Government to nurture talent as a source of livelihood

Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Arts Dr. Wario Hassan (centre), hands in books worth Sh300,000 to Isiolo Girls’ National School, a donation from the Kenya National Library Services. He was accompanied by Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo (in Islamic cap) and Kenya National Library Services Director Richard Atuti (Right).
Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Arts Dr. Wario Hassan (centre), hands in books worth Sh300,000 to Isiolo Girls’ National School, a donation from the Kenya National Library Services. He was accompanied by Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo (in Islamic cap) and Kenya National Library Services Director Richard Atuti (Right).

The Government has established an institution to nurture talents as a means of engaging the youth to prevent them against extremism and radicalization by illegal militias.

Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Culture and Arts Dr. Wario Hassan, said the  Kenya Academy of Sports would help nurture talents among the youth  and ensure that their potentials  helped them become self-reliant.

“The whole idea is to engage the youth in a very creative way to use their talent so that they do not get swayed into extremist ideologies in this region. They are supposed to exploit their talents to keep from being influenced into bad habits or groups,” said the CS.

Presenting books to Isiolo Girls’ National School yesterday Wario promised the Ministry would send the Director of the Sports Academy to the region to help revive a Talent Centre at Isiolo Boy’s High School that has been neglected.

“Kenya has natural resources such as petroleum and other minerals but these will get exhausted.  However, talent will last forever hence the need to encourage people to fully exploit and use their talents to uplift their lives, socially and economically,” said the Cabinet Secretary.

He said the Kenya National Library that gets donations from local and international partners had received request from some schools in Isiolo and Marsabit Counties to help stock their libraries.

Dr. Hassan gave books worth more than Sh 300,000 to Isiolo Girls’ School and intends to present other donations in Marsabit County today.

He noted that part of the reason of equipping libraries is to create and develop a reading culture among the people to have them informed, particularly a during the contemporary information age.

The Cabinet Secretary at the same time revealed that the government was undertaking construction of three major stadia in the county.

He said the government aimed at constructing five major stadia to boost sport activities not only in the region but also across the country.

CS added that design work for the stadia in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret was complete and that the remaining two stadia would be designed later.

Dr. Hassan said the Government was looking for public, Private Partnership (PPP) as a means of seeking funding which he termed as expensive, noting that one stadium costs about Sh30 billion.

He further revealed that the Government has advertised for   the refurbishment of eight other stadia across eight counties, adding that additional 10 would be done in the next Supplementary budget.The CS said the facilities would comprise running tracks, football pitch and a decent terrace where people would sit comfortably.

Isiolo Girls' National School student Cheryl Wamaitha leads Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Arts Dr. Wario Hassan (in tie) and Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo (in Islamic hat) to inspect guides' parade when they visited the institution to hand over books worth Sh300,000 donated by the Kenya National Library Services.
Isiolo Girls’ National School student Cheryl Wamaitha leads Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Arts Dr. Wario Hassan (in tie) and Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo (in Islamic hat) to inspect guides’ parade when they visited the institution to hand over books worth Sh300,000 donated by the Kenya National Library Services.

“We are also planning to fence off the fields because some of them are being used as grazing grounds,” the Sports CS said.


Sh10 M for Recreation Park, despite protests

Nyandarua County Government has allocated Sh10 million this financial year for the construction of a leisure park on the shores of Lake Ol Bolosat.

The move has however generated stiff opposition from Karandi villagers who dismissed it as a plan by County Government officials to grab the riparian land they had conserved for decades.

Lake Ol Bolosat is the only lake in Central Kenya.

Last week, the county assembly approved the expenditure despite a stalemate encountered by the tourism department when they sought the public’s approval in May this year.

“The County Annual budget estimates for the financial year 2016/2017 objectively focus on the social needs of the electorates,”said the assembly’s Budget and Appropriations’ Committee chair Mr. James Gachomba.

Gachomba noted that Public hearings at Sub-County levels were conducted where the public proposed that this year’s budget be pegged at accomplishing the goals of the pillars envisioned in the national vision 2030 blue print.

The residents have accused the county officials of being behind the erection of beacons round the lake, noting that the project meant to occupy five acres of the marshy area was a ploy by some officers to grab the riparian land.

Increased human activity on the shores will scare away the birds which come all the way from North America, Australia and other parts of the world to breed here,” said Ms. Eli Sheba Nyawira of Samawati Cottages.


Last financial year, money was allocated for murraming of the 11kilometer stretch to the lake but residents said the contractor did a shoddy job since the storm water drainage was not included in the works.

Health services paralyzed for two hours

Isiolo governor Godana Doyo (in Muslim cap) and Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya (in Uniform) who met at the County Referral Hospital while on separate tour to inspect the facility following allegation of poor state of service delivery to Wananchi.
Isiolo governor Godana Doyo (in Muslim cap) and Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya (in Uniform) who met at the County Referral Hospital while on separate tour to inspect the facility following allegation of poor state of service delivery to Wananchi.

Services at Isiolo County Referral Hospital was disrupted briefly  yesterday when two teams from the two levels of the government met at the facility on a tour to investigate reports of poor health care in the facility.

The two teams, one led by the County Commissioner George Natembeya and the other by Isiolo governor Godana Doyo had to disembark from their inspection mission for two hours upon request by the governor   to clear the air on the status of the institution.

Mr. Doyo interrupted the tour of the maternity wing by physically blocking a medical officer, Dr. Mohammud Abdikadir from guiding the County Commissioner’s team in the facility.

The governor claimed Dr. Abdikadir was no longer the Hospital Superintendent and therefore had no mandate to speak to visitors and the media about the health facility.

A meeting was convened at the hospital’s board room but the governor ensured the medic was locked outside.

He vowed to take disciplinary action against the medic for assuming duties of another medical officer – Dr. Stephen Kiluva who was recently appointed to the position following Abdikadir’s relieve of the same responsibility on grounds of being friendly to the media.

The governor told the Hospital sectional heads and the County security team led by Mr. Natembeya at the meeting  that only the chief officer for medical services and the county executive for health were mandated to speak for the health department.

The tour of the facility by the two teams was necessitated by some  media reports on the poor condition of the hospital  and the delay to feed patients on Monday for lack of supply of gas fuel.

There was a hue and cry from a number of patients due to lack of essential drugs at the health facility among other shortage of supplies.

Mr. Doyo admitted there was shortage of medicine adding that procurement of sh. 50 million drugs by the County government was inadequate owing to growing population because the facility had been receiving patients even from other near counties.

The governor also accused the media from the county of writing articles that are attributed to wrong health staff who are not allowed to talk to them.

He said he would henceforth ensure that respective journalists are accountable for their work by taking action against those who contravene the regulations at the County functions.


MP calls for return of 70 camels stolen recently

 Lagdera  MP  Mohammed Shidiye has urged the government to trail and arrest 14 suspects who allegedly  stole 70 camels on Thursdayfrom his constituents.

Mr. Shidiye who was speaking in Isiolo town  yesterday said over 14 rustlers raided herders who were grazing camels and drove all the animals away.

The legislator who was accompanied by the owners of the stolen camels to meet with Isiolo County Commissioner called for hasty recovery of the animals so as to ease the tension between the pastoralist communities.

The herders suspect rustlers from a pastoralist community from Isiolo  were  responsible for the theft of the animals which were grazing at Korkora, Garbatulla Sub County. They said that the stolen camels were driven to Merti Sub County.

Mr. Shidiye said tension was escalating following the incident and called on the security team and the political leaders from Isiolo side to intervene and ensure that the herders lived in harmony as before.

“We have identified the suspects and we want the security team to arrest them and recover our animals,” said the MP.


Nyeri Activists Use Rats to Protest Against the Construction of Gym and Sauna Worth Sh30m for Nyeri MCAs


dnNyeriprotest2206areActivists on Wednesday released rats in-front of the Nyeri county assembly to show their anger against a plan by MCAs to build a Sh30 million gym and sauna.

Armed with cages full of rats, banners and placards, the Nyeri residents marched to the county assembly where they handed in a petition and the cage of rats. They carried placards each bearing a picture of a rat and the name of a ward representative beside it.

Protesters chanted slogans comparing their leaders to rodents and calling for their imprisonment. Not even the 13 degrees chilly weather in Nyeri deterred demonstrators

Youths Demonstrate On NYS engagement;The Saga Continues

DSC_0384Today Nanyuki town came to a stand still as more than 800 Laikipia East Cohorts marched to the office of the County Commissioner’s to lay their disputes. Grieved and angry, they had no one to stop them from airing their grievances and concerns about the “NYS saga season two” on which was highlighted on the days newspaper. Their concerns ranged from how they are not informed about their daily contributions to the NYS Sacco, late payments of their salaries and days been mysteriously deducted from their pay. They also claim that the whole project smells Mischief and have not attended any training whatsoever on enterprise as per their contact. Laikipia East Cohorts are paid ksh 471 per day on which ksh 141 is deducted as personal contribution to the NYS Sacco. However, apart from the contract and the biometric system that they are subjected to, they have not been accredited as members of any Sacco. Having worked for more than three months (before the project was temporary stopped) resumed for another few weeks they now want to know the whereabout of their savings. The NYS project in Laikipia East was only relaunched three week ago, having the area MP and PS in attendance who assured them that they have put their house in order . However, in full contradiction of these promises and bleach of contract the youths had to endure hardship of not having their dues for three weeks. The contract stipulated that everyone shall be paid every Friday noon through mobile money transfer services. Some claim that they have not received anything since its commencement or have missed in some paylist. They also pinpointed that most of them came to the project in order to change their lives for the better. They were attracted to the project by the promise that they will get a loan of at least three times their savings. The weekly salary of 1648 is barely enough and the promise of ever getting a loan hangs in the balance, now they seek answers. Their grievances were tabled to the County Commissioner who promised to look into the matter and call them on Thursday armed with facts after consultation with various Departments.

Daraja Cycling Fundraiser

Gala Night; Crowning of Miss Daraja 2016


On the 4th of June, the most anticipated inaugural edition of the Daraja Cycling Fundraiser took place. The event was held at The Daraja Academy Campus –Naibor, Laikipia County. The event was held with the sole objective of raising funds in support of the education of the Girl child.

Daraja Academy is a one of a kind institution that strives to educate girls from all over the country who because of financial constraints couldn’t have accessed Secondary Education. Their education model is unique as it’s centred on empowering the Girl Child.

On this day participants from all over the Country converged in support of the institution. The day begun with activities ranging from cycling, Skating, Walking and a Gala night to remember.

The Gala night was graced by Hon Mutahi Kimaru, CEC JB Akaale, MYWO Chairman- Madam Helen Kurutu, and Dr Josephine kulea of Samburu Girls Foundation among others.


A lot of thrilling performances by the Daraja Students made the audience stand to their feet from their beautiful poetic pieces, skits, to traditional and contemporary dancers. A surprise performance by two Kenya leading artists Femi One and Avril left the crowd yearning for more as the duo wowed the crowd with an amazing array of music.

The climax of the evening was the crowning of Miss Daraja 2016 with 10 contestants competing for the top slot. The Miss Daraja 2016 crown went to Jackline Pete.


Call to Action

If you would like to contribute towards the Daraja Girls Education kindly do so via PAYBILL number 176037.

“Each Day Leave It Better Than You Found It”



AirportKenya Airports Authority (KAA) has given Isiolo airport a clean bill of health to start operations.

The KAA Managing Director (MD) Yatich Kangugo who led an assessment crew comprising aeronautical and structural engineers in the inspection of the facility said they were satisfied with the project.

Mr Kangugo said the Sh2.7 billion facility would begin operations within the next four weeks.

While touring the facility, Mr Kangugo further added that the ultra-modern airport will boost business in northern Kenya.

The airport is part of Vision 2030 flagship projects and is expected to promote growth and unlock economic potential of the region.

It has a 4,500 square metres passenger terminal capable of handling 125,000 passengers annually.

The MD however recommended that the 1.4kilometres runway be extended to ease landing of bigger aircrafts.

He said those affected by the facility’s expansion will be relocated once plans by the National Land Commission are finalised.

“Already some of the affected residents have been compensated but we plan to resettle others who are near the facility,” he said.


Mr Kangugo added that challenges of water supply and electricity to the facility will be addressed in two weeks.

The team approved the runway, patrol roads, parking bay, arrival and departure terminals among other areas as fit for operation.

East African Safari Air Express Director George Kivindyo who accompanied the team said the facility was ready to start operations.

Mr Kivindyo said the next two weeks will be used to market the airport both nationally and internationally ahead of its opening.

Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo hailed the national government for turning the region into an economic hub.

“Once the project is operational, it will unlock the economic potential of the region. The facility will improve transport,” said Mr Doyo.

He urged locals from Isiolo and neighbouring counties to take advantage of the airport.

Farmers and traders in the neighbouring counties are expected to transport perishable products such as miraa, meat and horticultural produce.

The governor is confident the new facility will not elicit conflict despite

President Uhuru leads African presidents in historic meeting ahead of ivory burning

downloadPresident Uhuru Kenyatta will today host three African Presidents in Nanyuki, Laikipia County to bolster Kenya’s efforts in wildlife conservation. President Kenyatta will preside over the inaugural Giants Cub Summit of which he is a founding member, together with Presidents Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Ali Bongo (Gabon) and Seretse Khama (Botswana). The Heads of State, conservation experts and philanthropists will discuss wildlife conservation. Tomorrow, Uhuru and the visiting presidents will preside over the burning of 105 tonnes of ivory and 1.35 tonnes of rhino horns to reaffirm Kenya’s commitment to fighting poaching and wildlife crime. Kenya Wildlife Service Director General Kitili Mbathi said the stage is set for the burning of the largest stockpile of ivory and rhino horns in Kenya’s and Africa’s history.