Free School Uniforms for Ngeiya Pri. School – Mai Mahiu

NAKURU, Kenya 28th May 2015 – More than 1800 pupils from Ngeiya Primary School in Mai-Mahiu yesterday received free school uniforms donated by the Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.

Speaking during the ceremony at the school grounds, Mbugua said the initiative was among those taken by his government to ensure pupils attend school in order to improve education standards.

“I have noted that previous schools that have benefited from this initiative have had tremendous improvement in academics. It is on this note that I want to ensure every school goer in this county benefit, ” he said.

The governor donated over 2000 pieces of uniforms the pupils and called on other well wishers to hold hands and invest in such and many more programs that enables children achieve their dreams.

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Governor Mbugua Cautions Reckless Leadership


By Jackie Ruto

NAKURU, Kenya 29th May 2015 – Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has hit out on his political rivals whom he accused of diverting people’s attention by creating unnecessary political atmosphere.

Speaking during his ward visit to Mai-Mahiu Wednesday, Mbugua said that Nakuru residents are interested in development minded leaders who use there time to transform people’s lives instead of politicking all the time.

‘How can someone be talking politics all the time whereas he has been given a job to do? It is like asking for a job when you already have another one. Kenyans are not in political mood right now but are development conscious,’ he said.

He said that the county government is implementing more than ten projects in a week through the Members of the County Assembly (MCA) to make sure that all services are now available to Mwananchi.

He said the county working round the clock to maximize on the available resources to reach every resident adding that it is the county policy to have projects that are directly related to Mwananchi.

‘Am happy with what we have done so far with the resources that we have. Don’t be sacred when you hear big projects in other areas because our county is committed to projects that are basic and fundamental to you,’ he told the residents.

The governor was speaking after opening a 12 bed capacity maternity at the Mai-Mahiu Hospital and the new Mai-Mahiu Market.

He said that the market will go a long way in boosting the economy of the area and called on the residents to form a committee to oversee the running of such projects in order to maintain the standards.

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He noted that the new maternity will reduce maternal-mortality cases which causes women to die every day from pregnancy or childbirth related causes.

‘We wouldn’t want to risk any woman’s health during child-birth. It is very sad to lose a woman who is bringing forth life,’ said Mbugua.

On sand harvesting issues in the area, the governor condemned some people who want to use the recourse to disrupt peace.

The governor also donated over 2000 school uniforms to 1858 pupils of Ngeya Primary School.

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He observed that most parents in the school were former IDPs who fled to the area and needed some assistance.

He said that schools which have benefited from such initiatives have shown tremendous improvement academically.

The governor was accompanied by members of his cabinet and other local leaders.

Expansion of Trauma Centers in Nakuru & Naivasha to be Fast-Tracked

By Jackie Ruto

NAKURU, Kenya 29th May 2015 – The County Government of Nakuru will hasten the expansion of trauma centers in Naivasha sub-county hospital and the Nakuru Provincial General Hospital to accommodate the growing number of trauma counselling cases.

Speaking when he toured the Naivasha Sub-County Hospital, Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said that the trauma center in the hospital is overcrowded with two patients sharing a bed resulting from the big number of people who are referred there from as far as Laikipia County.

‘All accident victims in the region and even neighboring counties are normally referred here which has contributed to the large number of patients in this center. The construction of a trauma center in PGH Nakuru, will decongest this center and accommodate the increasing number of trauma patients.’ he said.

On the cholera outbreak, the governor assured the county residents that the government has managed and contained the disease through strategies that have been effective.

He said residents from the affected areas as well as prone areas have been given preventive medicines as well as water treatment tablets.

‘We have also carried out civic education on how to avoid cholera spread through basic hygiene because the outbreak was caused mainly by consumption and use of contaminated water and food. Residents have responded well,’ he added.

Mbugua also visited the new cholera ward in the hospital where one family of four are still under treatment for cholera.

He said the family members are in stable condition and that they were the last out of the seven reported cholera patients in Naivasha.

Governor Mbugua Welcomes Reduction of Electricity Connection Fees


By Jackie Ruto

NAKURU, Kenya 28th May 2015 – The move by President Uhuru Kenyatta to reduce electricity connection by 50% has been welcomed by Nakuru county leadership.

The changes announced this week by President Uhuru saw electricity connections fees reduced to 15,000 shillings down from 35,000 shillings.

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has said the president’s action is a great effort towards the government’s projection of having 70% of Kenyans connected to power.

‘This is practically the last mile towards lighting up Kenya. We fully support the government on this one and call on the power company to immediately implement this directive,’ he said.

Speaking during Kenya Power Customer Dialogue Forum held at a Nakuru hotel, Mbugua said since the energy sector has not been fully devolved, the county government is working with the national government in production of power, which in turn is handed over to Kenya Power which is a service provider.

He said Nakuru has already attracted investors who are going to produce power from solar and solid waste which are also going to be channeled to the service providers.

‘We are happy to inform you that soon we are going to unveil a solid waste management plant here in Nakuru which is going to recycle solid waste, produce energy and create much needed employment for our people,’ he said.

The governor noted the important role power plays in modern life adding that power affects all spheres of our lives.

He however cautioned Kenyans on illegal power connections which he said are a danger to people’s lives.
People should also use power responsibly by adopting energy saving measures, he added.

The forum was organized for Nakuru residents and stakeholders to review, dialogue and exchange views on service provision by the company.

According to the Kenya power statistics, 43% of Kenyans are currently connected to power which equates to about 3 Million people.

Among the stakeholders was the Consumer Federation of Kenya led by the chairman Stephen Mutoro.

The governor was accompanied by his deputy Joseph Ruto and the CEC for public service management Ann Njenga.

Nakuru County to plant 1,000,000 Trees this Year

NAKURU, Kenya 25th May 2015 – The County Government Of Nakuru through the Department Of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy has embarked on ambitious initiative of planting one million trees this year.

In his speech read by the county executive member for environment Richard Rop during the 2015 national tree planting ceremony in Kirobon high school, Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said that the initiative is intended to give the residents opportunities to plant trees in their farmlands, public institutions, roadsides, arboretums, botanical gardens, urban recreating parks and the gazette forests in the county.

‘It is extremely important for all of us not only to take keen interest in the cause of environmental protection but also to implement this ideal in action by planting and nurturing new trees. In this sway we will be making an important gesture to our county and the world over in demonstrating our global concern and at the same time making our own little but significant contribution to the cause,’ he said.

Mbugua noted that Kenyan forests are being threatened by the rapid increase in human population which has led to increased human activities and encroachment of forest lands.

He said this had resulted in rapid environmental degradation hence reducing the existing natural and renewable resource base to meet the current and future societal needs.

‘Today Kenya’s forests stand at 6.99% which is far below the constitutional requirement of 10% of our land mass. By planting trees on small scale is indicative of an initiative to contribute to the national forest coverage,’ he said.

He however said that with the National government move through the Kenya forest service of devolving extension forestry and all its resources to the counties, Nakuru County will take up more responsibility on forest management.

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“Its Not Time to Campaign Yet. Let’s Work Together and Decisively to Build this County – Governor Mbugua

Nakuru May 23rd, 2015. County Government of Nakuru is implementing initiatives that will go along way in fighting cancer and lessening the suffering of the people living with and combating cancer in the county.

Speaking at the Nakuru Hospice Charity Walk that attracted hundreds of Nakuru residents, County Director for Health, Dr. Solomon Sirma noted that the county government is in the process of equipping Nakuru Provincial General Hospital (PGH) to effectively offer health services to cancer patients”.

“In the next four months we will be having an MRI machine which can detect cancer even at stage one. When cancer is detected early, treatment costs less, pain and agony is reduced and most importantly lives are saved”, added Sirma.

A survey done by University of Nairobi for Nakuru County Government reveals that around 5000 people in the county are suffering from cancer.

The most prevalent cancer in women is Breast Cancer followed by Cervical Cancer, while men mostly suffer from Throat Cancer, Prostate cancer coming in second.

Screening of Cervical Cancer at Nakuru PGH is free, thus residents were urged to spread this information and also make use of the facility by getting tested once for three consecutive years and thereafter once every three years. This testing pattern applies for Breast Cancer, although for testing of this one has to pay.

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“Also, County Government of Nakuru is implementing a Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) programme in all it’s 11 sub-counties to monitor spread of cancer for efficacious prevention and control”, said Sirma.

He added that the roll out the programme will be done in three phases. Phase one has since been implemented in Rongai, Molo and Kuresoi South Constituencies and soon we will spread to the other sub-counties”.

Elizabeth Ndungu, the CEO Nakuru Hospice thanked the County Government of Nakuru for partnering with the business community, schools, churches and residents to make the Nakuru Hospice annual walk and fundraising 2015 successful.

This year’s walk was marked under the theme, “We can use what we know to prevent and manage cancer”.

Paul Owino, one of the beneficiaries of the services at Hospice spoke of his experience after fighting and overcoming Leukemia and reiterated that cancer can be prevented and managed, since there is adequate information that can be can be used to keep away cancer.

He urged everyone in the society especially farmers, food processors and manufacturers among others to exercise good practices to prevent and manage cancer.

Ms. Ndungu urged all to unite with the purpose of fighting the disease because its real and is sapping our energies, resources and lives away.

Her sentiments were echoed by Rev. George Duma.

“Churches in Nakuru must go out and support people battling illness and other burdens. It is not enough to pray, even if there are miracles, we must work with the suffering people to attain miracles”.

Nakuru Hospice offers palliative care to cancer patients. “This involves advocating screening for early detection; management of pain and symptoms; counseling; spiritual care; bereavement programme that involves counseling of the bereaved and capacity training for palliative care givers”.

Emily Oyugi, another survivor of cancer said she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October 2013. She under went mastectomy in the same month and was confirmed sick with the disease at stage two.

“I underwent six chemotherapy sessions at Kenyatta Hospital, rested for a month then started 30 sessions of radiotherapy. I finished my treatment in June 2014 and after a CT scan was given a clean bill of health. I attend clinics, for tests, but am free from cancer. I had lost my hair, my finger nails had turned black, but now I have my life back”, said a jovial Emily.

The theme of the day was well captured in a poem Cancer is not beyond us. This poem was composed by Mary Oneya a teacher at Menengai Primary School and was recited at the event by her pupils.

The poem epitomized commitment in one accord by all, use of available local resources, early detection and embracing of cancer patient to avoid stigma as sure arsenals against cancer.

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County Government in Push to Fight Cancer

Nakuru May 23rd, 2015. County Government of Nakuru is implementing initiatives that will go along way in fighting cancer and lessening the suffering of the people living with and combating cancer in the county.

Speaking at the Nakuru Hospice Charity Walk that attracted hundreds of Nakuru residents, County Director for Health, Dr. Solomon Sirma noted that the county government is in the process of equipping Nakuru Provincial General Hospital (PGH) to effectively offer health services to cancer patients”.

“In the next four months we will be having an MRI machine which can detect cancer even at stage one. When cancer is detected early, treatment costs less, pain and agony is reduced and most importantly lives are saved”, added Sirma.

A survey done by University of Nairobi for Nakuru County Government reveals that around 5000 people in the county are suffering from cancer.

The most prevalent cancer in women is Breast Cancer followed by Cervical Cancer, while men mostly suffer from Throat Cancer, Prostate cancer coming in second.

Screening of Cervical Cancer at Nakuru PGH is free, thus residents were urged to spread this information and also make use of the facility by getting tested once for three consecutive years and thereafter once every three years. This testing pattern applies for Breast Cancer, although for testing of this one has to pay.

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“Also, County Government of Nakuru is implementing a Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) programme in all it’s 11 sub-counties to monitor spread of cancer for efficacious prevention and control”, said Sirma.

He added that the roll out the programme will be done in three phases. Phase one has since been implemented in Rongai, Molo and Kuresoi South Constituencies and soon we will spread to the other sub-counties”.

Elizabeth Ndungu, the CEO Nakuru Hospice thanked the County Government of Nakuru for partnering with the business community, schools, churches and residents to make the Nakuru Hospice annual walk and fundraising 2015 successful.

This year’s walk was marked under the theme, “We can use what we know to prevent and manage cancer”.

Paul Owino, one of the beneficiaries of the services at Hospice spoke of his experience after fighting and overcoming Leukemia and reiterated that cancer can be prevented and managed, since there is adequate information that can be can be used to keep away cancer.

He urged everyone in the society especially farmers, food processors and manufacturers among others to exercise good practices to prevent and manage cancer.

Ms. Ndungu urged all to unite with the purpose of fighting the disease because its real and is sapping our energies, resources and lives away.

Her sentiments were echoed by Rev. George Duma.

“Churches in Nakuru must go out and support people battling illness and other burdens. It is not enough to pray, even if there are miracles, we must work with the suffering people to attain miracles”.

Nakuru Hospice offers palliative care to cancer patients. “This involves advocating screening for early detection; management of pain and symptoms; counseling; spiritual care; bereavement programme that involves counseling of the bereaved and capacity training for palliative care givers”.

Emily Oyugi, another survivor of cancer said she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October 2013. She under went mastectomy in the same month and was confirmed sick with the disease at stage two.

“I underwent six chemotherapy sessions at Kenyatta Hospital, rested for a month then started 30 sessions of radiotherapy. I finished my treatment in June 2014 and after a CT scan was given a clean bill of health. I attend clinics, for tests, but am free from cancer. I had lost my hair, my finger nails had turned black, but now I have my life back”, said a jovial Emily.

The theme of the day was well captured in a poem Cancer is not beyond us. This poem was composed by Mary Oneya a teacher at Menengai Primary School and was recited at the event by her pupils.

The poem epitomized commitment in one accord by all, use of available local resources, early detection and embracing of cancer patient to avoid stigma as sure arsenals against cancer.

Joining Criminal Gangs Will Not Make You a Hero, Gov Mbugua tells Youth.

NAKURU, Kenya 20th May 2015 – Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has said that the increase of reports of youth radicalization is worrying.

Speaking after issuing cheques to assist 30 survivors of the Garissa University terror attack in Nakuru, Mbugua said that parents and religious leaders have a big role to play in talking to the youth on this issue that is really becoming a worrying trend.

He condemned and termed terrorism as a heinous crime and appealed to the youth to reconsider and know that being a member of a terror gang does not make them heroes.

‘We should no longer call terrorism by any other name because they take it as a heroic act. It’s a high time we call it as it is, a crime, so that they will be ashamed to be called criminals,’ he said.

Mbugua added that the youth should also know that being identified with terrorism is not fashionable.

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The 30 survivors from different sub-counties in Nakuru County have been going through psychological counseling aide by the Kenya Counseling And Psychological Association in partnership with the Nakuru County Government.

Governor Mbugua said the county saw it fit to assist them in acquiring some of the basic needs before going to the Moi University main campus in Eldoret where they are reporting this week to continue with their studies.

He commended them for accepting to go through counseling, move that he said will assist them in overcoming their bitter past.

‘Let us not continue feeling bitter. Let us treat what happened as a mishap in life. We should not retain the bitterness at all,’ he advised the students.

The governor also called on Kenyans not to be divided on religious lines adding that terrorism isn’t a religious issue.

‘Let us isolate perpetrators as individuals. It’s neither a religion nor a community affair,’ he said.

On his part the Nakuru County Commissioner Mohammed Birik has said they are investigating 5 reported cases of missing youth who are suspected to have joined terror groups.

Birik said that the cases have been reported in Pipeline, Bahati and Nakuru Town.

He called on, parents to be vigilant and know the where about of their children every time while also calling for residents to embrace Nyumba Kumi initiative.

Nakuru County lost 4 students in the early April attack.

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Governor Mbugua Unveils Nakuru County Lands Management Board

By Jackie Ruto.

NAKURU, Kenya 19th May 2015 – Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua today officially inaugurated the Nakuru County Land Management Board that will be tasked with matter pertaining to public land, renewing leases among other tasks.

At a ceremony held at the county headquarters in Nakuru, Mbugua said that the inauguration of the County Land Management Board shall endeavor to assist the county to solve perennial land dispute in the diverse county and create an opportunity to revert public grabbed land.

He noted that the County government, in consultation and cooperation with the National Land Commission participated proactively and rigorously in establishing the board which will be mandated in dealing with land issues in the county.

‘Land issues are emotive and needs professionalism, due diligence and high levels of integrity in tackling it. I urge you to quickly take your time to familiarize yourselves with the land matters in our County. In discharging your functions, as per the Constitution, the National Land Commission Act 2012 and all the other relevant land laws. My County government and the citizens of Nakuru County are looking upon you to bring back and practice sanity in the land sector,’ said Mbugua.

He called upon the board to work with the county executive in advising on comprehensive program of land management in the county, conduct research related to land and use of natural resources and to make recommendations.

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‘We also call upon you to initiate investigations on your own initiative or on a complaint, into present or historical land injustice, and recommend appropriate redress,’ he added.

Mbugua also encouraged the application of traditional dispute resolution mechanism in land conflicts/disputes where possible, citing the awareness of numerous complaints from the public on both public/private land use and management in nakuru.

He gave examples of land that have a long standing disputes inlcuding Olenguorune Chepakundu settlement, Settlement of Kasarani residents in Elburgon, double allocations at Oljorai, the internally displaced persons who have not been settled and living in camps, the Lari – Nyakinyua/Solai Ruyobei dispute, among many others.

The County Land Management Board was sworn in by Lady justice Abigael Mshila.

The governor assured that all the successful board members were competitively selected, interviewed and further underwent vetting in the County Assembly through the land committee in the county assembly.

He promised that his government will support in all ways possible, to achieve equitable access to land, promote security of land tenure, to ensure sustainable & productive management of our land resource as well as enhance transparent & cost effective administration of land.

The board members are Prengei Victor Maritim – chairman, Frank Kibelekenya- secretary, Gachiku Kangari, Rose Githua, Elizabeth Gachuhi, Reuben korir, Peter Oira, Dorothy Aswani and Obadiah Chege.

The governor also assured the board of cooperation and advised them to work without fear saying that it is a high time for land issues to be resolved once and for all.

Also present during the colorful ceremony was the deputy governor Joseph Ruto, national land commission chairman Dr. Mohammed Swazuri, his Deputy Abigael Mbagaya, Chief Operating Officer equity bank Dr. Julius Kipngetich, County Secretary Joseph Motari, CEC lands Rachael Maina and the County Assembly Committee on Lands.

Swazuri Gives Notice to Nakuru School Land Grabbers.

By Jackie Ruto.

NAKURU, Kenya 19th May 2015 – The chairman of the National Lands Commission Dr. Mohammed Swazuri has issued a two week’ notice of vacation to people who have grabbed public school land in Nakuru County.

Speaking during the inauguration and swearing in of the Nakuru County Land Management Board, Swazuri said that the commission has investigated and found individuals who have grabbed Moi Primary School land which also houses the principal and deputy teacher’s staff houses.

“Am saying here without fear of contradiction that this people should move out before we forcefully evict them. We don’t care where they got their titles or whom they are because we truly know the property belongs to Moi Primary School,’ said Swazuri.

The chairman also called on County Government of Nakuru to forward all the names of schools with similar issues for them to be addressed as soon as possible saying immediate action should be taken to secure public school land.

‘We are also calling on the counties to forward to the commission all names of schools without title deeds to avoid this land grabbing menace that has ultimately contributed to conflicts. All public institutions should have titles as directed by the president,’ he said.

Swazuri has also said that all 47 counties will have registration units under the land act and the land registration law.

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He called on the board to take up the mantle and deal with land issues in Nakuru.

‘This is a demanding task and for you to sort out land issues that have long been witnessed in Nakuru, you must make decisions and not postpone the problems. You must also work without fear or favor because we know some people will try to intimidate you,’ he adviced.

The Nakuru County Land Management Board is the 35th out of the 47 counties to be inaugurated.

He also directed the Nakuru county commissioner Mohammed Birik to take immediate action of opening a road in Mbaruk ward where it was alleged that a private developer had grabbed and closed the road section disabling activities of the locals.

Swazuri said Kenyans should not suffer because of a few people who have connections with government officers adding that the commission will take up such cases if need be.

‘If the local leadership and administration does not take action against such people, let the residents tell us and we will immediately swing into action and end this menace,’ warned Swazuri.

The commission vice chair Abigael Mbagaya also called upon nakuru residents to embrace alternative dispute resolutions regarding land matters saying that ADR is quicker and faster.

She said that land issues in nakuru have a long history and are severe but can be dealt with if tough decisions are made.

The swearing in event was conducted by Lady Justice Abigael Mshila.

Also present during the inauguration ceremony was Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto, Equity Bank Chief Operating Officer Dr. Julius Kipng’etich, CEC lands Rachael Maina, county officers led by the county secretary Joseph Motari and the Nakuru County Assembly Committee On Lands.