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.

Pres. Kenyatta Commissions Multi Million Medical Equipment at PGH

NAKURU, Kenya 17th March – H.E. the President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Samoei Ruto alongside our H.E. the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua commissioning the state of the art medical equipment today at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital.

This program has been made possible through the Managed Equipment Service MES partnership between the County and the National Governments.

The equipment included an ICU, theater, a renal unit and MRI. The renal unit has 49 dialysis centers and can handle 2,500 patients. Using the MRI machine will cost residents only Ksh 10,000 as compared to Ksh 40,000.

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This hospital provides a wide range of clinical and support services to client. These services include Medicine, Surgery, Renal, Accidents and Emergency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dermatology, ENT, Dental Services, Pharmacy, Laboratory Services, Radiology, Blood Transfusion, Rehabilitative as well as Preventive and Health Education services.

The Renal Unit has one Nephrologist, six Nephrology nurses, three nurses trained on job and one biomedical engineer. Through the Managed Equipment Services (MES), the Renal Unit has received an additional establishment of five units, increasing the total dialysis units to sixteen. The unit can now serve an average of 30 patients per day.

Still we are aspiring to increase the Renal units. Despite the increase in the number of units, the demand for dialysis is continually increasing. The hospital has an average of 50 dialysis patients on the waiting list at any given time.

This health facility also has an Intensive Care Unit headed by Anesthesiologist. In addition, the unit has fourteen nurses, six Physiotherapists and support staff. The ICU has been expanded from four-bed capacity to six with High Dependency Units fitted with an oxygen generating plant courtesy of MES.

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Further, the ICU is now equipped with adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators. With this capacity, the ICU is now able to run optimally at 100% bed occupancy. Through the Radiology Department, the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital is able to provide a wide range of diagnostic services. The following are the services provided: General X-ray, Mammogram, CT-Scan, MRI, Ultra Sound, EEG, OBG X-ray and EEG. Through MES project, most of the X-ray equipment have been upgraded to digital.

From this agreement, the Naivasha Sub-County has also gained through renovation and equipment of three departments.

The theatre has been boosted for timely sterilization of surgical equipment. The facility has also received fifteen surgical sets, two operating tables and theatre lights.

Further, the hospital has received CSSD-Autoclave machine and ultra-washing machine. The X-ray equipment package includes: Bravio direct X-ray machine, Aloca 5 ultrasound, portable X-ray machine, and c-arm fluoroscopy machine. This equipment will change completely the diagnostic capabilities of the various diseases for timely intervention to secure the health of our people.

County government of Nakuru support’s the programme because of the immense potential benefit it has to its people.

Prevailing Peace A Boost To Nakuru’s Development – President Kenyatta

By Jackie Ruto

17th March 2016 – H.E. the President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that the construction of the Nakuru Interchange Road network has been largely facilitated by the prevailing peace especially in Nakuru County and around the country.

The president was speaking during the launch of the construction of the road network yesterday in Kamara, Kuresoi North that will also see the rehabilitation of the Molo- Olenguruone- Kibunja road, which has been in a dilapidated state for many years.

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Uhuru noted that the road network will facilitate smooth operations for farming and other businesses in the area as well as build the economy of this county.

‘Am so impressed with the hard work and peace all of you have put in place to bring development to this county. As you all know peace efforts started in Nakuru even before we were elected and we want to maintain that. The works on this major road will also see the tarmacking of Molo town,’ he said.

The president also launched the construction of 3 interchanges at Mau- Summit area, which are envisioned to ease the flow of traffic along the busy highway.

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At the same time, during his several stopovers at Molo, Elburgon and Njoro, Uhuru assured all Kenyans of the national government commitment towards ensuring all eligible Kenyans are registered as voters.

‘We are ready release more funds to IEBC to make sure the voter registration exercise continues. We have heard that some people have not been captured and we want every Kenyan to exercise their right to vote come the next general elections,’ said Uhuru.

He further called on registrar of persons to issue IDs to youth where they live rather than subjecting them to unnecessary processes or sending them to areas where they were born.

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On his part, Nakuru Governor H.E. Kinuthia Mbugua welcomed and lauded the president and his deputy for their good work.

He said the commissioned road would solve almost all the problems facing the residents of the various areas in the county where the road network will pass through.

Earlier on, the President who was accompanied by his deputy William Ruto commissioned the Shs 6 billion Chemususu water project in Baringo county.

‘Very soon we are also coming back to commission Itare dam which is another huge water project that will end water crisis in Nakuru, added Uhuru.

County Government Outreach Program Gathers Pace

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 4th March, 2016 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has asked residents of Njoro Sub-County and the entire county in general to shun politicians peddling cheap politics at a time when all leaders should dedicated their time to serve the people as it is not yet election time and there are no vacant elective posts in the county.

Speaking in Njoro’s People Park yesterday during a two-day outreach program in the sub-county, the Nakuru Governor expressed confidence that his government has made substantial achievements. Adding that his government places peoples welfare above baseless noisemaking and its score card is sufficient proof.

‘We have put all our efforts in serving the people of Nakuru, what we have achieved in three years is commendable and we will not waiver from this course or be deflected by those jumping the gun before the right time to campaign for the 2017 elections comes’.

He further said the County Government of Nakuru has tried to grapple with a huge wage bill and still through responsible stewardship of resources is able to undertake program that for the last three years have improved the welfare of the people.

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For example information from the department of water indicates that its initiatives on the first year of devolution such as sinking of boreholes, pumps installations, construction of tanks and building of water piped supply networks increased water supply to the people of Nakuru by 16%.

During the two-day outreach program in Njoro, Governor Mbugua launched the construction of the Kiwanja Ndege water project which has been funded by the County Government to the tune of Ksh 20 million. The project encompasses a 7 km water pipe, 60m3 elevated steel tank, a three tap water kiosk to be located at Ndege Secondary and 30 yard taps to be installed in homes. This project targets 10, 000 people.

Besides the Kiwanja Ndege water project, the County Government of Nakuru has sunk and built a number of boreholes and water pans in various wards in Njoro sub-county. For instance in Mauche Ward, Ksh 10 million has been used for the construction of Kapkembu, Kapmaasai, Hema, Singol, Meta and Ewat water pans. In the coming budgets piping and treatment facilities will be installed.

The Nakuru County Governor also commissioned the construction of Njoro bus terminus which will be located at the junction of the road heading to Njoro town and Egerton University and is envisaged to enhance the transport activity in the sub county.

Governor Mbugua also handed over a grader for rehabilitation of roads in Njoro sub-county as many of the people and groups he served from the six wards in Njoro wanted roads in their wards rehabilitated to improve connectivity and access, although they noted laudable progress has been made on feeder roads maintenance.

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Roads such as Muchoruwe-Sigotik-Kwa Right have been rehabilitated, and routine maintenance will continue. In this financial year, there are allocations for murraming of Njokerio-Sigotik. Roads such as Mau-Elementaiata, Mazaini-Gatimu, Ikindu in Mau Narok Ward as well as Naishi-Game, Mbagaria-Kilo, Mbagaria-Milimani and Mbagaria-Kappyanet roads in Lare Ward among other feeder roads will be rehabilitated.

Also during the outreach program Governor Mbugua presided over the groundbreaking of the building of 20 lock up shops. The shops are funded through a Ksh 38 million commercial infrastructure MoU between the County Government of Nakuru and Youth Enterprise Development Fund.

A total of 150 stalls will be built through this cooperation. Apart from Njoro, other sub-counties to benefit with these enterprise facilities include Naivasha (30), Gilgil (20), Nakuru Town (70 for both East and West), and Kuresoi (10).

Besides this intervention to enhance the welfare of the youth, in this outreach program in Njoro Sub-County, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua met with nine youth groups from Njoro and Mauche wards to address various concerns of the youth.

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Among those groups are Erithia, Mauche for Change, Njoro All Stars, Kilimo, Njoro Youth Sports Association, Kabianga Neema, Njoro Boda Boda and Piave Youth Groups.

Governor Mbugua encouraged the youth to take up initiatives for socio-economic growth, promising that the County Government of Nakuru will support such ventures. For instance he noted that Jawatho field will be graded and fenced to empower Njoro Youth Sports Association.

Moreover, Njoro home craft and other social facilities will be rehabilitated for the benefit of youth activities.

All the youth leaders after having a one-on-one encounter with the Governor unanimously agreed that the Governor has the interest of the youth and all the people of Nakuru closer to his heart.

‘The Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua is a dealer in hope, our encounter with him has established that he is trying his best to improve livelihoods of the people of Nakuru. Nonetheless, all things cannot be done at once so far so good, we are hopeful that much more will be achieved under the leadership of Governor Mbugua’, said John Njoroge of Njoro All Stars.

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The president of Nakuru Youth Bunge Forum Philip Ng’ok lauded the County Government of Nakuru for support initiatives for the youth.

He said the Nakuru Youth Bill and Policy as well as the sports bill once in place will help streamline programs for youth engagement and empowerment in the count.

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua also met 27 women group leaders (Tugutuke, Tumaini, Isaiah, Koyumi, Kopkogo, Mwihoko, Umoja, Beror, Peaknan, Kifunama, Njoro and Kikwata Umoja among other women groups).

The agenda for these groups touched on socio-economic support for the women. The groups wanted support in farming, table banking and company formation.

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua donated to Kikwata Umoja Women Group a 10, 000 litre water tank in support of their horticultural farming venture.

Governor Mbugua noted that farmers in Njoro will benefit with the County Government of Nakuru crop development support on crops such as avocado and pyrethrum among others.

He further said that Mau Narok Rural Farmers Sacco will get a milk cooler from the department of Trade, while Kinjoya dairy farmers will benefit with the same facility from the department of agriculture.

Governor Mbugua assured that his government continues to partner with other agricultural stakeholders such as KALRO and ADC among others to improve agriculture in the county as many people depend on it as a source of income.

At the same function, Njoro hospital received an ambulance that was unveiled by Governor Mbugua. The Nakuru County Governor categorically dispelled rumors that Njoro Hospital has no drugs stock.

After inspecting the facility together with Health Chief Officer Dr. Samuel Mwaura, Njoro MCA Hon. Ezekiel Kung’u and his counterparts for Lare Hon. Newton Kabuu (also a member of the health committee Nakuru County Assembly) and Peninah Sortum nominated MCA Njoro established that the facility has adequate drugs supply.

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Last month, the County Government of Nakuru supplied drugs and other medical supplies worth Ksh 71 million to all the health facilities in the county.

Njoro hospital has been upgraded, this health facility now has a ward for patient admission and has been earmarked for installation of an x-ray machine and a dental unit. Nesiut Health Centre maternity wing will be equipped, and other health facilities such as Lare, Mau Narok, Kihingo health Centres, Nesuit and Sossiot dispensaries will also receive equipment and staff boosts.

Apart from construction and rehabilitation of ECDE Classrooms and polytechnics, the County Government of Nakuru continues to support education through bursary provisions.

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Yesterday, at the close of the outreach program in Njoro two children, Faith Nyambura and Brian Nyakundi received bursaries for secondary education. Faith will join form one in Njoro girls, while Brian now has an opportunity to complete his secondary education at Kilobon high school.

A school feeding program is going to be considered for Lare ward as the area is semi-arid and the County Government of Nakuru is running a school feeding program in arid and semi-arid areas of Nakuru in which 10, 000 pupils from 151 schools are benefiting from.

The Njoro outreach program was a success with many people saying they have witnessed developments by the county government and were optimistic with the spirit and pace things are done much more will be achieved.

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The aim of the program is to offer practical solutions to the people and offer them a firsthand feel of how their government works.

‘Wananchi have employed us, thus we need to make ourselves accessible to them for mutual understanding and objective appraisal. This is the rationale through this outreach program we are bringing services of the County Government of Nakuru closer to the people, said Governor Mbugua.

Next week on the 9th and 10th of March the Outreach Program will head to Rongai Sub County.