Kinyanjui given 14 days ultimatum to address Matatu operators

Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria has issued a 14 days ultimatum to Governor Lee Kinyanjui over the Matatu operators’ stalemate in Nakuru town.

 Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria addressing during the burial.PHOTO/Antonio Msafi.

The vocal Nakuru Legislator who spoke on Wednesday during the the burial of baby Leon Kinuthia Mbugua in Ndimu,Lanet Nakuru said it was worng for Governor Kinyanjui to ignore Matatu operators.

Gikaria sys a proper understanding between the operators and the county government is the way to go.

He added that there was need for dialogue to try and understand the issues affecting the operators at their new relocation and if possible be allowed back to their former stages within CBD as long as they adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19.

Gikaria has faulted Kinyanjui for turning deaf ear to the Matatu operators who have raised several complaints concerning the deplorable states of the new matatu stages that they were relocated to early this year.

According to the Legislator, if the Governor will not allow dialogue to sort out the matter then Nakuru town will come to a standstill after 14 the 14 days.

“What we are telling Governor is simple give a dialogue a chance within the 14 days. If you will not act after the 14 days then it will not be business as usual in this town” said Gikaria.

Gikaria’s sentiments welcomed by Nakuru Town Service Matatu Association Chair Francis Njoroge who has been seeking audience with Governor Kinyanjui but in vain.

Njoroge alias Njosh in a phone interview said the matter is now taking momentum and the Governor will have nothing more but to listen to the grievances of the Matatu operators.

“We commend MP Gikaria for the move and we hope that the Governor will now avail himself for dialogue top sort out this matter once” said Njosh.

This even as Nakuru Town traders who say that the governor has been quiet and inaccessible to have vowed to rally behind Gikaria in demos after 14 days.

A similar scenario was witnessed in Nakuru during the regime of Kinuthia Mbugua where hawkers demonstrated for being chased out of the Nakuru CBD.


President Kenyatta hints at opening schools,worship places

President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the Ministry of Education jointly with that of Health to issue and publicize guidelines for gradual and progressive return of normalcy in the education sector from September 2020.

Addressing the Nation on Saturday, the President also ordered that the New school calendar be released by Middle of August.

“I hereby direct that the Ministry of Education jointly with that of Health to issue and publicize guidelines for gradual and progressive return of normalcy in the education sector from September 2020” he said.

On whether to open up the economy or not, Kenyatta stated that opening or not opening not dilemma between right and wrong but between two rights.

It is for this reason that he directed that that the cessation of movement into out of Eastleigh and old Town Mombasa shall lapse as from June 7, 2020.

The same applies to Kilifi and Kwale Counties where he stated that the cases of Mcovid-19 pandemic have reduced.

However, the cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera has been extended for another 30 days.

The dusk to dawn curfew extended for further 3o days but time 7pm to 9pm with the end time for the same being from 5am to 4am.

The variations of time according to President Kenyatta is  to allow Kenyans have full work schedule.

Meanwhile President Kenyatta has directed that within 7 days the Ministries of Interior and Health to constitute interfaith council to work out on opening up of worship places.

“That within 7 days the Ministries of Interior and Health to constitute inter-faith council to work out on modalities of opening worship places” he said.

However, the ban on gatherings and bars that majority of Kenyans were waiting for has been extended for further 30 days.

The same applies to International travel restrictions are extended but the Ministry  of transport directed within 7 days to develop protocols on local air travel.

The President adding that in order to fully open up the country, the experts state that the infections must be contained and number of infections and death must be headed downwards and this is not the case in for Kenya at the moment.

In addition, the capacity for surveillance and contact tracing must be fully across the country.

Another threshold for opening up the country is that healthcare system must be prepared to handle the pandemic and must not be overwhelmed but this is not the current situation in Kenya.

While noting that Health is a shared function, President Kenyatta revealed that  a meeting between national and counties will on Wednesday next week to assess the situation before opening up the country.

County commissions more ECDE teachers to improve education standards

As a way of improving education standards, the County Government of Nakuru has commissioned 350 teachers in Early Childhood Development and Education centres.

Under the new development, 939 centres across the county will benefit.Speaking during orientation at St Mary’s Girls school in Nakuru East, Deputy Governor Dr Erick Korir said the county was committed to providing safe learning environment for the pupils.

“Our objective is to ensure that children access quality and relevant pre-primary education services for them to get appropriate competencies to realize their full potential,” stated Dr Korir.

Nakuru County has had only 10 teachers employed by the government since independence.County CEC for Education, ICT and e-Government Mr Raymond Komen said the County hopes to at least have two teachers per school.

“Nakuru County government plans to recruit at least 1,660 ECDE teachers in the next five years to fill the gap” he said.

According to the CEC, County is working on a school feeding program that will see pupils remain in school.

Photo/Suleiman Mbatiah:The ECDE teachers during the orientation and deployment event at St Mary’s Girls Boarding Primary School.

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