Nakuru County Leaders from Independence (1963)

Nakuru Leaders

At independence in 1963, Nakuru County, back then known as Nakuru District had four constituencies. Over time, Nakuru has grown to eleven constituencies. The original constituencies were Nakuru North (1966), Nakuru East, Nakuru West and Nakuru Town. Nakuru North has over time given birth to Rongai, Subukia and Bahati while Nakuru West has spawned Njoro, Molo, Kuresoi North and Kuresoi South. Nakuru East consisted the present-day Naivasha and Gilgil constituencies while Nakuru Town is today Nakuru Town East and Nakuru Town West. Nakuru Independence MPs – 1963 Elections At independence,…

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Fred Kubai: Freedom Fighter, Politician & Trade Unionist

As we celebrate Labour Day, we wish to celebrate one of Kenya’s pioneer Trade Unionists who spent the better years of his youth fighting for the rights of African workers. Born in 1917 in Nairobi, Fred Polworth Kibuthu Kubai first worked as a telegrapher at East Africa Posts and Telecommunications after his education at Buxton Baptist School in Mombasa. In 1945, at the age of 28, he was posted to Rongai and then Nakuru Post office. He, however, worked for only one year in Nakuru before he resigned citing job…

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Karigu Keru starts work at Harambee House

One Karigu Keru still recalls the day she kicked off her campaigns. It was on a sunny dusty day when she drove herself to Naivasha, parked her small car and spent the whole day at Karagita Market. Armed with a plastic paper bag in one hand, Karigu Keru plunged into the unknown waters of political campaigns. She would say hi to people, tell them she was vying for the women rep seat and give them the handbills she had in her black paper bag. Karigu spent the entire day at…

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Fare thee well Grace Kipchoim, yours was a life of valour

Before she succumbed to cancer and went to rest with the angels, I had not heard of Grace Kipchoim. When her colleagues started sending their condolences, one thing stood out about her. Hon. Grace Kipchoim was a special kind of leader. There was something about her that set her apart as an MP. Grace Kipchoim had to overcome many odds to become elected MP. She even overcame much more to be reelected the Baringo South MP in 2017. Her story was both interesting and inspiring to read. The mother of…

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Juliana Njeri Wahome – Big Smile, Big Heart and Soul full of Music

Two things aptly define Ms Juliana Njeri Wahome. A big smile and a big heart. The mother of 3 children whom she refers to as her angels have served and touched the lives of many over the years. The secretary at Afraha Secondary is also an accomplished gospel musician and has several songs to her name. She started her music career early in life but it was in 2011 when she recorded her first song. Between 2007 and 2009, the mother ever jovial lady used to work at St. Anthony…

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Nutritionist Terry Mwago, Health eating ambassador

After her graduation, professional nutritionist Terry Mwago chose to go into private practice over being employed. She started offering her services as a nutrition consultant to individuals and groups in and around Nakuru county. As the need for her services increased, she set up a place where those needing her services could find her.   Terry Mwago’s main expertise is teaching people on healthy living and dietary requirements for a healthy fulfilling life. She offers training to organised groups, churches and community gatherings among other places. She also offers her…

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Joel Teeth Cleaner, Dentist giving smiles back in Nakuru

For over seven years since 2010, Joel Kariuki has been on a mission to give Kenyans and especially Nakuru residents a second chance to smile. Joel Kariuki, popularly known as Joel Teeth Cleaner is some jovial young man born and brought up in Nakuru. While still growing up, he discovered he could solve a challenge that has for long faced Nakuru residents, brown teeth. “Water consumed in Nakuru has a very high concentration of fluoride which is the major cause of brown teeth in Nakuru. The problem is especially bad…

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Former Nakuru Street Boy Acy Dante empowering others

As a former Nakuru street child, Acy Dante has seen it all. Were it not for a well-wisher who saw the potential in him, Acy would probably still be in be streets, or worse.   The former street boy is now a successful entrepreneur but above all, he is determined to use the little he has to help other street boys and girls. “Had it not been for a well-wisher who saw what I was going through and the potential in me, probably I would still be roaming the streets…

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Another Social Change Agent Transforming Nakuru

Nakuru county is known to produce big names that have had a big impact on the social, economic and political landscape of this country. The county is never short of new talents that impact positively on the lives of all Kenyans. This is the case with one Iregi Mwenja, a social change agent transforming the mental health sector through his innovative approaches to this medical problem shunned by many. Mwenja, an environmentalist turned mental health advocate took it upon himself to be part of a movement that ensures that stigma,…

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