30 firefighters graduates from the Morendat Institute of Oil and Gas to boost disaster management in Nakuru County.

30 firefighters have graduated from the Morendat Institute of Oil and Gas in a program set to boost disaster management in Nakuru County.

The graduates went through rigorous four-week training on basic firefighting techniques, fully sponsored by the County Government.

According to Youth and Social Services CEC Eng Lucy Kariuki, the firefighters will be part of community disaster response teams set to be constituted in every sub-County.

“The idea to train our youth in disaster preparedness was born after we felt the need to have community response teams to act as first responders in case of a fire,” said Eng Kariuki.

She added that the program would also boost the readiness of the Nakuru municipality in disaster management as it is a requirement to become a city.

Eng Kariuki further enumerated other steps that the County is taking in disaster management including setting up an emergency kitty and formulation of the Disaster bill that is currently being reviewed at the County Assembly.

Other efforts include the purchase of ambulances, a fire engine and the ongoing construction of a Ksh 160 million fire station in Nakuru town.

However, the County Executive raised concern over the parking of loaded fuel trucks along the highways, asking the Kenya Pipeline Company to have designated parking zones for these trucks.

“The County Government has embarked on proper planning of town and urban centers to ensure access of the fire engine in the event of a fire.”

Hazard and risk mapping have also been done in the industrial area and commercial areas to assess imminent risks and ways of preventing disasters.

Director MIOG Jonah Aiyabei said the training will go a long way in empowering youth on how to fight fire disasters and save lives.

“We aim to fill the skills gap in disaster management through capacity building and we ask other counties to emulate Nakuru County and invest in disaster preparedness,” Mr. Aiyabei said.

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GOALAN to create jobs, prosperity and wealth to farmers while protecting the environment

By Leleti Jassor

European Union Ambassador Kenya H.E. Simon Mordue visited Nakuru County to follow up on the Green Horticulture at Lake Naivasha (GOALAN) project, funded by the European Union and implemented by World Wide Fund (WWF) in partnership with Nakuru County Government.

The team led by Agriculture CECM Dr. Immaculate Maina toured 53-year-old Magdalene Wanjiku Mwaura’s farm in Maela ward, Naivasha Sub County.

Amb. Mordue echoed that GOALAN seeks to create jobs, prosperity and wealth to farmers while protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity.

GOALAN is a 4 year (2018-2021) project funded by the European Union to a tune of Ksh 150 million under the Switch Africa Green Programme. It is being implemented in Lake Naivasha Basin(Nakuru, Nyandarua and Narok Counties) with a target of 200 MSMEs(Micro small and medium-size )

The Ambassador noted that with 80% of the Kenyan horticultural exports going to the European Market, the EU would endeavor to strengthen its relationship with Nakuru County.

Dr. Maina emphasized that as a leading export horticultural system the county would ensure farmers continue doing good agricultural practices to maximize production.

She added that in ensuring food safety, the County was ready to work with partners to ensure the production of organic foods for the county and country.

WWF CEO, Mohammed Awer said that through GOALAN, they aim to promote sustainable consumption and production and help farmers access the challenges they face in a unique blend of biodiversity.

Dr. Maina later accompanied Amb. Mordue to KALRO, Naivasha, where he commissioned the indigenous chicken breeding and multiplication unit.

The CECM challenged partners in making the county a forerunner in implementing new technology to farmers.

The 2,000 birds capacity unit has been funded by the EU under the AgriFi Kenya Climate Smart Agricultural Productivity Project (AgriFi Kenya CS APP) and through the project, about 1.5 million day-old chicks have been distributed by KALRO and about 700,000 farmers have been trained.

According to Dr. Maina, the county government has set aside about Ksh 10 million to support farmers with indigenous chicken and with that scale-ups in agriculture could only happen with partners in the county and that if projects were aligned to the county’s CIDP to help the county in benefiting farmers through funding and resources.

The two officials finalized by touring BEADA millers in Bahati sub-county on a follow-up visit on a program dubbed Strengthening the Kenya National Food Fortification.

The EU funded project is a collaborative effort between the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT) and the Ministry of Health.

Amb. Mordue said that the EU is committed to supporting Kenya to ensure maize flour is fortified with important micro-nutrients to improve the health and nutritional status of Kenyans.

Dr. Maina recommended that program links with agriculture be able to share the knowledge and benefits of fortification with farmers as well as the address for safety issues facing the county and country.

Fortification improves productivity and reduces health care expenditures by addressing several of the Sustainable Development Goals and can restore nutrients lost in crops as a result of climate change.

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PROJECTS FINANCING

By Nancy Naholi

As city status beckons, Nakuru municipality has earned a major uplift following the county assembly adopting the city status report by the ad-hoc committee.

The administration is putting in place plans and projects that show it is “city-ready” by sourcing for new initiatives to enable project financing.

The devolved unit under the leadership of H.E Governor Lee Kinyanjui is looking forward to participating in the Kenya Cities Forum which is constituted by 5 cities, 3 existing Nairobi, Mombasa Kisumu and 2 earmarked cities Nakuru and Eldoret on project financing where Nakuru will be pitching projects on housing and integrated solid waste management.

The department of Land Housing and Physical Planning and the Department of Finance and Economic planning is leading in the lobbying process of pitching the proposals from Nakuru to attract potential investors.

“The project on housing looks forward to having the densification of Kimathi and Flamingo estate which will provide upgraded affordable housing and commercial units under a joint venture partnership on 30-acre county land.

“We expected to provide a new stock of housing as well a variety of commercial outlets, resilient urban infrastructure such as stormwater drains, paved roads, non-motorized traffic paved ways and street lighting, “Chief Officer Land Housing and Physical Planning JudyLeah Waihenya informed her officers.

This will leverage smart building solutions to ensure sustainable energy and environmental controls. The use of alternative construction materials will give an opportunity for investors to locally put up material plants for the production of the approved components for the construction process.

The administration is expecting to attract global lenders including USAID, KENSUP and LATIF, KISIP and KUSP under the World Bank which has continued to offer the support necessary to bridge the gap between exchequer and actual requirements of projects implementation.

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Urban Enforcement Notice

The Nakuru Municipal Board pursuant to The County Governments Act 2012, Physical and Land Use
Planning Act, 2019, (Cap. 286), Public Health Act (Cap. 242), National Building Maintenance Policy and
the Building Code gives notice to all concerned developers and the general public on the following:
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Important Notice

To all the Public service staff please click HERE to download and fill the wealth declaration form.

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County to uplift farmers through training and capacity building

The County Government has affirmed its support to the Nakuru Agricultural Training College (ATC) to uplift farmers through training and capacity building.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui acknowledged that through knowledge transfer farmers would be able to enhance their ability to increase agricultural output hence promoting food security and nutrition to the county.

The Governor was speaking during the launch of the potato and dairy cooperative unions where the cooperatives as well as 20 Community Driven Development Committees (CDCs) were awarded grants to a tune of 49 million from World Bank in order to support in the implementation of 217 micro-project proposals under the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP).

The 217 micro-project proposals are categorized into 126 on value chains, 37 lands sustainable management, 38 vulnerable and marginalized
groups and 16 for nutrition mainstreaming.

He further said that the youth need to appreciate agriculture and that the Government will look into systems to safeguard their accommodation
into the sector. Stakeholders were urged to nurture the next generation and assure them that agriculture is a fulfilling career.

Over and above, Agriculture CECM, Dr. Immaculate Maina, said that in supporting community-driven development projects, there will be a boost of the 4 value chains (poultry, dairy, potato, and apiculture) as well as the strengthening of community institutions improving their agricultural activity and profitability of targeted rural communities.

Governor Lee concluded that the county government will continue to invest in other value chains as well as help cooperatives in merging
to form unions to be able to compete nationally and build markets.

Currently, milk and potato in the county are valued at about Ksh 9 billion with 293 million liters of milk and about Ksh 10 billion for 12 tons per acre respectively.

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County banks on culture for cohesion, employment

Plans are underway to establish the Nakuru Cultural Week, an effort aimed at improving the County’s arts, cultural and creative industries.

The cultural week will be a platform to showcase and identify talent from across the County.

County minister for Youth, Gender, Culture, Sports and Social Services Eng. Lucy Kariuki added that cultural diversity will also enrich cohesion among different communities.

The Minister was speaking when she represented Governor Lee Kinyanjui during the official opening of a two-day Nakuru Music and Cultural Festival at Shabaab Social Hall.

The festival brings together over 30 cultural groups drawn from women groups, universities, and colleges, parastatals, and individuals.

Winners will have an opportunity to represent Nakuru County in upcoming regional and national festivals.

The National festival will be held from November 27 to December 3, 2019, at Bondo University in Siaya County.

“We want cultural activities to translate into money. It’s a source of employment,” the Minister said citing that the County is investing heavily in culture.

Engineer Kariuki reiterated Governor Kinyanjui’s sentiments that all government departments should source for entertainers within Nakuru County during events.

The Director for Culture and Gender, Ms. Alice Gekonde said the newly renovated Shabaab Social Hall has brought life to the sleepy neighborhood.

She said the County Government of Nakuru will renovate and build modern social halls where locals can hold meetings and performances at no fee.

Today’s performance was characterized by high-voltage performances in cultural pieces as well as Lingala.

County Tourism Association chairman Mr. David Mwangi said performances were of world-class status.

Mr. Mwangi asked hotel managers to camp at the festival and pick bands and individuals to be performing for guests in their various establishments.

The festival’s executive secretary Mr. Evans Keya said the County had engaged top-notch adjudicators, mostly who have judged national festivals.

He said this would ensure Nakuru County presents the best at the Nationals for competitiveness.

He added that all groups that took part, and others, will undergo regular training from the best in the industry.

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NAKURU HUNTS TO BE REINSTATED AS AN INDUSTRIAL CITY

BY NANCY NAHOLI AND MERCY KIHUGU

Nakuru county has continued to offer a conducive environment to attract potential investors to invest in the county.

The administration’s determination under the leadership of H.E Governor Lee Kinyanjui to restore the county’s status as an industrial hub has so far seen the signing of an agreement between Maximum Agri International and Oserian Development Company to set up Oserian Two Lakes Industrial park which shows the milestones that can be achieved.

The Oserian Two Lakes Industrial park will complement the Mai-Mahiu industrial park which has attracted local and foreign investors who have expressed interest in setting up shops at the park.

Lord Egerton Agri-City one among the key projects being implemented is situated in Ngongongeri farm, has already been finalized and is looking forward to establishing a food processing plant that will add value to the agricultural produce.

The agro-industrial park will provide an opportunity for leasing of land and essential services such as water, electric supply, and necessary infrastructure.

The development of the two projects came after the first Nakuru International Investors Conference ( NIICO) that was held in Naivasha in November 2018 begun to bear fruits with many investors expressing their interests to set up companies in the county.

The administration is looking forward to holding its second International Investors Conference.

Other projects the devolved unit is looking forward to being established in the county are the Kengen Textile City Park and the Kabarak University Smart City.

“Several investors present during the conference expressed their interests and capabilities to set up their base in various parts of the county alluding that Nakuru has had the capabilities of providing a convenient location for logistics as a way of pursuing more investors,” Said the Governor.

He further uttered that policies should be put in place to promote the competitiveness of local industries, encourage value addition and diversity of locally manufactured products.

According to the recent review on the GDP by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), Nakuru is the second leading county in terms of the economy after Nairobi ahead of other capital cities Mombasa and Kisumu.

Mr. Kinyanjui said the county’s 6 percent contribution to the economy is likely to increase due to the ongoing and other planned industrial developments that are anticipated to boost the county’s economy and create more employment opportunities.

Nakuru is centrally located and is therefore accessible from the other corners of the country which makes it an industrial destination.

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County seeks partnership in developing arts

The County Government of Nakuru is ready to work with like-minded partners in developing theatre, arts and film industry in the County.
According to Deputy Governor Dr. Erick Korir, the growth will create direct and indirect job opportunities, promote culture and tourism.

The County Government of Nakuru is in the process of signing a memorandum of agreement with the Kenya Film Commission to set up a fully furnished resource center.

The center will build and enhance capacity among local creatives to tell authentic local and regional stories.

The Nakuru Players Theatre has been abuzz with theatre and film activities, a move Dr. Korir said was a deliberate move to Nakuru County as a creative hub in the region.

Dr. Korir was speaking when he officiated the Lake International PanAfrican Film Festival (LIPFF) 2019 Gala Awards ceremony on Saturday evening.

LIPFF is aimed at empowering the youth on the power of film for social change and to sensitize young performers and filmmakers on film and entrepreneurship.

The competition attracted participants from South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, and Tanzania.

The Admission Protocol, a Ustadi Films produced by Mr. Wilson Osiolo and directed by Mr. Odipo Riaga, won the category of best Nakuru Film.

The movie is about a young lady who ventures into a risky business to get money and offset her mother’s hospital bill and upkeep.

Unfortunately, her brother is fired from a pharmacy outlet and loses her mother.

Ms. Dorcas Odege, who has worked with both the National Government and the County Government of Nakuru, was awarded for her distinguished work in empowering artists.
Nakuru County minister for Youth, Gender, Culture and Sports Eng. Lucy Kariuki said the refurbishment of the Nakuru Players Theatre was a show of commitment in empowering artistes.

Chief Office Tume Abduba called on artistes to form organized groups to enjoy government programs and funding targeting the creative industry.

The Kenya Films Commission CEO Mr. Timothy Owase expressed willingness to partner with the County Government of Nakuru and the development of the local film industry.

KFC is mandated to develop, promote and market the film industry locally and internationally and identify and facilitate the growth of the film industry.

The LIPFF Director Dr. Zippy Okoth commended Governor Lee Kinyanjui for his immeasurable support that saw the international festival in Nakuru succeed for the second year in a row.

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Animal vaccination for foot and mouth disease marks its second day in Bahati Sub County.

By Eric Kiarie

Vaccination of animals for the foot and mouth disease marked its second day in the Bahati Sub County.

The foot and mouth disease has been reported in Bahati, Subukia, Rongai, and part of Molo town in the county.

David Mwangi, a livestock farmer in the Bahati area acknowledged the County Government’s efforts to provide vaccination for the foot and mouth disease.

Mr. Mwangi preferred the services provided by the County Government to those provided by the veterinary in the private sector as he termed them expensive.

The County Director for veterinary services, Dr. Kaba Githui said that the county government of Nakuru had set aside Ksh50 million that will be used for the exercise.

Dr. Githui urged farmers to ensure their animals are vaccinated and made it clear that sick animals will be treated before being vaccinated.

He advised the farmers who rear their livestock through the zero-grazing method to vaccinate their animals as they were also at risk of contracting the foot and mouth disease.

Cows, sheep, and goats were vaccinated against the foot and mouth disease and lumpy skin disease which are likely to be contracted within the affected areas.

Farmers in the Subukia area thanked the County Government officials for the provision of the vaccine saying it would cut away the expense of farmers trying to procure the vaccine.

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