisions of the Act delayed the process.

He was speaking at the County headquarters when he received prerequisite crucial documents formulated by a national government inter-agency team drawn from the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs and the State Counsel Office.

Nakuru County Attorney, Caleb Nyamwange said Nakuru City would be a reference point for other cities in the country; including Kisumu and Mombasa that have been elevated but have never received the charter.

Mr Patrick Karanja, the acting Director of Inter-Governmental Relations, Ministry of Devolution and ASALs said the inter-agency team had developed the first-ever draft City charter, citation and conferment report to guide the conferment process.

Ms Pauline Muriithia, the Chief State Counsel in the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs said the line Minister, Eugene Wamalwa, would this week handover the draft charter to Attorney General Kihara Kariuki for clearance before it’s handed to Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua who will, in turn, present it to the President for signing.

Governor Kinyanjui stated that his administration is committed to have things right from the onset such as better urban planning for economic growth and to avert mushrooming of slums, as is within other Cities in Kenya and abroad.

He called for a change of mindset among residents in the management and ownership of the City adding that the County Government of Nakuru was exploring legal provisions to expand the City beyond the old Nakuru Municipality boundaries.

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Kalonzo hints at One Kenya Alliance leadership by October

The Wiper Leader who met and held consultative meeting with Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui also called on political leaders to maintain peace ahead of the polls.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.PHOTO/NGPU.

Wiper Democratic Movement Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has revealed that the leadership of One Kenya Alliance will be unveiled soon.

Speaking in Nakuru on Wednesday, Kalonzo said by the end of October, the direction of the One Kenya Alliance will be known.

“I am sure that by the end of October we shall have known the leadership and way forward for One Kenya Alliance ahead of the 2022 polls” he said.

The Wiper Leader who met and held consultative meeting with Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui also called on political leaders to maintain peace ahead of the polls.

According to Kalonzo, leaders should shun  politics of division but instead focus on making Kenya a better nation.

“We need to focus on uniting this country.We cannot destroy this beautiful country” said Kalonzo.

On his part Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui noted that Nakuru is at the heart of any national politicians.

He called on those seeking elective positions to ensure peaceful campaigns.

“Our county plays a great role in the economy and politics of the country. We are committed to peaceful elections, tolerance and coexistence. As we approach elections, I urge those seeking positions not to disrupt the lives of Kenyans but conduct their campaigns peacefully.

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MCA Mbae:2021 International Day of Peace is a reminder how much we need peace towards 2022 polls

It should be noted that Dr.Mbae who is also an expert in matters peace and reconciliation has sponsored the Nakuru County Peace Bill.

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

This 2021 International Day of Peace is a reminder how much we need peace towards the general elections next year, Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae has said.

In a statement to Newsrooms,Mbae said peace is key before, during and after the 2022 polls.

“As we mark this day,we should be reminded of how peace is key even as we head to 2022 polls” said Mbae.

He added that this is also time that leaders should focus on saving Kenyans from mental illness occassioned by Covid-19 pandemic.

The vocal Nakuru MCA called on the national government to ensure it  avails enough vaccines to the most needy in the villages.

It should be noted that Dr.Mbae who is also an expert in matters peace and reconciliation has sponsored the Nakuru County Peace Bill.

“I have sponsored the Nakuru county Peace Bill as my contribution to peace. I undertake to make and pursue peace in all my areas of influence” he said.

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Nakuru residents join the world in marking Peace Day with calls for peaceful 2022 polls

The event that took place at Cathedral Church of Christ the King, was organized by  Ms Rani Ramchandani, in partnership with Tobias Foundation and Black Coffee Network.

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Some of the partners of the International Peace Day celebrations in Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Residents of Nakuru county on Tuesday joined the World in marking Peace Day with calls for peaceful elections taking centre stage.

The event that took place at Cathedral Church of Christ the King, was organized by  Ms Rani Ramchandani, in partnership with Tobias Foundation and Black Coffee Network.

In an interview with this writer,Rani called on residents of Nakuru county and Kenya as a whole to be peace ambassadors.

Speaking at the event,peace ambassador and Kisii County Police Commander Francis Kooli reiterated the need for every Kenyan to embrace peace even as the nation prepares for 2022 general elections.

The officer noted that without peace no development can be realized.

He added that there are numerous government projects that have been initiated in the country and can only be completed when there is peace.

Kooli once again appealed to the youths to avoid being used by politicians to cause havoc in the country.

“As security agents in the country we also appeal for peace.Let us all be peace ambassadors even as we gear towards 2022 polls.No development can be realized when there is no peace” said Kooli.

Sentiments echoed by Nakuru County CEC for  Finance Dr.Peter Kityenya who noted that lack of peace affects everyone.

While calling for collaboration among all sectors to ensure peace, Kityenya called on youths to keep themselves busy by using various opportunities and funds that the county government of Nakuru has set aside for them.

“We all have a role to ensure peaceful country.Youth in Nakuru should use the opportunities set aside by county government to empower themselves” he said.

Director Youth affairs Josephat Kimemia called for need to sensitize young people on matters peace and the need to empower the same.

He added that idleness among young people has always led them to criminal activities interfering with peace in society.

While revealing that Sh.162 million has been set aside for the youth in Nakuru, Kimemia urged parents to also engage their children so as to avert engaging in criminal activities.

The event was also attended by President Rotary Club of Nakuru Joab Okello who decried the displacement of people that has always been witnessed due to political conflicts.

“We need all stakeholders on board to engage on peace initiatives.If our youth are engaged, then they will not be used by politicians to cause havoc” he said.

Sentiments echoed by Tobias Orwa from Tobias Foundation.

Orwa noted that youth are vulnerable and that is why the politicians take advantage of them

“We are telling youths to shun being used as we head to 2022 polls” said Orwa.

 

 

 

 

 

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