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.

14 set to join National Police Service in Nanyuki

unnamed14 youths have been selected to join the National Police Service in Nanyuki during a recruitment exercise hailed as free and fair.

Speaking to The County Times at the Nanyuki Municipal Stadium, NPS recruitment officers explained that potential recruits from Nanyuki were divided according to the two divisions namely Daiga and Central to ensure accountability and diversity.

Among those selected, two were women.

‘I would like to join the service and serve my country with patriotism’ said one of the recruits at the scene.

The exercise was overseen by IPOA (Independent Police Oversight Authority) officers who screened and allowed journalists to readily field questions to the officers, hailing the exercise as open, free and fair.

The NPS aims to recruit 10,000 police officers after the last recruitment was derailed over corruption allegations.

Mau Forest is under siege

loggingThe government is attempting to hive off 17,000 hectares of the Mau Forest for resettlement and this jeopardizes the future of all Kenyans and to a larger extent East Africans and is a serious abuse of our constitution.The forest supports the livelihoods of millions of people and is the source of Lake Victoria and numerous rivers such as the Mara, Yala and Nyando Rivers that sustain many sectors of our economy.

Please join us in drumming support to halt this illegal move by the government! by signing the petition “Save Mau Forest Now!” You can read more and sign the petition here:

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Thank you!

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JEWEL IN LAIKIPIA NORTH, NAIBOR WEIGH BRIDGE TO BE COMMISSIONED IN A FORTNIGHT

IMG_0567A revolutional project undertaken by the Laikipia County Government is near completion in Naibor Laikipia North. Located the Nanyuki -Doldol highway the construction of a state of the art Weigh bridge is bound to open up the Naibor area interms of investments. Already the NYS have acquired land adjacent to the construction site. The construction of the weighbridge is as a result of Governor Joshua Irungus efforts to woe investors. The weigh bridge project is one of the many success stories of the Laikipia Trade and investment conference that happened sometime last year.

The weighbridge is set to enhance accountability in terms of revenue collection with regards to cess. The offices will be feted with digital receivers that will in turn receive digital transmission from the censors located at the base of the bridge.IMG_0573

The projects has been welcomed by various stakeholders in the County mostly the operators of Lorries that ferry sand saying it will ease the cost of operations as the machines will accurately give figures of the weight contrary to what is happening now. Residents of Naibor are also optimistic of the many developments that will accompany the project. They are thankful to Governor Joshua Irungu for choosing Naibor as the location for this revolutionary project.IMG_0576

The project is set to include a mini park with a hotel to be located on site, plus an Mpesa shop because all the transactions at the Bridge will be digitalised for accountability purposes.

Construction of the weighbridge has been made possible by the partnership of local investors -The Laikipia Cereal  Dealers and the County Government of Laikipia through the Office of the Governors intervention.

The weighbridge is set to be commissioned in a fortnight by H.E Governor Joshua Irungu.

KNEC board dissolved over 2015 KCSE exams leakage

The Kenya National Examinations Council’s (KNEC) board was on Thursday dissolved over the irregularities that marred national examinations in 2015.

Former University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor Prof George Magoha was appointed the new chairman of the board, with immediate effect.

He replaces Prof Kabiru Kinyanjui, who was sacked.

The government also ordered the arrest of the council’s chief executive officer Joseph Kivilu and eight other senior officer over examination irregularities.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his Interior counterpart Joseph Nkaissery said preliminary investigations had revealed complicity, irregularities and illegitimate activities on a number of fronts within and outside the council.

Major-General (Rtd) Nkaissery ordered the arrest of the council’s top management led by Dr Kivilu, Ms Ambia G. Noor, the senior deputy secretary(examination), Maundu Mantenzawa – deputy secretary (security) and Thomas MacKenzie, the principal examinations secretary.

LAIKIPIA BUNGE LA WANANCHI ELECTIONS

Bunge la Mwananchi, or the people’s parliament, is a public forum where people can come together and stay informed on affairs related to social, political and economic issues in the county as well as the whole country.

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In Nanyuki a group of 35 people came together and decided that the community was in need of a better location to discuss pressing issues. They gathered just opposite the Family Bank along Kenyatta Avenue, and the people’s parliament was born. Many more individuals joined the group, and due to its size it was decided an election should be held to designate officials for the group.

The election was held at the Gradcenvilla in Nanyuki on Saturday March 12th 2016. The County Times was invited to the event to witness the election process, occurring for the first time. The meeting started at 1.40 pm with a short prayer. In attendance was Mr. Joseph Gitonga –as a preceding officer, his team of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as Robert Nyaliya and Borniface Ng’ang’a from the Laikipia County Times.It was noted that there were a number of people who were running for the seats. Unlike most elections in Nanyuki, this Bunge La Mwananchi election was held indoors. There were no campaign signs or posters. Instead there was a simple, orderly process by which the attendees appointed their officials.

The voting method was a “secret ballot” system.  The contestants were competing for the following seats: Chairman and Vice Chairman, Secretary and Vice Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant at and Vice Sergeant at Arm, and 8  committee members.The contestants were asked to step out while the vote was in progress. There were 25 members voting. The process was very orderly and thereafter observers counted the votes. Members were amazed because the chairman seat only had two individuals vying for the position: Mr. Daniel Nderitu and David Njoroge . The remaining seats had 1 contestant each, with no opposition. The results were announced as follows: Daniel Nderitu elected as Chairman with 15 votes over David Njoroge with 10 votes, Kennedy Maina as Vice Chairman, Winnie Wangechi as Secretary, Hassan Juma Kiambi as Vice Secretary, John Wandeto as Treasurer, Boniface Nyamu  as Sergeant at Arm,  Anthony Maina as Vice Sergeant at Arm, and finally 8 committee members.

The officials elected couldn’t hide their joy as they promised to work very hard to coordinate with group members to carry out the work they have been given. Later, the preceding officer Mr. Joseph Gitonga and the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce thanked every member for the successful electoral process. Mr. Gitonga asked all the officials elected to work together to help each and every person in the community. Finally he thanked everyone who had contributed to the idea of the people’s parliament. One of the members closed the meeting with a word of prayer, giving thanks to God as the whole process was successfully completed.

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Bunge La Wananchi sets up in Nanyuki

IMG_0242Construction is near completion on the ongoing set up of bunge la wananchi in Nanyuki Laikipia County. The “people’s parliament” is being set up along Kenyatta Avenue opposite Family Bank.”The main aim of setting up this spot is to enable the wananchi to meet and discuss on matters affecting them at the same time finding tangible solutions to such problems.” Said Mr David.” We intend to launch it once construction is complete and will invite local leaders to grace the occasion. Several leaders have already confirmed attendance during the launch among them The Speaker of the Laikipia County Assembly and the County Secretary.”

Plans underway to decongest Nanyuki prison, says judge

Plans are underway to decongest Nanyuki prison after a visit by Nanyuki High Court Judge Lady Justice Mary Kasango  who witnessed the appalling and overpopulated conditions that inmates put up with in the correctional facility that currently holds four times its capacity.

Speaking at the venue, the Judge pledged to look for ways and means to decongest the facility that which stands at a four-acre plot.

‘The penitentiary also owns another 50 acres a kilometer away meant for its expansion’ said Wilfred Kati, the local prisons boss speaking the meeting.

Kati said the facility which has a capacity of 129 inmates has 424 inmates currently, with five women being accompanied by their children.

He said there are 199 male prisoners and 49 females, adding that there are 174 in remand.

Those serving life sentence are 18, special category (those waiting to hang) are two, three imprisoned for failing to take TB drugs while six are mental cases, Kati said.

Of concern, said the prison boss, is those imprisoned for failing to take TB drugs because there is fear that they might spread the disease to other inmates.

He expressed the need to have medical facilities set aside an isolation ward for them and those with mental cases.

Kati requested the hospitals around to set aside the special wards to handle these cases including those of terminally ill as they are very disturbing in the prison.

Kati said the government had set aside money for relocation of the facility during this financial year but there were some hitches with the exchequer.

County to ban use of plastics on Lamu Island

In two months, use of plastics will be banned in Lamu to fight environmental hazards, Governor Issa Timamy has said.

Speaking during an art contest in Shela on Saturday, he said the plastics harm donkeys and sea animals, including turtles.

“We shall come up with laws to ban plastic bags,” he said.

“We are concerned about the plastic waste. Recently donkeys died after consuming plastics.

Timamy said the county expects the law would help residents live in a clean and healthy environment.

The governor commended conservation groups to come up with ways of recycling plastic products.

He said the plastic ban in Zanzibar has proven successful as no visitor can enter the island with plastic materials.

“Two years ago I visited Zanzibar and could not enter the city with plastic materials,” he said.