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08 Sep
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Governor Lee urges National Government to lift ban on logging

Nakuru Governor H.E Lee Kinyanjui has called for the lifting of the ban on logging in public and community forests as it is hurting local investors.

The Governor said the ban, which was imposed last year, has led to job losses as companies downsize due to lack of timber.

Speaking in Elburgon, Molo Sub County, after laying the foundation for the expansion of the maternity wing of the Elburgon Hospital, the Governor said the town had been adversely affected by the ban.

He said the national Government should immediately lift the moratorium and come up with a reforestation programme to improve the forest cover.

“If it is about reclaiming our forests then we should initiate a tree-planting programme and lift the ban as it is proving detrimental and leading to job losses,” the Governor said

He reiterated his administration is committed to improving health services across the County and ensure residents have access to comprehensive and affordable health care.

He said; In order to avail quality health services we have ensured all our health centres are well equipped and have adequate drugs

The Governor noted that due to improved medical services in health centres, the number of patients seeking referral services outside the County has decreased by 60 per cent.

He said the increased consumption of illicit brews in Elburgon and Molo is a major concern as it threatens to destroy the future of the young generation.

“As a County, we will cancel the licenses of bar owners and traders involved in the sale of the lethal brews,” he added

He announced that as Nakuru town inches closer to City status plans are underway to upgrade Molo and Gilgil towns to Municipalities.

The elevation of the two towns will ensure they attract more funding to improve infrastructure and afford residents a better quality of life.

Molo MP Kuria Kimani who joined the Governor said he is fully behind the elevation of Nakuru into a City before the end of the year.

The Governor was accompanied by Deputy Governor Dr.Eric Korir, County Secretary Mr.Benjamin Njoroge and CECMs Kariuki Gichuki, Dr Peter Ketyenya, Lucy Kariuki, Mwangangi Mwania and Chief of Staff Njoroge Gichuhi.

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31 Aug
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800 Acres of Land to be used for affordable Housing-Says Governor Lee

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has asked the State Department for Housing and Urban Development to use the 800-acre piece of land that was initially earmarked for an airport, as the ground for affordable housing units.

The land which had been set aside in 2011 was considered unviable after a feasibility study showed that it was a flight path for flamingoes when migrating from Lake Nakuru.

He also asked the National Government to include local suppliers when constructing the houses.

“We would like you to consider local suppliers and manufacturers of building materials when constructing the houses to give the community a sense of involvement in the project,” the Governor said.

Governor Kinyanjui also asked the National Government to look into the land grabbing case of the 30 acre land near the GK Prison in London estate.

He was speaking when he received Housing and Urban Development PS Charles Hinga in his office this morning ahead of the inspection tour of KISIP 1 projects in Kaptembwa and Kwa Rhonda estates, Nakuru West Sub County.

During the tour of the 1.7 billion road network and stormwater drainage, the Governor noted the importance of the stormwater drainage in preventing human and property loss during the rainy season.

“The Stormwater drainage is very important to our people since, in the past, stormwater has caused a lot of damage that has cost lives,” said Governor Kinyanjui.

At the same time, PS Hinga commended the works done so far and gave the County Government the go-ahead to apply for KISIP 2.

“I am happy with the work that has been done here and would urge the residents to take personal responsibility and take care of the infrastructure in the area,” he said.

In November, Governor Kinyanjui will be signing a 4.2 billion agreement with KfW bank that will be used to expand the sewer system in the County as well as boost the biodiversity.

The County Government is also planning to construct markets across the County and will start with a fish market in Naivasha as well as produce markets at Kihingo, Keringet, and Olenguruone.

On waste management, the County Government will set up skip loaders at Kaptembwa in the next two weeks, where residents will dump their waste to prevent waste disposal in the drainage system.

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