Modern Waste Management Plant Headed For Nakuru

NAKURU, Kenya 26th February 2015 – H.E the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua is currently finalizing arrangements with an international solid waste management company in Finland that will see the County acquire an energy production/waste management plant that will improve the management of the solid waste sector.

Speaking from Lahti, Finland today after touring the Nocart Ltd, – an environment conscious energy company that uses multiple sources to produce high quality electricity for use and storage – he said the long standing challenges with waste management in the county is about to become a thing of the past.

He promised the residents of Nakuru that they will soon experience the positive impact that will come out of the major investment at the same time benefit from it.

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Governor Mbugua termed the collaboration with the Finnish company as a breakthrough for the county that has for many years been challenged by the amount of garbage accumulating, with a case in point, the “Gioto Dumpsite” among others.

“My government is fully committed in managing the waste in this county and use it to produce energy as a long term management strategy” he said.

The plant will generate electricity, bio diesel, produce tissue paper and create hundreds of employment opportunities.

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The unique technology will see the production of high quality green electricity for all needs including a modern environment friendly landfill and waste recycling plant.

“Research has indicated that over 3000 tonnes of garbage produced in Nakuru town could support the establishment of a power generation plant.” He added.

Governor Mbugua who left the country yesterday for the 3 day trip, is scheduled to meet other potential partners who will be looking to collaborate with the County and invest in various sectors.

Reject Recognition Titles Bill, Governor Mbugua Urges Uhuru.

NAKURU, Kenya 24th February 2015 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has called on H.E the President Uhuru Kenyatta not to assent to ‘bad laws’ enacted by MPs saying that the legislators are mis-advising him.

“We respect our president and our country and we ask him not to append his signature on these backward laws that are mis-leading,” Mbugua said.

Governor Mbugua, speaking at a function Tuesday at Kiamaina Secondary School in Bahati constituency, was referring to the amended Order of Precedence Bill approved by MP’s recently that bar’s Governors, Cabinet secretaries, Leaders Of Majority in Parliament from using ‘His Excellency’, his spouse as the ‘First Lady’ and Members of the County Assemblies from being referred to as Honorable.

He accused the leaders of engaging in trivial matters yet there were more crucial national and county issues that needed their attention and energies.

WAYWARD POLITICIANS

At the same time, Governor Mbugua has hit on local politicians for undermining Nakuru County government leadership.

Governor Mbugua accused the politicians of practicing outdated political tactics while having done very little to deliver services to their local electorate.

“There are people who wake up and go around abusing the county leadership. We are telling them we don’t want that kind of business here and we are tired of them. We know our work, and we are able to do it,” Mbugua said.

He added that some politicians instead of engaging in more gainful responsibilities for the benefit of their respective constituencies, they instead frequent Harambee House in Nairobi maliciously accusing people back in the counties.

He added that such ignorance of devolution is bad because national and county government are separate but equal institutions, and none is senior or junior to the other.

Governor Mbugua added that such leaders are frustrating themselves and they are engaging a pointless exercises terming their behavior as a shameful one.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

At the ceremony, Governor Mbugua saw over 40 local youth awarded driving licenses and computer certificates for excelling in a youth empowerment program funded by the Kiamaina Bursary where he said that his government will put in place more programs to support youths.

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Mbugua said his government has put up high mast lights “Mulika Mwizi” in most centers in the county and soon it will introduce solar lighting to rural areas so as to allow residents in those areas carry on with their businesses at night.

He also called on Boda Boda and motorbike riders to register themselves in groups or Sacco’s in order to benefit from county funds allocated for youth development programs.

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Present during the colorful ceremony were the Nakuru Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto, Nakuru County Speaker Hon. Susan Kihika, Public Service Management and acting Trade executive Anne Njenga, Kiamaina MCA Samuel Kamau and other local leaders.

Governor Mbugua Vows to Support Vulnerable Groups

NAKURU, Kenya 19th February 2015 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has vowed to support individuals and organisations that takes care of vulnerable members of the society.

Speaking in his office during a courtesy call by a team from the Joshua Orbit International Organisation, Governor Mbugua said that such members and especially orphans deserve a chance in life just like any other Kenyan.

He added that his government has and will commit itself towards ensuring that vulnerable group’s issues are effectively addressed.

A volunteer at the organisation Rebecca Rukeyser and the founder Cyndy Waters said that there is need for leaders to invest in taking care of such groups in the society.

Propelled by the theme “Helping Family Survive a Broken Generation” the duo have set to change the lives of many in their Kayole based village that takes care of 100 orphans.

Cyndy also said that they provide quality education to over 500 pupils and also feed about 80 poor families through their home based care program.

Governor Mbugua applauded the organization’s efforts of providing technical training to youths who drop out of school saying that such skills will enable them become responsible members of the society.

In a bid to transform alcoholics in the neighboring areas, Cyndy says the organisation has put up green houses where they teach the youth farming for free.

FACTS: On Geothermal Power Generation in Nakuru County

  • Nakuru County is home to the single largest geothermal plant in Africa.
  • The 140MW OlKaria 1 Power Plant launched today by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, is the last phase of the 280 MW of Olkaria geothermal power, a move that is expected to further stabilize the cost of electricity in the country.
  • At 7 cents, geothermal energy is among the cheapest renewable sources of electricity in the country and the world.

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  • Following the addition to the national grid of 280 MW geothermal power, the cost of Fuel cost component, the single biggest item on the bills, has fallen to a low of KShs/kWh 2.51 in February 2015.
  • County Government of Nakuru is already partnering with other energy companies such as Geothermal Development Company (GDC) and KENGEN to ensure that the energy generated benefits the residents of Nakuru County as well as the country.
  • The 280MW launched in December 2014 has been running stable on the grid and has helped reduce the cost of power by displacing the expensive thermal fuel.

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  • The cost of fuel cost adjustment, the single major cost item on the power bills has dropped nearly three fold to Sh2.51 per kwh in the February, down from Sh7.22 per kwh in August last year when the first unit of the 280MW project started injecting to the national grid.

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  • The Olkaria 280MW project comprises the 140MW Olkaria IV and the Olkaria I units 4 and 5 each with a capacity of 70MW.
  • The country has not experienced power rationing despite low water levels in the hydro generation dams on the Tana Cascade. “This is because the 280 MW project has helped to bridge the power deficit.

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Governor Mbugua Challenges Truck Drivers Union And Employers

NAKURU, Kenya 19th February 15 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has urged long distance truck companies to provide conducive working environment for their workers as a road safety measure.

Speaking while officially opening a three day Long Distance and Allied Workers Union workshop in Nakuru yesterday, Governor Mbugua observed that truck drivers play a big role in boosting the economy and therefore their welfare should be addressed in a humane way.

‘Without truck drivers and other people who work tirelessly for this nation, our economy will collapse.’ he said.

Governor Mbugua added that employers should also organize and facilitate regular medical check up’s for truck drivers and also provide approriate tools, fuel, vehicle services and other necessities so that they can avoid getting into issues that jeopardize road safety.

He however challenged truck drivers to maintain self-respect especially on the roads and avoid bullying other road users.

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He assured all truck drivers and owners of their security in major parking areas in Nakuru County including Naivasha, Mai-Mahiu, Gilgil, Kikopey, Pipeline And Salgaa adding that proper lighting has been done in those areas.

The union secretary general Nicholas mbugua said that he was optimistic that with the support of the county government and other stakeholders all truck drivers and highway community workers will be registered with the union which is mandated with championing for their rights.

He said the workshop was important in addressing the issues of HIV/AIDS among the workers, labour laws and road safety.

The workshop was also attended by the County Health Chief Officer Dr. Samuel Mwaura who said that the county is in the process of procuring ambulances before the end of this financial year that will be used in cases of emergencies especially on the roads.

Nakuru base commander Mitsanze Thoya however assured truck drivers that police are on the roads to save lives and not to victimize them.

Governor Mbugua Assures More Funds to be Set Aside for Health

NAKURU, Kenya 19th Feb 2015 – The County Government of Nakuru is committed to allocate more funds to the health sector.

Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has said the county government has spent over 320 million shilling in the health sector and will be spending an additional 500 thousand shillings before the end of this financial year.

Speaking while receiving a donation of assorted medical supplies yesterday worth 10 million shillings from KENYA Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA), Governor Mbugua said all facilities in the County (8 hospitals, 20 health centers and 108 dispensaries) will benefit from the generous donation adding that the partnership of the county government of Nakuru and KEMSA will also see an increase of range of products including medical equipment’s to benefit Nakuru residents.

KEMSA donated the assorted medical supplies to the County Government of Nakuru as part of their community and social responsibility following a fruitful two year partnership.

The KEMSA board chairman Amb. Solomon Karanja said they will also facilitate the county government with medical storage facilities based in the county.

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At the same time Governor Mbugua noted that his government has a shortage of medical staff especially of nurses whom he said must be hired to work in most of the newly established health centers.

‘We have a problem of staff in rural areas where health and maternity centers have been put up which we have to employ more staff. We hope that in the next financial year Nakuru will be accorded more money to meet its various needs which are cosmopolitan in nature,’ he said.

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Governor Mbugua Welcomes KEMRI’s County Diagnostic Center Plan

NAIROBI. Kenya 17th February 15 – The Kenya medical research institute (KEMRI) will soon set up a mordern testing and diagnostic center in Nakuru County.

Speaking during a courtesy call to H.E the Governor Kinuthia at his office KEMRI Principal Research Officer Professor Elijah Songok said the institute is partnering with the county government in putting up the centre.

While welcoming the move, Governor Mbugua said the county government will assist in the physical infrastructure of the centre.

He said the centre will serve the increase need of medical treatment especially of long term illnesses which has made many Kenyans to spend millions of money for treatment abroad.

“We are not short of resources and it’s just a matter of availing the necessary resources and equipment’s to help our people,” he said.

Governor Mbugua also called on the national government to give adequate budgetary allocation to setting up of the center in Nakuru and also other parts of the country.

He observed that with the increase of interest in medical trainings in and opening of medical schools in local universities, such centers will be facilitated in terms of human resource thus improve health provision in Nakuru.

Governor Mbugua Inaugurates Naivasha’s Premier Buffalo Mall

NAKURU, Kenya 16th February 15 – Nakuru county governor Kinuthia Mbugua has called on the political fraternity in the county to give full support to development investors in the county.

Speaking in Naivasha during the inauguration ceremony of a 700M business premise, buffalo mall, governor Mbugua said that political support has proven to play a vital role in development adding that political extremes are dangerous and harmful to the same.

‘We should all support investors in our county as the projects they undertake benefits all of us in this county’, he said.

At the same time the governor called on more investors to partner with the Nakuru county government in development projects as an economic pillar towards vision 2030.

On the World Bank report on counties performance, governor Mbugua reiterated that despite inheriting a huge wage bill from the previous county and municipal councils as well as the provincial administration, the county government has been able to maximize and fully utilize the 8% that had remained of the total amount to bring along productive infrastructural development.

Among the key developments that the governor noted were roads, water, lighting, health and security adding that other capital projects in water and the building of an industrial park are almost underway.

He also noted that the county government is working with the national government to see that the standard gauge railway project terminates in Naivasha on its first phase to facilitate trade and development through investors and other stakeholders.

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The governor also assured all investors and business people of security and full protection of their properties saying that anarchy cannot be tolerated.

He called on the members of the public to utilize and cherish such investments because they are meant to facilitate their easy day in day out activities.

Buffalo mall which is situated next to the Nakuru- Nairobi highway houses more than ten businesses among them Tusky’s supermarket, housing finance co-operation of Kenya offices, the Nairobi java house and many other fashion and health shops.

It also has an outdoor children park for kid’s entertainment.

Also present during the inauguration ceremony was the area MCA Eunice “Mama Soko” Mureithi, Nakuru County Secretary Joseph Motari, his deputy Geoffrey Kioko, CeC for Public Service Management Anne Njenga who also is on acting capacity in the Trade, Tourism, Industrialization and Co-Operatives, CeC for Roads Maina Kairo and several MCAs.

“Solve Teachers Issues Amicably” – Deputy Governor Ruto

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NAKURU, Kenya 13th February 15 – Nakuru County Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto has called on the national government through the ministry of education to amicably solve and see that teachers who have been seeking transfers from north eastern go back to work in a safe environment.

Speaking in Egerton Primary School during a funds drive in aid of building a modern ICT laboratory and promotion of music in the school, Ruto noted the importance of safety for all teachers in the country adding that they can only deliver in safe environment.

While observing the much improved education status in the country the deputy governor said that they are working towards implementing the Nakuru county education task force report which was recently released after investigating the reasons and challenges facing education in Nakuru County.

He cited the shortage of teachers as a major challenge but however called on parents to participate in their children’s education and support the county government in a bid to improve education standards.

Ruto also called on the private sector as well as other leaders to come out in large numbers and support needy students as a way of building the nation.

Egerton primary school is targeting 2 million shillings which the head teacher, Mrs Florence Karura said will facilitate in putting up the laboratory which will improve learning ability of the 900 pupils in the school.

Also present was the Egerton University vice chancellor representative Dr. Julius Ngetich and the Kihingo MCA Stephen Kiarie.

Governor Mbugua Wishes the Best to Laura at Ms. Tourism Finals

NAKURU, Kenya 11th February 15 – H.E the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has urged Nakuru residents to vote in large numbers for Ms. Tourism Kenya – Nakuru County Laura Chepchumba as she prepares for the finals of the competition set for the 20th of February in Nairobi.

Speaking during a courtesy call by the Chepchumpba at his office Governor Mbugua noted that the youth need to be supported when it comes to representing the county at the national level.

He added that this is a great opportunity for the county to be showcased to the rest of the nation and the world. Governor Mbugua also asured of his full support in her projects to attract local market the county and foreign tourists for revenue generation.

Governor Mbugua wished Chepchumba who hails from Rongai Ward, all the best as she prepares to face off other beauties from the 46 counties at the finals set for the KICC in Nairobi.

10 of the contestants will be shortlisted for the finals.

To vote for Chepchumba type text message NAKURU and send to 20417 to increases here chances to be among the 10 to be shortlisted

ALL THE BEST LAURA.

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