Governor Mbugua at the 10th Graduation Ceremony of Kabarak University

NAKURU, Kenya 21st November 2014 – Today I joined H.E the President Uhuru Kenyatta where he presided over the 10th graduation ceremony of Kabarak University. At the same function he also officially launched the Kabarak University Online Education Center.

I fully support our national government’s support of institutions of higher education to ensure that technology is integrated with learning in order to increase access throughout the country. I also congratulate President Uhuru after he was conferred with honorary degree in leadership at the ceremony by the university.

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Education is a key pillar for this nation and i would like to take this moment to salute former President H.E Hon Daniel Arap Moi for his continued dedication and passionate commitment to education in our country.

He has exemplified this through his major contribution to education from the lowest to the highest level.

To all those who graduated today, I wish you all the best in your present and future endeavors.

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Governor Mbugua is Named Sanitation Champion

NAKURU, Kenya 19th November 2014 – Nakuru County loses Sh.972 million annually due to poor sanitation, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has revealed. Speaking during the marking of the World Toilets Day in Kiamaina Primary School in Bahati constituency, Mr. Mbugua said to eliminate open defection that causes diseases, the county requires to construct 12,000 latrines at the cost of Sh420 million.

“This would save the county from high cost of treatment, lost man-hours and death resulting from sanitation related diseases.” said the governor.
He said to save deaths as a result of poor sanitation, the county’s public health department has managed to ensure that 300 villages are certified as compliant with modern toilets.

“In the next one year we plan to ensure that 30,000 residents have access to proper sanitation,” he said adding that this would be achieved through Public Private Partnership initiative. This would bring the proportion of people with access to improved sanitation to 100% in the rural areas according to Kenya census in 2009, only 3% (60,000 people) of Nakuru residents uses open defecation. This will make Nakuru the first County to be Open Defecation Free.” said the governor.

At the same function, Governor Mbugua was bestowed with the title of “Sanitation Champion” of Nakuru County. He was accompanied by his deputy Joseph Ruto, the CeC Health Dr. Mungai Kabii, Chief Officer Health Dr. Sam Mwaura and other senior county officials said the county remains committed to achieving the Global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as national sanitation targets such as Vision 2030 and the constitutional right to sanitation.

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Mbugua challenged the private sector to look at how improving access to sanitation and help in the developing of new markets and new consumers by identifying business opportunities in the sanitation sector and use core business strengths to help deliver both strategic and social development.

He said his government was focused on serving the people of Nakuru better and will ensure improved sanitation.

The governor opened modern toilets at Flamingo and Kiamaina Primary Schools that were constructed with the assistance of the World Bank and other development partners.

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In Nakuru County the World Bank has trained 165 public health officers on Community led total sanitation.

Family health international 360 Wash-plus, 25 Occupational therapist, Physiotherapist and Orthopedic technicians were trained on sanitation in order to take care of physically challenged persons.

Practical Action and Umande Trust sponsored one Public Health officer for training in Uganda to learn more on Faecal Sludge management (emptying of pit latrines).

Seek Homegrown Solutions to Resolve Conflict; Governor Mbugua Says.

NAKURU, Kenya 18th November 2014 – Nakuru governor Kinuthia Mbugua has called on the East and Central African States to seek home grown solutions while resolving conflicts affecting parts of the regions.

Addressing diplomats and foreign experts who attending a two week conflict resolution workshop in the country, he said the conflict witnessed in some parts of the region could only be resolved by its citizenry.

“Going by past experiences, it only home grown solutions that can work in resolving conflicts across the African states,” said the governor.

He said countries experiencing turmoil could make decisive actions to end the internal strife with speed if the warring parties agreed to strike a middle ground over “thorny issues.”

Mr Mbugua said it was time for region to embrace peace and foster growth, noting that the states were blessed with immense wealth which could be exploited and become beneficial to the people.

“As a region, it is important to have faith in ourselves and rarely seek help from the outside world in resolving our internal conflict,” said the governor.

He cited Nakuru, which he termed as County that experiences incidents of cattle rustling, land fights and the displacement of people due to internal strife.

“As a County, we are systematically addressing these challenges to ensure we have a peaceful local government and our efforts have started to bear fruits,” he told the participants.

In attendance, were diplomats from the South Sudan who underscored the need for unity among African states and supported the governor in embracing homegrown conflict resolution mechanism’s.

Ambassador James Kur Muorwel said that oil found in some of the African states should not be a source of conflict among the people, but a source of wealth and job creation.

He termed as “small hiccup” incidents happening in Southern Sudan, assuring that the youngest African states was not faced with Insurmountable challenges.

“We are definitely going to overcome the challenge and come out stronger and united than before,” he said.

He said the country was blessed with immense wealth citing the livestock population and the natural resources.

KCB Guru Nanak Rally Comes To Nakuru County

NAKURU, Kenya, 18th November 2014 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua will officially flag off the 8th round of the KCB National Rally Championship, the KCB GURU NANAK RALLY, this Sunday the 23rd November set to start off from the KCB branch in Naivasha at 7am.

Guru Nanak Rally is the final round of the 2014 Championship and takes place around Naivasha.

A total of 50 drivers are expected to participate in the 35th edition of the Sikh Union organized event first held in 1973 and won by the late Vic Preston Senior and Bill Parkinson in a Mercedes Benz 250.

Ian Duncan who has tackled selected events in his Mitsubishi EVO9 is entering a Nissan Patrol and will be going for an unprecedented 12th win in the Guru Nanak Rally. Duncan first won the Guru Nanak in 1986 with his namesake Ian Munro in an Opel Manta 400 and repeated this feat in the next three editions in 1987, 88, 89. In 1995, Ian won it for the fifth time with Dave Williamson in a Toyota Celica Turbo.

Focus in Naivasha will however be on who takes home championship titles most of which have gone down to the wire.
Carl “Flash” Tundo and Baldev Chager go head to head for the main KNRC title which is a two horse race.

Chager needs a podium to retain the KNRC title-that is if Tundo wins. Leonardo Varese is going for his third career title in 2WD and has said he will back off as he requires a solitary point, that is if Dennis Mwenda wins.

The KNRC Division Two class pits leader Alasdair Keith up against Mahesh Halai. Tejveer Rai ranked third has an outside chance in the division 2 championship tussle.

Karan Patel will be attempting a rare double in his first year of comeption. He plans to win both the Division 3 and S Class categories.

A total of eight stages make up the 347 kilometre route. The finish will take place at the new Buffalo Mall in Naivasha on Sunday 23 November.

Route map and the itinerary below.

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Free Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision Exercise in Kiamaina

NAKURU, Kenya 15th Nov 2014 – Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision Exercise is well underway in Bahati that was launched over the weekend sponsored by the Health Ministry and the USAID.

The ceremony kicked off at Kiamaina secondary school where more than 300 in the area have started receiving the adult cut.

Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Hon. Susan Kihika was the chief guest where the initiates received wise counsel from leadrrs and officials from the department of health.

Nakuru County Department of Health will provide the technical support to ensure all the 55 wards are covered within one month to achieve this noble task with a target to more than 8000 boys.

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This is free to all and is mainly being undertaken as a traditional practice but also to prevent spread HIV infection.

Male circumcision reduces the risk of female-to-male transmission of HIV infection by approximately 60 per cent.
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Boost for Naruwasco as Governor Pledges Subsidies

NAKURU, Kenya 13th November 2014 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has promised to subsidies the operations costs of the Nakuru Rural Waters Service Company (NARUWASCO) in a bid to help it expand its coverage.

The governor promised to factor Naruwasco’s subsidy in the next financial year’s budget noting that it had been having numerous operation challenges among them high electricity bills, old and dilapidated reticulation/water supply system and low billing.

Mr. Kinuthia observed that Naruwasco covers a large of area of the rural Nakuru and part of the town while at the same time supporting irrigation.

He was optimistic that the subsidy would help increase Naruwasco coverage from the current 58 per cent to around 75 per cent next year.

“By the time the county government took over Naruwasco was covering 45 per cent of the county which has since increased by 13 per cent due to the numerous water projects we have undertaken to the tune of Sh 310 million,” said the governor who was speaking after a consultative meeting with the Naruwasco board members and top managers.
He observed that financing for the company was a problem especially after the national government stopped funding it and many other such like organisations after the introduction of the devolved governments.

Mr. Kinuthia said his county was in consultation with Baringo with a view of getting water supply from the Chemususu dam which has a 12 million cubic meters capacity.

During the meeting Naruwasco Managing Director Mr. Reuben Korir outlined its challenges among them old supply systems, leakages, low billing, lack of efficient transportation, lack of finances and the
siltation of Turasha dam.

The governor promised to help in de-silting the dam and also source water from other sources such as Chemususu.

Mr Kinuthia urged Naruwasco to step-up its operations in Naivasha and explore ways of sourcing water from Lake Navasha and River Malewa.

“The two natural resources are in Naivasha and it’s only fair that the residents have a priority of benefiting from them,” he said.

Governor Mbugua Praises Nakuru’s Informal Settlement Projects

NAKURU, Kenya 13th November 2014 – Kenya Informal Settlement Project (KISIP) construction works in Nakuru are ahead of time Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has said.

He observed that roads, drainages, footpaths, flood lights and sanitation works in Gilanis, Kaptembwa and Kwa Rhonda slums are ahead of time, yet the contractors of the have been on the ground for less
than a year,” he said.

Addressing the media after a 2 hour meeting with the KISIP officials, project consultants and contractors, Mr Kinuthia noted that the face of the three informal settlement areas had already changed yet the project was hardly over.

He commended KISIP for investing more than Sh2 billion in Nakuru County.

He announced that he will escort the contractors and consultants to the construction sites in Naivasha today while the project commences in late December.

“Going by what I have seen in Nakuru municipality, I am sure that the Sh1.5 billion project in Naivasha will be completed within the scheduled one and a half years,” added the governor.
The areas targeted by the project in Naivasha include Kihoto, Karagita, Kamere and Kasarani.

KISIP which is funded by the World Bank, French Development Agency, Swedish International Development Agency and the Government of Kenya for 15 municipalities has allocated Sh0.8 billion of Nakuru town.

Mr Kinuthia said the project will change the living standards for thousands of slum dwellers and wipe out insecurity.

He added that it will also support the 24 hour economy because of the floodlighting popularly known as “Mulika Mwizi”.

KCA International, Jet Builders and Construction Limited and Fatah Construction and Civil Works Limited have been contracted to do the project works in Nakuru County.

KISIP has however extended its services to two rural towns in Nakuru County besides the already ongoing projects.

The projects managers announced that they will upgrade slum areas in Gilgil and Njoro Sub-counties following the positive co-operation they received in Nakuru and Naivasha.

Governor Mbugua Pushes Development Agenda in Kiptagich Ward

NAKURU, Kenya 12th November 2014 – Kuresoi South Constituency residents had a reason to cheer yesterday as H.E the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua toured the sub-county where he held several baraza’s, visited ongoing and completed projects being undertaken by the County Government.

Addressing residents and boda boda traders at a stop over at Olenguruone trading centre, Governor Mbugua said that the Boda Boda business is one of the sectors that has uplifted the livelihoods of many among the youth.

Kinuthia lauded them for their initiative in starting a credit table banking which already has more than 126 members registered.

At Kiptagich Ward, the Governor said that a modern market shall soon constructed in the area through the County Government including an athletic camp.

More than 6 Early Childhood Development (ECDE) Centres in Kiptagich Ward have been funded with enough bursaries which most of them are complete and being used.

Governor Mbugua also donated a new motorcycle to Cheptwek Polytechnic in Kuresoi South to supplement the students’ learning.

At the same venue Governor Mbugua noted that more funds have been allocated to rehabilitate access roads that are in poor state within the constituency. Among them include, Segerir, Sweptich, Kiptagich and Sabtwet-Cheptoi junction which more than 10M have been allocated.

In regards to grabbed land which has seen some cases being reported from the area, Governor Mbugua, gave a warning shot to land grabbers to quit the act and that measures have already been put to place retrieve all the grabbed land.

“This is a public utility which no one should make a site for his/her own good,’’ said the Governor as he thanked the security team for calming the recent rise of insecurity. He also assured the residents that the long awaited floodlights “Mulika Mwizi”, will be availed within a couple of days.

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua addressing Boda Boda Traders at Olenguruone Centre.

At a another function within the sub-county, more than Ksh.200,000 was raised at Sugutek Secondary School in Kiptagich Division to purchase of desks and other classrooms equipment including a donation of Ksh.100,000 from Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.

Girls from Sugutek and Kiptagich Secondary Schools respectively received sanitary towels from the County Government presented by Public Service Board Minister Ann Njenga.

Other’s present were Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto area MCA Hon. James Tuwei, Nakuru County’s Political advisor and director of special Programs Ezekiel Kesendany, ICT executive Stephen Maritim among other officials and leaders.

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Chronic Gaps in Health to be addressed; Governor Mbugua.

NAKURU, Kenya 5th November 2014 – Staffing, promotions, re-designation and recognition of the nursing fraternity in the health care sector are some of the key issues the County Government of Nakuru has embarked to re-address.

This was said today by H.E the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua at the opening of the 32nd edition of the Peri-Operative Theatre Nurses’ Annual Conference being held in Nakuru.

Governor Mbugua noted that there were chronic gaps which have been in existence for a long time and needed to be rectified.
“My government and the Council of Governors have taken health as a noble department since its devolution. We have embarked on re-addressing the issues and I believe we are on the right path to correct them.”

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He added that the County’s peri-operative nursing services cannot be overlooked thus the plans to fully complete the construction of a Trauma Centre at Nakuru County Referral Hospital.

“We are coming up with a state-of-art Trauma Centre at Nakuru County Referral Hospital which is at 90% completion. Nakuru County Referral Hospital, Naivasha and Molo have fully operational theatres.”

The health department has committed to set up theatres in all sub county hospitals including Eburgon, Gilgil, Kabazi and Bahati this year.

In the following year more will be opened including Bondeni Maternity Teaching and Referral Hospital (which will be modeled around Nairobi’s Pumwani Maternity Hospital), Maiella, Njoro to bring services closer to the people in the spirit of decentralization.

This will involve more specialized training for peri-operative nurses for these facilities.

The three day conference was attended by nurses from over 30 Counties with several from Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda.

Governor Mbugua was accompanied by his Deputy Joseph Ruto who lauded the nursing profession saying that theirs was a noble calling.

Others at the function included National Nurses Association of Kenya Chairman Jeremiah Maina, NNAK’s Mr James Musela the CeC for health Dr. Mungai Kabii, CeC for Environment Richard Rop among other County officials.

Preparations for Nakuru County Polio Campaign Gear Up


4th November 2014 – Nakuru County Health CeC Dr. Mungai Kabii, Director Dr. Joseph Lenai & Senator Harold Kipchumba – (Good Will Ambassador for Polio & Immunization in Kenya) at Nakuru County National Polio Campaign Strategic Meeting, Hill Court, Nakuru.

The national launch is set for the 8/11/2014 in Mirera, Naivasha. All children under 5 will get polio immunization and Vitamin A. The County is also doing a social marketing sensitization campaign since polio is also a sanitation disease (transmission is feco-oral).

Department of Health led by CeC Health Dr. Mungai Kabii and Senator Harold Kipchumba will establish an ‘output based approach’ – OBA voucher points system for increasing the immunization coverage in the county.

The immunization against these viral diseases will last three months and targets 15.3 million children under five years.

Kenya has endorsed the world health organization declaration that polio is a public health hazard that demands urgent attention.

Polio is a virulent that is mainly transmitted through contaminated water, food or human waste.