Lucio Rator, a devoted Christian, laid to rest at her Boito Farm, Rongai

Mama Lucio Rator was on Saturday laid to rest at her Boito Farm,Rongai sub county of Nakuru County.

Lucio, born in 1928, succumbed to short illness on March 26, 2021.

Many who attended her burial service at her farm in Boit,Rongai eulogized her as a devoted Christian and a servant of humanity.

Deputy Presiding Bishop AIC Kenya Paul Kirui who presided over the service termed Mama Lucio a God-fearing servant who served in the church and various mission work.

The clergy added that the late was courageous in her work in the church and shunned spiritual nomadism that is affecting many Kenyans currently.

Family and church members at the graveside.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

It is for this reason that the clergy called on locals and Kenyans at large to emulate such virtues and ensue a good relationship bond in families and society.

“We today rest Mama Lucio who was serious with matters of faith and did not move from one church to another as any are doing now. We all need to emulate such virtues for better families and society at large.  We should ensure a good relationship with others in society” said Bishop Kirui.

Kericho CECM for Finance and Economic Planning Dr.Patrick Mutai represented Kericho Governor Prof.Paul Chepkwony at the burial ceremony to condle Geofrey Maritim who works at the County Government of Kericho..

The CECM termed the late Lucio as a servant who had  had a good relationship with people and God.

Mutai called on leaders to emulate such while serving humanity.

“The late Mama Lucio had a good relationship with everyone both here and even in our County Kericho and that is why we are here to convey our condolences” said Mutai.

The late Lucio Rator(wife to the late Pastor Samuel Rator) is survived by 4 children namely Jane Ruto,Lily Murgor,Emily Kirui, and Geofrey Maritim.

She had 30 grandchildren,53 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Son Geofrey Maritim while addressing mourners, vowed to ensure the unity of the family that was Founded by their parents is maintained.

“Unity as a family is key and that is what my mother stood for. We will try to ensure that we do all we can to maintain what our mother used to do to unite this family. The gap left is huge but we shall try to cope” said Maritim.

Sentiments echoed by the deceased’s daughter-in-law Janet Bii.

She narrated how the late mother-in-law welcomed her in the family with encouragement on how to handle marriage issues.

“She was not only my mother-in-law but a mother to me. She taught me everything, even how to handle marriage issues when things were tough” stated Janet.

Janet vowed to work closely with her husband Geofrey Maritim and the other family members of the Rator family to ensure that the strong family bond remains in place.

“Our mother has left but she taught us many virtues. We shall together with my husband and other  family members stand firm and safeguard what Lucio Rator stood for” said Janet.

Police raid suspected illicit brewer’s home,destroy property

A police car in a past crime scene. [Source/DCI]

A middle aged man from Solai village in Rongai Sub County in Nakuru who is suspected to be an illicit brewer in the area is now counting losses after officers from Solai Police station stormed his house destroying his properties.

Julius Tuitoek says the police stormed his house over unknown reasons.

He says the officers destroyed almost everything they found in his house.

While terming the act as inhuman,Tuitoek says they  could have summoned him if he had done anything wrong.

“The officers could have just summoned me if at all I had done wrong instead of destroying my property” he said.

However,Rongai sub County Police Commander Richard Rotich has refuted Tuitoek’s claims.

According  to the officer,police were on a mission to arrest him but he turned violent causing the commotion that left several police officers with injuries.

Rotich has said that they are still hunting Tuitoek to make arrest over his illicit brewing business.

Drug abuse, premarital sex lowering education standards in Rongai, Mogotio sub counties

Drug abuse, premarital sex and child labor have been cited as major challenges affecting education standards in Rongai and Mogotio sub counties.

This emerged during schools heads’ consultative meeting held at Sarambei in Rongai Sub County.In order to address the same, the schools heads in the area have formed a committee to see on how to address the issues in order to raise the standards of education in the area.

Addressing media after the consultative meeting on Tuesday, Mogotio Primary Head teacher Mrs. Shivega Tabitha said they have resolved to address the matter at school level, church level, barazas and all stakeholders’ involvement.

While noting that education was the only way to transform the society, she said it was paramount to address the challenges facing pupils and students in Rongai and Mogotio Sub Counties.

“We have discussed the challenges affecting the education in our areas and as we leave this place we have resolved that we shall address the same at school level, church level, and barazas and involve all stakeholders. We all need to work in supporting the government agenda on education” said Mrs.Shivega.

While commending Dandelion Africa-an NGO working in Mogotio and Rongai sub counties to address issues of sexual reproduction in schools, she also challenged parents in the area to ensure they take up full responsibility when it comes to matters of parenting.

Sentiments echoed by one of the administrators at Dandelion Africa Mr.Harun Karanja adding that they will do a follow-up on the same with the school heads to see to it that matters of reproductive health are addressed in schools.

According to the Dandelion administrator, they will also have sensitization programs in schools to help the students and pupils make the right choices.

“We will follow-up with this group of heads, we will also ensure sensitization on the same in our schools so that our kids can make the right choices” said Mr.Karanja.

The meeting was also attended by health department, security sector as well as representatives from the vocational training-all with one agenda to raise the standards of education in Rongai and Mogotio sub counties.

PHOTO/Facebook:Pupils from Mogotio Primary at a past function.

Pastors raise alarm over boy-child neglect

Interdenominational pastors in Rongai Sub County have raised alarm over what they term is society neglecting boy child.

The men and women of cloth say the girl child has always been given priority even by Nongovernmental organizations leaving the boy child to suffer.

Led by Rev. Patrick Ekai of Gospel Ministry, they said the move has seen many male children engaging in illegal activities including drunkenness and drug abuse.

“We are raising alarm on the manner in which the boy child has been neglected and something has to be done” said Rev.Ekai.

According to the pastors, boys engaging in such vices have contributed to the continued aspects of insecurity in Rongai Sub County.

They called on the government and NGOs to value equality as far as girl and boy child is concerned.

Photo/capital FM: A church tower

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