By David Kimani
Nakuru, Kenya 21st July, 2016 – H.E. Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has today said that the church has a key role to play in the mitigation of the current dropping of the levels of discipline in schools which has resulted to the burning down of learning infrastructures by unruly students.
Speaking at the AIC Shabab in Nakuru West Sub-County when he graced the area development meeting for the entire Nakuru AIC Churches attended by over 115 Pastors and Reverends, the Nakuru County Governor said discipline levels in our schools are worrying adding that the society is also looking up to the church for the solution.
‘The current situation of indiscipline in our schools is a matter of a great worry. I believe the church should make it one of its agenda, this is a spiritual battle. I urge the churches to take the lead in this battle. I believe if the church leaders join hands in this fight they would be able to rescue us from this devilish situation’, said Governor Mbugua.
Adding that he remembers in the late 1990s when the nation faced a similar challenge, the nation looked up to the church and it provided a solution.
He urged the church to join forces and pray for schools saying the government will stand with the church and he has trust in the church to find a solution.
The Nakuru County Governor lauded the AIC Church for being at the forefront of championing peace and cohesion in the county, additionally to spearheading development activities.
In Nakuru, AIC church has initiated projects in areas of education, health, and water. These have gone a long way to augment services offered by the County Government of Nakuru, resulting to better services offered to the people said Governor Mbugua.
According to Bishop Maina Kingori, AIC church is sponsoring 26 Secondary and 35 primary schools in the county, as well as running six dispensaries spread in Keringet, Molo, Nakuru West, Rongai, and Subukia.
Governor Mbugua said his government will continue to work with the church’s peace ambassadors to enhance the already prevailing peace in Nakuru.
He also noted that he will work with the church to improve its health facilities.
Dr. Benedict Osore, the Nakuru County Director of Planning and Administration in the Department of Health advised the church to procure its drugs and other medical supplies from MEDS or KEMSA. Noting supplies from these two organizations are of quality and the prices friendly.
He added that drugs for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria will be supplied to AIC churches dispensaries for free so long as the health facilities are legally registered and will share reports with the Nakuru County Government Health Department.
The CeC for Land, Physical Planning and Housing Rachael Maina, who flanked the Governor in this meeting said she will work together with her counterpart for Finance and Economic Planning Ann Njenga to ensure in the upcoming finance bill subsidization of land rates to churches and other non-profit making organizations.
She added that the County Government of Nakuru is working to ensure churches, enterprises and individuals get their titles to facilitate the development of the county. Further saying, it is now mandatory for one to be in possession of a title before a development project can be approved.
The Director for Roads Eng. James Ochieng said that the road from AIC Shabab to Pivot will be tarmacked.
An elder of AIC, Bidii Arap Too in his vote of thanks commended Governor Mbugua for working with the AIC and other churches in the county.
Bidii added that the Governor’s work is there for all to see and speaks volumes about his performance. “If a vehicle is serving you well why change it?’ he posed.
Governor Mbugua promised to work with the AIC church in Nakuru to establish a Sacco for the churches Bishops, Pastors and Reverends to secure their welfare.