Kecoso Governing Council Brief Governor Mbugua Ahead Of August Date

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 19th May, 2016 – Residents of Nakuru County and its environs will be treated to a week-long of games festival as preparations for the 37th Edition of KECOSO games to be held in Nakuru gather pace

Speaking today when the KECOSO Governing Council paid a courtesy call earlier in the day to Governor Kinuthia Mbugua at his office, the Chairperson of the council, Selina Gor confirmed the aim of the games to be held from 13th to 20th of August will be to bring sports to the people at the same time fostering national cohesion, integration as well as peer education.

‘So far KECOSO games have been to three counties namely Kisumu, Eldoret and Machakos. We are now in the fourth county: Nakuru. The purpose of these games is to bring the people of Kenya together, to enhance their peaceful co-existence as well as educate them on issues such as HIV/AIDS among others as they enjoy various sports activities’, said Selina.

She added this years games will feature more than 10 sporting disciplines, and will attract more than 600 participants, which in turn will have an impact on the socio-economic aspects of the lives of people of Nakuru and the surrounding areas.

On his part, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said this event is coming at the right time, lauding the Governing Council for choosing Nakuru as the place to host the games festival.

‘On 16th April, national prayers were held at Afraha Stadium, President Uhuru Kenyatta will deliver his speech to the nation on Madaraka day from the same venue, these events have made us upgrade this facility which we believe by August will be much better than it is’, said Governor Mbugua.

He further said the County Government of Nakuru will work with the organizers to make this event successful as it is also a conducive platform for marketing the county, inviting enterprises in Nakuru to come on board to support this games festivals.

‘Nakuru County is centrally located in the nation, thus any investment or activity in the county has a high rate of diffusion to other parts of the country’, said Governor Mbugua. Adding that this offers to the people an opportunity for local tourism.

Among the disciplines in the lineup of this sporting event include: football, athletics, basketball, netball, table tennis, pool table, scramble, snooker, Marathon, Tag of war, golf and swimming.

These games have categories for the People Living With Disabilities (PLWD) and Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said renovation of facilities is taking this into account to make the facilities conducive and accessible to all.

Football and athletics will be at the Afraha stadium, swimming for the disabled Kabarak University, Table Tennis Lions Primary, Scrabble Jams, pool table Menengai and Snooker at the Dog Section police station at 58 among other venues.

On the opening day, which will be graced by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, golf will be the curtain raising event and will be held at the Nakuru Golf Club.

There are Better Ways to Address Issues, Governor Mbugua Advices Opposition

18TH MAY 2016 – Nakuru Governor H.E. Kinuthia Mbugua has today lashed out at the opposition for using outdated methods to express their dissatisfaction with IEBC saying that poor Kenyans who participate in the unconstitutional demonstrations are the losers.

Mbugua said it is anybody’s right to voice their issues but appropriate processes should be used to avoid bringing tension or differences that might destabilize the peace of the nation.

Speaking in Sobea, in Rongai Sub County during a prayer meeting organized by the Grace of God Church, Governor Mbugua added that leaders who advocate for those demonstrations have wealth and properties at their disposal and only use poor Kenyans in pretense of championing for their rights.

‘It is the youth and the poor Kenyan who loses at the end of the day because instead of going to work they allow themselves to be used. These leaders have already made their money and they do not care about others,’ said Mbugua.

The governor said residents of Nakuru County will not be allowed to be drawn back to ugly scenes witnessed in the past due to lack of peace.

‘We have come from far and we can never allow ourselves to witness what we saw then. Church leaders, elders and residents have played a big role to stabilize our county and now we are working towards strengthening the valuable peace we have,’ Mbugua noted.

He called on the church to continue holding hands with the government as partners in peace adding that the county government will always provide needed support to churches.

On other matters, the Governor expressed satisfaction with the ongoing Gavana Mtaani County Outreach Program, which he said, has bore fruits as expected.

Mbugua positively noted that a huge number of concerns and queries brought up by the residents during the outreach program’s have been dealt with.

‘This prayer meeting was as a result of our interaction when we visited Njoro Sub-County. Am happy to see that some issues were addressed immediately while others are still being dealt with. The idea of reaching out to Mwananchi at the grass root level has bore fruits,’ he said.

The governor was accompanied by his deputy Joseph Ruto and Nakuru County Assembly leaders of Majority who is also Mosop ward MCA Njenga Mwaura.

National Govt to Support County in Resolving Land Issues

9th MAY 2016 – The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development will set up camp in Nakuru to provide technical support to the County Government of Nakuru lands department with the intention of finding lasting solutions to land matters in the County.

According to the Principal Secretary in the Lands Ministry Mariamu El Maawy who paid the Nakuru County deputy governor a courtesy call Monday said, land matters in the country need to be resolved before the next general elections to avoid tension and conflict.

She noted that the ministry will now work closely with the National Land Commission, the Parliamentary Committee on Lands and the land department in counties to bring a closure to all pending land issues and cases.

‘We have noted with concern that information getting to the local mwananchi regarding land issues are sometimes contradicting because we have not synchronized our working relationships across the board. There is need to harmonize our services because all of us want to serve Kenyans effectively. This unity in working will also simplify the process of closure because we shall be able to identify the thematic areas to be worked on,’ said the PS.

The PS also mentioned that the ministry will deploy 15 teams of officers to be dedicated to different counties who are going to work with the locals in registration of different lands.

Multiple identification of titles and forgeries are the key thematic areas the teams will also address while working with the county officers in, Mariamu added.

Deputy governor Joseph Ruto reiterated the need to address land matters in the county with urgency. He noted the many pending land issues in Nakuru including the Mau caveats, Ruyobei, Oljorai, Banita and Barina farms among others might be a source of conflict.

‘If we work together we shall solve these issues before the next elections. This will ease the tension that land issues bring especially during campaign times and we all know its sensitivity,’ Ruto said.

The deputy governor also called on the ministry of lands to be fair in issuance of title deeds to people saying that all communities should feel involved and satisfied with the process.

The PS later led her team including County Government of Nakuru officials to Molo to issues title deeds to residents.

Others leaders present were MPs Jacob Macharia – Molo, Kimani Ngunjiri – Bahati, John Kihagi – Naivasha, MCAs among other county officers.