Category: Education

19 May
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Kecoso Governing Council Brief Governor Mbugua Ahead Of August Date

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 19th May, 2016 – Residents of Nakuru County and its environs will be treated to a week-long of games festival as preparations for the 37th Edition of KECOSO games to be held in Nakuru gather pace

Speaking today when the KECOSO Governing Council paid a courtesy call earlier in the day to Governor Kinuthia Mbugua at his office, the Chairperson of the council, Selina Gor confirmed the aim of the games to be held from 13th to 20th of August will be to bring sports to the people at the same time fostering national cohesion, integration as well as peer education.

‘So far KECOSO games have been to three counties namely Kisumu, Eldoret and Machakos. We are now in the fourth county: Nakuru. The purpose of these games is to bring the people of Kenya together, to enhance their peaceful co-existence as well as educate them on issues such as HIV/AIDS among others as they enjoy various sports activities’, said Selina.

She added this years games will feature more than 10 sporting disciplines, and will attract more than 600 participants, which in turn will have an impact on the socio-economic aspects of the lives of people of Nakuru and the surrounding areas.

On his part, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said this event is coming at the right time, lauding the Governing Council for choosing Nakuru as the place to host the games festival.

‘On 16th April, national prayers were held at Afraha Stadium, President Uhuru Kenyatta will deliver his speech to the nation on Madaraka day from the same venue, these events have made us upgrade this facility which we believe by August will be much better than it is’, said Governor Mbugua.

He further said the County Government of Nakuru will work with the organizers to make this event successful as it is also a conducive platform for marketing the county, inviting enterprises in Nakuru to come on board to support this games festivals.

‘Nakuru County is centrally located in the nation, thus any investment or activity in the county has a high rate of diffusion to other parts of the country’, said Governor Mbugua. Adding that this offers to the people an opportunity for local tourism.

Among the disciplines in the lineup of this sporting event include: football, athletics, basketball, netball, table tennis, pool table, scramble, snooker, Marathon, Tag of war, golf and swimming.

These games have categories for the People Living With Disabilities (PLWD) and Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said renovation of facilities is taking this into account to make the facilities conducive and accessible to all.

Football and athletics will be at the Afraha stadium, swimming for the disabled Kabarak University, Table Tennis Lions Primary, Scrabble Jams, pool table Menengai and Snooker at the Dog Section police station at 58 among other venues.

On the opening day, which will be graced by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, golf will be the curtain raising event and will be held at the Nakuru Golf Club.

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04 Apr
By: Vince 0

Judicial Asset Committee to Reclaim Land in Counties

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 4th April, 2016 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has given assurance that the County Government of Nakuru will work with the Judicial Asset Committee Recovery Committee to get back all judiciary land that has been grabbed as well as any other public utility in the county.

Speaking during a meeting between the county government and the committee tasked with the recovering of land allocated for courts’ expansion at the sub-county offices in Naivasha, the Nakuru County Governor said courts in Kenya had big chunk of lands but shamefully the size of these lands has shrunken to tiny plots due to irregular land allocation.

‘The court in Naivasha had been allocated land in the 1930s, but now has been reduced to a small plot, jeopardizing expansion of the high court.

“Let me put on notice anybody involved in this grabbing that they should be definitely be ready to surrender the land’, said Governor Mbugua.

The Nakuru County Governor commended the judiciary for going out devolve dispensation of justice to the grass-root.

He said it is a good initiative for the judiciary to earmark their space in the county for expansion and building of staff houses, opening courts in all sub-counties and establishing mobile courts to serve far flung areas in all the counties.

‘This noble idea of extending the dispensation of judicial services is welcome particularly here in Nakuru, as we have instances where justices has aborted because witnesses could not reach the court because of distance. This move will make the people of Nakuru and the entire nation in general benefit from our constitution’, said Governor Mbugua.

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, Lady Justice Lydia Achode, Peter Gesora Chief Magistrate Naivasha

Arising from the meeting it was established that Naivasha require more judges, a minimum of three. Two of these judges will serve on land and employment issues.

Also discussed was the opening of new courts in Keringet to serve Kuresoi South and North, in addition to Subukia to serve areas of Waseges and Solai that border Baringo.
Molo court is undergoing rehabilitation through the cooperation of the National Government and World Bank. Governor Mbugua called for more expansion of the court as well that in Naivasha to give it the stature of high court.

Some areas that are in the interior of Nakuru County such as Gilgil, Maela among other places will benefit with mobile courts. In these area’s, which are prevalent to land conflict, and due to the delay in court cases accessioned by the long distances in access making people to resorting to taking law in own their hands.

Young people are also falling to the lure of crime because infrastructures of judicial services are far removed from the areas making them at times get away with crime.

Lady Justice Lydia Achode on her part said, through the Judiciary Asset Recovery Committee the Judiciary wants to recover it assets to be able to take justice services closer to the people saying although judiciary was not devolved it does not mean the judiciary cannot serve people from the grass-root.

‘Taking justice closer to the people will make justice accessible to the persons that we are supposed be serving. Judiciary is not devolved but it does not mean we serve people only the main known places. We are supposed to percolate it to the grass-root. Through our meeting with Governor Mbugua we have found out that people traveling from Maera to Naivasha and from Olenguruone to Molo to access judicial services are faced with the limitation of long distances’, said Justice Achode.

She added that through working closely with the County Governments they are finding where judiciary land used to be and where none existed the County Governments are ready to give land for improvement and expansion

The deliberations also focused on county courts, which were formerly municipal courts. The judiciary will manage these courts but their purpose is to support implementation of laws passed by the county assembly.

The area MP David Kihagi, MCAs for Hellsgate, Lakeview and Viwandani Hon. Jonathan Warothe, Samuel Wanyoike and Eunice Muriithi, accompanied Governor Mbugua respectively, including nominated MCA Hon. Ester Njeri.

Among those that accompanied Lady Justice Lydia Achode included Justice Nzioki Wa Makau of Labour and Industrial Relations Court and Peter Gesora Chief Magistrate Naivasha.

ENDS.

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