19 December 2014
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Pyrethrum farmers fault new legislation

PyrethrumMonicah Nyanchoka, a pyrethrum farmer, tending her crop in Kuresoi North.


Pyrethrum Growers Association (PGA) is urging the government to defer the implementation of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority (AFFA) and Crops Acts in their current structure.

PGA is warning of a potential looming conflict between the national and county governments over how the agriculture sector will be managed under the AFFA Act should it come into force in January.

PGA chairman Justus Monda said there is a recipe for confusion in the pyrethrum sector considering that the pyrethrum Act of 2013 will be considered revoked to pave way for the creation of a Pyrethrum Directorate.

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Doctors’ strike paralyse operations at Naivasha hospital

BedsOperations at the Naivasha district hospital were  paralyzed after health workers downed their tools Tuesday protesting their services being devolved to county governments.


A spot check in the institution established that doctors and nurses had gathered in small groups while patients who had sought treatment were left un-attended.


Despite the fact that there were no restrictions for patients seeking treatment, most of them were left queuing oblivious of the unfolding scenario.

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MP wants police housing, remuneration improved


Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri has petitioned the government to improve police housing conditions and remuneration to boost their morale in the fight against escalating insecurity.


He decried poor housing and working conditions of the officers as a factor contributing to rising crime and insecurity in the country.


Ngunjiri was speaking during the official opening of a Shs.12 million divisional police headquarters in Bahati Tuesday.

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Central Bank launches Commemorative Gold Coin

CBKThe Central Bank of Kenya Monday launched a commemorative Kenya@50 gold coin to mark Kenya's 50 years of independence.

Speaking during the launch, Central Bank Governor Njuguna Ndung’u said even as Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence and proud of its achievements, it should also recognize the challenges that must be addressed in pursuit of greater prosperity.

Professor Ndung’u added that since independence, the Central Bank has played a significant role in driving reforms in the financial sector notably, the financial inclusion supported by the mobile money which is now driving the economic growth through increased mobilization of deposits by financial intermediaries and increased access to financial services.

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Civil society opposes new Finance Bill

CSOCentre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG) Programmes Officer Kemunche Masese addressing the media

Civil society groups in Nakuru have called for repealing of the Nakuru County Finance Bill 2013 saying it is skewed to favour those better endowed.


On the same score, the civil groups alleged that the Finance Bill passed last week by the County Assembly in totality flouted the laid down taxation regime that embraces equity, fairness, social justice and sustainability.


They are now appealing to the county governor not to assent to the bill into law until all their grievances are addressed in the petition, aimed at benefiting the common man.

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Go for cancer, diabetes screening – Kirinyaga residents told

ScreeningKirinyaga county governor Mr. Joseph Ndathi addressing the residents at Kutus town.

Kirinyaga governor Joseph Ndathi has urged local residents to ensure they are screened for cancer and diabetes   as they are the leading causes of death in the county.

The governor said the two diseases are the major challenges that are threatening lives including the county residents and urged them to visit the health centers for testing and
screening in order to seek proper medical care before the situation gets out of hand.

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Nakuru clergymen back NACADA regulations

MututhoClergymen from Nakuru have supported the alcohol regulation laws that were announced by NACADA chairman John Mututho (pictured) saying the regulations will instill sanity in the alcohol industry and infuse good morals in the society.


The church leaders indicated that, the country has the best person to deal with the menace of alcohol abuse that has wrecked havoc in the society resulting in moral decay and high dependency syndrome among men and youth.

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Meru civil servants hold annual prayers

PrayersFrom left to right - UKCS National treasurer Mrs. Rehema Ibrahim, Meru County Prison Commander Charles Mutembei, Imenti North Deputy County Commissioner Jimmy Njoka and Meru County union Executive Secretary Mr. John M’Mwanjah during civil servants thanksgiving service at Kamunde Hall in Meru Town.


Fear of retrenchment resonated among civil servants in Imenti North Sub-county Thursday when they switched off from their daily work and gathered in a thanks giving fellowship sponsored by the Union of Kenya Civil Servants (UKCS).

Speaking after the prayer fellowship held at Kamunde Hall, the event coordinator Trizah Kagendo said civil servants were scared of their fate following media reports that the government intended to retrench some of its staff.

“Where there is smoke there is fire. The smoke of retrenchment is looming but have faith that it will not affect you,” added Mary Mukiri, a UKCS official.

Kagendo underscored the benefits of the annual thanks giving service that started in 2004, saying it offered opportunity for the civil servants to seek divine interventions on issues affecting them resulting in improved service delivery.

During the service participants offer donations that forms part of the yearly civil servants welfare outreach programme to the less fortunate society members during Christmas.

“The offerings benefit the needy children in children’s homes. We have been visiting children homes within the whole county to give these vulnerable children a chance to celebrate like we do with our own families,” said Kagendo.

The fellowship service presided over by Pastor Wilson Weru of Gospel Outreach Ministries who called on civil servants to dedicate their work to God and strive to serve the public better.

Pastor Weru challenged them not to fear the risks involved in their jobs promising God’s protection.

The service was attended by among others UKCS National Treasurer Rehema Ibrahim, Meru County union Executive Secretary John M’Mwanjah and area deputy County Commissioner Jimmy Njoka.

Kiambu boys sponsored for circumcision

CircumcisionA Non-governmental organization in Kiambu County has sponsored 65 boys from Thika town to undergo circumcision.

Aphia plus Kamili sponsored boys mainly drawn from the streets, sons of commercial sex workers and single mothers who would have otherwise missed the opportunity to undergo the rite of passage this season for lack of funds and mentors.

Aphia plus assisted by a group of doctors from London, circumcised the boys at Saint Patrick Primary School before handing them over to their guardians for care and those who had nowhere to go were kept at the same facility to heal. The 65 included pupils who completed primary education this year.

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PBK appeals for release of Shs. 48 million from treasury

PBKPyrethrum Board of Kenya MD Alfred Busolo (left) flanked by the General Manager Mrs Mary Ontiri.


Pyrethrum Board of Kenya MD Alfred Busolo is appealing to the government to release Shs. 48 million as an immediate priority to clear growers’ arrears.

Speaking at his office Thursday, Busolo said the money owed to the farmers has contributed to scaling down of pyrethrum crop’s acreage in the country for the last decade.

 The MD noted that Kenya, which controlled a global pyrethrum market share of 70 per cent in 1996 raking in Shs 2.1 billion in foreign exchange alone, has a potential to upscale its production to 2, 000 metric tonnes by the end of next year.

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Leaders call for referendum to end health sector strike

Justin MturiJustin Muturi


Embu leaders have called for a referendum as a way of solving the ongoing health workers strike that has completely paralyzed health services in the country.

The leaders led by the speaker of the National Assembly Justine Muturi said it was only through changing the constitution that Health Services can be reverted to the national government. 

“It is only a referendum that can solve the stalemate rocking the health sector,” Muturi said.

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Three magistrates posted at Nyahururu

Outside CourtsWomen chat next to an un-utilized children's court at the Nyandarua North DCs Compound.  The court room has not been used more than a year after it was renovated due to lack of children Magistrates.

Senior principal magistrate Dennis Mikoyan has confirmed that principal magistrate Peter Ndege and resident magistrate Alice Mukenga and Victoria Ochanda have joined the court to bring the number of the magistrates to five.

Mikoyan who was speaking Thursday in his office after receiving Ms. Ochanda, who has been transferred from Nakuru, said he expects the backlog to reduce so that residents can enjoy speedy justice.


“Ndege, who has been transferred from Kehanja law courts, will be assisting me in handling capital offenses such as robbery with violence and defilement that have been rampant in the recent past,” noted Mikoyan.

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Youth, women, small enterprise groups told to join SACCOs

MunyaMeru governor Peter Munya (right) with his deputy Raphael Muriungi during the County Integrated Development Plan 2013-2017 Validation Workshop at Three Steers Hotel in Meru town.



Meru governor Peter Munya has urged the youth, women and small enterprise groups in the region to join savings and credit cooperative societies to enable them to get affordable financial credit from the county government.


Munya expressed his government’s commitment to salvage the vulnerable groups from poverty calling on individuals, groups and community based organizations to form Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCCOs) at every sub county to boost business programmes.


“The county has set aside Shs. 3 million seed money for youth, women and small traders SACCOs in each of the 9 sub counties.  Each of the three categories of Saccos will have Shs.1 million in their kitty,” said the governor.

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Man jailed for assaulting father

Jailed ManThe convict John Gachanja Wanjohi in a Nyeri court


A 26-year-old man who assaulted his father has been jailed for one year by a Nyeri court.

John Gachanja Wanjohi was convicted by chief magistrate Wilbrodah Juma.

The prosecutor, Inspector Stanselous Mwangi told the court that Gachanja was last year jailed for three months for similar offence.

The prosecutor asked for a stiff sentence to serve as a lesson, saying cases of domestic violence are rampant in the region.

The convict committed the offence on September 9, this year, at Kiawara village in Kieni sub-county.

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