Month: June 2015

27 Jun
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Governor Mbugua Ground-Breaks a Ksh 1.2 Billion Housing Project in Nakuru County

By David Kimani

NAKURU, Kenya 27th June 2015 – Approval for development projects in Nakuru County now takes 30 days or less.

Speaking while officiating the ground-breaking ceremony of a 1.2 billion shilling housing project in Freearea to be known as “Nakuru Meadow” Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua affirmed the commitment of his government in helping developers within the county.

‘We are instituting measures that will ease developers work. Nakuru County has reduced the time taken to get development permits approved, through our Spatial and Urban Development Plans we will be able to services developers with crucial information such as on which zones are the most viable’, said Kinuthia.

The Governor further said that this plan will also assist Nakuru achieve guided development that provides related infrastructure to housing sector such as water, sewers, electricity access roads among others.

‘The demand of affordable and quality middle-income housing units is tremendously increasing in the County. Over 10,000 house units are needed annually to house the population of Nakuru Town which of late has been rapidly growing’, said Governor Mbugua at the project site where 140 middle income housing units will be built on the 13 acre piece of land.

He added, ‘the 2009 population census indicates that the population of Nakuru is 1.8 million people, however, my assessment based on the clustering of people in Nakuru lately by now the population of the county over two million’.

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Lauding the Nakuru Meadow initiative as timely to help provide more housing units in Nakuru, the Governor added, ‘currently, every year 2000 units of houses are built in Nakuru leaving a deficiency of 8000 units, what we are witnessing today is the beginning of the reduction of the shortfall and this will also see the enhancement of various infrastructure within the area like sewers, streetlights and security.

Mr. Joe Mungai, the Managing Director Tamarind Properties Ltd, the company that is managing the project commended the commitment of the County Government of Nakuru to development and speedy approval of projects.

‘Your presence here today is a great encouragement to investors such as us, Tamarind Properties and our financial partners, the Pan African Housing Fund, who are headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa and who have come all the way to invest in Nakuru’, said Mungai.

He added, ‘this is the first project that we are undertaking outside Nairobi Metropolis and based on the support we have received from the County Government of Nakuru we are going to do two more projects in this county as soon as we are able to get suitable land of approximately 10-20 acres’.

The representative of the Pan African Housing Ltd, Mr. Okomboli Ong’ong’a said that this project will have economic impacts within Nakuru County.

‘During the construction of these houses 200 jobs will be created, said Okomboli.

This initiative is a partnership of Tamarind Properties, Pan African Housing Fund and the family of Mzee Caleb Muibu, a prominent and respected member of the business fraternity in Nakuru.

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Present at the function were Nakuru County Secretary J.M. Motari, Minister for Lands, Physical Planning and Housing, Racheal Maina, Nakuru County Public Service Board Chairman Dr. Waithanji Mutiti, MCA’S among other officials from the County Government of Nakuru.

ENDS.

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26 Jun
By: nakurucounty 0 0

DP Ruto Assures Nakuru Residents of Enhanced Health Facilities

By Jackie Ruto

nakuru, 26th June 2015 – The recent equipping of two hospitals in Nakuru County with modern medical equipment will now make it easier for resident’s access affordable treatment, deputy president William Ruto has said.

Ruto said that the national government will use Shs. 1.2 billion in equipping the two hospitals, Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru and the Naivasha sub-county.

Speaking in two separate funds drive in Marioshoni Ward, Elburgon and Kambala Secondary School in Molo, Ruto said health has been devolved but the national government is still committed to ensure all Kenyans access health services adequately.

‘These hospitals will support the other health centers and dispensaries in the county and the region. It will also ease the burden of referrals which has been an eye sore to many Kenyans who can’t afford quality medical services for complicated conditions,’ he said.

The Deputy President also called on County governments to put up stores in every ward to be used in the storage of government’s sub-sidized seeds and fertilizers.

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He said the move will enable farmers access these vital farm inputs for use that has tremendously increased and encouraged farming in the country.

‘We have so far over 600,000 maize farmers up from only 420,000 and we are expecting this number to grow. This has been encouraged by the availability of seeds and fertilizers which we are now selling at Shs 1,500 only. We urge farmers to continue with this trend and we promise to buy their produce,’ he said.

Ruto said Nakuru County will also have 200 new tarmacked roads by the national government through the relevant authorities.

‘In only one month time a contractor will on site to start works in the Molo – Olenguruone road which has been a topic for many years. This is part of our plan to ensure Nakuru has good road network to facilitate farming and other activities,’ he added.

He commended Nakuru for equal allocation of resources especially to areas like Marioshoni where he said had formerly been marginalized for a long time.

On his part, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua lauded the country’s second in command visit to nakuru which he said showed the national government’s commitment to development.

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‘The Jubilee government has given us leaders a chance to change our people’s lives. The development of roads, access to power and hospitals by the national government will enable our people to develop,’ he noted.

He called on the executive to ignore distractors whom he said wanted unnecessary attention and vowed to support the jubilee government in implementing its manifesto.

‘Leave it to us as governors, senators and other elected leaders to deal with these rumor mongers who just want to drag us behind in terms of development. We have come from far and we are not turning back just to please some people,’ he warned.

The Marioshoni funds drive was in aid of improving the conditions of four schools in the area while the Kambala was in aid of acquiring a school bus.

Governor Mbugua commended the people of Molo for maintaining peace.

Present during the functions were deputy governor Joseph Ruto, MPs Jacob Macharia – Molo, Joseph Kiuna- Njoro, Benard Shinari – Ikilomani, Wanjiku Muhia –Nyandarua, Nicholas Gumbo – Rarieda, Senators Liza Chelule – nominated, Stephen Ole Ntutu- Narok and Nakuru County women representative Mary Mbugua.

ENDS.

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