Nakuru Outreach Program, a True Definition Of Devolution – Governor Mbugua.

NAKURU 27th February 2016 – H.E. the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has praised the immense impact the County Government of Nakuru Outreach Program is achieving in bringing out the needs of the people and the high demand of all county government services.

Speaking after the third leg of the two-day program last Friday at the Molo Stadium in Molo Sub County, Governor Mbugua termed the results and feedback from the residents as overwhelming.

‘This is now the true definition of devolution where the public have a chance to interact with their leaders one on one and their issues are addressed. We have been able to sort some issues, which would never have reached us at the headquarters.
The Molo people are also very happy with this program which will roll out to all sub counties,’ said Mbugua.

The Outreach Program, which will visit all the 11 sub counties in Nakuru until April Where hundreds of Molo residents from the four wards namely Sachangwan, Marioshoni, Elburgon and Molo town got a chance to interact with the county’s top leadership and other county government officers where most of their issues were addressed.

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Governor Kinuthia Mbugua who led all the various departments of the county government reiterated that the outreach program was keen on ensuring that all key services are taken closer to people.

The governor also took the opportunity during the outreach program to flag off three state of the art graders to be used in upgrading county roads in Molo and other sub counties.

During the two day program Governor Mbugua commissioned 20 candy shops, which are being constructed in Molo town by the National Youth Enterprise Fund in partnership with the County Government.

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The shops, Mbugua said, will be distributed fairly and without any payment to the youth for businesses purposes.

During the final day of the program, Governor Mbugua accompanied by Family Bank chairman Dr. Wilfred Kiboro, Family Bank Founder Titus Muya, Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto, County secretary Joseph Motari and other county officers officially re-launched the Family Bank Molo branch.

He welcomed the financial institution to Molo, which he said required such institutions because of the growing number of businesses and entrepreneurship opportunities.

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During the luncheon hosted by the bank Mbugua called on all Molo residents to register as voters.

‘I have seen more than 3000 uncollected IDs at the registrar’s office and this is not good. How are you going to register as a voter if you do not have an ID?’ posed Mbugua.

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On his part Family Bank Chairman Dr. Wilfred Kiboro lauded Nakuru County for initiating the County Outreach Program.

He said the program was one of the best ways to listen and know the demands and needs of the people adding that other counties should follow suit.

The County Outreach Program will be moving to Njoro Sub County on 3rd and 4th March.

The program will also resume the same rounds to all sub counties in September to review and know what issues have been addressed.

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Mashambani Bus Terminus for Major Facelift

Nakuru, Kenya 16th February, 2016 – Mashambani bus terminus in Nakuru Town will get a facelift at a cost of Ksh 13 million Governor Mbugua has said.

Speaking during a demonstration of quick and effective way of sealing potholes by Avery East Africa Limited on Mburu Guchua Road and Kenyatta Avenue, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said contract for this work has already been awarded and will be facilitated in partnership with Kenya Roads Board.

‘Mashambani stage is one of the important terminus in Nakuru Town, in the course of this month its tarmacking will start. We want to give our people a conducive working environment’, said Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.

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He added his government is working to deliver its promise of solving issues that hinder development in Nakuru County, saying working with partners such as Avery East Africa is one way of realizing the promises.

‘We must at all times maintain our roads. I commend Avery East Africa for accepting to partner with us so that we can adopt this patching technology. The main challenge of urban roads is potholes, when left unattended, potholes turn into a bigger problem, thus we have in our hands technology to mitigate this’, said Governor Kunithia Mbugua.

The Nakuru County Governor also noted through funding by the World Bank, a number of walk-ways have been completed in Nakuru Town and they are being enhanced for pedestrian safety, as well as ensuring people are not walking on dust or mud. He asked the people not to allow motorists to inconvenience them in the use of these facilities.

‘In this town there are several walk ways that have been done through the World Bank and the people have a right to protest against their use by motorists’, said Governor Mbugua.

On his part, Nicholus Kithinji the Managing Director Avery East Africa Ltd commended the County Government of Nakuru for allowing the company to use the County for an 18-month feasibility study that determined the suitability of Velocity technology.

He added in Africa, Kenya is the second country after South Africa to adopt this technology and Nakuru is among the leading counties in the nation. Kithinji observed that the technology takes less than three minutes compared to the age old process of cutting and sealing, 14 days are required.

Besides development on roads which also includes street lighting, Governor Mbugua said the County Government of Nakuru is constructing Nasha Square Market which will host hawkers who were relocated from the CBD.

Speaking later at Nasha Square Market, whose construction is underway, Governor Mbugua said he is happy with the progress so far, noting that this market once completed will accommodate more than 3000 traders will be opened on April.

He cautioned traders against paying anyone to be given a stall,

‘this market has been built by public funds to help people improve their livelihoods and no pay should be made to get a stall in this market. The Governor insisted that priority will be given to traders who were relocated from various streets in town and then opportunities will be opened for other traders adding anyone has a right to sue if asked for money to be allocated stalls’.

Last year in September when the governor visited the facility he promised traders operating on Wahia Lane will have a modern shade, a promise that has so far been fulfilled.

Governor Mbugua also asked the people of Nakuru to take advantage of the month long voter registration by IEBC. He observed that elections are critical as they give the people an opportunity to decide on who to entrust with leadership.

He has also asked all leaders to sensitize the youth and all in the society on the importance of registering as voters. The Nakuru County Governor observed registering as a voter equalizes all people as there is no vote which is special than the other.

‘Votes equalizes us all, there is no a rich or poor vote and this is the time for our people to register as new voters, change polling stations as well as replace lost voting cards’, said Governor Mbugua.

In his tour of Nakuru Town (Biashara Ward) today, Governor Mbugua also visited Lions Garden, which is under beautification programme by the Department of Environment in collaboration with some partners.

The Governor noted the County Government of Nakuru will find a way of availing stalls to shoe shiners and photographers operating from the recreation park.

He also joined missionaries from US and Britain who, through the. Metro Church International were cleaning various parts of the town.

The Governor was accompanied by Nakuru County Secretary Joseph Motari, MCA for Biashara Ward Hon Steve Kuria, Maina Kairu (CeC for Roads) and his counterpart for Environment Richard Rop among other county leaders and officials.