World Bank to Continue Supporting Nakuru County

NAKURU, Kenya 23rd January 2014 – Nakuru County will continue to receive support from the World Bank in various sectors to benefit the residents for the long term.

This came up after a meeting between Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and the newly appointed Global Manager of World Bank Water and Sanitation program Ms Jyoti Shukla and her team who had paid him a courtesy call at his office.

During the meeting Ms. Jyoti congratulated Governor Mbugua for championing sanitation activities in the county actively.

“Our aim of visiting Nakuru was to learn from you as a sanitation Champion and as a follow up of a trip to Rwanda made last year. The trip was an educational one which was sponsored by the World Bank, she said. She added that it was very clear that Nakuru County was at the forefront in sanitation related activities and requested the Governor to welcome other Counties to come and learn from Nakuru as a model county.

Also in the team was the World Bank Manager Africa region water and sanitation programme Mr Glenn, Kenya Country manager Ms Yolande Coombes.

“Nakuru County has assisted Migori County in matters pertaining to legislation and Sanitation financing matters. We want Nakuru to be a model county where the other 46 counties can come and learn from” said Coombes.

Coombes also added that Nakuru will continue to benefit from the World Bank in Capacity building of Public Health officers, capacity assessment of public health officers, sanitation campaign, technical support in legal matters, training of public health officers on monitoring and evaluation among others and they are willing to continue supporting for the next three years starting from March 2015.

Governor Mbugua commended the World Bank for the good working relationship with his office.

“I thank your team for the generous contribution you have accorded this county. We however request the team to reach out the other arms of the bank so that they can assist the county in other areas like poverty eradication through business entrepreneurship and assist small scale traders in setting up conducive working environment”.

On their part, the Word Bank team advised the governor to bring all the departments together and form a formal business case for Nakuru County where they can present their case in front of all other arms of the Bank.

After the meeting, the World Bank team accompanied by County public health officer visited Lalwet area. In Lalwet they visited households where plastic slabs were being piloted for improved sanitation. Thereafter, they visited Bahati Sub County where a sanitation community members group was being launched.

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Also present was area CEC-Health Dr. Kabii Mungai, Director Dr. Joseph Lenai and the County public health officer Mr. Samuel Kingori among other officials and leaders.

Medical Drugs Worth Over 70 Million Ksh Flagged Off

NAKURU, Kenya 22nd January 2014 – H.E the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua flagging off medical drugs worth over 70 million today to be delivered to the health facilities in the County.

Governor Mbugua speaking at the county headquarter said the provision of the drugs procured from Kenya Medical Supplies Authority(KEMSA) will ensure that service delivery is constantly at the door steps of the residents.

He added that the county will keep on providing quality services to enable locals to participate in development adding that the county has in place appropriate policies to promote access medical care.

The consignment contains medical drug supplies for 8 Hospitals, 28 Health Centers and 102 Dispensaries spread out across the county.

The total cost of this consignment is 74.6 million Kenya shillings (Kshs. 74,600,000/-).

For the financial year 2014/2015 the county has so far procured drugs and medical supplies worth 135.6 million Kenya Shillings (Kshs. 135,600,000/-) including the current supply.

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Present at the flag off ceremony was County Health Executive Peter Mungai, KEMSA representatives and other County officials and leaders.

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The county government has also received donations from Gandhi Medical Supplies of Antibiotics that have been distributed to the 8 hospitals within the County.

The health department plans to procure more consignments on a quarterly basis to ensure adequate drugs and medical supplies are available in all the countys health facilities.

Nyandarua & Nakuru Counties Initiate Talks to Share Water Resources

Nakuru and Nyandarua counties have initiated discussions to explore the possibilities of sharing water resources for the benefit the residents of both areas.

This followed a joint meeting held yesterday between Nakuru Governor H.E Kinuthia Mbugua and Nyandarua Governor H.E Daniel Waithaka Mwangi in OlKalou.

During the meeting it was agreed that a special taskforce was to be formed that will be made up of top officials from both counties and the terms of reference to be worked out.
The task force is expected to meet in Nakuru within one week and come out with a preliminary report that will be approved by the two Governors.

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Speaking to the media after the meeting, Governor Mbugua said his administration had collaborated with Nyandarua in the revival of pyrethrum and the formulation of laws governing the packaging of potatoes and he was optimistic the joint co-operation in the use of water resources will succeed.

“We have registered major success in the revival of pyrethrum and the formulation of potato packaging laws and I have confidence we shall partner in finding ways that our people can benefit from the use of water resources in our areas,” he said.

Governor Waithaka reiterated the commitment that Nyandarua County was keen to partner with Nakuru and other counties consuming water from local sources so Nyandarua residents can benefit.

“We supply water to many counties including Nakuru, Nairobi, Coast and parts of Northern Kenya and it is only fair that residents of Nyandarua benefit from the conservation efforts especially for Aberdare mountains which is a major water tower,” he said.

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Governor Mbugua was accompanied by senior staff including Lands and Physical Planning Minister Hon. Rachael Maina, Finance Minister Hon. Francis Mathia, Chief of Staff Mr. Raymond Komen. Others included Members of the Nakuru County Assembly led by Majority Leader Hon. Waithuki Njane and Naivasha town MCA Hon. Eunice Wambui Muriithi alias Mama Soko, the chairman of Lake Naivasha Basin Mr. Mark Kariuki and the chairman of Nakuru Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr. Njuguna Kamau.

Nakuru County Disaster Management Unit Launched

NAKURU, Kenya 9th January 2015 – National Disaster Management Unit [NDMU] Deputy Director Superintendent of police Pius Masai [left] handing over documents to Governor Kinuthai Mbugua during the official launch of the unit today.

Accompanying the Governor was Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto and County Executive for National resources Richard Rop.

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During the launch the governor said his government in collaboration with the unit are focusing 80 percent of its activities on prevention, mitigation and preparedness while 20 percent on response and recovery.

Nakuru CBD Clean Up in Top Gear

NAKURU, Kenya 4th January 2015 – The first phase of the eviction of hawkers from Nakuru Central Business District took off today with the aim of de-congesting and regaining back its place as one of the cleanest town’s in the continent.

1,000 hawkers were relocated today to the newly designated main area in Langa Langa, formerly Nasha Square Terminus next to Nakuru Bus Terminus.

Matatus from the Nasha Terminus will now operate from a designated section near Taidy’s, and Railways station.

The County Government is handling the matter in an amicable and peaceful manner and at the same time aiming to return order in the running of the town.

The relocation is part of Nakuru County long term plan to bring back the lost glory of the town. The heavy presence of hawkers in the main streets of Nakuru CBD has disadvantageous to its development and the relocation exercise would improve the County’s face for economic growth.

A section of Nakuru CBD after hawkers were moved and relocated at Langa Langa main stage. Nakuru can be clean and organised again.
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HEALTH HAZARD, INSECURITY
The exercise today revealed that the town was at the brink of a huge health crisis after rodents and in some places snakes were found when the make shift stalls were demolished.

The congestion of Nakuru Town has also attracted along various issues which have hampered plans to fully develop the town. Residents and business owners have raised concern over the influx of hawkers into the streets which created congestion and insecurity including pick-pockets and other petty thieves who have taken advantage of the situation.

Hawkers marking their potions at the Langa Langa Main stage where they were relocated.

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Hawkers marking their potions at the Langa Langa Main stage where they were relocated.
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Hawkers marking their potions at the Langa Langa Main stage where they were relocated.
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The County Government would like to reiterate that the court order issued on the 31st of December only affects the street hawkers along Kenyatta Avenue and will not be relocated until the matter is resolved in court.

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has been steadfast in implementing the exercise together with the relevant department of the government.

“We need to re-organize this town and clean it up if we are to attract investors and restore our glory as the cleanest town. Kenyatta Avenue is our main street and should not be the trading areas for hawkers. Even in Nairobi County, you don’t find hawkers on streets in the Central Business District such as Mama Ngina, Kenyatta Avenue and Harambee Avenue,” said Mr. Mbugua.

Governor Mbugua added that his government is fully committed to the success of businesses at all levels and plans are ongoing to identify more land within the town to give small scale traders conducive locations where they can operate their businesses and be easily accessed.

WAKULIMA MARKET
Last month Governor Kinuthia Mbugua officially commissioned the Wakulima Market completed at a cost of 102 million shillings that now serves more than 3,000 traders who are selling fresh foods and dry cereals among other products.

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Speaking at the opening ceremony, Governor Mbugua said the County Government will no longer allow its residents to continue buying foodstuff on the ground or floor’ adding the demolitions revealed that most of the business areas that hawkers were are deadly health hazards.

A total of 28,000 small scale traders and hawkers are expected to be relocated by the end of the exercise.