Dr.Peter Mbae to contest Subukia Parliamentary seat in 2022

Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae has declared his interest to contest the Subukia Parliamentary seat in 2022.

The Kabazi MCA in Nakuru County is one of the most learned politicians in the county.

The vocal MCA has a PhD in Peace and Reconciliation besides having a masters in Mass Communication.

In an exclusive interview, Mbae who served in the Nakuru County Public Service Board before switching to politics a f clinching the Kabazi Ward seat in 2017 said his development record is clear in Kabazi and time is now to serve the larger people of Subukia.

He decried that Subukia has never had leaders with people’s interests at heart.

The Subukia seat is currently being held by Samuel Gachobe.

Others who have shown interest in tbe seat include Njenga Kihanya.

Mbae who hinted at launching his manifesto for the campaigns later this year,said his focus is to see a transformed Subukia.

He admits that his aggressiveness and good working relationship with other stakeholders and Government parastatals is a plus in ensuring more benefits for the Subukia constituents.

According to Mbae,once COVID-19 and BBI issues are over,he will roll the sleeves into action.

“I have a passion to see Subukia transformed and my agenda on development will be launched soon as we roll over to full campaigns” he said.

Dr.Mbae was in the headlines during the Solai dam tragedy when he stood with victims and one particular time he was arrested.

When he assumed into office as MCA, Mbae through collaboration with heads of departments and other local administrators in the area, came up with Kabazi Ward Development Framework for the five years.

The framework is one of its kind in Nakuru county and across the country as no other MCA has ever come up with such.

The framework focuses on five key agenda which include water, infrastructure, Health, Education and Empowerment.

With a background in matters communication,Dr.Mbae has been releasing accountability statement on development to his electorates every August on the development achieved.

The MCA who is a close ally of Deputy Pesident William Ruto is optimistic that once elected Subukia MP in 2022, the electorates will witness transformation.


MCA Peter Mbae’s passionate appeal on behalf of Musicians

Kabazi MCA Dr. Peter Mbae has made a passionate appeal to the Nakuru County Governor on behalf of musicians.

Speaking in Subukia on Tuesday during the burial of mugithi maestro Mighty Salim, Mbae said it’s high time a modern studio was set up to cater for Nakuru County musicians.

“Mr. Governor, we have been singing this song every now and then. You have put money into the Nakuru Players theater. You have put money into Keringet stadium for athletes, and you’re putting 300 million into Afraha Stadium. Can’t we have even 50 million for a modern studio for our musicians?” Posed Dr. Mbae.

Mbae, a first time MCA explained how Nakuru musicians have been suffering shuttling between Nakuru and Nairobi to have their music recorded. This despite the fact that Subukia has emerged as an epicenter for local musicians overtaking Gatanga.

In previous years, Gatanga in Murang’a was considered the home of the best Musicians and music was seen as the cash crop for the area. At any given time, Gatanga would have several reigning musicians.

Mbae went on to reveal that Mzee Salim, the father of the Salim singing family had a studio and music school where he was training young people. Unfortunately, the studio had very archaic equipment.

For best management of the studio, Dr. Mbae proposes to have local musicians form the board of the proposed studio.

CAS Nelson Gaichuhie booed in Subukia trying to market BBI

Former Subukia MP Nelson Gaichuhie on Tuesday found himself on unfamiliar waters when he was booed in Subukia.

The former MP who is currently a CAS in the National Treasury and Planning Ministry was addressing mourners during the burial of renown Kikuyu musician Mighty Salim.

Tafadhali, tuachanishe BBI na Raila. 2022 ikifika …..,” Hon. Gaichuhie tried to explain but was cut short by mourners who wanted nothing to do with BBI.

An angry Gaichuhie was forced to rebut that he’s not a poor man and neither would he refer to himself as a hustler to please the people.

“Am not a poor man. I’ll not refer to myself as a hustler to please you either,” he tried to explain amid shouts from the people.

CAS Nelson Gaichuhie was forced to revert to asking the mourners to respect him but they were having none of it.

Na tuheshimiane tafadhali, tuheshimiane,” begged Gaichuhie. However, his pleas fell on deaf ears and he turned to talking down on the people.

“Na niliwaambia mimi hamuwezi mkanitisha. You can never, never, never threaten me,” he said before being forced to take a seat.

Subukia Sub-County in Nakuru county is mostly anti BBI like many other parts in the Rift valley and Central Kenya. Pro BBI proponents have been wearing a brave face even telling those opposed that BBI will pass with or without their will.

Gaichuhie, a National government employee, is one such BBI proponent. Although he was being poised to reclaim his seat as MP in 2022, his dalliance in BBI might cost him heavily. His arrogant speech at the Mighty Salim funeral will cost him even more.

After losing his Parliamentary seat in 2017, Gaichuhie was propped to become the Nakuru County Assembly speaker but was trounced by the current speaker Maina Kairu.

Below is a video of Gaichuhie being booed

It was after these two losses that the president appointed him Cabinet Assistant Secretary.

Locals hold demo over ‘grabbed’ land in Subukia

Hundreds of Rigogo residents in Subukia sub-county on Tuesday poured to the streets protesting the grabbing of their settlement farm.

The families want the county government and the Ministry of Lands to repossess the 15 acres grabbed by a private investor in the area.

The families held a peaceful demonstration as the developer continued to demarcate the land.

They claimed that the developer had bought his way into the judiciary and frustrated their efforts to enjoy the benefits of owning land.

Sammy Mwangi said they bought 400 acres in 1977 claiming that the developer has grabbed at least 15 acres rendering a number of them homeless.

He said they have unsuccessfully moved to court to seek redress on the matter which has been pending for over 30 years now.

Mwangi called on the Ministry of Lands, the department of physical planning to visit the area and settle the matter.

On his part Godfrey Kamau questioned the integrity of the courts, claiming it is being used to push them out of the said land illegally.

He called on the Chief Justice David Maraga to launch a probe on judges handling land matters saying a number of them are corrupt.

Kamau now wants parliament to enact a law that will take out all land matters from the courts saying the poor are always frustrated.


Subukia MP wants political, administrative boundaries realigned

Subukia MP Samuel Gachobe has called for the need to realign political and administrative boundaries in his constituency into one for easier service delivery.

Speaking at Akuisi Secondary, the Lawmaker raised concern of how his constituents are divided by political and administrative boundaries making it difficult.

He says a section of Subukia residents are served by Bahati North Deputy County Commissioner, Rongai Deputy County Commissioner and Subukia Deputy County Commissioner.

This he says should be re-looked at to ease service delivery to his constituents who at times are forced to travel longer distances to look for administrative services.

The Legislator stating that once this is re-looked at then there can be creation of more sub locations in areas such as Akuisi where residents will be able tom access administrative services.

“I have a challenge in the area of representation where political and administrative boundaries in this area are not one. That should be re-looked at in future so that our people can be served at one point” said Gachobe.

Gachobe’s sentiments come at time when already there is national conversation on Constituencies’ boundaries review.

In May, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati  stated that scheduled boundaries delimitation would begin in September this year..

He however voiced concerns that the exercise may not be the concluded before 2022 polls given the legal requirement that the delimitation exercise is concluded twelve months before a General Election.

The IEBC said it will use the official census data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), and the 2019 population and housing census results, to guide the review of electoral boundaries.

While reviewing the boundaries, IEBC is required to take into account the geographical features and urban centres, community of interest, historical, economic, and cultural ties and means of communication.

The 2019 Population and Housing Census results showed that there are 47.6 million Kenyans and the population quota per constituency is likely to rise to approximately 164,000 with exceptions for cities and sparsely populated areas.



We all have a responsibility to fight corruption, President Kenyatta says

The fight against corruption is a collective responsibility, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

Speaking on Saturday when he joined Catholic bishops at the Marian Shrine in Subukia,Nakuru County during the launch of 2020 National Lenten Campaign, the Head of State maintained that there should be no blame games in the fight against graft.

He urged Kenyans to work together in addressing the challenges facing the country adding that every Kenyan has a responsibility to fight corruption and all the vices that hinder the country’s progress.

“Everyone of us has a responsibility to ensure we combat corruption, we protect our environment and we work together to ensure there is peace. If each and everyone of us play their roles effectively, I don’t see the reason why we cannot tackle the challenges facing us,” the President said.

The Head of State advised against passing the buck whenever things go wrong saying instead people should first look within themselves for solutions.

“If we mend our ways and focus on solving problems instead of apportioning blame, we will succeed in building a great nation,” the President said.

On the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), President Kenyatta said Kenyans have an opportunity to present their views and ensure political competition will never again cause death and destruction of property in the country.

He said BBI will ensure people compete politically based on policies but not negative ethnicity which has always proved to be a recipe for disaster.

“Your ethnicity will not improve your living standards but vision and good policies will. And that vision can come from any Kenyan in any part of the country.If we are guided by good policies, I have no doubt that there will be peace and Kenyans will not live with the fear witnessed every election cycle,” the President said as he urged Catholics to spread the gospel of peace and anti-corruption during this Lenten season.

The special mass was led by the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops Most Rev Philip Anyolo who is also the Archbishop of Kisumu while the sermon was delivered by Archbishop Martin Kivuva of the Arch-Diocese of Mombasa.

The theme of this year’s Lenten Campaign is ‘Stewardship for a transformed nation…my obligation” which is in line with the campaign against corruption that was launched by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops in October last year.

Archbishop Anyolo urged all Kenyans to stand up and break the chains of corruption.

“We commit to the fight against corruption and may God give us the grace of courage to overcome the challenge,” Archbishop Anyolo said.

In the Catholic tradition, Lenten is the period in the liturgical calendar from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday and is an annual commemoration that prepares believers through prayer, repentance, giving of alms and self-denial.

Youths urged to embrace technology as county launches innovation hubs

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has called on youths to embrace technology and use various opportunities on the internet to earn a living.

Speaking in Subukia sub county on Thursday when he officially launched the Subukia Innovation Hub,the governor said his government is committed towards empowering youths.

“I urge the youths to make good use of the internet and avoid abuses.The internet can help you earn a living.As a government we are committed in ensuring youths empowerment” he said.

Sentiment echoed by Nakuru County CEC for Education and ICT Mr.Raymond Komen who said every department within Nakuru county is working to incorporate youths.

This is the second hub to be launched in the County after a similar hub was opened in Kuresoi South.According to Mr.Komen,the youths have numerous opportunities as as most businesses are currently being conducted online.

He says similar Hubs will be opened in Naivasha and Nakuru East sub counties respectively soon.

“The youths of Nakuru county have no reason to complain as the county is incorporating them in all departments.We look forward to open similar hubs in Naivasha and Bondeni in Nakuru East”said Komen.

Gladys Muthoni Kamau and Francis Kibe are instructors at the Subukia Innovation hub and they categorically state that the hub is paramount in shaping the lives of young people who are interested I internet and technology.

According to them,already 83 youth have been trained at the Subukia Innovation Hub with some opening up technology businesses at their grassroot level.

“We have around 83 youths who have been trained here and some have already opened up businesses”they said.

Some of the youths who have received training from the Subukia Innovation Hub are optimistic that they will impact positively in the society.

Led by Abedne Wairimu and Anita Kaheia,they appealed to their fellow youths in Nakuru county to make grab the opportunities being provided by the county government in order to empower themselves economically.

“We are very grateful for the support from county government.We call on our fellow youths to ensure they come and join this hubs for the trainings” they said.

It should be noted that the Innovation Hubs are involved in activities aimed at ensuring ICT access in areas of youths,farmers,Entrepreneurs,job seekers and researchers.

The county government is facilitating the internet as well as finances for the one month youths training at the hubs.

PHOTO/NGCU:Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui,his deputy Dr.Erick Korir and Nakuru County CEC for Education and ICT Mr.Raymond Komen during the launching of Subukia Innovation Hub.

Kabazi’s Jumatatu Coffee Growers Cooperative Society Board dissolved

Jumatatu Coffee Growers Cooperative Society Management Board in Kabazi Ward Nakuru County has been dissolved to pave way for new leadership.

The Society that was established in 1963 has been facing a lot of challenges with a section of members pointing accusing finger at the leadership.

However, Speaking on Wednesday at the Gachombe Factory in Kabazi during the Society’s Annual General Meeting, Subukia Sub County Cooperative officer Xavier Lugaga refuted claims that there was mismanagement of the Society.

According to the officer, the action was reached after mutual understanding among the members and the leadership of the Society.

“There are allegations of poor governance and non compliance with the law but I want to state that the action of dissolving the Board of management was reached through mutual understanding, no one is guilty” said Mr.Lugaga.

Jumatatu Coffee Growers Cooperative Society has two factories one at Gachombe while the other is situated at Gitura in Subukia sub county.

Subukia Sub County Cooperative officer Xavier Lugaga admitting that the Society has had challenges but they are in the process of reviving the same.

“This is one of the biggest societies, it had gone down but we are working to see it revived” said Mr.Lugaga.

Sentiments echoed by one of the outgoing officials James Kamau Mburu who said the Society has continued to pay farmers despite the many challenges among them bad weather experienced this year.

According to Mr.Mburu,the society managed to pay farmers close to Kshs.48 Million in the year 2016/17 while in 2017/18 due to bad weather they were only able t pay farmers Kshs.9 million.

He reiterates that the Society is there to stay calling on members to desist from divisive politics that might not help their development.

Currently the society has more than 400 registered members.

“The only problem we have is that the founders who some have passed away and the remaining ones do not want to allow new young members to join” said Mr.Mburu.

He called on the County government of Nakuru through the Agriculture department to ensure Field extension farmers reach the coffee growers too.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Subukia Sub County Cooperative officer Xavier Lugaga addressing media at the Gachombe Factory in Kabazi on September 5th 2018 during Jumatatu Coffee Growers Cooperative Society’s Annual General Meeting.

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