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.

Nakuru residents to reap big as President Kenyatta opens Simba Cement Factory at Salgaa

President Uhuru Kenyatta this Tuesday officially opens a multibillion Cement factory owned by Simba Cement at Salgaa in Rongai Sub County Nakuru.

The factory located along the busy Nakuru to Eldoret highway will open opportunities to several Nakuru residents.

Addressing media prior to the official opening, the factory owner Guru Naredra said that they chose Nakuru due its geographical location in East Africa as well as the fact of Nakuru’s move to becoming a city.

“This is a plus for Nakuru even as it becomes a City” said Naredra.

According to Naredra, they look forward to be among the first investors of unleashing the potential of Nakuru being and industrial city.

He added that with Nakuru becoming a city there will be more opportunities that come with the same.Naredra calling on the county Government of Nakuru to work on ensuring that there is condusive environment for businesses.

“The government should work to ensure that there is condusive environment for businesses” he said.

On his side Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui lauded the move saying that the factory will provide source of employment to locals.

According to Kinyanjui, the locals will be selling their raw materials at the factory as well as generating revenue to the National and county governments.

“With the coming up of factories such as this one then it means Nakuru residents will benefit from the same as they will be able to sell their materials at the factory” said Kinyanjui.

Locals in Nakuru have not been left behind saying that they are hopeful the county will effectively use the generated revenue in improving roads infrastructure as well as build more hospitals.

Ben Macharia-a resident and founder of Friends of Devolution Lobby group says this is a plus for Nakuru residents in terms of revenue generation.

He urged all the mushrooming companies and factories in Nakuru to give locals first priorities when offering jobs.This, the locals say will ensure continuous cash flow among community surrounding the factory.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Simba Cement Factory in Nakuru.

Nakuru youths’ message to President over Awori’s appointment

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointment of former Vice-President Moody Awori as a member of the Sports, Art and Social Development Fund Board has continued to elicit mixed reactions among youths who say the President was ill advised.

Addressing media Nakuru County Youths Caucus led by their chairman Daniel Gitau, the youths said they are dissatisfied with the move despite even the head of state defending the appointment on grounds that the youths are corrupt.

They say it was wrong for the head of state to utter such sentiments against youths who voted for him in large numbers owing to the manifesto he had for youths during campaigns.

“As youths in Nakuru County we are saddened by the move taken by President by appointment older people and stating that youths are corrupt. We are surprised that the many corruption cases witnessed in the country none of those taken to court is a youth and we therefore demand an apology” said Gitau.

They lamented that if that is not addressed then the precedence will be witnessed in the county governments where the old will be given job opportunities leaving out the youths.

This, according to Mr. Gitau will be in contrary to the Jubilee Government’s manifesto of ensuring job opportunities for youths.

“This is precedence that we are seeing being set even in our counties where the youth will have no space” said Gitau.

President Kenyatta speaking on Thursday maintained that he will stand with the 91-year old Moody Awori due to a dwindling trust in youth whom the president linked to rampant corruption in different sectors of Kenya’s economy.

“If you see how young people we have trusted with positions steal public money, it’s rather I appoint somebody like Awori whom I am sure will protect your money to ensure intended developments and services get back to the people.

People should stop making noise and let me do my work” he said.

PHOTO/Standard:Ex-Vice President Moody Awori(left) with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

President commissions the construction of Olkaria VI power plant

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday commissioned the construction of Olkaria VI power plant at Olkaria geothermal fields in Naivasha,Nakuru County.

The head of state lauding the project as a major boost to the economy of Nakuru county and the Nation at large.

“This is a a major boost to the energy sector and the economy of the nation” he said.

Sentiments echoed by Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui who added that Nakuru County, “is proud to be part of the great project that provides energy to many people in our Country”.

Governor Kinyanjui added that mechanisms are being put in place to ensure use of geothermal energy in various industries so as to reduce the cost of production and in turn attract more investors in our County.

It will be remembered that during the Nakuru International Investment Conference different forms of direct use of Geothermal were explored.

The Head of state assured that the Ministry of Energy in collaboration with KenGen will set aside Sh 300 million to expand the Naivasha hospital.

The function was also attended by Energy CS Charles Keter and the KenGen management team,
Members of Parliament, Members of the County Assembly among other County officials.



PHOTO/NGPU:President Uhuru Kenyatta,Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui,Energy CS Charles Keter and other officials during the commissioning of  the construction of Olkaria VI power plant at Olkaria geothermal fields in Naivasha,Nakuru County.

Government to issue title deeds to families affected by Solai Dam Tragedy

President Uhuru Kenyatta has consoled the families that were affected by the Solai Dam tragedy stating that the government will stand with them during this dark moment.

Speaking on Wednesday when he attended the Interdenominational Memorial and Funeral Service in honor of the 48 Solai dam tragedy victims who perished during the horrific incident, the head of state said it was such a devastating incident.

He said he was saddened by the incident and prayed for quick recovery of survivors of the tragedy.

“I must say I am saddened by the accident and I pray for quick recovery of survivors” he said.

The head of state reiterated that the government will continue to support flooding victims across the country.

In order to address the land issue that might arise after the tragedy, President Kenyatta assured that the government will issue,the Head of State also pledged to issue title deeds to the occupants of the expansive Nyakinyua land, where most of those affected by the Patel dam burst live.

He added that the government will construct a dam in this area to supply residents with clean water.



PHOTO/PSCU:President Uhuru Kenyatta consoles families affected by Solai dam tragedy.

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