Abduba Tumme appointed KANU Women Congress National Secretary

Former Nakuru County Government Chief officer Abduba Tumme has been appointed KANU Women Congress National Secretary.

She takes over from Gladys Chania in the new appointments done by KANU National chairman Gideon Moi.

In her acceptance message, Tumme took to her social media thanking the party leadership for appointing her.

“I am humbled to have been appointed KANU Women Congress National Secretary by our distinguished National Chairman Gideon K. Moi. Thank you Sir for your confidence in me.  Forever indebted, forever KANU” she said.

Tumme served as Chief officer Culture and Social Services as wells as Resource mobilization in Nakuru  before she resigned to join active politics in Marsabit County.

Nakuru Rotarians lead other well-wishers in donating relief food to needy Maralal families

Members of the Rotary Club of Nakuru led by President Rani Ramchandani and Assistant Governor Rotary Club Nakuru Sebastian Muithereru in partnership with other well-wishers travelled to Maralal, in Samburu County on 26th November 2022 with one agenda to support drought relief efforts.

With the extended drought in most parts of Kenya, especially the northern parts, the team felt it worth to stand in solidarity with the needy families in Maralal that are feeling the adverse effects of the drought.

The team that included members of the Rotary Club of Nakuru, Rotary Club of Naivasha, and Rotary E-Club of Riftvalley, Rotary Club of Enkare – Narok, Lions club of Menengai,SCANN, Ndovu cement, Pranic Healing Foundation other well-wishers, Family and Friends of Rotary raised funds for a food donation drive that was distributed to the needy community members in Maralal.

More than 200 needy families benefited with food hampers that included Maize Flour, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Rice, Beans and cooking oil that will cushion the families from hunger for at least a week.

Speaking after making the donation, Rotary Club of Nakuru President Rani Ramchandani stated that Rotarians and other well-wishers felt it in order to stand in solidarity with hunger-stricken families.

She revealed that they will continue with such gestures to put a smile on the face of the needy families.

While noting that it is a shame that basic necessity like food is a luxury to many families, Rani called on other well-wishers to join in the move to ensure everyone in society has food on the table especially during this harsh economic times and the drought situation.

“We were able to assist more than 200 Families with food hampers that will cushion them from hunger for some days. The hampers will see an average household put food on the table for a period of at least a month.

Some mobility aid equipment were also distributed to the community members with special movement needs.

The team managed to assist 20 mobility devices for young persons who were not able to go school due to lack of mobility devices.

KCB pumps in KShs. 130M for Drought Response

KCB Bank Kenya has committed KShs.130 million to support the country’s drought response initiative, providing food and essentials to thousands of households. 

The support will go towards augmenting government efforts in cushioning households hard hit by the ravaging drought and who now require an urgent supply of foodstuff and water.

The funds will be channeled through the Kenya Bankers Association-led drought response (KShs.100 million) while the rest will be through the KCB Foundation, the social investment arm.

The bank through the Foundation has already distributed food to various ASAL counties including Kajiado, Wajir, Isiolo and is scheduled to reach ten more counties that have been adversely affected by the droughts.

“The support we are rolling out today is part of our commitment that looks at helping communities cope with the current situation even as the government steps up its mitigation measures. We are ready to walk hand in hand with various partners to ensure that adverse effects of the ongoing drought are contained within the shortest time possible,” said KCB Group CEO Paul Russo.

The announcement was made during a consultative meeting with President Dr. William Ruto and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, where private sector players were urged to offer both material and financial support to the National Government to ensure that the drought situation is contained.

Kenya’s worst drought in four decades continues to worsen in 20 out of the 23 ASAL counties due to a poor onset of the October- December 2022 season. Eleven counties are in the alarm phase while nine are in the alert phase.

On Monday, President William Ruto established a 15-member National Steering Committee where KCB Group CEO, Paul Russo was appointed to among other things mobilize resources to alleviate the impact of the drought, to supplement the Government’s efforts.

PS Torome leads delegation in compiling county governments’ monitoring and evaluation booklet

Government through the Ministry of Finance and Planning is working on a booklet that will offer guidelines on matters Counties and Planning.

Principal Secretary State Department for Planning Saitoti Torome says the booklet is at final stages.

Speaking in Nakuru over the weekend during a workshop with representatives from departments, Saitoti revealed that the booklet is a brain child of various stakeholders in the Finance sector both from governmental and non-governmental.

He noted that the booklet is key especially to the devolved units of governments adding that counties will now have ease in handling matters financial planning and the coming up with County Integrated Development Plan.

“We started this journey sometime back and we are happy that we are almost finalizing the booklet so that it can be launched to aid the counties on matters financial planning|” said Torome.

The booklet which will be launched early next year, financial experts point out that will be key in aiding the new county officials once in office hence seal the gap that has always been experienced in the past.

Benson Kimani from Directorate of Economic Planning says the counties for the first time will have an aid manual when it comes to financial planning.

“This is a key step in matters financial planning and we hope once the booklet is launched, the counties will embrace the same” he said.

Similar sentiments echoed by Ms Maureen Kenga from the Department Coast Region.

According to her, apart from the County officials, the booklet once launched can be used by citizens, as well as the County assembly members in monitoring matters finance.

“The booklet can be used by citizens as well as county assembly members especially on monitoring financial expenditure” said Kenga.

 

 

Reprieve for Njoro farmers as Governor Kihika intervenes about subsidized fertilizer

Farmers in Mau Narok ward in Njoro Sub-county have an opportunity to access subsidized fertilizer without extra cost following the intervention of Governor Susan Kihika.

Speaking at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic parish in Mau Narok, area MCA Hon. Dida Cyrus had raised concerns about middlemen who have been buying subsidized fertilizer and selling it to farmers at an exaggerated cost.

“We won’t allow our farmers to be exploited by brokers any more. The cost of the subsidized fertilizer is Kshs. 3,500 and they should not pay even a single extra coin,” said the Governor.

The Governor has thus instructed the Mau Narok ward administrator Davis Mwaura to work closely with the MCA to ensure that every farmer wanting to buy the subsidized fertilizer is able to access it.

Governor and Ward Administrator
Governor Susan Kihika and Mau Narok ward administrator Davis Mwaura

Farmers will be required to pay for the fertilizer locally and the Ward Administrator working with the MCA will ensure that it is delivered. The County will provide trucks for delivery not only in Mau Narok but to the rest of the wards in Njoro Sub-county.

Mau Narok ward is an agricultural rich area and produces most of the carrots consumed around the country. The area also produces high quantities of green peas and potatoes. The ongoing drought brought about by erratic rainfall has however reduced production.

“It is unfortunate that although Nakuru has a high agriculture potential, we have been forced to give relief food. One of my top agendas is to empower farmers to ensure they get the subsidized fertilizer and other farm inputs. We shall also make we provide extension services for farmers to get the best possible harvest,” promised Governor Kihika. On Saturday, Governor Susan Kihika flagged off relief food to various parts of Nakuru County.

The Governor was speaking at during the third year anniversary to since Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic parish was established. Other leaders in attendance were Women Rep Liza Chelule, Njoro Constituency MP Charity Kathambi and MCAs Cyrus Dida (Mau Narok), Philip Wanjohi (Lare), Moses Koros (Mauche) and Simon Kamau of Kihingo ward.

Five Kenyans among 100 Rise Global Winners

Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, have today announced the second cohort of 100 Rise Global Winners, five of whom are Kenyans. Rise is a program that finds brilliant people who need opportunity and supports them for life as they work to serve others. It is the flagship program of Schmidt Futures and the anchor of a broader $1 billion philanthropic commitment from Eric and Wendy Schmidt to talent development across their initiatives.

Rise collaborated with organizations such as NBA Africa, the HALI Access Network, KenSAP, and Akili Dada to support youth in applying and provide exciting programming opportunities, which contributed to the second year of success across the country.

“We are looking for extraordinarily bright people everywhere because genius can have an outsized impact on improving the world when applied to its hardest problems,” said Eric Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Futures. “Building a network of brilliant young people who want to make the world better is a key goal of Rise. Development in today’s world depends on people working together.”

“Today’s announcement of the Rise Winners is not the conclusion of a process, but rather the starting point for the young people in the program. They will have continuing opportunities to change the world for the better as they continue their education and find ways to collaborate,” said Wendy Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Futures and president of The Schmidt Family Foundation. “We are counting on them to become future leaders, using their collective gifts to help solve the world’s most challenging problems.”

The five Kenya winners are:

● Edith Chemutai from Thika, Kenya: Edith started a movement on water conservation and created a water filtration system that reduced the dirty water swamp behind her school. She aims to curb water shortage in the world and develop better conservation and purification methods.

● James Nyaga Ngatia from Nairobi, Kenya: James is working to create an app called iGuide, which aims to eradicate pornography.

● Marietta Halima Kazungu from Kilifi, Kenya: Marietta developed the Rapidcovix Breathalyzer to help those in rural areas who cannot afford the expensive costs of testing better detect infectious diseases.

● Natasha Njoki Ndai from Kahawa West, Kenya: Natasha created an environmentalist’s club that aims to show people that cleaning and taking care of the environment is not a punishment; rather it can encourage teamwork and create awareness as well as be enjoyable.

● Wema Wambugo Marandu from Nairobi, Kenya: Wema’s Rise project aims to develop a reading culture by using storybooks and stocking up libraries in underprivileged communities in Kenya.

“Our partnership with Rise supports our mission to nurture young Kenyan women into transformative African leaders,” said Diana Njuguna, Head of Programs for Akili Dada.

“We are truly proud of the Kenyan Rise Global Winners, which include two young women from Akili Dada’s vibrant network. We celebrate this milestone and can’t wait to see them actualize their brilliance, gifts, and passions driving social change in service of the continent and the globe.”

With over 22 new countries represented this year, the global program continues to further expand its network with a broader range of talented young leaders from diverse backgrounds, including applicants from over 170 countries.

Schmidt Futures’ mission is to bet early on exceptional people making the world better. Betting on young people between the ages of 15-17 and potentially staying with them for life, Rise is both the earliest and the longest bet on talent in Schmidt Futures’ portfolio.

Rise remains intentionally broad both in the selection of talent and in their projects to help unveil hidden brilliance, in whatever form it takes, wherever it is in the world.

The program further prides itself in recognizing brilliance with unique perspectives and across various focus areas, skills, and issues.

Since its inception, Rise has welcomed over 150,000 people from over 170 countries to its community and has selected 200 winners from 69 countries of origin.

From over 120,000 registrants, the 2022 Winners were selected after a rigorous application process which included peer and expert review of service projects, formal assessments of talent, and group interviews.

The 2022 Global Winners stood out not only for their impactful projects spanning from medical innovation to mental health and education but also for their strength in overcoming adversity.

As a result of global program growth in year 2, Schmidt Futures and The Rhodes Trust are proud to welcome the program’s first Winners from Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar (Burma), Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, and Vietnam. In 2021,

“We believe that the answers to the world’s toughest problems lie in the imagination of the world’s brightest minds,” said Eric Braverman, CEO of Schmidt Futures. “Rise is an integral part of our mission to create the best, largest, and most enduring pipeline of exceptional talent globally and match it to opportunities to serve others for life.”

“Selecting 100 Global Winners from such a deep pool of brilliant young people was quite a challenge, and we are very grateful to all of our partners who helped in the selection process,” said Dr Elizabeth Kiss, Warden of Rhodes House in Oxford and Chief Executive of the Rhodes Trust.

“Our newest Rise winners come from every corner of the globe, and we can’t wait to bring them together – and then invest in their lifelong journeys to serve their communities and build a better world.

Everyone who applies to Rise joins a global community and gains access to opportunities from partners in at least 40 countries across the world.

The latest Rise Global Winners receive additional personalized support including need-based scholarships, mentorship, career development opportunities, potential funding for future ventures, technology packages, and more, to empower them to achieve their goals as they work to serve others.

Applications for the next class will open in October 2022.

 

Bar owners protest move to have excise duty increased on beer

Bar owners in the country have faulted the move to have an increase of excise duty on beer citing that this will lead to increased uptake of illicit brew.

They have now appealed to the government to ensure the concern is addressed to avert further social problems in the country.

Addressing media in Nakuru on Tuesday led by Bar Hotels Liquor Traders Association (BAHLITA) Secretary General Boniface Gachoka, they stated that increased taxes will hit the industry, which is yet to come to terms with Covid-19 related losses.

Gachoka while lauding the current Kenya Kwanza administration for standing with common citizens, urged President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua to step in and save the industry from the heavy taxation.

“We want to appeal to President William Ruto and his team to come to the aid of this industry that has employed many people for many years. We are opposed to any increase in taxes and prices of our products” said Gachoka.

The stakeholders called on the government to consider making changes in the Kenya Revenue Authority body.

According to them, KRA should have new leadership that values businesses in the country for the economy to thrive.

Gachoka cited several instances that the current Nakuru Senator Tabitha Karanja has been harassed in the past by the Authority over Keroche Breweries.

“We a KRA boss who is up to killing businesses and that is the reason we are calling on the President to act and ensure the Authority is in order” added Gachoka.

Sentiments echoed by Chairman Nakuru Bar Owners Association  Maina Maganjo who called on even the county government to up the fight on illicit brew that has continued to have a negative impact on their genuine businesses.

He noted that a move by the government to increase tax on standardized liquor will have a negative impact on the fight against illicit brew.

“We are calling on the government to help us tame the illicit brew and the war on illicit brew cannot be successful if the government still wants to impose heavy tax on beer and keg” stated Maina.

Trans Nzoia not a ‘holiday camp site’, Natembeya warms as he takes over mantle

The new Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya has sent a stern warning to lazy county staff.

Speaking after he was sworn in, the former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner said his regime would bring change in Trans Nzoia.

He said it would not be business as usual adding that lazy staff will have no room.

“I said when I come here it will be an about turn. The citizens come first. If you don’t want to work for mwananchi you are free to leave” he said.

Natembeya also used the moment to warn county askaris against mistreating the residents, especially the boda boda riders.

Why IEBC declared William Ruto President-elect

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has declared William Ruto President-elect Republic of Kenya as well as Rigathi Gachagua Deputy President-elect.

Making the announcement on Monday evening, IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati who is also the Presidential Returning officer revealed that Ruto  of UDA-Kenya Kwanza garnered 7,176,141 which translates to 50.49%.

His close competitor Raila Odinga of Azimio-One Kenya garnered 6,942,930 which translates to 48.85%.

Meanwhile, George Wajakoyah garnered 61,969 votes (0.44%) while Waihiga Mwaureh of Agano Party garnered 31,987 votes (0.23%).

Chebukati noted that despite intimidation and harassment, the commission and moreso him as chair adhered to the law which he took oath of office.

“The journey has not been easy but I took oath of office to serve Kenyans and protect the constitution of Kenya” he said.

Ruto vowed to work closely with other leaders in ensuring a prosperous Kenya.

“We have no laxury to look back at whatever bad things were done to us but rather work together towards a prosperous country” he said.

He added that his victory was ordained by God.

Ruto urged religious leaders to continue praying for the country for unity and prosperity.

 

 

 

 

 

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