US INVESTORS COMMIT 165B Ksh for NAKURU COUNTY

By JACKIE RUTO

23RD July 2015 – Nakuru County has become the first county to receive goodies from the USA just hours before US president Barrack Obama lands into the country.

A delegation of US investors and scholars have committed Shs 165B toward two major projects in the county ahead of the visit.

A state of the art worth USD50B dollars referral hospital will be constructed as well as a Shs 160B conventional center which will be bigger than the KICC.

Addressing the press moments after hosting the delegation from the US for breakfast at a hotel in Naivasha, Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said that the county has already identified land for the construction of the two centers.

He attributed the mega-investment to major cooperation between the US and the Kenyan government.

‘The referral consists of cancer, dialysis and heart centers and it will positively impact on the health services in the county,’ he said.

Kinuthia promised the delegation that his government would work with them in the development of the two centers which would also serve neighbouring counties.

‘The conventional Centre is going to be the largest in the region while the health facility will offer services to even the neighbouring counties,’ he noted.

The leader of the delegation Dr. Maurice Kinyanjui Director of Ibex Initiatives said that USD50 m for the health facility were in place and that the project would commence anytime.

‘Plans are underway to construct an USD1.6B conventional Centre in Nakuru County and experts are working on the fin al details,’ he said.

Ibex Initiatives Inc a US project development firm looks to partner with SME in real estate, health and energy sectors. Crown Jewel Hospitality wants to partner with hotels and entertainment firms that are growing.

Other firms are Green Fuel solutions, Arc Angle Global Media, Biometric ID and Identity Management Solutions and Rosenthal Group.

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Nakuru County and Youth Fund Sign 38M Ksh Commercial Infrastructure MOU.

By Eddy Kimani

NAKURU 20TH July 2015 – H.E. the Governor has signed a 38 Million Shilling Commercial Infrastructure MOU between the Youth Enterprise Development Fund and the County Government of Nakuru.

The agreement will provide an elaborate framework that will address entrepreneurial needs for the youth in Nakuru County.

Speaking at the ceremony held at the offices of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund Monday, Governor Mbugua noted the challenges the county government been keen on addressing issues pertaining to the empowering of the youth and lauded the fund for their continued efforts in addressing the youth.

“From year one since we moved to the devolved system, we have had a lot of engagements with the youth and we have really focused on refining the various proposals and activities. Am happy that now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel through such partnerships. We as a county we appreciate the work the fund has been doing even though the issues of the youth are very complex.

The Chief Executive Officer for YEDF Catherine Namuye said praised the Nakuru County team who she has been in consultation with and promised to work closely with the county government and see how best the MOU can be implemented.

Namuye added that the MOU will facilitate commercial infrastructure for youths, provision of loans them specifically in relation to 30 per cent access to government procurement opportunity.

At the signing ceremony it was also agreed that an initial 22 hatcheries will be handed over to Nakuru County where each constituency will receive 2 hatcheries to jump start the program.

Governor Mbugua thanked the Youth Fund for selecting Nakuru to be the first county to kick-start the initiative adding that it will indeed impact the lives of the youth in the counties and indeed the whole country.

“This is MOU we have entered into today will give us a real framework of engagement from which now the youth can benefit. Its something we really value so that we can be able to get the youth in Nakuru County to start getting tangible programs in their hands”.

The MOU will see the two working closely on various matters in the interest of youth empowerment.

The partnership will also provide capacity building and training of the youth who will benefit from the program including coming up with worksites and trading premises for young entrepreneurs.

The County Government will soon announce how the youth will access this program including training and capacity building so as to fully benefit from it.

Present the signing was County Secretary Joseph Motari, Economic Advisor Engineer David Muthoga chairman of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund Bruce Odhiambo, CEO Youth Enterprise Development Fund Catherine Namuye and various directors and members of the fund.