TRAVELLING TO NAKURU COUNTY & ACCOMMODATION – 4TH DEVOLUTION CONFERENCE

Nakuru County is easily accessible from Nairobi by road. Public transport plies the Nairobi-Nakuru route on a daily basis. The 160km journey takes about two hours. Nakuru is also accessible by road from Nyeri, via the 167km Nyeri-Nakuru road, and from Kisumu via the 180km Kisumu-Eldoret-Nakuru highway.

Accommodation

Nakuru County offers a wide choice of accommodation. Popular places to stay when visiting Nakuru include Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, Merica Hotel, Midland Hotel, Lake Nakuru Lodge, Bontana Hotel, Hotel Kunste, Cathy Hotel, Flamingo Hill Tented Camp and Ufanisi Resorts. Numerous guest houses and budget lodgings can be found in Nakuru town, Naivasha town, Njoro, Gilgil and other urban centres.

LIST OF HOTELS IN NAKURU COUNTY

NAIVASHA:

Enashipai Resort & Spa

Resort Location: 020 5130000, Booking Office: 0719 051000

sales@enashipai.com

Lake Naivasha Country Club

Tel: 0703 048 200, Fax: 0703 048 032

info@sunafricahotels.com

Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort

020-3750235 / 020-3616000, 0722 206 328 / 32, 0733 610 060 / 065

reservations@sopalodges.co.ke

conference@sopalodges.com

reservations@sopalodges.co.ke

Kiboko Luxury Camp

Tel: 0703 048 300, Fax: 0703 048 032

info@sunafricahotels.com

Elsamere Conservation Centre

Tel: 050 2021055, Fax: 050 2021248, Mobile: 0722 648123, Wireless: 020 2050964

reservations@elsamere.com

Wileli House

Tel: 0707156146

info@wilelihouse.com

Buffalo Rest

Mobile: 0723 362694, 0704 48830, Tel: 0722340390

Buffalosrest@yahoo.de

Burch’s Resort Naivasha

0712333136, 0722827640, 0727294006

marketing@burchsresort.co.ke, info@burchsresort.co.ke

Marula House

0727 933430

marulahouse6200@gmail.com,

Crater Lake Tented Camp and Game Sanctuary

Toll Free: 1-888-790-5264, Tel: 050-2020613/ 2021372

reservations@craterlakecamp.com

Sweet Lake Resort

0702 668 317 / 0702 667 867, Reception: +254 702 510 000

reservation@sweetlakeresort.com

Ole Itiko Cottages

0723 161436

antony55@hotmail.com

Eseriani The Hotel

0727 841 680, 020 2355095, 0716 123845

info@eserianihotels.co.ke

Astorian Grand Hotel Naivasha

0791 037070, 0719 179595

nyambura.s.wm@gmail.com

The Pot at Panda

0715 881863

thepotatpanda@outlook.com, the.pot@outlook.com

Sawela Lodges

Nbi office: Tel: 020 221 4960 Fax: +254 20 221 4961 / 342283 Lodge Contacts: 050 2030149 / 2030159 / 2030135 Cell: +254 0717 123444

reservations@sawelalodges.com, salesmanager@sawelalodges.com, sales@sawelalodges.com

Naivasha Kongoni Lodge

General: 0702 993131, 0774 435628, Marketing office: 0707 394384, 0707 156146, 0204446790

General: info@naivashakongonilodge.com, Reservations: reservations@naivashakongonilodge.com,

Sales: sales@naivashakongonilodge.com

The Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort

Reservations: 0733 411 105 / 0722 205 894. To contact the lodge directly call 0729 407 160 / 0735 705 008
020 444 6651, +254 (0) 20 444 7259 / 444 9115, Mobile: 0722 205 894 / 0733 411 105 / 0728 606 668

ecommerce@heritagehotels.co.ke, sales@heritagehotels.co.ke

Lake Naivasha Panorama Park

0712091777, 0702951250,

lakenaivashapanoramapark@yahoo.com, panoramalodge07@gmail.com

Jane’s Guest House Naivasha

Tripple Eden Resort

0708 915 770 /0724 478 059/ 0725506973

reservations@tripleedenresort.com

Loldia House

020 273 4000 – 5, 0733 616204, 0722 717529, 0722 715306,

info@governorscamp.com

Hippo Safaris Resort

0792 590 072, 0774 673 152, 0713 528949

hipposafarisresort@gmail.com, sales@hipposafarisresort.co.ke

Dove Nest Lodge

050-50986, 0706700913 / 0738962111

info@dovenestlodge.com

Sunny Hill Hotel

Tel: 0709746745

info@sunnyhill.co.ke

Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary: Chui Lodge and Kiangazi House

Office: 050 2020792 / 2030353 / 2021408, Mobile: 0722 200596, 0707 645631, 0707 645630,
Fax: 050 2021059

reservations@oseriantwolakes.com

NAKURU:

NAME

TELEPHONE NUMBER

EMAIL

Eagle Palace Hotel

0736 102 303, 0713 619 202, 0770 766674

reservations@eaglepalacehotel.com, info@eaglepalacehotel.com

Midland Hotel

051 2212125, Fax: 051 22 17 22 2, Cell: 0706 600 000

reservations@midlandhotel.co.ke

Chester Hotel

051 2215500, 0719 330330, 0727 313792, 020 2327654

info@chesterhotels.co.ke

Hotel Bisons

020 2026655, 0733411115

info@hotelbison.co.ke

East Mark

0726980217 / 0734 324268

info@eastmarkhotel.co.ke

Merica Hotel

Tel: 020-316696 / 2185147, Fax: 020-315743

reservations@mericahotel.com

Waterbuck Hotel

Cell: 0720 576611,
Tel: 051-2215672, 051-221 5993, 051-2215989

waterbuck@waterbuck.co.ke, info@waterbuck.co.ke

Hillcourt resort and spa

020-259 5076, 0717 011 653

info@kranhotels.com

Hotel Cathay

Phone: 020-247173 / 020-2323002 / 020-2216472
Fax: 051-2215384
Mobile: 0721281900 / 051-2215820, 0718 492398

info@hotelcathay.co.ke

The Pelican Lodge – Lake Elementaita.

Office Lines: 0754 267 041 / 0751 388 305/ 020-3882923

Reservations Email: thepelicanlodge@gmail.com /marketing@thepelicanlodge.com

Donnies hotel

0702 728989

http://www.donnies-hotel.com

GUIDE TO THE 4TH DEVOLUTION CONFERENCE – NAKURU COUNTY

Date: 6th – 9th March 2017
KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE TRAINING INSTITUTE, NAIVASHA
NAKURU COUNTY
A LOGISTICAL GUIDE FOR THE CONFERENCE
1.0. THE 4TH ANNUAL DEVOLUTION CONFERENCE

The 4th Annual Devolution Conference 2017 is yet another important opportunity for county governments to collectively reflect about their opportunities and prospect for solutions to the challenges they have encountered over the last yet. This year’s conference is particularly important because it marks the last cycle of the first political leadership of each county.

It is the moment to assess the achievements of counties and assess their essence not only as foundations of social, economic and cultural empowerment of the Kenyan people, but also as focal points of democratic participation of people in governance.

This year’s conference shall be held at the Kenya Wildlife Training Institute, Naivasha, in Nakuru County. This year’s theme will be “The Devolution Transformation” and the Guiding Theme of the 2017 Conference is “Devolution – Transforming Lives: Tell Your Story!.

2.0. OBJECTIVES OF THE 4TH ANNUAL DEVOLUTION CONFERENCE

Overall Objective – To assess the gains, enhance the understanding and appreciation of devolution as a system of governance that focuses on public accountability and learning new ways of socio-economic development and delivering services.

Specific Objectives;

  1. To discuss how devolution has been a tool for socio-economic integration in the country in promoting equity and inclusivity.

  2. To share experiences, challenges and solutions developed in the last four years from county and national governments as lessons for countries considering to undertake the “Big Devolution process, and

  3. To identify opportunities for change, growth and enhanced cooperation in changing perspectives, changing the narrative and entrenching devolution in Kenya.

WHO ARE THE EXPECTECTED DELEGATES TO THE CONFERENCE

The conference targets about 10,000 delegates comprising of Governors and Deputy Governors, CECs, Senators, Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Parliament, Members of County Assemblies, Private Sector, Media, international delegates, Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations, Academia, International delegates etc .

3.0. OVERVIEW & SUMMARY – BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT KENYA WILDLIFE TRAINING INSTITUTE

Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute (KWSTI) is a middle level college located in Naivasha about 90km from Nairobi.

It is registered with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as a TVET institution.KWSTI provides specialized training in Natural Resource Management and Tourism Development in an effort to enhance Conservation, Management and Sustainability of Wildlife Bio-diversity in Kenya and globally.

KWS TRAINING INSTITUTE – WEATHER AND CLIMATE

The KWSTI is located at an altitude of 1000 feet above sea level, giving it a damp climate and more moderate temperature than most of Kenya.

Daytime temperatures run at 22 °C maximum and night temperatures can drop to around 15 °C. Most rain falls between March, April and May and during the short rainy season in November and December.

HOW TO GET TO KWS TRAINING INSTITUTE

By Road: From Nairobi, it takes about 1 hour to Naivasha on a tarmacked road. KWSTI is located off the Nakuru – Nairobi Highway. Turn left after the Police check point into Naivasha town.

From Nakuru, turn right after the Heritage Hotel located on the right-hand side.

By Air: The nearest airports are Wilson Airport and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.

ACCOMMODATION – WHERE TO STAY DURING THE 4TH DEVOLUTION CONFERENCE

Delegates can check online for available hotels within the Naivasha, Elementaita or Nakuru towns for accommodation. Delegates are responsible for booking of their own accommodation and transport into and from KWSTI.

REGISTRATION

• All delegates MUST register online www.devolution.cog.go.ke Deadline for registration is 3rd March 2017.

• Persons who have not registered online will not be allowed to access the conference venue.

• To register you must have the following: Full Names, ID Numbers and digital coloured passport size photo (22 inches (5151mm) in size).

• For delegates being registered through the secretariat MUST provide the above information for purposes of online registration and accreditation at the latest 3rd March 2017.

ACCREDITAION AND REGISTRATION VENUE

Collection of accreditation will be at Arch Bishop Ndingi Primary School on 6th March 2017.

Delegates are requested to organize for their own transport and plan to arrive at the conference center no later than 08:00 a.m. on 7th March 2017.

CLOTHING, SHOES AND WEATHER GEAR

Lightweight clothing is encouraged during the day, long sleeved shirts, dresses and trousers to protect you from the sun in the day and the mosquitos at night. Warm gear for early morning and late afternoon.

Set Up

• All exhibitors who have paid will be assigned a booth with their organization name.

• Designated Secretariat will be on the ground to assist you.

• All Exhibitors can begin to decorate their stands on the morning of 6th March, 2017 and collect their accreditation from Arch Bishop Ndingi Primary School.

• The official times of the Expo will be from 9.00a.m to 6.00pm.

Exhibition Booths

The booths that are offered by the Secretariat are standard and cannot be altered. The Standard dimensions are 3m2 by 3m2 or 10 by 10ft. The heights of the booths are 2m and 1/2m high.

• Exhibitors will be provided with one (1) table, 2 chairs and one (1) power point.

• Exhibitors are allowed to bring a screen for their booth.

• Exhibitors will cater for cost of decorating their booth.

• This is an online registration and hence the booth selected from the layout will become inactive meaning no one can rebook your booth nor will you change the booth you could have selected.

Hence, prior to booth selection, ensure that you have the booth you want.

• All exhibitors will be provided with accreditation at the registration desk for identification.

• The exhibition booth will be manned by a maximum of 2 people only.

• The two people manning the booths are entitled to 10 o’clock and 4 o’clock teas as well as lunches from the Exhibitors’ lunch tent.

• The two stewards of the booth must be registered online by their respective organizations.

• The Official Opening day of the conference will be on 7th March, 2017.

• Exhibitors are expected to decorate their tents on 6th March 2017. This will be done between 9am and 5pm. E.g. drapes with colours of your organisation, 2 roll up banners within your stand.

• Please note that we are only providing the space and all décor will be the solely the responsibility of the exhibitors.

• Set down will be on 10th March 2017. The Secretariat will not be liable for any loss or damage of equipment after the 10th March 2017.

Security/ Other

• Security personnel will patrol the exhibition stands throughout the days of the conference.

• All participants will be screened.

• There will be ushers to assist with logistics at the event.

• Delegates are expected to provide their Identification card (Local Delegates) or Passport (International Delegates) on request prior to accessing the venue.

• KWSTI is located within a Sanctuary with wild animals. Kindly note delegates are not allowed to walk around after 6pm as there are wild animals e.g. Buffaloes, Giraffes, Antelopes, Warthogs

• There will be busses ferrying delegates from the conference site after 6pm

• For those driving kindly note that the speed limit is 40 kph

Payment

• Payments will be made via Mpesa, Bankers Cheque or through Visa Card payments. The Secretariat will not collect hard cash on ground or at the COG offices.

• Sponsors are entitled to a free exhibition space.

• Non sponsors will be charged Kshs. 50,000/= for a booth for the 3 days of the Expo.

• Deadline for registration and paying for exhibition of stands is 28th February 2017.

• All money is payable to:

MPESA PAYBILL NUMBER: 339553
Pay with Mpesa and Insert The transaction ID e.g LT65X99NG6
Bank details
Bank name: Kenya Commercial Bank
Branch: Sarit Center Branch
A/C Name: COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS
A/C Number: 1164902318
Bank Code: 01141
Swift Code: KCBKENX

Health & Safety

The conference secretariat has organized for ambulances and fire engines that will stationed at selected areas within the conference venue. Kindly note the ambulances will only cater for minor medical cases and emergency evacuations will be facilitated where necessary. However, delegates will cater for their medical bills if hospitalized.

CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT

For more information please contact the conference secretariat via the following contacts;

NAME CONTACT PERSON EMAIL ADDRESS TELEPHONE NUMBER
Eunice Fedha Payments eunice.fedha@cog.go.ke +254 721 767119
Jennifer Kimani Sponsors & Logistics devconference@cog.go.ke +254 736 902640
Sharon Makena Development Partners sharon.makena@cog.go.ke +254 721 214918
Sam Mutisya Program sammutisya@cog.go.ke +254 726 389860
Victor Odanga Program victor.odanga@cog.go.ke +254 727 892921
Rosemary Irungu Moderators & Panelists rosemary.irungu@cog.go.ke +254 724 128240
Martin Atuti Exhibitions martin.atuti@cog.go.ke +254 722 127807
Phanuel Ojwaya Protocol Ojwaya.phanuel@cog.go.ke +254 721 453339
Elizabeth Ambasa Hospitality ambasa@cog.go.ke +254 733 638774
Hilda Were Accommodation hilda.were@cog.go.ke +254 708 757148
Duncan Kibani Online Registration duncan.kibani@cog.go.ke +254 720 853915

Joy and Glamour as Governor Fetes Employees

By Francis Gitahi Njenga

Thousands of Nakuru County Government employees have come together as one for a colorful end year luncheon hosted by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, Friday, 16th December 2016, at Nakuru Sports Club grounds.

“I have never in my life been to a party as large as this,” said one employee in reference to the more than 2,000 workers seated under a giant tent and eating away all at the same time. “It’s the largest party I have seen… it must have cost them tens of millions… and the lives of several bulls, which is a good thing – and good riddance – if that is what it takes to motivate staff.”

And they do not stop milling in. At one time the mega tent is full to capacity with every seat occupied and tables weighed down by steaming platefuls of delicacies: stew, chapatti, nyama choma, wine… name it all! It’s more than what some will have for Christmas.

I have been to other parties before but none came close to be as opulent as this, says another employee amidst chomps of goat ribs and tumblers of red wine downer. First, with 10 serving points, the queue has never been quicker; food display is mouth watering; variety five star; food score nothing less than excellent… and everything else good you never told anyone this year.

“Whoever pulled out this feat is a genius,” goes on the luncheon talk. From here I want to hear which other county treated its employees to grandier fete than this… Nairobi… Mombasa… Bomet… unlikely! Most of these entities have little or no regard for its workers… and when something like this happens to us, we have all the reasons to rejoice and thank God for it.”

Nakuru Workers sample delicacies during fete
What’s more, in this party, there is nothing like Who is Who. It’s a feast day for all and only you and your appetite defines you. Today there is no High Tables nor other tables… the governor himself is lost somewhere in the middle of the crowd sandwiched between cleaning department and the dispatch office; his deputy is sharing table, chat and goat ribs with drivers; executive members are downing their wine with messengers, Chief Officers with laborers… a perfect mix and harmony rarely experienced in business offices.

This is indeed a great feast day… one that’s complete with live band and a high flying dance troupe; recitals, office choirs. The Master of Ceremony is none other than the County Chief of Protocol; Mike Gitone. From time to time he unexpectedly draws guests to the dais; and when audience and those summoned wait in suspense… the DJ drops a number as Gitone vacates the dance floor.

Governor Mbugua leads workers in praise and worship
The governor himself is caught in this trap once. And when the speakers boom and the DJ gyrates his discs, the crowd goes wild cheering up the governor. He does not let them down. He swings; holding hands with one lady executive member, and the rest… as they say… is history. The two move rhythmically, step in, step out, hands up, hands on their waists, dance, this way, that way… juu kwa juu… chini kwa chini…!
For the next one hour, it is dance and song. One moment the speakers are booming with “Mwana wa Mberi”, the next minute workers are lining up and moving round the field in “Mugithi Uyu.” From secular to gospel, everyone dances until thin streams of sweat run down their brows. It doesn’t matter whatever job rank is your neighbor’s rank, what is important is the moment.

As worker take back their seats, water or soda cooling off their tongues, Gitone calls the event to attention. It is all about getting together as one, he says. Despite the many challenges experienced in different workplaces, today is not the day for grumbling or voicing complaints but rather, a day for putting all burdens aside just to happy and bond.

Often, says Gitone, the lives of a public service workers is clouded with countless challenges, and many people hardly get time to treat themselves even the least of rewards. It is in this regard therefore that the county had decided to bring the Christmas earlier for its employees, though simple in gesture. By sharing the luncheon, workers would have a reflective moment together.

Governor Mbugua leads employees in ‘Mugithi” dance
Go tell it to the mountains… said governor Mbugua. Nakuru values it workers, and we will stop at nothing, including many more future luncheons, just to make them feel appreciated and part of the system. Public service workers have as much stake as everyone else in the interests of this county… and it is upon those of us in government to build an environment for them to perform.

A government that demeans it workers is doomed, said the governor. But Nakuru County, with 5,600 workers, is blessed with an experienced, talented, and committed workforce. At this level, our workforce is among the top five largest of any county, something which comes with its own peculiar challenges; top among them being delayed promotions.

In the last one year, he said, the county has promoted 1,980 workers across all departments. Within the health department alone, 1115 health workers have been promoted and about 400 others are currently ongoing.

The health department, he said, has been the greatest beneficiary of them all. Due the sensitivity of this department, we sacrificed everyone else last year for the health the sake of health workers. However, the issues they raised are still persisting, but we hope these will be resolved soon.

Following the health workers strike, he said, Nakuru County recruited and deployed 200 nurses. He said he was glad that the Council of Governors had recently signed a Recognition Agreement with the National Union of Nurses, meaning that County Governments will henceforth recognize and negotiate with them as legal trade unions, a positive and beneficial development for nurses.

On the doctor’s strike, Governor Kinuthia said counties would reason with them and it was upon union leaders to come to a round table. However, he said, if the matter is not resolved by this Christmas Day, Nakuru County will have no other option but advertise for these posts.

Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto, right, follows proceedings
Speaking earlier, Deputy Governor, Joseph Ruto, said that there was need to treat every worker fairly, emphasizing on the need for equity in matters of workers welfare. When one section of the workforce feels neglected, there was bound to be trouble for everyone.

To crown the day, excelling workers and departments were awarded certificates and trophies, with the Department of Health taking home the cup. Some employees received promotion awards, one one them a guard who had worked for the last 32 years in same grade.

END

Governor Mbugua Urges the Church to Also Take a Lead Role in Taming the Schools Inferno Crisis

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.

ENDS.

County Govt to Assist in Rehabilitation of One of Nakuru’s Oldest Primary Schools – Governor Mbugua.

By David Kimani.

Nakuru, Kenya 29th June, 2016 – H.E the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has today said that his government will continue working with all primary and secondary public schools in the county to improve their infrastructures where the County Government of Nakuru can.

The Nakuru County Governor speaking in Langa Langa Primary, during the school’s AGM noted that learning facilities in most public schools in the county need a facelift as most of them were built in the 60s.

He said after a brief tour around the school that was started in 1964 and one of the biggest in Nakuru needs urgent intervention, promising to work with the area MCA and MP to mitigate the situation.

‘From our assessment and briefing by the head teacher together with his board of management, we have come to the conclusion that this school needs immediate help to aid in the renovation of classrooms, desks, toilet, and fence’, said Governor Mbugua.

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He added, ‘just like we have teamed up with Flamingo MCA Hon. Moses Gichangi to renovate five classrooms, we are going to form a more formidable team by incorporating Nakuru East MP Hon. David Gikaria to do more work in this schools and others in Nakuru East Sub-County’.

Langa Langa Primary school headmaster Mr. Charles Kimani praised Governor Mbugua for extending a helping hand to the school even though the mandate of primary schools is the responsibility of the national government, noting that improving education standards in the county is an agenda close to the heart of the Governor.

Mr. Kimani appealed to Governor Mbugua to also help in the forging of partnerships that can improve facilities in the school, saying that the Free Primary Education funds advanced to the school are not sufficient for administration work as well maintain and developing learning infrastructures. Governor Mbugua accepted this request.

To demonstrate how overburdened the school’s facilities are, Langa Langa Primary has a population of 1496 pupils, 700 of these are girls who share only ten toilets, it means 70 girls use one toilet and this is way above the recommended Ministry of Education guidelines of 25 pupils to share one toilet.

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Annastacia Kitheka, the Nakuru County Director of Education under the national government commended Governor Mbugua for providing direction on how both the national and county governments can team up to enhance education standards in the county.

Nakuru County KNUT Executive Secretary, Mungai Muhia said he has worked with Governor Mbugua on many education projects such as offering of bursaries to the needy, donation of uniforms among others adding that the Governor’s policies and projects go a long way in supporting education.

‘Governor Mbugua’s actions speak volumes of his support to education in the county and based on this teachers and parents, we have already given him a second term’, said Muhia.

Besides renovating the five classes in Flamingo Ward, the County Government of Nakuru has also built one ECDE class in Kimathi Primary School; in Lake View Primary; three ECDE classrooms rehabilitated, four newly constructed and Sanitation block construction is in progress. Two new ECDE classrooms have been constructed in Race Track and construction of an administration block budgeted for this financial year 2016/17. In Pangani Primary; three ECDE classrooms have been built.

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On bursaries for the last three financial years, Ksh 6 million has been directed towards the education support of needy students in Flamingo Ward.

In the entire county, the County Government of Nakuru has channeled Ksh 275 million towards the support of 82, 272 needy students for secondary and post-secondary education; 25 polytechnics built, renovated and upgraded, 354 ECDE classrooms constructed within two years, in the last financial year 124 more were added.

Governor Mbugua was accompanied by the Deputy County Secretary Geoffrey Kioko, CeC for Education Francis Mathea, his counterpart for Roads, Transport and Public Works Maina Kairu among other county officials.

ENDS.

Governor Mbugua lauds Elders Peace Initiatives as he Confirms Nakuru is Ready for Thanksgiving Ceremony

Nakuru, Kenya 15th April, 2016 – H.E. the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has lauded the thorough efforts by the Nakuru Council of Elders for Peace which has ensured multi-ethnic cohesion and peace in the county.

Speaking at the Rift Valley Sports Club where he led Nakuru County leaders in a joint press conference with the elders for peace, the Nakuru County Governor said the initiatives of the elders have been highly successful.

Noting that Nakuru County has been chosen to host the national prayers and thanksgiving ceremony following the collapse of the ICC cases against six Kenyans who had been indicted by the court because of the peace prevailing in the county.

The Nakuru Governor added that the tree of peace was planted in Nakuru when TNA and URP parties merged into Jubilee in Afraha stadium with the aim of uniting all Kenyans, saying the Saturday’s event is for tending and watering this tree.

‘The tree of peace was planted here in Nakuru and before the planting all elders had prepared the ground by reconciling all the communities living in Nakuru. The Saturday’s celebrations are aimed at nurturing the tree for more fruits’, said Governor Mbugua.

He noted that these celebrations are for all the people of Kenya, saying that the people of Kenya are enjoying peace regardless of their tribal or political affiliations, adding that peace is a vital pillar of socio-economic progress.

‘This is the time to celebrate the gains we have made from the peace in our county which oozes out to all other parts of the nation. All the people of Kenya have benefited from these gains’, said Governor Mbugua.

He urged the Nakuru Elders for peace to review their mandate and now to focus on initiatives for sustaining the momentous achieved peace to avoid rolling back the gains.

Governor Mbugua said the peace prevailing in Nakuru and the entire country, additionally to the crumbling of the ICC cases is a sign that the nation can resolve its own issues without external interferences.

The Chairman of the Nakuru Elders for Peace Samuel Maigua said the painstaking work of the group which brings together all communities in Nakuru for over eight years has been successful and the group will now focus on more initiatives.

He said they will be meeting on a quarterly basis and after tomorrow’s ceremony the council will invite political leaders in Nakuru to discuss matters peace in the period leading up to 2017 general elections, saying any politician called to appear before the council of elders must do so.

Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri lauded Governor Mbugua’s efforts of uniting the people of Nakuru saying this is a good example of leadership that Nakuru and the entire nation needs.

He said the National Government has resettled 80% of IDPs and for those remaining their names are being vetted so that they can be compensated.

The Bahati legislator said the coming of the President Uhuru Kenyatta to Nakuru is allowed for in the constitution. Adding that this is just like the way Governor Mbugua is taking his office and all the services of the County Government to the sub-counties in the Gavana Mtaani outreach program to bring services closer to the people.

His sentiments were echoed by Governor Mbugua who said that since the advent of multi-party democracy it is only the Jubilee Government that has implemented programs for IDP compensation and it should be commended for the initiative.

Governor Mbugua who was accompanied by his Deputy Joseph Rutto reassured that Nakuru County is fully prepared to host the thanksgiving prayers tomorrow, adding that parking fees for tomorrow have been waived.

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.

OUTREACH PROGRAM, KURESOI SOUTH – DAY 2

NAKURU, Kenya 4th February 2016 -County Government of Nakuru’s Outreach Program entered day two today in Kuresoi South at the Sub County’s Administrative offices.

Led by H.E. the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and his Deputy Joseph Rutto, all the departments came together to change the way the government operates by taking its services to the mwananchi.

The program which kicked off yesterday, defining the true essence of taking the services to the mwananchi’s doorstep, as hundreds of Kuresoi South residents from various wards turned out to be served by their government.

The initiative which has received positive reviews so far is set to continue till April where the Governor and all the respective departments will set up temporary offices for two days every week in each sub county.

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75 Nakuru Students Awarded Wings To Fly Scholarships

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 1st February, 2016 – H.E. Governor Kinuthia Mbugua today presided over a ceremony at County Headquarters where 75 needy students from Nakuru County were awarded comprehensive secondary scholarships from Equity Banks Wings to Fly Program.

The 75 students selected from Nakuru County are drawn from all the eleven sub-counties, and as Nakuru is a cosmopolitan county, all the communities are represented.

The Governor commended the program which is run by Equity Bank, saying that it supplements those given by the County Government of Nakuru and National government lauding the program for its commitment in sharing vision of giving access to education and it being the most transformative investment.

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‘Two weeks ago, we disbursed bursaries amounting to Ksh. 55 million that is supporting education of needy children across all our 55 wards. The County Government of Nakuru is going to release another tranche of the same amount soon and we are happy Equity Bank is contributing to this cause’, said Governor Mbugua.

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He added that the County Government of Nakuru continues to support the education of the Nakuru-child, besides being the most transformative tool, education equalizes everyone in the society regardless of the background.

The Nakuru County Governor affirmed during the month of January, the County Government of Nakuru devoted this time to supporting children in schools.

Besides the bursaries offered, county government has helped rebuild burnt schools and through the Kinuthia Mbugua Foundation has donated school uniforms to public primary schools in Rongai, Gilgil, Bahati, Subukia, Molo and Njoro Sub-Counties and given Ksh 406, 000 in bursaries.

On his part, Joram Ng’ang’a, the Nakuru Regional Manager Equity Bank said a part from fees, the gifted children from needy families will also benefit with other utilities to give them a conducive environment for excellence, additionally to a mentorship module.

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Simon Maingi, the Chairperson Community Scholarship Selection Board, Nakuru County said they received 550 application and this is an indication the number of bright and needy students in Nakuru County is high.

Nakuru County Deputy Governor Joseph Rutto said the County Government of Nakuru is aware of the high number of gifted and needy children and besides the Ksh 110 million bursary kitty set each year, the County Government of Nakuru is working with other key stakeholders including the Kinuthia Mbugua Foundation among others to ensure education access for all.

Meanwhile, Governor Mbugua has sent a message of good will to entrepreneurs who lost millions of shillings over the weekend to two fire incidents. Rumishi Hardware Ltd and Nakuru Poly Plast were gutted down by infernos on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

‘What happened over the weekend is a big blow to investments in our county. Besides loss of income by investors, hundreds of Nakuru residents have lost their source of livelihood’, said Governor Mbugua.

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He, however, dismissed the circulating reports that the Disaster and Emergency Department delayed in responding to these two fire incidents.

The Governor said he has consulted widely and he has a verified report that the incident on Rumishi was reported on 11: 25 AM and by 11:30 AM firefighters from the County Government of Nakuru were on scene combating the fire. Nonetheless, the fire was so intense and the engine run out of water and went for a refilling.

Governor Mbugua said the lack of a hydrant in the facility complicated the process and ordered the CeC for Roads, Public Works and Transport Maina Kairu under whose docket the Department of Disaster and Emergencies fall’s to ensure all businesses premises have functional hydrants.

For the Nakuru Poly Plast, the fire outbreak was reported on 7:22 AM and by 7:30 AM, the county fire fighters had responded.

The Governor cautioned leaders from heaping blame when an accident happens but to strive to understand the situation for ease in mitigation.

Governor Mbugua was accompanied by his Deputy Joseph Rutto, Joseph Motari (County Secretary), CeCs Francis Mathea (Education), Maina Kairu (Roads), Prof. Catherine Kitetu (Public Service Management), Visoi MCA Hon. Gitau Kamau among others as well as the MP for Nakuru East Hon. David Gikaria among other county leaders and officials.

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Governor Mbugua Continues to Fulfil Pledge as he Donates Over 8,000 School Uniforms

NAKURU, Kenya January 22nd 2015 – Nakuru County Governor H.E. the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has spent the entire month of January fulfilling one of his key manifesto promises where he has personally donated over 6,000 school uniforms to needy students around the county.

This is a fulfillment of a promise aimed at improving the quality of education within the county.

Governor Mbugua speaking during one of the ceremonies as he traversed the vast county to reach to the most needy, said the donation of the uniforms is a gesture to show that the County Government of Nakuru stands with people of Nakuru and is working to improve livelihoods of the resident.

Governor Mbugua’s continued efforts to motivate and boost the esteem of pupils from needy families through uniform donation has been received with joy by parents who said this will boast their children’s morale and make them work harder in school yielding better performance.

Studies indicate that a clean and decent uniform dignifies and lifts the morale of learners, resulting into improved performance. The Governor has promised to continue implementing his campaign pledge including provision of quality education that will no doubt put Nakuru County on the map of “the academic giants”.

He also called upon the well wishers to join hands and initiate such supportive programe that will enable each child to achieve his/her dreams.

Governor Mbugua will continue to visit various schools in all the sub counties and has promised that this will not be the end of the initiative as he already has started planning for the next phase to kick off soon, where needy students will also receive shoes and other much needed amenities.

Uniform Distribution Numbers So Far – Total 8,328

Name of School (Primary)                        Number of Uniforms donated                        Ward Sub-County

 

  1. Boit                                                               612                                                                        Visoi, Rongai
  2. Kimangu                                                      420                                                                       Visoi, Rongai
  3. Kinari                                                           600                                                                       Ndundori, Bahati
  4. Karunga                                                       736                                                                       Murindat, Gilgil
  5. Meli                                                              495                                                                       Elementaita, Gilgil
  6. Oljorai                                                         456                                                                        Eburu, Mbaruk
  7. Kieni                                                            1,345                                                                     Subukia, Subukia
  8. Tendwet                                                      1,440                                                                    Keringet, Kuresoi South
  9. Orthodox                                                    1,670                                                                     Elburgon, Molo
  10. Kapkembu                                                     554                                                                    Mauche, Njoro

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BOITO PRIMARY SCHOOL  – VISOI, RONGAI

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KARUNGA PRIMARY SCHOOL – MURINDAT, GILGIL

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KIENI PRIMARY SCOOL – SUBUKIA, SUBUKIA.

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KINARI PRIMARY SCHOOL – NDUNDORI, BAHATI

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TENDWET PRIMARY SCHOOL – KURESOI SOUTH

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MELI PRIMARY SCHOOL – ELEMENTAITA, GILGIL

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OLJORAI PRIMARY SCHOOL – EBURU, MBARUK

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TABUGA PRIMARY SCHOOL – BAHATI

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