Activist wants MCAs to reject CEC nominee for Lands John Kihagi

A Naivasha human rights defender has submitted a petition before the county assembly of Nakuru challenging the nomination of former Naivasha MP John Kihagi as CEC for lands, housing and physical planning in Nakuru.

In a sworn affidavit, Macharia Mwangi claims Kihagi is unfit to hold any public office because he does not meet the requirements of chapter six of the constitution.

“We have several cases where the former lawmaker has been engaged in hence we feel he is not fir to hold such an office. We urge the county assembly to scrutinize the same” said Macharia.

Supported by two sworn affidavits of Teresia Wanjiru who is a trustee of north karate pyrethrum growers and contractor Paul Waweru of PANMA construction, Macharia wants the county assembly of Nakuru to reject the Nomination of Kihagi.

Kihagi served as Naivasha MP between 2013 and 2017.

In her affidavit sworn before  GM Njuguna Advocate, Wanjiru states that 2010, Kihagi colluded with a trustee of North Karate pyrethrum growers Njehia Mukui  purporting to buy the association’s  land Naivasha-Maraigushu block 469/20117 at a cost of Ksh 500,000 as opposed to Ksh 2.5 million that the association had quoted.

She further claims that Kihagi in his capacity as the patron of Naivasha NGCDF went ahead to initiate construction of two classrooms at Governor primary school in Maai Mahiu area in total ignorance of a case filed at the Nakuru land and environment court ( ELC 265/2017).

North karate pyrethrum growers won the case in 2017 after the court upheld that the land legitimately belonged to them.

In the second affidavit, contractor Paul Waweru states that in February 2010 he was invited to start the construction of two classrooms at Governor primary school in Maai Mahiu after winning a tender appearing on the Naivasha constituency NG-CDF portal.

He was paid a deposit of Ksh 1 million awaiting payment of a balance of Kshs 800,000.

Waweru claims that  efforts to pursue payment of the remaining amount yielded no fruits and as a result, a loan he had taken at k rep bank accrued to Ksh 1.8 million.

The Director of PANMA construction states that to date, he has suffered threat to life from his former workers and that he has been listed in the central reference bureau CRB while the Kenya Revenue Authority KRA has persistently pursued him over unpaid tax.

“I have no peace having in mind that I had taken a loan from a bank..I am suffering because of Kihagi and that is why we cannot allow a repeat through Kihagi being a CEC” he said.

The petition was received at the Nakuru county assembly clerk’s office today.

Why Nakuru female MCAs are not a happy lot

Female MCAs in the county assembly of Nakuru have condemned the move by the assembly to impeach Roads and infrastructure CEC Engineer Lucy Kariuki saying that there has been a trend to victimize women serving under Governor Lee Kinyanjui regime.

Speaking on Monday morning led by Nominated MCA Rose Njoroge from Turi Molo the leaders said that their male counterparts have been aiming at the strong ladies in Kinyanjui’s administration.

Njoroge who was earlier in 2018 de-whipped from the sports committee has condemned the motion of impeaching engineer Lucy saying that the trend should come to an end or else the county will end up losing majority of the women at the hands of their male fellows.

“Women leaders in this county have become victims of intimidation from our male counterparts and we will not allow that” said MCA Rose.

Her sentiments echoed by Zeitun Ibrahim nominated MCA representing the Muslim community who was also de-whipped from the Justice and legal affairs committee under unclear terms.

Zeitun says having an engineer running the roads and infrastructure docket is the most proud thing Nakuru residents have and impeaching her will be the worst hit on women in the county.

“We should be proud of women leadership in this country but when we end up impeaching them then we are loosing out” said MCA Zeitun.

The women MCAs have said that the war on women started with the successful impeachment of Halima Gababa CEC for Youths, Gender, Sports and CultureGababa was thrown out of the office after a successful impeachment motion that accused her of incompetence and poor running of funds in the docket.

PHOTO/County assembly website:The entrance to the Nakuru County Assembly.

Over 20 Counties commence joint dialogue on food security

Several counties have commenced a dialogue on how to ensure food security through working together with research institutions and farmers.

Speaking in Nakuru on Monday during a forum that brought together over 20 CECs from different counties, Busia County CEC for Agriculture and Fisheries Dr.Osia Moses Mwanje said the move is paramount in addressing the challenges facing farmers in various counties.

He said they are now focusing on high improved bean varieties in the country that can help address food security in various counties.

“We are here in Nakuru to dialogue on how we can work with farmers as well as researchers in our counties to address food security issue” said Dr.Mwenje.

Dr.Mwenje commended the African Development Bank that has come out to support the government in addressing food security.

He however appealed to the National government to continue seeking funds from funding institutions to support agriculture which is the backbone of the nation.

According to Dr.Mwenje, the county governments are committed in ensuring support to farmers through field officers as far as production is concerned.

“We are happy that the African Development Bank is supporting Agriculture. But as counties we appeal to the national government to also continue supporting counties in Agriculture. As counties we are committed in ensuring support to farmers” Said Dr.Mwenje.

Dr.Hussein Mohammud from African Development Bank Regional Office in Nairobi on his part reiterating that the bank is committed in funding the Technology for Africa Agricultural Transformation-TAAT.He says this is key in transforming the livelihood in Kenya and Africa as a whole.

“The bank is actually funding the Technology for Africa Agricultural Transformation-TAAT under which we have this forum so as to transform livelihood” he said.

According to Director of Food crops Research Institute at KALRO Dr.Joyce Malinga, there is need for research yielding new varieties of crops that are free from diseases and pests.

She says through partnership they have been able to come up with new varieties of crops that will help address food security hence achieve the big 4 agenda.

“We support the Big 4 agenda as far as food production is concerned and that is why we are coming up with new varieties of crops that are disease and pests free” said Dr.Malinga.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Director of Food crops Research Institute at KALRO Dr.Joyce Malinga addressing media in Nakuru on Monday.

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