Category: Youth Empowerement

14 May
By: Vince 0

County Government to Revamp Youth Polytechnics

NAKURU, Kenya 14th May 2015 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has reassured the youth that the County Government of Nakuru is rebranding and renovating polytechnics to equip them with practical skills and knowledge as an empowerment tool.

Speaking at the Afraha grounds during the 3 day Rift Valley Youth Forum and Exhibition, Mbugua said that despite majority of youth suffering from unemployment, another major challenge they are facing is the lack of skills which disqualify them in securing some of the tenders in the counties.

‘Skills are very critical in any operation and that is why in Nakuru we are rebranding 19 youth polytechnics to ensure youth become competent in their respective fields’ said Mbugua.
He added that bursaries are being provided to offer full sponsorship to driving school students.

At the same time Mbugua said the county is also collaborating with donors in offering ICT programs in vocational trainings to ensure majority of youth are computer literate.



He called on youth to take advantage of agribusiness venture in the counties to create jobs among themselves.

‘It is impressive to see some youth venturing in agribusiness. The level of entrepreneurship is amazing and with agribusiness you will never go wrong,’ he said.



Other governors including Cleophas Langat(Nandi) and Simon Kachapin(West Pokot) together with the Nakuru Governor also promised to creat a formula of allocating 30 per cent of county tenders to youth under the devolved function.

They said the provision of tenders is among economic empowerment agenda to youth in counties.



Governor Mbugua also called on youth to form groups to enable them borrow funds from the uwezo fund kitty and also to establish Sacco’s where they can save and empower themselves in starting businesses.



The youth forum and exhibition is the first in Nakuru and has attracted youth from 7 counties including Nakuru, Nandi, West Pokot, Kericho, Bomet, Tranzoia and Marakwet.

Present at function included Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto, County Secretary Joseph Motari, Deputy County Secretary Geoffrey Kioko, CEC Education Prof. Catherine Kitetu and Members Of The County Assembly led by Biashara Ward MCA Stephen Kuria among others.

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03 Mar
By: Nakuru Admin 0

Discipline Wayward Police Officers; Ruto Urges Commission

NAKURU, Kenya 3rd March 2015 – Nakuru County Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto has called on the Police Service Commission to take disciplinary action against traffic officers caught and arrested in the recent past receiving bribes in Nakuru.

Ruto said that it is embarrassing to see the said officers who were arrested publicly back on the roads continuing with the vice.

Speaking in his office during a courtesy call with the Police Service Commissioners led by the chairman Johnston Kavuludi, Ruto said the commission should work closely with the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission to see that these officers are removed or suspended as their cases are ongoing in the courts so as to restore confidence from the public.

“The public will continue to give bribes to these officers as long as they are back on the roads and their confidence towards the force will continue to die,” he said.

Ruto was referring to a case where 15 traffic officers were arrested by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission receiving bribes late last year and early February in Nakuru County.

At the same time he challenged the commission to reciprocate the good work the police are doing by boosting their morale in terms of improving their welfare and working conditions.

He noted that police officers are poorly remunerated, operate unreliable vehicles, live in poor housing conditions in term resulting to the increase of graft in the disciplined force.

The deputy governor however pledged the county government support to the commission and the process of vetting police officers of the rank of senior superintendent and superintendent of police that is currently going on in Nakuru.

He noted the exercise is important and will give confidence to the public that the right people are in the system which has been ranked highly in corruption and injustice.

The Police Service Commission will be vetting 120 officers in Nakuru in the next six days before heading to Eldoret where the same exercise will see 102 officers being vetted.

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