SPEECH – Governor Mbugua Launches Nakuru’s 1st Chromatography Machine

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Ladies and gentlemen,

First and foremost I would like to take this opportunity to commend your company for taking this initiative to set up an ultra-modern laboratory that has a chromatography machine that is used in analytical, quality control, identification and quantification of compounds in research, industrial and forensic.

This is indeed a bold step to ensure that consumers of alcoholic beverages are free from any harm that may be caused by poisonous substances like methanol.

It’s unfortunate that many lives including young persons have been lost as a result of consuming poisonous liquor due to ignorance and lack of proper knowledge and unethical work of some inhuman and unpatriotic greedy manufacturers.

Ladies and gentlemen,

To forestall such calamities in future, I urge all those involved in the alcohol manufacturing to adhere to the laid out regulations and ethics as stipulated by the regulatory agencies by complying with the law.

Since liquor business is a devolved function, my government will continue to collaborate with other state agencies, the provincial administration and wananchi through the Nyumba Kumi initiative to curb any production and sale of illicit brews.

With the proper safeguards, liquor business like any other commercial enterprise generates employment and wealth, therefore I appeal to everyone to ensure that they consume legally authorized brews to avoid unnecessary calamities.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I call upon the security agencies and other stakeholders in the industry to remain vigilant by keeping in check counterfeit and illicit brews to avoid any further loss of life or suffering to the consumers.

Finally I call upon Nakuru County residents to live in harmony, shun tribalism for the sake of peace and development.

Governor Mbugua Gets Support from Former Nakuru Mayors

NAKURU, Kenya 31st JULY 2014 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has received strong backing from former Nakuru mayors who paid him a courtesy call at his offices today afternoon.

The nine former mayors dating back from 1964 to 2006 came together in giving their full support on the work and the progress Governor Mbugua and the County Government have achieved so far.

Speaking on behalf of the group former mayor William Kaabuthia who had the mayor’s chain between 1988 and 1992 praised the Governor and his results oriented leadership.

“We waited for you to settle in as the first Governor of Nakuru County and by the look of things you have done a great job so far and we believe you have what it takes to leader this County to where it rightfully belongs.”

The former mayors went down memory lane of the tenure in power and also took time share advice with the Governor on how the County Government can tackle issues such as physical planning, markets expansion, bus parks developments, housing and reducing congestion.

They also sort to understand how the new system of devolution works and assured of their support to help the County achieve its goals for the long term.

Governor Mbugua appreciated their decision to visit him and agreed on how to have a structured way of how they can work together as they bring in their input.

“Maybe I should have done this at the beginning of my term as Governor, to engage your minds then and probably we would have been seeing a different Nakuru today. Either way it’s a timely visit and I look forward to put into practice what we have discussed because you bring forth a wealth of experience which I believe can be incorporated into the development of the County.”

Governor Mbugua recognized their role in the devolution process and said he is ready to indulge more with them especially in finding solutions on how certain problems can be solve in the Nakuru County.

An agreement where they will have meetings to deliberate on issues as they form a strong working partnership to see the County of Nakuru move forward.

The former mayors present were; Herman Nderi (1998), Benson Mwangi (2004/2006) Samuel Towett (2002/2004) Kimunya Kamana (1992/1997), William Kabuthia (1988/1992), Samuel Mithamo Kibue (2005/2007), Daniel Kanyi (1980/1989), Joseck Ngete (1989/1990), Raphael Korir (1988/1992), Silas Wachira (2002/2003).

Governor Mbugua receives Bufallo Mall Progress Report

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua today received good news in regards to the developments to what will be the biggest multifunctional shopping center in the County.

Buffalo Mall Development Ltd director Simon Trappes-Lomax said the mall will be completed before the envisaged scheduled time, with the first phase being fully operational by the end of November this year.

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua welcomed the progress report saying this is a true indicator of the potential the County has in store for investors.

“As a County we are very excited with this developments this far noting that we had earlier thought the project will be ready by December.

This goes to show the confidence the private sector has with our County and its policies. We look forward to its completion because this is a high impact development which will benefit the people of Naivasha and all who will come to do business in this unique and modern set up.”

He also lauded the great opportunity provided by the mall, such as employment as one of the many benefits of the major mall and that it will change the face of the County.

“This is very timely for the region as it would not only offer shopping experience to locals but a lot of employment opportunities considering the various sectors that will be represented in this mall.

More info: http://www.buffalomallnaivasha.com/

Governor Mbugua visits Nakuru Huduma Center

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua today conducted an impromptu inspection of the soon to be unveiled Huduma Center in Nakuru County set to revolutionize the ability to access government public services in an efficient and effective environment.

The center located on Kenyatta Avenue next to Merica Hotel will be one of the 33 Huduma Centers the national government, through the ministry, of Devolution has set up across the nation.

The center will ease the pressure resident’s encounter when seeking government services.

Governor Mbugua expressed his satisfaction with the Center’s completion ahead of its official opening set for early August.

At present services offered at Huduma Centers include:
• Renewal of Drivers licenses and Status check
• Duplicate National Identity Card
• NHIF Registration and Claims
• NHIF Member Statements and accredited Institutions
• Assessment and Payment of Stamp Duty – Lands
• Nairobi City Single Business Permit
• Issuance of Seasonal NCC tickets
• Search and Registration of Business Names
• Registration of Welfare Groups
• PPOA Filing reviews and /or addressing complaints in procurement and disposal
• Student Loan Application – HELB
• NSSF Registration, NSSF Member Statements and Benefits
• Reporting Corruption – EACC
• EACC Clearance Certificate
• Status of Pension Claims
• Kenya Police Abstract and Public Complaints through the Commission on Administrative Justice – Ombudsman.

Governor, GDC Form Pact for Nakuru

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and the Geothermal Development Company have today agreed to form a joint stakeholders committee that will look into all possible ways that energy generated by the firm can benefit the people of Nakuru directly or indirectly.

This was after a daylong consultative meeting held between the County Government, GDC and the Nakuru business community where the partnership will give great impetus to the development of Nakuru County.

Governor Mbugua reiterated that the County stands to be immensely transformed into a super city with enough potential to attract much needed investments from local businesses and from abroad.

“As a County we need to be proud of this resource that GDC has presented to us because of its uniqueness and ability to turn around this County in unimaginable ways.”

The committee to be chaired by the Nakuru’s Ranjit Shah (Kenya Association of Manufacturers – Nakuru Branch) and will include not less than three members from various sectors including the GDC, Nakuru County Executive, representatives from the County Assembly, and the Nakuru business community.

Some of the benefits the Governor stressed to be looked into by the committee include;
1. Employment – directly and indirectly
2. Business opportunities through tenders, and local supplies
3. Investments in the energy sector

Governor Mbugua added that his government fully recognizes the role GDC will play in the County and assured of full co-operation from all the relevant arms of the government.

“We as leaders recognize the efforts placed in achieving this feat and the progress made. There is a lot of potential for investments and we look forward to partnering with you in making this a reality.

Governor Mbugua was accompanied by the CeC in charge of Energy and Natural Resources Richard Rop and other County executives and officers alongside Members of the County Assembly.

He was taken through a presentation on GDC operations by the CEO Silas Simiyu who highlighted the key areas that the County stands to benefit.

According to Simiyu, Nakuru County will benefit in various areas including farming and the hospitality industry as consumers of geothermal resources.

The geothermal power will be used in grain silos – drying of grains and cereals and other farm products including pyrethrum , green houses and hotels, chemical & medicinal plants processing such as Aloe Vera, dairy industry cooling plants, pasteurization and Recreation – hot bath/swimming pool, treatment of hides and skins, honey processing, cooking oils production.

Asked on the viability of transmitting energy to industries in far flung areas, Mr. Simiyu urged the need of creating industrial park.

“It’s possible now that plans to create Industrial Parks/Special Economic Zones are taking shape. We will be able to transmit as long as the industrial zones are in close proximity to our source.”
GDC has successfully completed drilling 18 wells in Menengai with the first having a capacity of producing 80 Mega Watts.

Molo, Kuresoi Farmers Receive 900,000 Pyrethrum Seedlings

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NAKURU 22nd July 2014 – Farmers in Molo and Kuresoi region yesterday received free pyrethrum seedlings presented to them by Nakuru County Government at Sirikwa Trading Center in Kuresoi North.

This was the second phase of the revival of Pyrethrum farming in the County, following the launch of the program last month in Kinungi.

Speaking at the ceremony CeC in charge of Agriculture Dr. Stanley Chepkwony said the initiative is a long term endeavor to see the pyrethrum farming prosper once again.

“I would like to assure you through our County Government that this is a long term commitment that will see the pyrethrum growing is back to its feet. Our presence here is to fully underline our readiness to revive this sector”.

In the Molo, Kuresoi North and South region 360 farmers will benefit from the program.

In first phase 165,000 seedlings were distributed to 28 farmers from Kinungi and surrounding areas from the total of 1.1 million, each farmer receiving 3,000 seedlings to plant on quarter acres of land.

Chepkwony added that the County together with the Pyrethrum Regulatory Authority have already put measures in place to revive the sector.

“The revival will improve pyrethrum farmers’ income and earn more revenue for the county,” Chepkwony said.

He also urged farmers to go for high quality planting materials which will give them better yield. Chepkwony said the government will educate farmers on proper farming methods.

Nakuru County has set aside Sh11 million in the 2014/15 budget to revive pyrethrum growing.

The county government also plans to revive the Pyrethrum Board of Kenya (PBK) pyrethrum nursery at Kabazi.

Already, 10 acres out of the 90 available have been ploughed and harrowed in readiness for the seedlings production.

Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto who was the chief guest, reiterated that time for politics is over and now everyone should focus on work.

“Let us all put politics aside, the right time for that will come. Instead let’s join hands and cultivate our lands and revive this once booming business to its full optimum. We have done our part as the County government and we will continue to facilitate you in all ways possible. All you have to do now, is to work together.”

Ruto also urged all farmers in the sector to play their part and support the venture.

Ruto distribute the seedlings to farmers assisted by CeC of Agriculture Dr. Stanley Chepkwony and Agriculture Chief Officer Purity Muritu among other leaders from the region.

The once lucrative crop declined due to several factors including farmers not being paid for their produce, competition from other countries and lack of proper incentives.

Governor Mbugua Welcomes Churchill to Nakuru County

NAKURU 22nd July 2014 – Seasoned comedian Churchill, AKA Daniel Ndambuki this afternoon visited the Nakuru County Headquarters and met with Governor Mbugua ahead of what will be a ground breaking partnership between the County and Laugh Industries Ltd.

Churchill who was accompanied by his team from Laugh Industries Ltd, unveiled plans to host the hugely popular school holiday children’s event “The Kiddies Festival – 23rd August 2014 and the Churchill Show on the Road – December” amongst other events.

Governor Mbugua noted that one of his pledges was to empower the youth of Nakuru and he is committed in supporting Churchill’s cause in aiding and uplifting the artistic talent that is evidently in abundance in Nakuru County.

Churchill on his part said his company has identified Nakuru as one of the key County’s that can be transformed into a artistic hub owing to the rich talent available.

Laugh Industries also plans to host a Thanksgiving event later in the year where all religions will congregate to share the same stage in praise, worship and entertainment later in the year.

Governor Mbugua revealed his own personal initiative where is set to fully support the creation of a sustainable theater platform in Nakuru County, and the rehabilitation of the Nakuru Players Theater where the youth will nurture and sharpen their artistic talents.

He also said that the initiatives led by the seasoned comedian Churchill through his company, will go a long way in enriching the Nakuru youth who have for a long time not had a bigger stage to showcase their talents.

Present at the humor filled meeting was Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto, CeC Education, Youth, Culture and Social Services, Prof. Catherine Kitetu, PS, Education Joseph Tonui, PS, Trade and Industrialization Edith Kimani, PS, Finance Toreme Parsaloi, Director, Trade Mandeep Singh, Director Education, Millicent Yugi, Chief of Staff Raymond Komen and Protocol Officer Mike Gitone.

Governor Mbugua and Nakuru MP Slam Duale Lamu Remark

NAKURU 21st July 2014 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and other elected Nakuru leaders have come out strongly to support the directive by Inspector General David Kimayo in issuing a curfew in Lamu County.

In a statement read at the Nakuru County headquarters read by Hon. David Gikaria and Hon. Kimani Ngunjiri, the leaders maintained that the move would help in curbing the insecurity menace in the area and the ruthless killings on innocent Kenyans.

They added that the move and efforts by the government are in order owing to the fact that the matters concerning security cut across all tribes, religion and ethnicity.

They termed the remarks by the Majority Leader Hon. Aden Duale in criticizing the government as reckless and insensitive to all those who have lost their lives and those who have lost their loved ones in Lamu County. Governor Mbugua said that Nakuru County has borne the brunt of the killings as several victims were from Nakuru whom were brought back for burial.

They note that Hon. Duale as the leader of majority, he should be supporting the government and not be misled by emotions adding that his remarks were in no way a reflection of Jubilee, the national Government and the manifesto.

The leaders who were speaking on the side lines of a consultative meeting held earlier, reminded Duale that he do’s not seat in the Security Committee neither was he in a position to instruct any orders regarding the security affairs of the nation.

He’s allegiance was also questioned by the leaders and should state which side he is on, is it with the government or with the terrorist and criminal gangs.

Duale was warned that the country shall not be divided by tribal lines or religion and if he is not ready to work with everyone else then he should step down for other capable members who are able to unite the nation.

Governor Mbugua Joins Nakuru Muslims For Iftar Dinner

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NAKURU 21st July 2014 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has commended the Muslim community in Nakuru for the peaceful and harmonious ways they have lived in the Nakuru County.

Governor Mbugua hailed the cordial existence Muslims have shared with the larger community and religions in the County.

“This is a great opportunity to join you as friends old and new and to celebrate the incredible diversity of our great County. You have lived harmoniously without any incidences and more particularly on shunned issues of radicalism and we commend you for that”

He was speaking at the Iftar celebration last night held at Jamia Food Mart, organized by the United Congregation of Imams in conjunction with the USA Embassy Nairobi.

He also made a commitment that his office will arrange for Idd Ul Fitr celebrations as a way of reciprocating the good relations they have had with the County at large as well as assist the less fortunate members of the Muslim community during the celebrations.

He went on to encourage Muslims to apply for jobs in the county when vacancies are announced for consideration as he aims to ensure inclusivity. He took note of the success of Muslims in business and asked them to apply for tenders and trade with the County.

Governor Mbugua was accompanied by Njoro DC Mohamed Noor who was representing County Commissioner Mohamed Birik.