Nakuru Players Theatre Facelift Officially Kicks Off As MOU Is Signed.

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 30th March, 2016 – Nakuru County’s young thespians and recording artists today have received a major boost after Governor Kinuthia Mbugua officially kicked of the rehabilitation of the Nakuru Players’ Theatre and signed an MoU worth Ksh 15 million with the facilities trustees.

The County Government of Nakuru has been working on modalities of how to give the historical theatre, which was established in 1949 a much desired facelift.

The MoU signed today between the County Government of Nakuru, Trustee and Management Committees of Nakuru Players Theatre will also create a partnership to manage the facility.

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Speaking at the theatre during the ceremonies Governor Kinuthia said the County Government is committed in impacting the livelihoods of the youth through initiating projects that directly address their day to day concerns.

‘Our gathering here today at the Nakuru Players Theatre is symbolic of the endeavours of the County Government of Nakuru and its partners to the improvement of socio-economic welfare of the people’, said Governor Mbugua.

He added that the undertaking of this project is informed by the crucial role that art plays in the development of a society. Noting that art is a conduit that packages and sells a culture and is evident from Kenwood, to Niger all the way to Hollywood movies.

‘Besides selling culture, culture expressed in art is a source of livelihood to many actors. I can put my money in a bet that no jobs in the world are well paying than artistic talents. We have seen it overseas and even our nation’, said Governor Mbugua.

In addition to the renovation work, a state of the art recording studio will be built in the theatre and artists from all over the county will record their pieces without any cost. The works being undertaken will also ensure musicians have a platform for live performances.

The Governor also added at a cost of Ksh 100 million, his government will in partnership with local communities and other stakeholders build cultural centres in Rongai and Gilgil.

Prof James Tuitoek, the Chairman of the trustees of this facility lauded the initiative of rehabilitating the theatre by the county government saying it comes at a time when it is very much needed and will go a long way in empowering the youth.

‘We appreciate the efforts of the County Government of Nakuru in taking an interest in Nakuru Players’ Theater. This theatre was started in 1949 for people to show talents but overtime it has changed and majority of the people using this facility are the youth.

Thus, this initiative is addressing the concern of the majority of the population in Nakuru County, the youth who are 77%’, said Tuitoek.

The CeC for Education Francis Mathea commended the youth for keeping the theatre alive even when the facilities were dilapidated assuring them that the refurbished facility will be complete within three months.

Among those that accompanied the Governor include the County Secretary Joseph Motari, CeC for Public Service Management Prof. Catherine Kitetu, MCA for Biashara Ward Hon. Steve Kuria among other county leaders and officials.

Nakuru Polytechnic Is No Longer The “Youth Manyundo” of the Past – Governor Mbugua.

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 30th March, 2016 – Nakuru Governor H.E. Kinuthia Mbugua has said that through efforts and initiatives by the County Government of Nakuru, Nakuru Polytechnic has been transformed from what it was known as “Youth Manyundo”.

Speaking during the commissioning of the refurbishment works of the polytechnic Wednesday, Governor Mbugua urged the scrapping of the derogative term saying that times have changed and its now an institution that offers dignified training for the youth.

He also noted that the term attracted a negative attitude of the people towards the polytechnic, viewing it as a place for academic dwarfs and was perceived that masonry was the only training that could be offered by the institution.

“Nonetheless, this has changed within three years after the County Government took over management of the institution following the adoption of the devolution dispensation, which placed the responsibility of running polytechnics on the shoulders off the county governments.” Governor Mbugua said.

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Governor Mbugua said less emphasis on skilled oriented training has led to shortages in skilled work force and that’s the reason why Nakuru Polytechnic now offers 12 courses, instilling hands on skills that are in great demand in the job market in young people.

He added, ‘giving young people hands on proficiency will make them employable at the same time build their capacity for self-employment initiatives’.

Governor Mbugua noted with the current developments in the county and nation that requires multi-skilled workforce, hands on skills are becoming crucial. Thus, urged parents to embrace polytechnics saying the County Government of Nakuru will extend its bursary support to the polytechnics.

The CeC for Education Francis Mathea echoed the same sentiments by the Governor, noting that the curriculum being developed for the polytechnics will ensure career progression even to the professorship level.

The Nakuru County Governor said requests by the institution’s management board of expanding and improving the Nakuru Youth Polytechnic infrastructure will be done.

Josephat Kimemia, the Director of Youth Affairs and Polytechnics added some of the development will be undertaken by the institution’s management board which he is part of.

He also said advanced and mordern-learning facilities will be provided in all the polytechnics in the county, just like it was done with the PGH.

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Kimemia said currently there are 25 operational polytechnics in the County. 9 more are being constructed in this financial year (2015/16) and 25 more are being budgeted for in the next year (2016/17).

He added, the County Government of Nakuru spent Ksh 130 million during the first and second financial year on development and expansion of polytechnics.

Governor Mbugua said his government is committed in delivering its campaign promises and although they have not been implemented 100%, there are indications of good progress.

He cited that in Bondeni and Kivumbini, the County Government of Nakuru has a number renovated county estate houses and even lowered rent fees.

Sanitation, sewer line and water has also been enhanced. Electricity connection has been done within numerous estate houses and will be extended to cover all.

He said his trip to Netherlands was to negotiate renewal of a project for improvement of sanitation, sewer line and water.

‘A project financed by Netherlands that has built sanitation and water facilities as well as sewer lines in a number of estate was coming to a close, my trip to Netherlands two weeks ago has seen this project renewed for an year’, said Governor Mbugua.

The Governor also said the circulating reports in the press that the County Government of Nakuru has accumulated a debt of Ksh 2.3 billion are not accurate.

‘Part of this debt which is Ksh 840 million was inherited from the defunct municipal and county councils. The reminder is money owed to contractors which is in LPOs and has been factored as part of the debt’, said Governor Mbugua.

He added that all things couldn’t be completed at once but each step at a time. Governor Mbugua however, noted that the speed of development under devolution is much faster than before and his government has made gains to warrant a second term.