Chiefs And Police In Kericho Tolerating Illicit Brew Warned

Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, and security agents who will condone the brewing, sale and consumption of illicit brews in Kericho County will be sacked with immediate effect, Kericho County Commissioner Michael Lesimam has said.

The CC who was addressing this year’s 60th Madaraka day celebrations held at Litein High School in Kericho was concerned that there was no way brewing of illicit liquor was going on within the radius of half a kilometer from a chief’s camp or a police station without the knowledge of the government officers.

Lesimam said the vice will no longer be condoned and those responsible in ensuring that brewing and consumption was put to an end, will not only lose their jobs but also dealt with in accordance with the law.

‘I am very serious about eradication of the vice in Kericho and for the first time in history during my tenure, officers responsible will go home,’ said Lesimam.

The County Commissioner also assured the Multinational Tea Estate companies that the government had enhanced security within the farms to avert lawlessness as witnessed recently when irate protestors torched tea plucking machines belonging to Ekaterra Tea Company.

The CC said that the Tea Estates lost an estimated sh.150 million when protestors destroyed the tea company’s property including mechanized tea harvesting machines and other property.

He said there is proven evidence that the locals were incited into violence and lawlessness witnessed during the attack and that those responsible in the heinous act including perpetrators will be brought to book.

‘Let’s respect our local investors and live peacefully with them since they contribute significantly to the growth of the economy through export of tea and also through social corporate responsibility where they are participating in building of schools for the local community and also sponsoring bright students from humble backgrounds,’ said the County Commissioner.

Kericho Governor Dr Erick Mutai speaking at same ceremony urged the residents of Kericho to desist from invading the Multinational Tea farms to illegally pluck the tea or destroy property in the farms since the act was criminal adding that those found culpable will be arrested and prosecuted.

Mutai said though they are awaiting the final resolutions of a taskforce formed to look into the contentious tea issue, the residents of Kericho have no right to trespass private investor’ property.

The governor directed the Kericho County Commissioner to act on suspected people behind the growing incidents of strikes in schools where students of Litein High school, Cheborgei High school and Cheptenye High School, went on rampage and destroyed property in schools.

On development in the County, the Governor said that is government had prioritized on education of needy students from poor backgrounds by offering scholarships, provision of water especially in Bureti and other Sub-Counties and also the building of new roads.

The governor also revealed that the Oncology Treatment Facility was on course and was expected to be commissioned before the year ends in order to serve cancer patients from the region.

Source: Kenya News Agency

County To Boost Service Delivery Through Internet Connectivity, Improved Infrastructure

Uasin Gishu County Administration has identified key steps to ensure efficient service delivery to the residents like internet connectivity and improved infrastructure.

Speaking in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Chelilim reiterated the county’s commitment to expanding internet connectivity by providing Wi-Fi hotspots in all sub-counties, ward offices, and health centres.

He pointed out that the initiative is one of the county’s efforts to ensure technological advancement and facilitate the efficient provision of public services.

‘Over 600 Wi-Fi hotspots will be established throughout the county, supporting public service provisions and facilitating the mapping of public land parcels,’ he said.

The Governor also emphasized the county’s significant progress in enhancing the road network which has seen 200 kilometres of roads being marrumed, 800 kilometres of roads created, opening of 60 kilometres of new roads, and construction of more than 10 bridges.

He said that there are currently 140 road projects underway, focusing on maintenance, improvement, and drainage, with an estimated investment exceeding Sh 600 million.

Chelilim further emphasised the county’s unwavering commitment to ensuring enhanced healthcare service delivery by ensuring the availability of essential drugs and completing health facilities in key areas such as Kesses, Ziwa, and Turbo, which have been allocated funds in the budget.

The Governor reiterated the county’s dedication to providing accessible and quality healthcare services for all residents.

In regard to water services, Chelilim said the significance of water management as he highlighted strategic partnerships with various investors like Israel and others and the county’s water department to ensure sustainable access to clean water for all households.

These collaborations aim to promote sustainable water management and preserve reliable sources of water for communities within the county.

Source: Kenya News Agency

MP, DCC Link Illicit Brews, Substance Abuse To Insecurity

Lugari MP Nabii Nabwera and the Deputy County Commissioner Moses Gicharu have declared illicit liquor and substance abuse as a threat to the sub county’s future.

The duo made the assertion Thursday during Madaraka day celebrations at Archbishop Njenga Girls High School grounds in Chekalini location.

Gicharu said the fight against illicit brews and other hard drugs needs concerted of security agencies, administrators, elected leaders and the community if it is to be won.

He lauded Nabwera and Chekalini Ward Representative Titus Kwoma for coming out aggressively to fight illicit liquor that is endangering the Lugari community’s future.

‘The two leaders have exceptionally done well. They have come out and joined us in the fight without the fear of losing votes. As elected leaders just like us the administrators they have realized that if nothing is done Lugari will be no more in the next few years,’ Gicharu said.

‘Let us work together to eliminate these brews and other drugs so that we can realize the community’s development agenda,’ said Gicharu and warned bar owners of dire consequences if they continue breaching the operating time stipulated in their licenses.

‘We cannot have a community that drinks from morning to evening without working. We have a number of licensed bar owners within Lugari who are operating outside the required time. Here in Lugari there is no single bar that qualifies to operate for 24 hours,’ he said.

Nabwera who is a first-time lawmaker said there is no way the constituency can be at peace when its residents’ security is not guaranteed.

He said: ‘Our DCC we have a big challenge in our hands. The biggest issues affecting Lugari’s security negatively are aimless consumption of illicit brews and smoking of bhang and other hard drugs.’

‘We cannot have a constituency where we drink for 24 hours. We are not preventing anyone from taking alcohol but what we are saying is that let us do it at the right time,’ he added.

Nabwera urged illicit brew makers to venture into alternative business activities that will not destroy the community in the long run. ‘Today I want to announce here that we are kick-starting here in Chekalini ward the ‘rehabilitation’ program we recently launched in

Mautuma ward,’ he noted.

‘If you are an illicit brew maker and you want to shift to a different business just register with the chief and we shall take you for training put you into groups of 20 people and give your business capital. I have grown up in Lugari and I never witnessed our parents take alcohol in the morning as it is happening now,’ he said.

Nabwera appealed to members of the public to cooperate with administrators, security agencies and other government officers to transform the constituency by eliminating illicit liquor and drugs as nobody will come from outside to do that for them.

‘We must agree. If we want our children to go to school, study and excel we cannot afford to sell bhang and alcohol next to their schools,’ he stated.

Source: Kenya News Agency

NEMA Spearheads Clean Up Of River In Kisii Town

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has partnered with the Kisii County Government and other environmental organisations to clean up River Nyakomisaro in Kisii town as a build-up activity towards the commemoration of the World Environmental Day slated for June 5.

Speaking to KNA during the activity, NEMA Board Member Mr. Amos Andama said the clean-up of the river is meant to set an example to the community members so that they can take up the cleaning of all rivers within the county.

Andama noted the solid wastes and sewage that are directed towards the river have greatly contributed to the contamination of the water leading to the contracting of diseases by humans.

The Director challenged the community members to take part in the conservation of the environment adding that no one will do it for them.

Kitutu Central Deputy County Commissioner, Elizabeth Atemi said they had agreed as a community to focus on cleaning the river because access to clean water ensures that the community members are healthy.

Atemi urged the residents to continue embracing waste segregation by separating biodegradable waste from other solid waste like plastics that highly contribute to the pollution of the environment.

In line with this year’s World Environmental Day 2023 theme of beating plastic pollution, the DCC pointed out that they will mount an operation in the county to impound all the plastic bags that have been sneaked into business premises so that they can end the menace of plastic bags.

She encouraged the residents of Kisii County to be at the forefront in undertaking various environmental activities including the planting of indigenous tree seedlings as part of the efforts towards achieving 30 percent tree cover and 15 billion trees across the country by 2030.

A spot check by KNA revealed that some sections of River Nyakomisaro have been heavily polluted by plastics and direct disposal of raw sewage.

The World Environmental Day 2023 celebrations in Kisii are set to be marked at Gusii stadium on Monday where discussions around the protection of the environment will be held.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Kisumu County Signs Sh100 Million Digital Training Deal

Kisumu County Government has secured a Sh 100 million facility to establish a collective digital intelligence centre in the area.

Through partnership with the United Cities and Local Government of Africa (UCLGA), 01 Talent Africa and LakeHub, Kisumu will host the first digital intelligence centre in the country.

The centre will offer cutting edge digital training for thousands of youths from Western Kenya and beyond to complement the national government’s digital transformation agenda.

UCLGA Secretary General Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi said the initiative was in line with the organisation’s strategic plan to accelerate digital transformation in local authorities across the continent.

Mbassi said the training to be offered by Lake Hub and 01 Talent Africa will open up opportunities for the youth who hitherto could not afford to enroll for the programmes.

The centre, he added, will churn out local digital talent for Africa equipped with cutting edge skills in Information Technology (IT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

This, he said, was set to not only create employment opportunities but also beef up Africa’s digital space workforce to be at par with the developed world.

Speaking after signing the agreement in Kisumu, Mbassi said Africa must work towards producing 500,000 digital talents over the next ten years to address the widening digital divide.

Kisumu and the larger Nyanza and Western regions, he said had a lot of talent adding that through the centre domiciled at the Kisumu County Business Incubation hub, other sub national governments across the continent were set to benchmark and learn from the centre.

Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang Nyong’o said the centre will act as a vehicle to accelerate development and at the same time position Kisumu as a business hub.

Counties within the Lake Region Economic Bloc, he said stand to benefit immensely from the project to open up opportunities in the digital space.

He lauded the partnership adding that the Sh 100 million will underwrite training costs for thousands of youths in the area and at the same time address the issue of unemployment.

The Kisumu hub, dubbed Zone 01will open this July with the first cohort expected to start the training before the end of the year.

An ambitious talent identification campaign is expected to kick off later this month where online cognitive tests will be administered.

Those who pass the tests will undergo peer to peer learning and group problem solving before the first 100 beneficiaries are picked to start the training. Successful candidates will secure jobs at the 01-talent academy while others shall be placed in partner companies within Kisumu.

01 Talent Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Deror Sultan said the programme targets to unleash the youth’s potential to contribute to the innovation and digital transformation in the world.

‘By creating Zone 01 Centers of Collective Intelligence in partnership with local authorities, we offer African youth the opportunity to unleash their creative potential and lead the digital transformation of the continent,’ he said.

Across the continent, he disclosed targets to train and employ one million youths by the year 2030.

Lakehub Director of Programs Dorcas Owino said the initiative would open up training opportunities for the youth to accelerate digital transformation. ‘Through this initiative, digital training will no longer be a privilege. More youths from disadvantaged backgrounds will also benefit,’ she said.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Makueni Residents Benefit From Free Neurosurgical Medical Camp

Hundreds of Makueni residents have benefited from a free Neurosurgical medical camp organised by the county government in partnership with the Brain Tumour Association of Kenya (BTAK) and the University of Nairobi (UON).

The three days free medical camp aims at treating and creating awareness to patients suffering from tumours on their heads kicked off Thursday at the Makueni Referral Hospital, Mother and child wing in Wote.

The camp has also brought together a team of specialised surgeons from BTAK and Makueni doctors including 50 medical students from UON who will learn how to conduct complex surgeries.

‘So far everything has gone on well, and today we intend to operate four patients, already the surgeries have started and two patients are at the theatre,’ said Dr. Christopher Musau a consultant neurosurgeon and the Patron of BTAK while addressing the media at the Makueni Referral Hospital, Mother and child wing in Wote on Friday.

‘On the first day, we were able to attend to 100 patients and identified six persons who needed the neurosurgical services,’ added Musau. The screening which is currently underway at the hospital will end Saturday.

The patients were identified by a team of medical practitioners who offered free medical screening that took place at the sub county hospitals as of 29th Monday this week.

Makueni Governor Mutula Kilonzo lauded the team for availing the rare medical services to the residents from the Makueni and neighboring counties.

‘We have also agreed that if they find it necessary to cascade the treatment to Nairobi, where the affected patients will access the medical service free,’ said Mutula.

Mutula added that his administration is committed to offer a parcel of land to establish a neurosurgical center in Wote in an effort to provide medical services to the region besides training students.

He added that plans are underway to enhance the neurosurgical camp to a regular program.

Source: Kenya News Agency