Category: Security

07 Jan
By: Vince 0

Shun and Reject Imported Politics in Nakuru – Governor Mbugua

By Jackie Ruto

NAKURU, Kenya 8th January, 2016 – H.E. the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has called on residents living in Njoro and its environs to shun external political incitement that is suspected to be causing conflicts within Nakuru County.

Governor Mbugua who was among other leaders yesterday including his deputy Joseph Ruto and Njoro MP Joseph Kiuna, said that petty politics from neighboring counties can contribute to a high level of division among the communities living in the area adding that this should be avoided at all costs.

Speaking in Ndefo and Chebitet areas, the leaders said that peace in Nakuru County was hard fought for and it should be jealously protected to avoid loss of live that has been witnessed in the past.

‘As leaders we swore to end and avoid tribal conflicts at all costs and when we hear some desperate people trying to lure our youth into divisive politics we really get disappointed. We have come from far and we do not wish to go back,’ said Mbugua.

The governor blamed some leaders for planning to disrupt peace that was brought by the unity of Deputy President William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta adding that Nakuru residents have their own style of politics that do not need intervention from outside.

Mbugua was reacting to an incident where a man, Moses Njenga Macharia was allegedly shot and killed with arrows by unknown thugs at his home in Ndefo area early this week.

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Residents of the area had barricade the Njoro- Mau Narok road to protest the killing and also the laxity of police officers of Ndefo police post and AP camp who did not provide the needed help during the attack.

The officers reportedly refused to transport the injured man to hospital even after residents offered to fuel the vehicle.

They said that they had lost faith in the officers and as such, the inspector general of police should transfer them to other stations.

Mbugua however called for calm and assured the residents of speedy investigations as well as stern action against the responsible officers.

‘We shall make sure the perpetrators are brought to book. Am also happy with the residents who did not take the law into their hands because we have matured both politically and socially. However I call on the youth from all communities residing in Njoro to work together especially now when elections period is nearing,’ he said.

At the same time, Mbugua together with his deputy called on the Maasais and Kipsigis communities who are sharing resources at the Logoman forest in Njoro to respect each other’s properties.

He promised that the recent incident where 12 cows belonging to a trader were stolen and later found to have been slaughtered in the forest will be solved amicably without violence.

‘I know it’s painful for someone to steal your property and especially livestock. But we should also consider the consequences of revenge. Residents should not gang up to go and try to retrieve livestock in such occurrences but should task the government through relevant authorities to do the same,’ he advised.

He noted that the two communities, having shared so much along their borders have the capacity to sit down and sort their issues maturely.

The Nakuru county security committee led by the county commissioner Joshua Nkanatha and the Narok county commissioner had organized a security Baraza in Chebitet following the early Monday incident.

County commissioner Nkanatha tasked chiefs and their assistants to work closely through the area Nyumba Kumi Initiative to help end livestock theft.

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05 Nov
By: Vince 0

Securing and Management of Nakuru County’s fish and natural fish resources a Priority – Governor Mbugua

By David Kimani

NAKURU, Kenya 5th November, 2015 – County Government of Nakuru is implementing measures to secure and manage fish and natural fish resources in the county as they play a critical role in development of the County.

Speaking when he launched four patrol boats at Karagita Beach in Lake Naivasha, Governor Mbugua said fish industry plays a critical role in Nakuru County in terms of food security and income generation.

‘In line with our vision, we are aware of the maritime sector enormous potential contribution to food security and employment generation, making provision of effective maritime management and protection very crucial’, said Governor Mbugua.

Adding that this is the reason, the County Government of Nakuru through its directorate of fisheries supports fishing industry.

Governor Mbugua observed that fishing in Lake Naivasha not only has an economic impact in Nakuru County but also nationally. The lake has six different species of fish but there are two dominant species; tilapia and common carp which have a substantial impact in Nakuru and the entire nation at large.

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‘Last year, 2014, approximately 692 metric tons of mixed species valued at Kshs. 68.4 Million was realized from Lake Naivasha and this year from January to September, 823.6 MT of fish worth Ksh 97 million has been realized’, said Governor Mbugua.

The Governor also noted that his government is committed to promoting fish farming in all the Sub-Counties as there are indicators that the Economic Stimulus Programme started in 2009 has resulted in the increase of volume and income generated from aquaculture.

In 2015, a total of three hundred and thirty five (335) metric tons of fish valued Kshs.63.4 Million was traded in markets distributed across our sub-counties.

Governor Mbugua also emphasized on observation of safety measures by fishermen to avert tragedies. The governor donated over 50 life jackets noting that some corporates in the county and investors have pledged life jackets donations.

Chinese investors who are in the process of establishing a 900 million USD crayfish processing plant in the area around Lake Naivasha in the company of the Governor during this event donated crayfish traps to fishermen in Kamere, Tarambete, Karangita and Central beaches.

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The crayfish plant will create employment and also foster a thriving ecosystem for the two most economic viable species Tilapia and Common Carp as the increased number of crayfish in Lake Naivasha is feeding on fingerlings of these two spices cause a reduction of their population.

Governor Mbugua urged the fisheries Sub-County office in Naivasha to cooperate with the fishermen to secure the Lake for sustainable use of fish resources. Noting that under the beach management units, fishermen should foster cooperation to gainfully benefit from their trade.

He also told the fishermen that besides the Chinese investment, in this financial year (2015/16) the County Government of Nakuru is investing in a Ksh 8.1 million fish value addition facility.

Karagita Beach Chairman David Kilo lauded the initiative by the County Government saying that the boats will boost patrols, rescuing missions and restocking.

He also reminded the fishermen that they have a responsibility to guard fishing in Lake Naivasha as the county government is empowering them to do so.

Hells gate MCA, Jonathan Warothe assured that all corridors in Lake Naivasha will be secured for the public and the County Government of Nakuru is with the people as the court case is going on on the access corridor to Karagita beach.

Warothe commended Governor Mbugua development track record saying through projects initiated by the Governor water problems have been solved in his ward.

Governor Mbugua was accompanied by the CeC for Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries Stanley Chepkwony and his counterpart for Environment, Natural Resources Water and Energy Richard Rop, MCAs for Lakeview, Viwandani, Malewa West, Olkaria and nominated Hellsgate: Hon. Simon Wanyoike, Hon. Eunice Muriithi, Hon John Chege, Hon. Pater Palanga and Hon. Virginia Gicanga respectively among other county officials.

ENDS.

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