Kihika: Kenyans not interested in handshake or BBI, but grassroot service delivery

Kenyans are not interested in handshake or Building Bridges initiative but service at grassroot-Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika has stated. Addressing media in Nakuru, Kihika said despite the many wrangles facing Jubilee Party and administration, the Jubilee elected leaders have a legacy to leave behind, that of service to the people. “Regardless of the many problems here and there within Jubilee Party, there must be a legacy of some kind and that is to ensure our counties have equitable allocation for service delivery” said Kihika. Senator Kihika argues that the ongoing…

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IFC announces Sh500m loan to Equity Bank to support Kenyan SMEs during COVID-19

International Finance Corporation(IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has announced a Sh500 million loan to Equity Bank Kenya to help it increase working capital and trade-related lending to its small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) clients, especially those facing COVID-19 related challenges. The loan, which will ultimately support hundreds of Kenyan businesses in the manufacturing, health, trade, transport, and consumer goods sectors, is part of IFC’s global $8 billion fast-track COVID-19 facility, announced in March and designed to help businesses maintain operations and jobs during—and after— the COVID-19 crisis.…

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DCC Elmi Shaffie refutes claims of ‘protecting errant’ local chief

Nakuru West Deputy County Commissioner Elmi Shaffie has refuted claims by a section of Nakuru residents that he is ‘protecting’ Chief Douglas Nyandika of Viwanda Location. Nakuru residents under the umbrella Nakuru County Leaders caucus had on Monday morning stormed the chief’s office demanding his ouster due to what they termed as incompetent and acting rudely towards members of the public seeking services. The group had also claimed that Chief Nyandika has no qualifications to serve as chief in the area as his credential s are questionable. However, addressing media…

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Churches resort to more services to comply with COVID-19 measures

The government’s directive to re-open churches under strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines has seen several churches resume but with more services in place. Government’s directive has it that worship services should last an hour and have not more than 100 members due to COVID-19 pandemic. Further, 58 years and above citizens are not allowed to attend service so are children of 13 years and below. The measures have seen churches resume but with new development where the clergy have ensured more services so as to cater for the spiritual needs…

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Private Laboratories put on notice over inconsistent COVID-19 results

Private Laboratories licensed to conduct COVID-19 tests risk closure over inconsistent results.   Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Thursday directed the Medical Board to conduct investigations into the testing operations at Lancet Laboratories.   According to Kagwe,the move was occasioned by numerous complaints from a section of Kenyans who had their results overturned from positive to negative   Assuring Kenyans of state action, Kagwe said that any facility found culpable of doctoring COVID-19 results will have their licenses revoked.   Speaking at the Nakuru Level Five Referral Hospital, the…

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MCAs pass motion on recognition of shamba system farmers

Nakuru County assembly has passed a motion on recognition of shamba system farmers to benefit from free fertilizers. The motion was sponsored by Ndundori MCA Michael Machembu and is aimed at supporting genuine farmers who work  in the forest areas. The fact that 60 percent of farmers in Bahati are from Dundori Forest area is what prompted the MCA to come up with the motion. “The farmers have been going through a lot due to lack of title deeds and this has  seen them miss subsidized inputs offered by the government”…

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Equity Foundation assures counties of quality PPEs supply

The Equity Bank Foundation has assured counties benefiting form the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) of sufficient supply for the next 18 months. Addressing on Wednesday at Nakuru Level 5 hospital during the handing over of PPEs to the county government of Nakuru ,Equity Group Holdings Managing Director and CEO Dr. James Mwangi added that the Foundation is not only donating PPEs to counties but that they are of quality standard. “We are sure of the Supply of PPEs for the next 18 months and the PPEs we are delivering are…

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MP Kathambi wants illegal Mau evictions stopped

Njoro Member of Parliament Charity Kathambi has told off Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko over directive to evict families from Mau East. Addressing media on Sunday at Mauche Primary, Kathambi noted that the illegal evictions will see not less that  20,000 households affected during this harsh economic times occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic. While terming the decision as uncalled for, the Legislator faulted Tobiko over sentiments that some titles issued to residents were mere papers. “I was really surprised when CS Tobiko said some titles in areas such as…

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M-PESA partners with KMPDU to distribute PPEs to 7 counties

Over 3,000 healthcare workers will receive personal protective equipment (PPEs) courtesy of the M-PESA Foundation. The Foundation will work with local manufacturers to procure the PPEs and Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) to distribute them at an estimated cost of KES 20 million. Healthcare workers in 7 Counties will receive the PPEs which include surgical masks, N95 masks, hand sanitisers, gowns, hazmat suits and face shields. “Never has there been a more appropriate time to focus on health workers. Rarely have they faced such danger on such…

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