Category: Youth Empowerement

23 Jun
By: Vince 0

Governor Mbugua Urges National Government To Come Up With a Code of Ethics for Boda Boda Operators


23RD JUNE 2016 – Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has called on the National Government through the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure to come up with a code of ethics for boda boda riders in the country.

Mbugua said the code of ethics will maintain public trust and credibility of the boda boda business which he termed as a profession.

Speaking Thursday during a road safety awareness for boda boda operators held at Kunste Hotel, the Governor noted that the code of ethics will further protect commuters against improper conduct by its members and also will provide a commitment to the riders.

‘The code of ethics will add value and quality to your services because all of us now know that this is a profession. Boda boda business has grown tremendously and its contribution towards poverty reduction cannot be gainsaid,’ said Mbugua.

Currently boda boda riders operate under the NTSA Regulations 2015 for motorcycles, which came into force on January 1 and which seek to tame boda boda accidents and attract a fine not exceeding Sh20, 000 or a jail term of not more than six months or both for offenders.

Mbugua said the county government appreciates the significant role played by the boda boda industry in the alleviation of the livelihoods of young people and has thus offered bursaries in each financial year to give a chance for our youth to be trained and licensed on riding motorcycles.

He said the move goes a long way in enhancing safety and augers well with the objective of such trainings.

He urged all boda boda riders to form and join Saccos.

‘We have supported over 20 boda boda organizations establish Saccos which I believe are a sure way of marshaling resources to empower boda boda operators. Through Saccos, operators are diversifying their investments, generating more wealth leading to improved livelihoods,’ noted Mbugua.

He added that the County Government also strives at giving boda boda operators conducive environment to work from.

Among measures taken is the building of boda boda shades in all our sub-counties and wards and improvement of health facilities where now people can get quality and affordable health services without traveling outside the county.

‘I also encourage riders and all people in our county to take up NHIF services as they are affordable at only Ksh 500 per month, one is assured of access to health services at that critical moment of need,’ advised Mbugua.

He said that the County Government of Nakuru is also working together with the Kenya Roads board to enhance road network in the county and through the Kshs 100 million offered by the organization and also other projects like bus stations.

The Kenya Roads Board through the executive director Eng. Jacob Ruwa held the training with the intention of raising the need for safety awareness.

Eng. Ruwa commended the County Government for allowing boda boda business to thrive in the county without harassment of riders adding that the sector now contributes hugely to the economy of the country.

Others present were the Nakuru base commander Mitsanze Thoya, CECs Maina Kairu- Roads and Richard Rop- Environment among other leaders.

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19 May
By: Vince 0

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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