County Govt Gives a Helping Hand to Narok Clashes Victims

NAKURU, Kenya 29th December 2015 – County Government of Nakuru has affirmed its commitment in assisting the families that fled into the county following the recent skirmishes in Narok.

Speaking yesterday at Olenguruone DEB Secondary where the 680 displaced families are camped, Nakuru Deputy Governor Joseph Rutto denied reports saying the clashes are between two communities from Nakuru and Narok.

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Ruto was speaking after donating foodstuff, blankets and drugs to the affected families taking refuge at the school. At the same time he has cautioned especially the youth from being used as agents of violence.

‘This fighting is not between Nakuru and Narok County, in Olenguruone and the entire Kuresoi South there is peace, Narok people are fighting and Nakuru County is only assisting neighbors’, said Rutto.

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He added Nakuru County is ready to stand with the affected people and is working with Red Cross and other stakeholders to ensure the families are assisted and we will continue to do so until they return to their homes.

Rutto reaffirmed the commitment of both the national and county governments to restoring peace and order saying that within a week all displaced people will be assisted to return to their homes.

Samuel King’ori, the Nakuru County Public Health Officer said health safety of the families camping at Olenguruone has been assured by providing sanitation facilities, saying the County Government has also given over 1000 packets of sanitary pads.

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The Deputy Governor added a consignment of drugs worth over Ksh 1 million has been donated by the County Government of Nakuru to provide basic health care and mitigate any emergency.

James Gichimo, the Red Cross Branch Coordinator Nakuru lauded the teamwork between his organization and the County Government of Nakuru and other stakeholders involved saying this is critical in mitigating such occurrences.

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Governor Mbugua Urges Staff to Strive to Bring Honor to the County Govt

By David Kimani

NAKURU, Kenya 22nd December, 2015 – Employees of the County Government of Nakuru have been urged to be responsible in their work and to ensure their actions always demonstrate respect for the people they serve and bring honor the county and dignity to the offices they hold.

Speaking yesterday at Nakuru Boys High School, where the end of year prayers for all county employees were held, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua urged all employees to take seriously service to the people.

At the same time, he lauded the initiatives and efforts expended by the county employees in serving the residents of Nakuru. Noting that last week, over four counties were in Nakuru for benchmarking.

‘‘This is a clear indication that public service in Nakuru is working and our practices can be simulated elsewhere for better results of devolution to the people’, affirmed Governor Mbugua.

He assured the employees that they are the most important asset of the County Government of Nakuru and in spite of rank or position they must be treated with respect and dignity.

Governor Mbugua further said all employees of his government must be confident and at all times and must be able to answer questions or handle situations the way he himself would do.

The Governor stressed on the importance of mainstreaming and securing revenue collection in the county and drew a relationship between this and growth that safeguards the concerns of both residents and employees.

‘The mission of the County Government of Nakuru while protecting the concerns of its employees is to provide basic services to the people. To succeed in this work revenue mobilization is vital and we must all work together to secure it’, said Governor Mbugua.
John Ndunda, the Secretary of Kenya County Government Workers Union said Governor Mbugua’s leadership has inspired confidence in all employees as on the onset of devolution employees of former municipal council among others were skeptical if they would be paid salaries under the devolution dispensation.

‘We are paid salaries on time and on rare occasions we have had delays in this county, we do not take this for granted and in an equal measure we appreciate our Governor’s efforts in reaching to all employees, even to the lowest cadres’, said Ndunda.

Governor Mbugua said his government is working to manage the wage bill of over 5,000 employees in the county.

He noted that promotions will be done as well as rationalization of staff so as to have a balanced distribution of employees in all the Sub-Counties.

The Nakuru Governor also allayed fears that his government will retrench employees. He urged the workers to keep on striving to improve their performance and acquiring new skills to justify their pay.

COUNTY GOVT, NTSA, CMC Partner to Enhance Boda Boda Riders Safety

NAKURU, 18TH December 2015 – In the quest to enhance road safety, the County Government of Nakuru has today handed over safety reflector jackets to boda boda riders at a ceremony held at the County headquarters.

The initiative is a partnership with the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) and motor dealer CMC Motors where more than 200 boda boda riders received reflector jackets in a bid encourage the safe use of roads in the county.

While addressing the boda boda riders, the deputy governor Joseph Rutto emphasized on the adherence of road safety regulations by all users especially the riders who are known to commit felonies that endanger their lives and those of other users.

“This is a crucial message that I would like to see all of you embrace, and it’s not only for your safety, also for the other users of our roads. This jackets will definitely go a long way in reducing road accidents as motorists and pedestrians will see you easily.” Said Rutto.

Rutto also urged the riders emulate riders from other parts of the region including Rwanda where he noted the high level of traffic rules obedience and the strict penalties.

“I was in Rwanda the other day and I believe that how their boda boda riders operate, we can also emulate here in Nakuru. In Rwanda if a rider breaks the traffic rules, the authorities impound the motorcycle for three month. If they repeat an offence then their license is revoked and their bikes taken away. So lets try and work with the rules and regulations we have here in Nakuru and we will all be safe including your businesses.” Said Rutto.

The chairperson of the Nakuru Central Rift Boda Boda Sacco Stanley Musyoka has hailed the County government; NTSA and CMC for the support saying it will go along way in improving the safety of the riders and others.

Rosemary Oduor, NTSA’s Nakuru Manager who was in attendance, used the function to sensitize the riders on matters, speed, passenger safety and licensing. She urged the riders to effectively use the jackets and not to disobey all traffic rules.

Oduor added that safety for the riders is of utmost important and cannot be compromised at any cost thus the need to have relevant safety gear.

“You have to use the reflective jackets and meet the intended objective of reducing road accidents. Also these jackets are for your own safety and should be worn at all times when operating.

Meanwhile deputy governor Rutto used the ceremony to reiterate the county governments resolve on land grabbing in the county. He noted a case in point where a 3-acre piece of land belonging to the county government in Soilo has been grabbed.

“I would like to send a stun warning to the individuals who are involved in the grabbing and demarcation of the land in Soilo area and any other land belonging to the government. We already are closing in on the culprits and appropriate action will be taken. We cannot allow such activities to be happening here.”

At the same time Rutto has urged for the support of the Jubilee Party and advised members to firmly stand behind the new outfit.

He reiterated that the party is focused and will bring everyone together and it will be prudent to maintain the peace that the county is currently enjoying.

“Lets come together and support Jubilee Party especially as people of Nakuru. I pray for peace and we should not let divisive politics make us fight each other. The only way to do it is to support our current party leadership for more prosperity through the coming elections.

Rutto was accompanied by the County Secretary Jospeh Motari, Nakuru CEC for Roads Engineer Maina Kairu, Nakuru CEC for Agriculture Stanley Chepkwony, Nakuru Roads Director Engineer James Ochieng among other county leaders and officials.

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Nakuru County Youth Policy & Bill Formulation Kicks Off

NAKURU, Kenya 9th December 2015 – Nakuru County Youth representatives in conjunction with various youth stakeholders have kicked off today the process of gathering views on issues to be in cooperated in the development of Nakuru County’s youth policy and bill.

The policy is expected to be used in directing the county youth agenda.

In a meeting organized by Mercy Corps in Nakuru, the County Youth leaders led by Nakuru County youth Bunge President Phillip N’gok, were able to contribute and discuss some of the issues to be included in the policy that will have to be passed by the county assembly before its implementation.

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Representing the County Government in the meeting, County Executive Member for Public Service management Prof. Catherine Kitetu said that it is important for the youth to capture important areas of representation that they want to be in cooperated in the policy.

She noted that the county youth affairs department had begun on policy formulation but they were shelved two years ago for lack of clear legal basis.

‘As you all know, youth affairs was not fully devolved to the county governments so there was no clear guidelines on how to deal with youth issues at grass root level. Coming up with this policy which will finally become a bill will enable the County Government to work closely and effectively with the youth,’ said Kitetu.

NAKURU PUBLIC SERVICE MANANGMENT CEC PRO. CATHERINE KITETU AND NAKURU COUNTY YOUTH BUNGE FORUM PRESIDENT PHILIP NGO'K

She challenged the youth to seriously consider, among other important issues in the policy formulation, the issue of their organization structure and issues of funding.

‘There are many youth funding entities such as the Youth Fund and Uwezo fund. It is important for it to be clear if the County Government should establish a single entity to fund the youth or to embrace the existing youth funding or even to create new ones,’ she noted.

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Other areas of importance, she said, were youth representation in key decision making areas such as employment, procurement and also issues of entrepreneurship.

Among top issues that the youth discussed and want to be in the policy include the 30% share of government tenders.

‘The policy will also assist the youth to work with the government in getting youth friendly services and guidelines on how youth are engaged. A clear structure on entrepreneurship will also assist the youth who are the majority in businesses such as the Jua Kali sector,’ said Martin Ogaro.

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Stop Peddling Propaganda – Governor Mbugua

By David Kimani

NAKURU, Kenya 1ST December, 2015 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has called on the people using the general auditor report of 2013/14 to stage demonstrations and peddle propaganda to stop as the County Government can justify audit queries raised by the report and is doing so at the senate.

Speaking when he flagged off ambulances for seven sub-counties, two fire engines and 11 Sub-County Administrators’ vehicles at the county headquarters, Governor Mbugua said auditors ask questions in their reports and when an issue is satisfactorily explained it is absolved.

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‘As we speak there are auditors in our offices scrutinizing activities for the financial year 2014/15. An auditor can ask, for instance, why you bought a green item instead of another colour, but when you explain your position reasonably it is understood’, said Governor Mbugua.

He added that issues highlighted by the report date to the period prior to 2013 general elections and inception of the county governments.

Governor Mbugua also dispelled the claim that the County Government of Nakuru could lose vehicles as they do not have log books saying by the time the audit was done log books for the vehicles in question were not processed.

The Nakuru County Governor lauded the people of Nakuru for giving his government a chance to work without interference, nonetheless noting that the people have helped in raising concerns of issues they would want to be corrected by his administration.

Governor Mbugua affirmed the commitment of services to the people saying the County Government is striving to improve and maintain infrastructures and facilities of public service.

The ambulances that were released today to serve in seven sub-counties are fully equipped and can from time to time be used as mobile clinics to take health services closer to the people who for one reason or another have difficulty in access. The ambulances will also aid reduces health services costs as private ambulances are expensive.