COVID-19:Nakuru to deploy security,health officers at border points to ensure compliance

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui addressing media.PHOTO/NGPU.

The county government of Nakuru has announced immediate deployment of Public health officers and security officers at border points to ensure compliance to the new directives announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In a statement to newsrooms,Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui while welcoming the  directive by the President on movement in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan said Nakuru shall with immediate effect ensure full compliance of his instructions.

“Public health officers and security personnel will be deployed to our border points effective midnight today to ensure compliance” said Kinyanjui.

He added that Nakuru being  a frontier county, the county  appreciate the measures unveiled and pledge to support to the fullest possible.

In addition, the county boss also making an  to Kenappeal appeal to Kenyans to appreciate that all measures taken by the government are in their best interest.

“We must embrace the measures for the long term good of the nation” said Kinyanjui.

He said the measures  are inorder especially after it emerged that  people moving from areas of infection to areas of low risk is a major threat to the containment of COVID-19.

It should be noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced restriction of movement to and from Nairobi Metropolitan,Kilifi,Kwale and Mombasa counties to avert the spread of COVID-19.

Kinyanjui: No county money was returned to National treasury

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has refuted claims that Nakuru County returned huge sum of money unused to the National treasury in the last financial year.

Speaking on Thursday during a media breakfast, the county boss lashed out at those spearheading the narrative.

According to Kinyanjui, his administration did not return the funds but rather kept the money for County Emergency.

“As a county, we have prudently put in place mechanisms to manage funds and no fund has been returned to National treasury as is being purported by some quarters,” said Kinyanjui.

Kinyanjui adding that the amount is currently being utilized to pay County workers among them the health workers ensuring service delivery is consistent despite the revenue allocation stalemate.

He has said that rolled over the amount that has created a loophole for Nakuru politicians to attack the county government is currently being used to run the County.

“As a county we are okay and despite the ongoing revenue stalemate Nakuru county can run for the next five months without any support from the National Government,” said Kinyanjui.

Earlier in the week, Nakuru County Senator Susan Kihika slammed Governor Lee and his administration saying that the county returned Ksh 3.9 billion to the National treasury despite the poor state of infrastructure in the county.

PHOTO/KNA: Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui.

Youthful Nakuru MCA declares interest for higher seat come 2022

Naivasha’s Lake View Ward MCA Peter Karanja Mburu has finally revealed his interests for a higher seat in Nakuru come 2022.

As quoted by Nation, the first time vocal Member of the Nakuru County assembly says he will be going for a higher seat in order to serve the people of Nakuru better.

It is however not clear which seat the youthful MCA will be going for though there are speculations from certain quotas that the MCA might go for the Nakuru Senatorial.

The Nakuru Senatorial is currently being held by Senator Susan Kihika who has also declared interest in Nakuru Gubernatorial seat come 2022.

Other quotas also say the vocal MCA might go for the Naivasha Parliamentary seat that is currently being held by Jane Kihara. It will be recalled that Mburu in the 2017 general election trounced Mr Simon Wanyoike Wanango.

The first time MCA is currently rated as the most vocal ward representative in the current Nakuru County Assembly. The many bills and motions he has sponsored have seen him earn the respect of Nakuru residents.

The youthful MCA is also development conscious and at many a time, he has been seen as a great critic of Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui when it comes to matters of the citizens and development. Among Bills he has sponsored include one aimed at establishing a disaster management fund.

He is also the brain behind the opening up of the Lake Naivasha corridors after he sponsored a motion on the same. He has also sponsored a bill that saw the digitization of building plans in Nakuru County.

The recent motion he sponsored on NHIF will see the less privileged in Nakuru County enjoy free National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) medical cover.

The motion has already been adopted by the county assembly and will see the county government compelled to start identifying the beneficiaries at the ward level.

“MCAs are always called upon to raise funds to offset hospital bills for the poor. The county government should set aside funds to provide free medical cover through NHIF for poor residents,” said Mr Mburu as quoted by Nation.

Karanja Mburu is a graduate from St.Paul’s University in Business Administration and management and the soft-spoken Lake View Ward MCA believes true leadership is transforming the lives of the people.

He is currently the chairperson of Disaster Management Committee in the Nakuru County Assembly and in an earlier interview with this writer, he says he is determined to bring change through leadership that ensures improved infrastructure, medical facilities as well as boost the education standards.

Two years since he was elected, Karanja has been able to sponsor 12 needy students through full scholarship courtesy of his foundation, friends and Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Eng Joel Maina Kairu.

He has also been able to sponsor 400 carpenters to have National Construction Authority (NCA) cards which cost Sh1,200 each. For the fishermen in Naivasha, the MCA is in the process of developing more fish hatcheries to empower them.

Youths have not been left out as three teams have been sponsored among them Kihoto FC (County League), Pipeline Team (Sub-county league) and Superstar FC from Kayole (Sub-county league).

He is also appealing to the county government of Nakuru to consider development in Naivasha Sub County.

According to him, the sub-county has been forgotten when it comes to matters development despite having contributed a lot in terms of revenue collection.

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