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BUILDINGS : Hon Mutahi Kahiga said that town buildings would also be repainted

Civil groups in Nyeri raise concern over poor public participation STORY ON PAGE 6

Over shs 70 million for road recarpeting in Nyeri >>>Major roads in Nyeri and Karatina towns and a bus stage upgrade in Mukurwe-ini town are in the process of completion.

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Livestock vaccinated against Rift valley fever

Nyeri Governor, Hon Mutahi Kahiga during an inspection tour in Nyeri town He said that town buildings would also be repainted promising to ensure that more street lights are installed and well maintained.

BATUK Participates in The Diani Touch Rugby Tournament

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ith an eye firmly fixed on success at the Diani Beach Rugby Tournament, the BATUK trust raised funds to enter four local youth teams. In July, the BATUK Trust with help from 3SDL, SAAB, the British High Commission

and Rift Valley Adventures, sponsored four local youth rugby teams to enter the Diani Beach Rugby tournament. The youth teams comprised of children from local schools and orphanages. Apart from being a chance for the youth teams to participate in an international

event, this tournament attracted rugby scouts from grammar and private schools around Kenya that offer scholarships to promising young rugby players. The Diani Beach Rugby Tournament not only provided

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The Veterinary department vaccinated 231,610 livestock against rift valley fever (RVF), following outbreak in the neighbouring Counties in the last three months.


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In most cases members of the public rely on information from the media to make informed decisions.

County Government Communicators Urged to Work in Harmony with Scribes The Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA) has challenged County Government communication departments to structure their operations in a move to ease access to information for devolution to succeed. BY COUNTY CORRESPONDENT

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CA Chair Oloo Janak stated that there have been complaints from journalists how they find difficulties getting information from their County governments. Janak said the move to take journalists in twists when seeking information for public consumption compromises their working conditions hence posing a big challenge to their role as public informers. He appealed to the County Communication departments across the country to ensure they give periodic updates of the County government activities and information in line with the Access to Information Act 2016. “Public Participation is a critical component towards success of devolution and this can only be realized through ready dissemination of information to the public from all sectors of the government. Every citizen has Right to Access information held by the government,” he posed. He argued that the work of the County communication teams was not just doing a Public Relations job but ensuring that members of the public including journalists get daily briefs about the County government.

He noted that some journalists were experiencing hostilities getting the right information from the sources in County governments. “In most cases members of the public rely on information from the media to make informed decisions. Therefore denying them access to certain details will create speculation and affect the smooth implementation of devolution that is enshrined in the constitution,” he explained. Janak was speaking to journalists from Meru County during the launch of a Journalist’s Guide Book entitled ‘Reporting Devolution’ at a Meru Hotel. Meanwhile the KCA official urged journalists to have a clear understanding of the constitution so that they can report accurately about the progress of devolution in their counties. “It will be very elusive to report about devolution without having a clear understanding of the constitution that stipulates how devolved units should be run,” he reiterated. Janak maintained that the book which was first published in 2013 and revised this year will help journalists generate appropriate media content that will inspire informed public discourse and citizen participation together with influencing County and national government policy makers into making devolution realize its transformative promise on the social, economic and political lives of Kenyans as envisaged in the Constitution. He maintained that the association shall continue protecting the rights of journalists to enable them serve the public effectively.

Catholic Justice and peace Commission (CJpC) Meru diocese Head of programmes Mr. Bernard njue (third Left) during launch of reporting devolution guidebook for journalists Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) Meru Diocese Head of Programmes Mr. Bernard

Public Participation is a critical component towards success of devolution and this can only be realized through ready dissemination of information to the public from all sectors of the government.

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he schools’ feeding program has proved to be one of the major factors keeping pupils in class throughout the term in Laikipia County. Being semi-arid and pastoral oriented area, the County is often prone to drought which makes families move from their localities in search of water and pasture for their livestock. Consequently, parents with children attending schools without the feeding program end up withdrawing the children from class and moving away with them. Speaking during head of

colleagues before devolution took shape. “It is very healthy in a democracy for media to have diverse voices. As the media you should train the public on matters of their responsibility,” he posed calling on scribes to be more proactive through understanding the budget making cycle which determines the way for devolution. He appealed for a closer working relationship between the media and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) in a move to strengthen public accountability. “Media is referred to as the Fourth Estate whereas the CSOs make the Fifth Estate,” he opined.

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Feeding program boosting learning in Laikipia County BY COUNTY CORRESPONDENT

Njue asked journalists to adopt the principles of solidarity as their safety tool. Njue urged journalists to be each other’s keeper in case they are abused by systems that fail to acknowledge free flow of information to the public. “Public participation should never be given a second thought since that is what will make devolution work,” he advised adding that anything that the government does has to undergo a public scrutiny. He noted that there have been moments of frictions between journalists and County communication teams when at some point the two groups have been

departments meeting at the County Drought Management Authority boardroom in Nanyuki town, a senior Education officer in Laikipia Central Sub County Abukar Hassan noted that a total of 131 public primary schools are under the national government school feeding programme in the region. He added that the program is benefiting 43,401 pupils primary schools located in the driest areas within the County. “There are 286 public primary schools and 84 private institutions, with a population of 83,593 and 16, 183 respectively,” he added. He noted the current enrolment in secondary schools in the County stands

at 35,833 with 17,797 girls and 18, 036 boys. Hassan said the dropout rate for boys in secondary school is 0.5 per cent while that of the girls is 0.7 per cent. Hassan said the number of nursery schools in Laikipia County is 626, which include 478 public and 148 private entities with a population of 23,172 and 6,613 respectively. “The attendance rate in primary school is 87 per cent with a completion rate of 79 per cent,” he added. The education official said the transition rate from primary to secondary schools in Laikipia County is 64 per cent as compared to the national target of 70 per cent.

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arimanti ward MCA Susan Ngugi has said she would table a motion in Tharaka Nithi Assembly seeking to have traditional brews legalized. The MCA, who spoke during the Tharaka Cultural festivals at Ura Gate, said the brews such as marua were part of the people’s culture that should be allowed. “I will table the motion and hope other members will give it a nod to ensure that our people take the traditional liquor with no disturbance,” Ms. Ngugi said. The MCA also asked married men and women to give birth to more children by next year when the national population

Marimanti ward MCA susan ngugi (centre) joins a dance at tharaka ura Gate cultural festivals count would be conducted. “Let us give birth to more children to ensure that our population is increased by next year when the national census will be conducted,” the MCA said.

The festivals entered last day with a myriad of presentations ranging from traditional, folk dances and musical presentations attracting participants from as far as Isiolo and Uganda.


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tenders :the government should give them a 10 percent advance payment of the total cost of the tender

Nyeri County challenged to assist youth secure to tenders The Nyeri County government has been challenged to take a pro-active role in helping the youth to access the 30 percent tenders set aside for youth, women and vulnerable groups by the government.

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athira National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) Chairman, Engineer William Wahome, said majority of the youth had no formal income and were finding it hard to do business with the government because of lack of capital and tedious processes of securing contracts. As a result, Engineer Wahome, said

majority of the local youths were not benefiting from the initiative as a result of financial handicaps even as he accused the County of giving the tenders to outsiders. Speaking in Nyeri Town where he was the guest during the launch of welfare group by Nyeri Town boda boda operators, Wahome who is also a contractor asked the government to come up with a policy that will ensure that the 30 percent tenders threshold for the youth is attained. He proposed that a law should be formulated requiring that all contracts below Sh. 5 million should be given to local youths as a means of employment creation. In a bid to assist them to take up the contracts with ease, Wahome said the government should give them a 10 percent advance payment of the total cost of the tender instead of awarding them to financially endowed individuals. “Even people who have no finances

Appealed to them to come up with legislation that will safeguard their trade as well as keep off questionable characters, noting that the sector had been infiltrated by criminals spoiling its reputation.

can be given government tenders because all they need for a start is advance payment of 10 percent of the total contract to start working,” said

Over shs 70 million for road re-carpeting in Nyeri

Wahome. He challenged the boda boda operators to team up and register business names in a bid to help them take up these opportunities. He also appealed to them to come up with legislation that will safeguard their trade as well as keep off questionable characters, noting that the sector had been infiltrated by criminals spoiling its reputation. Nyeri Central Boda Boda Welfare Chair, John Waithaka, said since they formed the welfare one year ago, their

membership had grown to about 300 and savings of over Sh. 1 million. Waithaka said their goal was to register a co-operative society as well as diversify in other areas of investments such as real estate. The group was initially formed to take care of the welfare of its members. The County Boda Boda Riders chair, Charles Ndegwa, challenged operators from other Sub-counties to follow suit in forming their own welfare groups and saccos or join existing ones.

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Three suspects shot dead in Kanyagia Nyeri County Three suspects were shot dead by police at a house in Kanyagia village in Kieni west Nyeri County. An Ak47 rifle believed to have been used to kill Kamakwa location Chief Peter Kimiti was recovered from the criminals. Speaking to the press at the scene, Central Regional Commissioner Mr. Wilson Njega said nine rounds of ammunition were also recovered during the shoot-out. He said that since interior

Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i issued a directive for an operation to weed out thugs in the region, 12 suspected criminals have been gunned down while eight suspects have been arrested and arraigned in court. He said over the operation period so far, six illegal pistols, two homemade guns and two AK47s have been recovered. Njega said the robbers were believed to have been planning to commit a robbery in Nyeri town

but police received a tip-off from members of the public and acted immediately. “We are going to wipe out all criminals in the area,” said Njega and urged those who wish to surrender fire arms in their possession to do so to Police stations in the region. The bodies of the deceased were taken to Nyeri Provincial General Hospital mortuary.

A man sentenced five years for being in possession of rhino horn photo by Governor press team BY GITENGURI KURIA

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city is the engine of economic growth and infrastructure development is the fuel for that engine. Most times it is difficult to measure the economic benefits of such development, mainly because it tends to be approached in terms of very simple equations responding to specific challenges, such as the need to move people and goods faster and more reliably, and using specific methods to underpin the case for investment, such as the value of time saved by road users versus the net cost to taxpayers

of road building. The Nyeri County Government has spent over Sh. 70million in re-carpeting of major roads within towns to improve transport. Major roads in Nyeri and Karatina towns and a bus stage upgrade in Mukurwe-ini town are in the process of completion. While commissioning one of the roads in Nyeri town, Nyeri Governor, Hon Mutahi Kahiga said that town buildings would also be repainted promising to ensure that more street lights are installed and well maintained.

A Nanyuki court has sentenced a 40 year old man to five years imprisonment after finding him guilty of being in possession of a rhino horn. However, the Principal Magistrate Ms. Njeri Thuku acquitted Jackson Lowolo Lopeiton of charges of dealing with wildlife trophy intending to sell it. Lowolo was charged with dealing with the trophy weighing 85 grammes valued at Ksh2 million on March 12, 2016 at Maxoil Hotel, Nanyuki town. In another count he was facing a charge of being found with the said horn. John Lounon, KWS officer attached at Nanyuki

office had told the court how on the material day at around 1pm he had received intelligent report of two suspects heading to Nanyuki at Maxoil hotel with the intent of selling a rhino horn. With other two officers Lounon proceeded to Maxoil hotel where they laid an ambush and when the two arrived, they arrested the accused while his accomplice managed to escape. The KWS officer recovered the rhino horn from the accused which was in a black paper bag before escorting him to their offices then to Nanyuki police station.

However, the court found the witness of the three KWS officers corroborating while the accused never offered any evidence to rebut the evidence of the three officers and hence the accused was found guilty of being in possession of the trophy. However according to the court, the prosecution failed to prove the accused was intending to sell the trophy by stating its price and how the payment was to be made hence acquitted the accused on this count. The accused has 14 days to appeal against the sentence.


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Participation in public forums Key to the facilitation of accountability and transparency in all levels of government

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he accountability agenda has risen to occupy a prominent place in the efforts to promote development with the devolved function of government. Much of focus on accountability and transparency, however, has taken a technocratic view, emphasizing disclosure of information and legal processes. For decades, Kenya’s development and decisionmaking process were the exclusive prerogatives of central government. Policies, programs and projects were designed from the top and brought down to implementers. As a result, communities played no role in making decisions that affected important aspects of the political or socio-economic systems that sustained them. Disinterest in project activity

on the part of communities was widespread and the failure rate of these development projects was high. The enactment of the constituency development fund (CDF) Act 2003 to the National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) Act 2015 has significantly changed development dynamics at the community level and now, the constituency is becoming an important unit of engagement through the provision of County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) at the County level. Community participation facilitates the achievement of some pre-determined goals. It is a way of harnessing rural people’s physical, economic and social resources to achieve the aims and objectives of development programs and projects more efficiently, effectively or cheaply. In addition, participation is an active, dynamic and genuine process which unfolds over time and whose purpose is to develop and strengthen the capabilities of rural people to intervene more directly in

development initiatives. Community participation is an avenue for development. The level of community awareness is one of the most critical factors likely to influence the level of community participation in public sector projects in all levels of government. Community awareness entails a situation where the community has sufficient knowledge and facts concerning the happenings around them and in this context the CDF projects. We are living at a time of technological advancement, increasingly globalized and amazingly, disconnected from each other. A person can access the latest information from around the world but very seldom know the name of that local County government person who might be making decisions about our future. For community participation to be successful, organizations of goodwill need to facilitate civic education for the constituents to uphold their civic right as enshrined in the Constitution. Contrary to the popular belief,

information is available upon request where possible from our public offices or County government departmental heads. A conversation I had with a friend drew conclusions that CDF bursary in Laikipia County is a sham. I did not agree with her school of thought. I sought to find information as to how the amounts are allocated and if indeed anybody has ever benefitted from the bursary. Much to my surprise, my answer came from an unlikely source, a student who asked for anonymity. All the crucial information he provided was in line with the information I would later find on Laikipia Education and ICT department website for the allocation of financial year 2017-2018 that University students were allocated shs 10, 000, Vocational training/ colleges shs 8,000, boarding secondary school shs 6,500, day secondary school shs 2,500 and special cases shs 6,500. By the time I was going to the press, I had not managed to get to speak to the new team in the CDF office for further clarifications.

Bhang smoking rampant in Nyandarua North N yandarua North Subcounty education officer, Mr. Justus Musyoka has decried the continued use of bhang by secondary students in the area. Musyoka noted the vice was particularly rampant in day schools between Gwa-Kung’u and Mairo Inya towns despite concerted efforts by security agents to eradicate the vice. Musyoka said consumption of the drug was prompting students to drop out of schools, frustrating government efforts to provide free basic education to all Kenyan children. “We appreciate the role being played by the local administration in fighting the vice,” he added. The educationist was speaking at Gwa-Kungu PCEA church grounds during celebrations to mark this year’s International Literacy Day, whose theme was “Literacy for Skills Development.” Musyoka said early pregnancies among girls in day secondary schools and child-labour was a great challenge in the area, prompting school dropouts, despite the government’s

A 70-year-old learner Mwangi Gatune from ndaragwa constituency reads a local Kiswahili daily as nyandarua County woman representative, Faith Gitau efforts to invest heavily in education to ensure all children acquire basic education. He added that it is the government’s policy to allow female students who deliver to resume classes after weaning their babies.

Speaking during the same occasion, Nyandarua North Deputy County Commissioner, Walter Ngaira appreciated adult teacher’s efforts in lining their courses to match with the country’s Vision 2030 and President Kenyatta’s Big Four

Agenda. Ngaira who represented Nyandarua County Commissioner, Boaz Cherutich said research had shown that education of children was an effective way to fight global poverty and extremism. He encouraged adults who missed education in their young stages to seize the opportunity and enroll in adult classes to better their lives. Nyandarua women representative, Ms. Faith Gitau said local leaders would join efforts to make adult learning more comfortable in the region. Gitau added that she would liaise with other government agencies to ensure acute shortage of adult teachers in the area was addressed. There was panic and drama when, during the occasion, two tents were blown off by strong winds sending those who were seated under them to scamper while screaming. No one was injured during the two incidents that happened about three hours apart.


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BRITISH ARMY TRAINING UNIT KENYA (BATUK)

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ith an eye firmly fixed on success at the Diani Beach Rugby Tournament, the BATUK trust raised funds to enter four local youth teams. In July, the BATUK Trust with help from 3SDL, SAAB, the British High Commission and Rift Valley Adventures, sponsored four local youth rugby teams to enter the Diani Beach Rugby tournament. The youth teams comprised of children from local schools and orphanages. Apart from being a chance for the

youth teams to participate in an international event, this tournament attracted rugby scouts from grammar and private schools around Kenya that offer scholarships to promising young rugby players. The Diani Beach Rugby Tournament not only provided the opportunity to build strong community bonds by supporting local children. It allowed BATUK to train and enter a senior team to the competition. Despite only training together for a short period the senior team fared

BATUK Gives donations to Furaha Foundation

well making it all of the way to the quarter finals. Once knocked out they then took the opportunity to support the children’s teams that the BATUK Trust and associated organizations had helped sponsor. The Rugby Team from BATUK is now preparing for the Kenyan Rugby Union sevens tournament in September and look forward to working with the youth teams again in the future.

Community engagement at Ol-Maisor Primary School BATUK dependents worked together to raise funds to protect little feet on their way to school. The group effort from BATUK dependents was headed up by SSgt Jamie Edgell and his wife Linsey and has become known as ‘Support for Little Feet’. This new group looks set to be a regular opportunity for BATUK families to build strong bonds with our local communities. The concept began with Linsey, who was helped by Mrs

LCpls okogie and Afedz handing over the donations Working alongside a local charity, The Nanyuki Furaha Foundation, two BATUK soldiers have raised money to support the education of local orphans and children facing learning challenges .LCpls Okogie and Afedz have been working hard to raise funds to purchase books from a local business to help the children study. Previously books were in very short supply and the lack of reading material hindered the development of the children. The Nanyuki Furaha Foundation is a charitable Non Governmental

Organization based in Nanyuki that offers schooling to children that have been orphaned or have specific learning difficulties. The founders, Cleopas Wachira and Anfreina Iorio, are supported by teachers that travel from Italy to offer their assistance to the organization. The act of raising 40,000 ksh, to help less fortunate children, was an excellent demonstration of the values that the British Army hold so dear. The children were delighted to receive the books. BATUK commend LCpl Okogie and Afedz for their selfless commitment.

Amy Wilson, to raise funds and gain a donation of 70 pairs of shoes from the UK. The shoes, destined to help children in local schools and orphanages, were given out to approximately 50 children from Ol-Maisor Primary school in Sosian; Kinamba. BATUK Community Engagement Team would like to extend the thanks from these children that were helped by this project, to the BATUK wives that have helped so many.

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BATUK Re-support Team grades roads in Sosian- Kinamba BATUK are carrying out a huge overhaul of public roads in preparation for the busy period of training that lies ahead in September and runs through into the New Year.

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he Royal Engineer Support Team are currently working away on a 100km stretch of public road that enables access onto the Ol-Maisor Training Area located in Laikipia North. The team of seven locally employed plant operators,

led by LCpl Wilson from 32 Engineer Regiment, are putting their specialist machinery through its paces making major repairs to the existing road. Making the most of the daylight hours the four Graders and two versatile tractors are worked for as long as possible each day to meet their targets. Dedicated to the job in hand, the teams are sleeping in tents, returning back to their homes only at weekends, or to resupply the resources essential to sustaining them at work. The project which will take

re-grading the road to sosian 8-10 weeks to complete will implement future preventative measures, such as improved drainage to ensure the roads are prepared for any future heavy rainfall that may threaten the longevity of the

Creating a drainage ditch project. This task is one of the many road infrastructure projects undertaken by BATUK that offer a great deal of benefit to the local population as well as the soldiers that train in Kenya.


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he County Government of Laikipia and Nanyuki local residents have decried cutting of indigenous trees which have been in existence in the area for more than 50 years. A company known as Look Media cut the trees and erected a billboard to the chagrin of the residents. Laikipia County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of Water and Environment, Njenga Kahiro said the act is illegal and those found going against the environmental Act will be arrested. “Environmental regulations states that any company intending to put up a billboard must seek approval from the County government before clearing any area,” Njenga noted. Njenga noted that the laws of the land should be strictly adhered to and strongly faulted the Look Media Company for working their way without consulting his office. Small scale traders castigated the Look Media Company for interfering with what has provided them with shade for their vegetable and fruit businesses as well as a good working environment.

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Civil groups in Nyeri raise concern over poor public participation Civil society groups in Nyeri have raised concern over “worrying” state of public participation in governance and decision making in the County.

onflicts, much as we hate confrontation, disagreements are inevitable. The only time an individual can live a life free of conflicts, mild or severe, is when they live all by themselves. Unless one is a hermit, it is impossible to exist devoid other human beings. Years ago, a sociology lecturer introduced the conflict theory to us and noted that if a two people live peaceably over extended lengths of time without any conflicting views or differences; it most likely means that one of them is not sincere. He described conflicts as spice to life that makes life interesting, perhaps meaningful. There is a saying that goes; “As long as cups are placed together in a cupboard they will rattle, make ‘noise’ as they move and bump against each other. But still the cups stay next to each other”. Another saying goes “the teeth often bite the tongue but dwell in one house.” Obviously conflicts are unpleasant, so what makes the tongue and the cups stick it out? Could be they have no choice but stay, could also be they are adept at conflict resolution. There are various reasons why conflicts arise these range from personality types, preference, pride or prejudice, upbringing, cultural differences, gender, age, expectations, competition or envy the list is endless!

So, how do you deal with conflict?

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hrough their caucus dubbed, Nyeri County Budget Coalition, the lobby groups said devolution dream could not be achieved in an environment where citizens were not involved in key decision-making processes. The groups accused the government of sidelining citizen in its policy formulation and pronouncements by holding just a few public forums that are not inclusive or representative of the total populace views and opinions. Speaking concerning the budget making process for the financial year 2018/19, Coalition steering member Catriona Mumuli said majority of the citizens who were the ultimate beneficiaries of the financial plan were left out in the preparation process. Even after leaving out the majority in the formulation process, Ms. Mumuli said the government was yet to make the approved estimates available to the public two months after it was passed. Speaking at a Nyeri Hotel

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Catriona Mumuli, steering committee member for the nyeri County Budget Coalition speaking during a press briefing during a post budget analysis forum, Ms. Mumuli said that failing to make public the estimates was a way of curtailing accountability and transparency in the use of public funds. “The Public Finance Management (PFM) Act 2012 requires that county governments make all budget documents public and accessible for scrutiny by the public,” said the Health Rights Advocacy Forum member. Michael Ndegwa from Kenya Aids NGO’s Consortium accused the government of mobilizing people of questionable repute to take part in their “organized” public forums making the

whole process fraud. He said it was in bad taste for the government to engage the citizens just to rubber-stamp policies they were not involved in their formation. He took issue with the recurrent budget which he said exceeded the required threshold of not more than 35 percent of the total budget, saying the move would deny many residents essential services. In their proposal, the groups asked the government to allocate more resources towards improving community health services to cater for the health needs of all the residents as well as strengthening youth docket to meet the needs of the youths.

Take a break: If things are getting too heated up or you feel quite upset, step back out of the situation, if this is possible, and revisit the issue when things have calmed down a little. However, this may not be possible for you to do with your supervisor. In this case it would help if you remained silent took in all you were told, think and decide what to do about it when you feel calm. There are also peculiar personalities with whom you cannot reason with. Their main job description seems to be to torment you and make your space a living hell. Unfortunately they lurk around in almost every organization. They are often paranoid, insecure, envious or self-centred. In this case it would do you good to acquire some “shock absorbers”, which is essentially preparing your mind and expecting the worst from this character. Beware of this personality and avoid expending any energy towards arguing with them, any attempt to having ‘grown up chats with them is likely to make matters worse for you and you will have earned yourself an enemy free of charge.

Listen Take time to understand the other person’s point of view. It could be that neither of you are right nor wrong. It could all be a matter of different perspectives or outlook, who knows you both could end up agreeing and coming up with a great solution to whatever it is that caused the conflict in the first place.

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Be respectful Try your best to be mindful of the other person’s feelings or opinions. Just because your colleague or subordinate sees things in a different way does not give us the license to shout them down, belittle, harass, intimidate, embarrass or worse insult them.

Give the benefit of the doubt Try to fit in the shoes of the other person. Maybe they are just having a really bad hair day and if they are, they will be forever grateful that you did not make a huge fuss of their odd behaviour.

Forgive Let go, pray and keep no hard feelings. In short try to be like the cups in the cupboard that stick to each other no matter how hard the bumps or loud the rattles are.

THE MANAGERS ROLE Conflicts at the office are a common thing; these may be overt or may pass over unnoticed. It is common to hear individuals complain about their colleagues or bosses. The may complain about the obnoxious individual who only think about themselves, the office gossip, the overly demanding boss, the workaholic boss or even the lazy boss. Managers should avoid taking sides and try their best not to pass judgement without giving each individual a chance to speak without any intimidation. Managers should beware of underlying office politics that may influence conflicts. It does help to be wary of difficult personality types that would not hesitate to twist the truth to suit themselves. Resist the temptation to take sides with individuals whom you like or are valuable to the company, try the best you can to give each person a fair hearing. Policies and rules regarding harassment or general employee relations should be enforced and should apply to all individuals regardless of race, rank, ethnicity or gender. Taking time to understand facts or personality types goes a long way in maintaining peace.


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The charter is set to give rise to board of municipality, a corporate body

Governor signs into law Municiplaity draft Nyeri Governor, Mutahi Kahiga has signed into law a draft charter that will see Nyeri town run as a municipality in a bid to enhance service delivery.

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he Municipal Charter, Kahiga said, would go a long way in the management of the Nyeri Town urban centre in line with best practices for cities and urban areas around the world. The governor said the move was necessitated by the need to enact new strategies in management of urban centres that have unique needs and challenges as compared to other areas within the County. The charter is set to give rise to board of municipality, a corporate body that is vested with powers to manage the urban centre within the defined

boundaries as well as make laws for proper administration. Kahiga said that all laws regarding the administration of the town would be subject to approval of the executive arm of the government to guarantee fundamental rights and freedoms of the citizens are upheld. The board of municipality will among other things be charged with the responsibility of refuse collection and waste management, provision of water and sanitation services, construction and maintenance of urban roads and walkways. Others include construction and maintenance of recreation parks, street lighting, traffic control and parking facilities, markets and abattoirs as well as sports and cultural activities. Speaking in his office after signing the charter, Kahiga reported that the boundaries of the municipality should be those existing under the defunct Nyeri Municipality before the advent of devolution. He continued that World Bank had pledged to support the government

with Sh230 million to realize the goal, saying some of the money would go in giving Nyeri Town a facelift. Kahiga further reported that the charter had spelt out the qualifications of members to be appointed to the board headed by a chairperson, adding that soon the vacancies would be advertised in the papers. Nyeri Governor, Mutahi Kahiga has signed into law a draft charter that will see Nyeri town run as a municipality in a bid to enhance service delivery.At the same time, the governor also signed the Nyeri County Revenue Administration Act that was an amendment of the Revenue Administration Act 2014. He said the law gives powers to the Director of Revenue on how to collect and review rates in a bid to help the government meet Sh1 billion shortfall in this financial year budget. Present during the event was a section of members of the County Assembly led by Speaker John Kaguchia.

Family directed to record statement over land tussle By County Correspondents

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ecurity heads in Nyandarua North have directed three families involved in a land dispute to record statement with police. The families of Mr. Ndurere Gathii, that of Benjamin Ithinyai on one side and the family of late Police Commissioner, Mr. Ben Gethi on another side have been involved in a land feud that has lasted for over 30 years over a 300 acre piece of land located

in Ndaragwa constituency, in Nyandarua county. Early last month, the Gathii’s and the Ithinyai’s families moved into the land and pitched tents, following a directive from the Chief Lands Registrar, Mr. Charles Ngetich that the two families legally owns the land No. 7381 (IR 6406) in Laikipia. However, two family members were arrested by police for allegedly trespassing into the land. According to the Gathii

family and Ithinyai family spokesperson, Mr. David Kimengere, their fathers, both of them deceased had inherited the land in 1971 from a white settler they were working for during the colonial times. Mr. Kimengere, noted that years later the late police commissioner’s family started to lay claims on the same parcel of land. “Since then, we have been in and out of court and it was in July 30 this year that the land’s office issued us with the letter,

FGM practice condemn practice By County Correspondent Njuri Ncheke elders in Igembe Central Sub-county have strongly condemned those behind forced circumcision of girls and young women in the area. Speaking on behalf of the elders, Kangeta Njuri Ncheke chairman, Francis Kaberia said female genital mutilation (FGM) had long been overtaken by more viable development initiatives and practices geared towards uplifting living standards among the people of Meru. Kaberia advocated for concerted efforts among law enforcers and community leaders to ensure female genital mutilation perpetrators were apprehended and made to face the full force of the law for committing a crime against humanity. He said the practice had been abandoned among the Meru people many years ago after it was discovered that it was adding no value to the life of women saying on the contrary the practice had adverse effects on the health of the victims. The elder regretted that some of the people entrusted with protecting girls and young women from any form of abuse, including female genital mutilation were succumbing to forms of compromise initiated by perpetrators for personal gain. 

giving us a go ahead to move into the land since we legally owned the land. That is why we decided to move in only to be met by police officers who arrested our brothers,” he said. The families are now seeking for justice claiming that a powerful force has been using police to evict them out of the 303 acres piece of land. “Powerful forces are behind all these, they are using police to intimidate us and evict us from the land and yet we have documents that show that we own the land legally. “They are arresting our children and women for no reason, only for them to be released later without even

Kaberia said the practice was detrimental saying those who fall victims to the vice go through a very primitive social orientation where no room is left in their minds concerning the need and significance of pursuing education for individual and community prosperity. “Many of the girls who succumb to female genital mutilation in the present times do it under the pressure of parents or close relatives whose aim is to have the girls drop out of school for forced or early marriage in exchange of money and livestock for their parents or guardians,”  Kaberia regretted. The elder however reiterated that Njuri Ncheke elders remained committed to ensuring their area was cleared of those perpetrating detrimental cultural practices adding that the vice was condemned by the council of elders many decades ago. Kaberia cited a recent incident in the area where a young man was reported to have been influenced by close relatives to have his newly married wife undergo forced female genital mutilation.  He said law enforcers and the local administration were in pursuit of the circumciser who is said to have gone into hiding immediately she learnt the matter had been reported to the relevant authorities.

appearing in court,” protested Ms Margaret Wahito. She noted that they had followed all the legal means before they moved into the land, hence there were no reasons for them to be evicted out of the land. The family members have since vowed to settle on the land despite the intimidations.  “This is our right to own land as we have proper documents. Let the police keep out of the matter,” noted Ms Jane Wangari. Nyandarua North Assistant County Commissioner (ACC), Mr Peter Nangila, area Officer Commanding Police Division, Mr Timon Odingo, and other

security heads visited the farm and directed the family members not to cultivate on the land and avail themselves to record statement with police. The area OCPD said that the matter would be investigated to establish who has the right to own the land. “We will use the legal means to solve this issue and that is why I personally visited the land so that no violence occurs. Our wish is that the two families solve the matter amicably so that no violence occurs,” he said.


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REVENUE: The traders are currently paying shs 1, 500 monthly to the County government

Huduma Centre Services taken to the grassroots Isiolo youth, women and People Living with Disabilities (PLWD) have been urged to obtain National Construction Authority (NCA) certificates in order to get contracts and utilize their 30 percent government procurement entitlement.   Merti Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Julius Maiyo said a person requires a NCA certificate and unless the youth, women and PLWDs acquire the vital document, if they will not be able to utilize their share of contracts. “It is unfortunate that hardly any youth or woman has the NCA certificate and you are not coming out in huge numbers to get it now that Huduma Centre services have been brought here courtesy of the senator,” said the CC Maiyo who was speaking when the Huduma Centre

services were delivered to Merti Township about 200 kilometres from Isiolo town disclosed that he had used all his assistants, chiefs and their assistants to inform wananchi about the day the services would be delivered and wondered why the people had not turned up in large numbers to utilize the services. “I requested the senator to deliver the services to this place because it costs our people a lot of money and time to travel to Isiolo and I expected many people would take advantage of this day to avoid the costs,” said the CC He further cautioned those who acquire loans from the Youth and Women Enterprise funds to utilize them efficiently in order to be able to repay promptly citing that only 22 percent of the loans given out have been repaid.

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Over 100 adults to sit national examinations in Meru The Department of Adult and Continuing Education in Imenti North Sub County is optimistic of posting good results in the forthcoming national examinations this year where over 100 candidates have been enrolled. Area Adult and Continuing Education Officer Mr. Keresi Kitonga said 21 and 105 candidates are scheduled to sit their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) respectively. Kitonga noted that preparations for the examinations are in top gear and they expect to have good performance owing to the very vibrant and fulltime sessions that run from Monday to Friday at Mulathankari Development Training Institute. Kitonga attributed the high enrolment at the secondary school level to the needs to have certificates that are essential for job placement. “Most of the candidates are young people who for

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one reason or another dropped out of school. They came to the region to seek employment but miss chances owing to lack of academic papers,” noted the Education Officer. He underscored the value of adult and continuing education at this era urging all those who might have failed to complete their primary and secondary school courses not to lose hope in life since there is still chance. “The candidates hail from all over the country and this year we have one from the neighbouring country Tanzania,” stated Kitonga. He urged all those who missed to complete their basic education to enroll for adult classes that are currently doing very well in the region. The International Literacy Day in the region will be marked next Friday September 7, 2018 at the Institute with various stakeholders scheduled to grace the occasion.

Sigh of relief for Nanyuki stall owners By Bob Gachingiri

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mall scale traders in Nanyuki town have all reason to smile after they finally got to occupy their stalls at the main stage. The over 200 entrepreneurs had invested their hard-earned millions to be allocated the stalls by the then Nanyuki Municipal council but they had to wait for almost a decade.

However, it took the intervention of the Justice and Environmental Foundation (JEF) and the current County government to bring an end to an almost impasse. ‘I could not envisage a situation that I have lost my money and chokoras (sic) are residing in a place I paid for’, Peter Kanyi said during an interview. He added that the over shs130,

000 he had invested almost a decade ago could have gone to nought considering the fact that he is just a stall owner. Robert Kinyua, an enforcement officer with Jeff told the County Times that the state of the stage had for many years posed a health threat to the residents of the town and travellers too. ‘We had to act and scale heights to rectify the situation. The stall owners and hundreds of travellers using the main stage on a daily basis were at risk of contracting diseases’, Mr Kinyua averred. He added that the County government had at first ignored rectifying the situation but gave in after being threatened with a court suit. ‘We had to flex the muscle for the sake of the residents’, Mr Kinyua said. The stalls had become a

dumping site and toilets for all, especially street families who had literally assumed residence owing to the fact that they had no doors. Another stall owner, Mr Patrick Gichuki confided that the traders suffered losses after investing in the project. ‘It was a noble idea to put up the new stalls but it surely beats logic that our money ended up lying in the Nanyuki municipal council coffers for close to a decade, with nothing to show for it’, he said. The traders are currently paying shs 1, 500 monthly to the County government after reaching an agreement. ‘I would say that Ndiritu Muriithi, the current governor, and his team, did a great job to bring sanity at the Matatu stage. The stalls were an eyesore for years and our money was lying idle for no reason at all’, Mr Kanyi said

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Commissioner warns officers who collude with illegal brewers By County Correspondent

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yandarua County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich has warned chiefs and police officers who collude with illegal brewers that they risked being dismissed from public service. However, Cherutich said he was happy that most of the notorious illicit brewers in the area have since abandoned the practice. “Tell the remaining few culprits to follow suit or the law will deal with them. You know when you are taken to court the fine is punitive. Those we arrested in the past are still languishing in prisons because

they cannot raise the huge amounts,” he warned. Cherutich was speaking at Bahati village, Mukindu sub location, when he led the local security team in a raid in the area, where illicit brewing was still rampant. At the same time, the County Commissioner directed chiefs to get rid of village elders who were not helping them in the fight against illicit brews and other societal vices. He said elders were supposed to improve intelligence gathering on the ground to enable the government to be on top of

things in terms of enhancing security. Bahati village that borders Lake Ol Bolossat is inhabited by Turkana community which is the second largest group in Nyandarua County after their Kikuyu counterparts. During the meeting, members of the Turkana community who spoke complained bitterly over what they called unnecessary vetting when their youth attained the mandatory age to apply for national identity card. “Our parents settled here in 1960 but we are still being asked to go back to Lodwar, Turkana County to apply for IDs from there. The process is so tedious that some of our youths miss out on chances to join security forces because by the time they acquire the vital document, they are already beyond the age limit,” lamented Jeremiah Ewoi. The County Commissioner promised to intervene, adding that as long as the area chief has approved name(s) for issuance of the document, no other vetting was required.  

Shs 50 boda boda operators home By Bob Gachingiri Three years ago, Peter Macharia, a father of three had not thought that he could be an owner of a stone house. All along he had been paying rent and could have laughed off the idea of ever owning his own house, considering the fact that he is a boda boda (motorbike) operator. That however, is now in the past. He has been contributing shs 50 on a daily basis to the Nanyuki boda boda saving and Credit Society (NABOSA) and this has enabled him to be a house owner. ‘I do not pay rent anymore and as much as I still service the loan availed to me, I am proud of my achievement so far’, Macharia says during a recent interview with the County Times. When the idea was conceived, the

riders approached the Laikipia County government and they were funded to visit Kitengela where there was an existing project about the same.

A founder and board member Mr Richard Mbugua says that apart from the housing project, members also have access to loans at low interest rates.

‘The tour opened our eyes and after coming back, we sold the idea to our members who embraced it wholly’, Mr David kairu, the Chairman of the Sacco said.

‘We give them loans to buy motorbikes and pay school fees. Some have been able to upgrade and bought vehicles,’ he said.

They started with 120 members but the number is now over 400. On a daily basis, the operators contribute ksh 50 only and with this, they have been able to buy land and put up the houses at their plot which is 7 kilometres out of Nanyuki town in the Sweet Waters area. The National Co-operative Housing Union (NACHU) also chipped in and partly financed the venture.

The Sacco also has a spare parts shop where members can get motor bikes spares on credit and pay at an agreed pace. The daily contributions are not limited to shs 50 only; some of the members contribute more to increase their savings, according to Mbugua. ‘Starting the Sacco is the best thing that happened to us as boda boda operators. We have been able to uplift our living standards and instilled a sense of saving discipline in our members’, Mr Kairu says.


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MedICAL suppLIes: 92 per cent of all the medicines ordered from Kenya Medical supplies Association have been received

Isiolo hospital morgue under refurbishments The Isiolo Referral Hospital Mortuary will be closed for refurbishment for a maximum of ten days. By County Correspondent Isiolo County Chief Officer for Medical Services Ibrahim Alio confirmed that the devolved unit has already sought court clearance and disposed the bodies still stored in the morgue to pave way for its refurbishment to offer better services “We are seeking alternative

neighbouring facilities like Meru to allow us install cooling systems in the morgue and stop using chemicals to preserve the bodies. We got a clearance from the courts to dispose the eighteen bodies that had not been claimed,” said the Chief Officer. Alio who was speaking shortly after the first day of a two day meeting to foster familiarization between the county government and three private organizations in a Isiolo resort yesterday said the morgue has been inspected by experts to expose what should be done to bring it to modern standards and this will be done in the

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Family appeals for medical help By County Correspondent A family in King’uka village, Marmanet Ward Laikipia County is appealing to the government and well-wishers to help them raise money to treat their son who is suffering from cancer. The disease has disfigured his face with a deep wound, covering major part of the face. The boy’s father took off as soon as he learnt his first born child was suffering from cancer. The mother of four narrated how his son has been forced to drop out of school to seek medical attention as his health worsens day in day out. Laikipia nominated member of County Assembly, Irene Wacuka who had visited the home called for government intervention.

next two weeks. The Chief Officer dismissed claims by some area residents that the medical facilities in the County do not have medicine adding that 92 per cent of all the medicines ordered from Kenya Medical Supplies Association have been received and they have sought

an alternative for those missing. “As we speak now, all the essential drugs are available and we will constantly be supplying where we feel that the stock is going down below the important levels. It’s only eight percent that is missing,” said Alio.

Members of the neighbouring community have created a platform to help the family in raising funds in aid of the boy. “We have come up with an idea of creating a Pay Bill Number 588814 with an account name Moses Munene to help raise the medical bill,” said Timothy Mwangi, a resident.

Sacco engages farmers in agribusiness Community Cries for Unprotected Defilement Victims BY COUNTY CORRESpONDENT

A 16 year old defilement victim is fighting for her life at a Nyahururu hospital after attempting suicide following threats from the assailant’s family.

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he form one student, who is expecting a child as a result of the ordeal, took poison after she was attacked by her assailant’s wife in a bid to conceal evidence that will nail the culprit. While tearfully narrating the evening incident, the soft spoken minor said her attacker pounced on her with a panga on her way to a shopping centre, demanding that she desists from implicating her husband in her wayward behaviour.

“I tried to resist her efforts to kill me. My wails attracted passersby who came to my rescue and tried to snatch the machete from her. “I managed to run away but she overwhelmed them and pursued me to my home. My mother wrestled her for a while before neighbours came to her aid,” recalled the minor at her hospital bed, where she had been taken shortly after the incident. The family of the girl have appealed to the prosecution to help them protect her even as she prepared to give her testimony in court on September 10 this year. “The accused family has on several occasions approached us for an out of court settlement to no avail. This attack is aimed at eliminating the key witness and only evidence that we have before she gives her testimony. I appeal to the police to take action against the assailant who is at large and offer security to my daughter who was to resume

studies,” noted the victim’s father. The community, which has decried increasing threats against such minors, has appealed to the prosecution to consider witness protection programmes. “Hers is not an isolated case as yet another victim recorded a statement, with the police, claiming to have been threatened to drop the case or be killed. “Most defilement cases here have gone unreported as these threats are also aimed at compelling the parents to agree to an out of court settlement which is against the law,” added Thomas Karei, the community’s children’s rights activist. The family has since recorded statements at the Marmanet police post with a police officer confirming that the search for the woman, said to be hiding at a relative’s place, had commenced.

Siraji Saving and Credit Cooperative Society (Sacco) Chief Executive Officer Felix Ochieng Muhando has urged farmers to embrace modern farming technology for improved food production. Muhando says the cooperative has started agribusiness program which provides a wide range of agricultural knowledge in regard to modern agricultural practices and also connects farmers with certified suppliers for farm inputs. “Embracing new farming technology is the way to go if counties and the national government are to fulfil food security as one of the country’s big four agenda,” he noted. The Sacco will work closely with partners like Bayer East Africa among others in helping small scale farmers through training to ensure food security in our

country, being one of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s big action plans, added Muhando. The CEO also said the Sacco is seeking willing partners to help in establishing technology which would help to monitor farmers and their activities through their phones. Siraji Sacco was started by farmers who were working in Siraji farms and has grown immensely in service provision to its over 100 affiliated member groups. According to the CEO, the Sacco, which started in 1996 with only 90 members, has grown to the current membership of 8, 500. “It started the agribusiness program to support its members after realizing once they retired and retreated to farming, they were experiencing problem of capital and agricultural information,” Muhando observed. He also noted that the Sacco

also insures different crops as advised by Kenya Union of Sacco (KUSCCO) - Agribusiness Unit. The Sacco serves wheat, potatoes, milk, French peas and tomato farmers among other crops in Laikipia and Meru counties. It also works closely with World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) staff serving in Mt. Kenya region to train Sacco leaders who in turn train their farmers On its social responsibility policy, Muhando pointed out that the Sacco sponsors a number of needy students joining form one, by paying their school fees from form one to four, besides providing text books to schools. The CEO urged County governments to partner with Saccos through funding and providing field officers to train and monitor farmers in their areas of jurisdiction.

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Give birth in health facilities BY COUNTY CORRESpONDENT

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aikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi, is concerned over the current statistics in the department of health which indicate that a big percent of children births in the area, takes place at home. He noted that the data indicate that 30 percent of deliveries take place at home, adding that this is not good for the health of the mother and baby. “The possibility of infection of children who are born at home through assistance of traditional birth attendants and other people is very high,” the governor added. Speaking yesterday while officially opening Timau farmers and Ethi

dispensaries, Muriithi challenged chiefs and their assistants to help the ministry of health workers sensitize people on the importance of giving birth in a hospital.

said a total of 52 percent of the total Laikipia County population had been registered as of August 2018, as compared to the current national coverage of 36 percent.

The Governor further said that County data shows that 24 percent of children in Laikipia County are not immunized. He added that the ratio of children who are not immunized to those who are fully immunized is 1:4, adding that full immunization plays a big role in prevention of diseases.

The governor said that NHIF cover is the best way to go for health related issues because one is required to pay only sh.17, sh. 500 or sh. 6, 000 per day, month and year respectively.

The County boss said prevention costs very little or nothing at all adding that, the County department of health is working hard to ensure that all children are fully immunized. On National Hospital Insurance Fund NHIF) cover, the governor

Murithi pointed out that the County has engaged Community Health Workers who are moving from house to house to register people on NHIF cover. Currently there are 44 NHIF accredited health facilities and the governor said two more are in the process of being accredited.


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Students warned against arson in schools Secondary school students in the Eastern region have been cautioned against burning of schools and destruction of property. Speaking at Njuri High School in Chuka Sub County, Eastern Regional Coordinator Wycliffe Ogallo stressed that those found culpable will be arrested and arraigned in court. Ogallo pleaded with the students to avoid criminal activities that could land them into trouble maintaining that there will be no leniency to the culprits. According to investigations, he said, most of the students involved in burning of schools are poor performers with intent to ruin others’ career.

“Our investigations show that most of the students involved in razing of schools are the few performing badly,” Ogallo said. The administrator said more than 60 students from 18 schools in the region had so far been arraigned in

court for the vice. Ogallo was flanked by County security team led by Commissioner Muzne Abdullatif, Chuka deputy County commissioner Omar Beja and other heads of departments.

Matiang’i warns prison officers Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, has warned prison officers who are engaging in smuggling contraband substances into prison that they will be sacked. Matiang’i noted that some prison officers are said to be trafficking bhang, phones and smuggling other substances into prison while others are aiding offenders from amongest

officers. Speaking when he visited Nyeri G.K Kingongo prison, Matiangi’i said he talked to the relevant officers to ensure that the rogue officers are taken out of the system and desirable officers employed to those vacancies. He said the country does not have positions for people who are not working adding that Kenya is a

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working nation. He also said the Country has no chance for officers who attempt to engage in bringing alcohol and some substances regardless of the temptations. The CS was accompanied by Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet.

COUNTY HEALTH Company launches campaign to combat iron deficiency BY COUNTY CORRRESpONDENT Leading food, home and personal care products manufacturer, Unilever East Africa has embarked on a countrywide campaign of combating iron deficiency. This is by encouraging Kenyans to embrace practice of cooking iron-rich foods. The campaign dubbed “Get Your Iron Up” according to Royco brand manager Bontle Modiselle is aimed at encouraging Kenyans to increase intake of iron. The move he said will decrease prevalence of anaemia that was a big challenge for women especially those in the reproductive age. Micronutrient deficiencies, he said, were highly prevalent in the country with iron being the highest contributor to high anaemia rates as a result of poor dietary. She cited a joint assessment report by the company in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and World Food Programme on the issue of the deficiencies. Ms. Modiselle said according to the report, a quarter of all women of reproductive age and half of pregnant women were anaemic with iron deficiency being singled out as the

most Some of the symptoms associated with iron deficiency include extreme tiredness, fatigue and dizziness. “It is on this premise that we as a company decided to be part of the solution through raising awareness on iron deficiency,” said the manager, adding that their target was to reach five million Kenyans with these messages by the end of the year. Speaking at Karatina Town while launching the campaign for the Mt. Kenya Region, Ms. Modiselle said so far more than 36,000 girls and 18,000 mothers had been trained on how to cook nutritious food since the campaign started in May. She said their campaigns were accompanied by cooking demonstrations of commonly consumed dishes that are rich in iron such as kales and spinach. The company is also using the campaign she said was endorsed by the Health and Education Ministries to promote their new Royco iron fortified cubes in Kenyan market. Karatina business woman, Susan Wanjiru, hailed the campaign, saying it would go a long way in changing their cooking behavior assuring their families of well-balanced meals.

Mark black spots to warn drivers, Ministry urged

Mrs. Grace Gitari preaching during a sunday service at st. Luke Catholic church in nanyuki ward. Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi has commended the Catholic Church for allowing lay faithful to preach during Sunday services. Ndiritu said he was impressed with what he witnessed at St. Luke Nturukuma Catholic Church in Nanyuki ward where he attended the Sunday service. The Governor was speaking after the church service, where a lay leader, Mrs. Grace Githaiga, who was assisted by two other women, gave powerful sermon. He said he was a staunch Catholic Church faithful, and at no time in his life has he ever witnessed a lay faithful on the pulpit preaching in his denomination. The Governor said there was need to provide opportunities in the churches for people with preaching gifts which touched the society positively. “The congregation has a lot gain if preaching in the church is opened to the gifts so many lay people have,” Ndiritu noted. He said though not ordained, Mrs. Gitari demonstrated a gift of inspired preaching that could explain the word of God in such a moving way into the hearts of the congregation.

Nyandarua County Governor Francis Kimemia addresses mourners at a sendoff mass in Catholic Church in Mairo-inya, Ndaragwa constituency of Nyandarua County

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overnor Francis Kimemia of Nyandarua is calling on the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to mark accident black spots along Kenyan highways to alert drivers. Speaking during a funeral mass for the five relatives who perished at Kianugu

along Nyeri – Nyahururu road, Nyandarua Governor Kimemia said many lives are being lost at specific sites on the highways. “We have lost over 20 lives at Kianugu in Ndaragwa this year alone and it has been happening in many spots across the country. Black spots in the country should be marked so that drivers can

be enlightened of the specific sites,” said Kimemia. The County boss called on drivers to respect traffic laws adding that erecting bumps will not solve the menace. “Drivers should be keen while driving on these roads and should always be ready to observe the rules governing the sector to prevent loss of

lives,” he said. Addressing mourners at the same gathering, Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni urged the Ministry of infrastructure and police to clear roads immediately after accidents. “We shall liaise with the Ministry of Infrastructure to survey the Kianugu section but drivers must be keen while using the roads,” added the legislator. Five people, members of the same family died during an accident that happened at the notorious Kianugu stretch in Ndaragwa constituency along the Nyahururu – Nyeri road. Among those who perished during the 10 pm accident were Mr Zachary Kiguru a MairoInya based businessman, his two children aged 16 and 8 years, his sister and a niece who were travelling in a personal vehicle. The businessman, his sister and niece died on the spot while his two children died as they were being rushed to the Nyahururu County Referral Hospital. Eight other people among them Kiguru’s wife sustained serious injuries in the crash that involved a 14-seater matatu and the personal vehicle.


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Protests over mismanagement by farmers By County correspondent

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ome Muiru coffee farmers’ cooperative society members in Chuka Igambang’ombe constituency have threatened to hold protests at the Tharaka Nithi County headquarters in Kathwana on over what they described as mismanagement at the factory. The farmers faulted the current leadership of sourcing loans totaling Sh10 million without their consent and not paying terminal benefits to some of its employees who retired last year. One of them who sought anonymity

said they had already drafted a petition that they will present to deputy governor Francis Kagwima, who is in charge of cooperatives. The frustrated farmers complained of the poor payment rates at the society that had forced about 200 members to move to the nearby wellpaying factories. “Our factory has lost quite a big number of farmers to nearby factories that are well paying because of the constant Sh30 per kilo every season,” complained the farmers On his part, the society’s secretary manager Edward Mutwiri claimed

that the irritated farmers were leaders in the former regime suspended unanimously by members in 2015. “The farmers are under influence of three others who have been spreading propaganda and dividing our farmers, the same people who were thrown out,” Mutwiri said. Mutwiri said the region has for the past three seasons produced a class four grade cherry which cannot pay well compared to other coffee growing areas. “The quality of the coffee our farmers are producing is very poor and they are producing small

quantities making it hard to get good returns,” the secretary manager said He however admitted that the society had borrowed loans amounting to Sh9.3 million and had been used to cater for its normal operations among them payment of its employees. “The society only gets Sh2.5 million which is not enough to pay our employees as the wage bill stands at Sh4 million annually,” Mutwiri added. On retired employees’ benefits, Mutwiri admitted that they had not been paid but assured that they will soon be paid.

Tharaka Nithi road contractors on notice

Need for guidance and counselling units

The Eastern Regional Commissioner Mr. Wycliffe Ogallo put on notice contractors of national government projects in Tharaka -Nithi County warning that contracts running behind schedule will be re-advertised. Ogallo said the government wouldl not condone any contractor who delayed projects some of which have been commissioned by the President himself. Speaking at a public baraza at Marimanti in Tharaka constituency after inspecting works on the on-going construction of two roads in Chuka Igambang’ombe and Tharaka areas covering a 40 kilometers stretch, Mr. Ogallo said contractors must ensure projects are completed within schedule. The administrator said he was dismayed to learn that work on the Sh1.2 billion Kibugua-Itugururu road and Sh1.7 billion CiakarigaMarimanti-Gatunga stretches had stalled. The Kirubia road, that started in July 2017, is supposed to be complete by January next year and the Ciakariga one that kicked off in June 2016 should be complete by June next year but only 60 percent

By County Correspondent A multi-agency public security team in Meru County has cited the need for the community and religious leaders to spearhead the establishment of public guidance and counselling units. Speaking in Meru town, Imenti North OCPD, Peter Kimani, the secretary to the team said incidents of violence in families were on the increase in the recent past arguing that the larger community had an obligation to safeguard public security right from the family level. He said factors leading to violence at family level and the larger society were numerous and adults should always be responsible enough with what they do and say in case of misunderstandings so as to avoid venting their anger and frustrations on innocent children. The security officer reiterated that community and religious leaders were in a better position to contain violence adding that they enjoyed a close relationship with the public. “These leaders are able to notice when anybody was developing strange behavior and habits likely to burst into life threatening flames at an early stage and be able to lay

has so far been completed on the two roads. Ogallo told representatives of West Build General Construction Limited, contractors of both roads to note that this time the government would be firm and any delay would mean instant suspension of the contract. “It is no longer business as usual, the government will ensure that all its projects are completed within the stipulated period,” Ogallo said. The commissioner who was with the Tharaka County commissioner Muzne Abdullatif announced that his office will start making regular visits on the said roads to monitor progress for the wananchi to be assured of benefiting from the project. On food security, he pleaded with the locals to keep some food for their own consumption arguing that the region in most cases receives adequate rainfall. “I want to challenge all the people not to sell all their produce so as to benefit from government relief food but rather keep enough for their families’ consumption,” he said.

Police recovers motorbikes and electronic goods Police arrested five suspects and recovered five motorbikes belonging to a private security firm, uniforms and electronics of unknown value at a residential house in Isiolo town. Confirming the arrest and recovery, Isiolo Sub County Criminal Investigation Officer Mr. Michael Kimilu said the police acted on a tip off from members of the public and arrested two suspects who later led them to

arrest three others. Mr. Kimilu said that police also recovered helmets and assorted motorbike spare parts from the suspects’ house in Isiolo town. He said the thugs were operating in Isiolo, Meru, Tharaka Nithi and Embu. The stolen bikes from Isiolo are reportedly sold in Meru, Tharaka and Embu. The DCIO further said that uniforms belonging to G4S were

recovered and are believed to have been used by the suspects at night. Kimilu said that the police have launched a man hunt for other criminals who are still at large and the five would be taken to court once the investigations are complete. The DCIO appealed to motor bike operators to cooperate with police and report any incident so that swift action could be taken against suspects.

workable interventions,” Kimani said. He urged parents to embrace amicable ways of solving misunderstandings so as to save children from abuse as spouses struggled to outshine each other in a prevailing quarrel. He regretted that some community and religious leaders were not keen and pro-active in realizing that one of their own was suffering from financial, social or even mental shortcomings after which they can report the same to relevant offices for action before situations get out of hand. The police boss said police officers drew no pleasure from being called to carry bodies to the mortuary after somebody has been murdered in cold blood by either a relative or a neighbor after slight provocation. “Police investigations on the cause of either murder or suicide get back to family or social problems which can be resolved amicably if noticed and reported accordingly,” Kimani observed. Kimani further challenged parents to create adequate time for their families to enhance effective parenting to save the youth from engaging in lawlessness.

NYANDARUA

Nyandarua MCAs Resolve to Divide Idle County Cash. Nyandarua Members of County Assembly have resolved to share un-itemized Shs.20 million in this year’s Shs.6 billion budget to develop their wards. In a motion of amendment Gatimu ward MCA, Kieru Wambui proposed that idle money should be shared equally among the 25 electoral wards, a move that was unanimously adopted. The purpose of the money, under the road maintenance vote head, had not been indicated.  The assembly also resolved to slash Shs.1 million from the allocation to the County Secretary’s office to rent an office for the County Public Service Board, which has since 2013 occupied a Youth Empowerment Centre in Ol Kalau.  “The Sh1 million be given to the County Public Service Board as rent for one year, so it can vacate the Youth Centre and seek accommodation elsewhere,” Kieru said.  Moving the approval of the budget, Budget Committee chairman, Kiiru Gachomba told the County treasury to be serious when drafting the budget.  He said this year’s budget had serious variations from the County Fiscal paper that had been approved by the assembly.  Gachomba said because of passing the budget late, the County would suffer a one percent penalty from the National Treasury. Murungaru Ward MCA, Kariuki Muchiri said the County needs a resources sharing policy to cushion largely populated wards that received fewer resources.  “The budget did not allocate money for settlement of pending bills amounting to Shs.300 million for 2015/16 financial year and yet it had made provision for pending bills for 2016/17 period,” noted Muchiri amidst

Passenger collapses and dies in a bus A passenger collapsed and died soon after booking a Nairobi bound bus in Isiolo town. Commuters in the bus were shocked to realize that the middle aged man had died inside the bus. The passenger booked the bus at 8.30pm last evening for 6.00 am departure. He is said to have reported

to the bus station before the departure time and after stashing his bag in the carrier, he collapsed before he could seat. He died on the spot. According to Isiolo Raha Bus Company Manager Mr. Elema Jarso, the passenger seemed to be in good health prior to his death. The matter was reported to the police who came and

removed the body to Isiolo referral Hospital mortuary before the bus left for Nairobi. Isiolo OCPD Mr. Mohamed Bakuli confirmed the incident and said police have launched investigation. Mr. Bakuli said that the name of the deceased would be released to press after the next of kin were informed.


AUGUST 2018

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A.Being a good photographer is more than just mastering your camera or owning the latest and most expensive camera gear- it’s about the inherent qualities that allow you to see beauty in the most unexpected places and capture that beauty in a photograph. An exceptional photographer has creativity and imagination for photography, for all intents and purposes, is a form of art. A good photographer must be able to look at something ordinary or even extraordinary and find a million different ways to interpret what he’s seeing and convey those interpretations in a beautiful and meaningful photos. He ought to have and eye for detail to ensure that all elements within the photo-lighting, composition, subject- work together harmoniously to convey the right vision or message. Whatever photography field one is in, patience (lots of it) is always an essential quality to have because no matter how much you try to control every variable, things just won’t go your way. You need to be patient enough to wait for the perfect lighting, difficult clients etc. Most of all, you need to be patient enough to keep trying when you simply cant get that right shot. In addition to patience, you need to be flexible. These two qualities go hand in hand-you need to be patient enough to deal with whatever comes your way, and you need to be flexible enough to make the best of undesirable conditions. You also need to have good people skills because as being a photographer, it means working with people- whether it’s a client, a model or even a fellow photographer and thus good people skills are required. You’ll also need to network to obtain clients and partnerships, so knowing how to connect and communicate effectively is imperative. Lastly, one needs passion. When you are passionate about what you do, it will always shine through in your work. It takes a lot of time and effort to make it as a professional photographer and the ones who do succeed and manage to make a name for themselves are those that are truly passionate about their craft. Q. We had recently witnessed an attempt by the Kenya Films and Classification Board to try and muzzle the creatives/arts by coming up with draconian regulations.In our neighbouring Tanzania , bloggers have to part with hefty licence fees to get authority to run a blog. Uganda sneaked in social media taxes for its citizens thereby inhibiting creatives to freely conduct their affairs without much prohibition and obstacles.What do you think should be done to ensure the arts are maximumly benefiting those actively in those crafts?

Q. There is an influx of freelance photographers. Does this have any impact on the trade in any way? Are professional photographers feeling the pinch?

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A.In my opinion you can’t limit anyone from doing photography as it is an art and people use it to express their creativity. I am actually happy to see other aspiring photographers joining the field. However, these freelance photographers are coming in blind. Some of them are just doing this for fun and it is becoming really hard for us as they are really underpricing and also they have no clue about the ethics in photography. They are making it hard for the professional photographers to work as the authorities are literally on our backs so yeah we are feeling the pinch Q. You have a background in ICT. What lured you to an art like photography? How does it blend with your ICT background? A.Photography started from way back because my very first toy that my folks bought me was a toy camera and it fascinated me more than toy cars did. When I joined high school at St. Mary's Nyeri, I joined the journalism club as a writer but again I was more interested in taking pictures than writing. I later joined Dedan Kimathi University of Technology to study Bachelor of Business in Information Technology, currently in 4th year, where I got the chance to interact with a lot of people who had DSLRs and sooner got to meet Sam Kairu, a photojournalist based in Nyeri, who put me through an externship; Artika, which is where my photography skills were improved to better levels. So to cut my long story short, I have been interested in photography since way back though I love computers and the science behind them. Q. A while back social media went wild with the #IfikieWazazi frenzy. Youthful freelance photographers had been taking raunchy photoshoots of young ladies - who are either in high school or campus – posing as models.There was a national outcry. What are your thoughts? How do we ensure sanity prevails in this field? A.I was actually perturbed by that whole issue. Photography is a discipline which has ethics which these youthful freelance photographers clearly don't know. I wouldn't actually call them photographers,rather, DSLR owners. There's more to just owning one. Whatever they think they were doing, they clearly got it wrong. Most of them just do it to get likes on Social Media platforms like instagram, facebook,tumblr to mention but a few. I think the way to bring back the sanity in this field is having free photography workshops where photographers in the game share their skills to these young freelance photographers, mentor them show them that photography is indeed a career they can depend on but they have to have some principles while they are at it. Q. What really sets an exceptional photographer from the rest, in your opinion?

A.It is one thing to protect the online audience from “harmful” content and another to ambush and kill a whole population with incredible creativity because one of the ways to showcase talent and craft is through the content captured by creative minds out there and I think these draconian regulations buy KFCB were not well thought and that they were made out of spite. In my opinion, this is utter tyranny as the guys at KFCB are deciding on what is good or bad from where they sit. However I am a huge supporter of creative and well thought ideas and also advocate for appropriate content. The hefty fees are unreasonable as not everyone will afford them and if they do, when they display it to their audiences the return on investment will not translate to the value of their hard work. Q. Who are some of the photographers you look up to locally and internationally. ? A. Locally I look up to Irungu, Sam Kairu; these two actually mentored me into photography, brian kigen, Anthony trivet, Jaylo Kamanda of KamandaDynasty photography, Osborne Macharia to mention but just a few. Internationally, Steve McCurry, Pieter Hugo, Jessica Kobeissi, Julia Trotti among other favourites Q. You were mentored under a programme run by Nyeri – based photojournalist Sam Kairu. Would you encourage budding photography enthusiasts to take up such opportunities to polish their skills? A.Yes I was in an intensive mentorship programme where I actually levelled my photography skills and I would most definitely encourage young enthusiasts to take up such opportunities. I would also be willing to help in mentoring other photography enthusiasts to polish their skills. Q. Which type of photography do you mainly practise?Why did you settle for it? A.I mainly practice portrait photography with a little fuse of urban and nature. I also love doing automotive photography which is what am currently working on. Why portrait photography? Well, its what I trained on as I was starting and also I love capturing emotions as you know a picture is worth a thousand words Q. When you are not at your day job, how do you unwind? A.I watch photography videos by international photographers on youtube where I get to learn new trends, tricks and new ideas which I can incorporate in my photography. Q. What would you encourage the Kenyan Government to do to improve the welfare of photographers, photographers and videographers? A.The government should have or put in place better and workable policies to allow photographers and videographers exercise their craft with ease and also allow for new innovations and ideas in the photo and film industries Q. Your parting shot A. You want to be a good photographer, practice and practice. Nothing comes easy.


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COUNTY VIBES

SIDE HUSTLE: BAGS AT GAKERE ROAD

AUGUST 2018

ALFRED ADLER The lifestyle Doctor acquiring wealth and more wealth or a lifestyle of serving yourself and others?

What is lifestyle?

Alfred Adler

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lfred Adler was an Austrian Psychologist and doctor born in 1870 and died aged 67 in 1937. He was a 3rd born in a family of seven.

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ags are a common sight today in our modern world. In fact, they play a big role in our day to day activities. Be it shopping bags, travelling bags or just common handbags, they are all useful in one way or another. In the heart of Nyeri town, along Gakere Road, we met one Haman Karani who is a bag vendor. Haman is a third year student at the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, pursuing Engineering. He started by selling dresses but turned to bags when he realized that they had more market and profit than the dresses. Haman sells a wide variety of bags including handbags, travelling bags, shopping bags and even official bags. He works with a very close friend of his called Martin Maina, who went to school up to Form Four. They open the business daily from five in the evening to around eight. They have a wide variety of customers mostly women and female students. Their customers come from all over the County and not just Nyeri town. Haman and Martin’s business has some if not a lot of advantages. In fact, what motivated Martin to join the business is because he wanted to be his own boss and his former job did not satisfy his needs. The profit they generate is enough to cater for all their needs. Martin says that he can now pay rent comfortably and without much of a hassle. Though the business is profitable, the two friends also come across some difficulties. The most prominent obstacle they face is business hours. On weekdays, they are allowed to open in the evening, from five to eight, which limits their time for business. This is because at this time most people are in a hurry to get home and hardly have time to shop. It is only on Sundays that they are allowed to open from morning to evening. Another challenge is impolite customers who may speak harshly to them and demotivate them. Slow movement of stock too is another problem but they have learnt to cope with it in time. They both have expectations for the future regarding the business. They plan on opening a big shop in Nyeri that deals with bags of all kinds in maybe the next five years. Their customers too praise them for example, Eunice; a student says she likes their bags because they are affordable and well designed. Haman and Martin also urged the youth not to stay at home idle and complain of joblessness. They also urged the youth to keep off drugs and crime. Their sentiments were also supported by Pastor Njeri who is one of their customers. She urged young people to emulate Haman and Martin to get a means of livelihood.

His life story as brought out by Adler University, the institution that advocates his values to date described Adler as frail and sickly in childhood. He had a disease called Rickets in his early years of life a disease that is indeed disabling. He nearly died of pneumonia when he was five years old. His sickly childhood and the serial conflicts between siblings in his early life made him feel inferior throughout his childhood. Adler had always wished to be a medical doctor and his wish came to pass at the age of twenty five when he got a degree in medicine from the University of Vienna. He started his medical practice as an eye doctor before going to general practice. Adler regarded health as not the absence of pneumonia or other physical diseases only, but wellbeing in one’s social life too. This is what Adler is known for to date. He practiced medicine but with a special interest in the social life of his patients. His concepts on social wellbeing were developed a while back but they are still valid to date. World Health Organization defines Health as such. It defines Health as well being of an individual physically, emotionally, socially as well as spiritually. Social wellbeing, Adler’s pet topic in principle regulates the health of an individual. When you are okay socially, it is that you will generally be happy. Adler’s concepts touched on what is popularly known today as Lifestyle. We talk of lifestyle diseases like Hypertension and Diabetes among many that can be accelerated by inappropriate lifestyles. We talk of mental health conditions that follow the same path too making lifestyle a topic that need to be understood thoroughly for healthy living. Adler’s lifestyle was one; an interest in social wellbeing of self and others. What of your lifestyle? What do you stand for? A lifestyle geared to

Adler through Adler’s University website intimates that lifestyle is “a person’s basic character as established early in childhood”; it is “A way or style of living” that brings out a person’s basic character. It is about how you carry yourself in all your activities. It is about how you carry yourself emotionally in social activities. The name commonly used as a person’s basic character is what is referred to as personality. Psychologist Benjamin Lahey in his book, PSYCHOLOGY ,An introduction- 8th edition defines personality which is also a basic character as “the typical ways of acting, thinking and feelings that make a person different from another”. This easily comes out in your social activities, your environment and in your spirituality. What healthy activities are you involved in? Do you exercise? Do you eat healthy? Do you seek healthy environmental setups? Generally, what accompanies your emotional life? Are you an anxious person by nature? Are you pessimistic or optimistic with life? Do you consistently increase your intellectual capacity by seeking out more knowledge in books, magazines, journals and or even newsletters like this one? Which values do you seek out? What are your preferences and outlook in life? The way you act, think and feel brings out your values and you are subject to your values. In summary, the way you act, feel and think or your lifestyle which is easily picked up in a social setting is a public pronouncement of how you understand or view yourself. This is what is popularly known as selfawareness. Yet many people come short on this perspective. They are not aware that their actions thoughts and emotions inconvenience themselves and others too! No wonder they get shocked when they are told they have a lifestyle disease yet according to their assessment, their lifestyle is without a hitch.

others”. This is what Adler stood for. This was his lifestyle. As a medical doctor, he believed in touching hearts of every client he came across for effective physical and psychological healing. To date Adler University practice the founder’s core value. This is a commitment to positive social change of persons and communities.

How did Adler achieve his goal? According to Adler University, it is that Adler regarded the family as the ultimate cure of all mental health challenges in the community. He believed in “cooperation and effective communication among societal members”. This goes a long way in alleviating mental health challenges in the community. They place Adler as a first community psychologist for as early as 1922 “he arranged public counseling sessions of parents and children”. Indeed Adler fits in as a natural counseling psychologist for he taught valuable lessons about life, upfront being, we need to develop values or a lifestyle geared to improving our neighbors livelihood especially the less fortunate. It is not about wealth much as it is important. It is not capitalism. It is about effective relationships. It is about solving other people’s challenges. Former United States president Barrack Obama on his visit to his father’s ancestral land affirms the importance of kinship and the community for he said, “I visited my father’s grave and it gave me a sense of satisfaction that no five star hotel could ever provide”. It is being in good fulfilling relationships among our kinsmen that we are indeed genuinely happy. Obama believes in shared brotherhood among his kinsmen the same concept advanced by Adler almost seventy years ago which is interest in the social good of one’s neighbor and community.

Social interest Adler being a medical doctor willed that everyone should be healthy for productivity not physically alone, but socially too. He wanted persons to live their life to the full. This he believed can be achieved or developed by having ‘Social interest’ in the persons you interact with. Adler University places social interest as the core value Adler lived with and the university places it as a core value in its mission too. Adler University interpreted social interest as “an individual’s personal interest in furthering the welfare of

Wambugu Njagi is a clinician and psychologist with a wealth of experience. He helps many cope with many challenges that afflicts us including health issues through counseling and psychotherapy


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Issue No 74 AUGUST 2018| THE COUNTY TIMES

The Veterinary department vaccinated 231,610 livestock against rift valley fever (RVF),

Livestock vaccinated against Rift valley fever

Dr. Joseph Githinji (Centre in Brown dustcoat during the phase I vaccination exercise)

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he Veterinary department vaccinated 231,610 livestock against rift valley fever (RVF), following outbreak in the neighbouring Counties in the last three months. The County Director of Veterinary services, Dr. Joseph Githinji said in the first phase, 79,410 sheep, 125,600 goats, 21,000 cattle and

5,600 camels were vaccinated against RFV. Dr. Githinji said that in the second phase, four teams were dispatched to Oldonyiro, Ngaremara, Sericho and Merti, targeting to vaccinate 100,000 livestock. The County Director added that the team would vaccinate animals at watering points and also at grazing areas,

and urged herders to report any sign of diseases noted during the vaccination campaign period. The Vet said that since the vaccination started, no signs have been seen and urged herders to cooperate with his officers and stick to their advice. Dr. Githinji said officers were being deployed to open

Chiefs asked to lead by example in polio campaign

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hiefs in Isiolo County were directed to lead by example in the second phase of campaign against polio targeting over 34,000 children. Assistant County Commissioner, Michael Wangila told a meeting for polio vaccination stakeholders that chiefs must ensure their own children who are below five years got immunised in the exercise that was slated for August 4 to August 8 this year. Mr. Wangila said the chiefs’ initiative would encourage

wananchi to volunteer their children as well. He observed that polio immunisation is a national exercise and every child under 5 years must be immunised to make Kenya free from the disease by 2020. Mr. Wangila said that security had been intensified in Ngaremara and Eldera where the turnout in the first phase was poor due to tension among residents following cattle rustling activities. The administrator had urged chiefs and their assistants to accompany health teams

in mobilising the residents during house to house campaign so as to make the exercise a success. He also asked the parents to cooperate and take advantage of the free immunisation of all the children by the Government. The County Health Education Coordinator Ms. Asha Diba revealed that a total of 34,671 children aged below five years were immunised in the first phase. Ms. Diba said Isiolo Sub County had immunised 21,753 instead of the targeted 24,666

markets to inspect live animals and after slaughtering so that wananchi would be safe. He commended Regional Pastoral Livelihood Resilience Project for their vaccine donations and logistics, adding that without them it would be hard due to the closure of the government financial year.

due to insecurity particularly in Ngaremara ward while 8,294 were vaccinated against a target of 8,395 in Garbatulla Sub-County. She said that 101 children were also not immunised in Eldera village due to insecurity which had forced some residents to free the area to the neighbouring county. Diba added that Merti Sub County had immunised 4,624 against a target of 4,022 as parents who herd in grazing zones had moved to trading centres during the polio campaign period. The health education promoter said that 67 per cent of children were immunised in the County compared to the national target of 80 percent hence putting Isiolo at risk.

Chuka coffee farmers to hold protests over mismanagement By County correspondent Some Muiru coffee farmers’ cooperative society members in Chuka Igambang’ombe constituency have threatened to hold protests at the Tharaka Nithi County headquarters in Kathwana on over what they described as mismanagement at the factory. The farmers faulted the current leadership of sourcing loans totaling Sh10 million without their consent and not paying terminal benefits to some of its employees who retired last year. One of them who sought anonymity said they had already drafted a petition that they will present to deputy governor Francis Kagwima, who is in charge of cooperatives. The frustrated farmers complained of the poor payment rates at the society that had forced about 200 members to move to the nearby well-paying factories. “Our factory has lost quite a big number of farmers to nearby factories that are well paying because of the constant Sh30 per kilo every season,” complained the farmers On his part, the society’s secretary manager Edward Mutwiri claimed that the irritated farmers were

leaders in the former regime suspended unanimously by members in 2015. “The farmers are under influence of three others who have been spreading propaganda and dividing our farmers, the same people who were thrown out,” Mutwiri said. Mutwiri said the region has for the past three seasons produced a class four grade cherry which cannot pay well compared to other coffee growing areas. “The quality of the coffee our farmers are producing is very poor and they are producing small quantities making it hard to get good returns,” the secretary manager said He however admitted that the society had borrowed loans amounting to Sh9.3 million and had been used to cater for its normal operations among them payment of its employees. “The society only gets Sh2.5 million which is not enough to pay our employees as the wage bill stands at Sh4 million annually,” Mutwiri added. On retired employees’ benefits, Mutwiri admitted that they had not been paid but assured that they will soon be paid.

Man to serve 20 years for defilement A 35 year old man has been convicted and sentenced to serve 20 years in jail by a Nanyuki court for defiling two minors. Nanyuki Chief Magistrate Lucy Mutai sentenced Yusufu Muriithi Kanini for the offence committed on November 6, 2017 at Shallon village in Laikipia County, where he allegedly defiled two girls, aged 3 and 6 years. The 6 year old girl had told the court that while in the house of the accused, their neighbor, he had sent her 3 year old close friend to buy sweets. And, while alone with the accused, he removed her clothes, laid her on his bed and touched her private parts before dressing her up. The minor, then left and went home, but never told her mother of the ordeal. Meanwhile, when the other girl returned the accused also undressed her and committed the same indecent act with her.

Two weeks later, the 3 year old girl told her mother, Angela Mukore, that the accused had ‘bad manners’ and when she enquired more from her, she explained what happened which was later confirmed by her friend. Mukore informed the other minor’s mother, Ann Njeri and together they reported the matter at Wiyumiririe police station. The accused was arrested and charged with the offence. In court, the accused denied the allegations and in his defense cited grudge between him and Njeri over house rent.  However, the court found the two minors had given corroborating evidence against him, noting that the action of the accused of touching the minors’ private parts amounted to penetration, hence the sentence. He has 14 days to appeal against the sentence. 


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COUNTY NEWS ROUNDUP

Health Benefit of Collard greens Collard greens are part of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes kale. They are an extremely rich source of vitamin K and also contain folate (vitamin B-9- important in red blood cell formation and for healthy cell growth and function. The nutrient is crucial during early pregnancy to reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine), phosphorus and potassium.

Bone health Vitamin K acts as a modifier of bone matrix proteins, it improves calcium absorption, and it may reduce urinary excretion of calcium.

Digestion Collard greens are high in both fiber and water content. These help to prevent constipation, promote regularity, and maintain a healthy digestive tract.

Healthy skin and hair Collard greens have high vitamin A content. Vitamin A is necessary for sebum production, and this keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is crucial for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. It also supports the immune system and the eyes and helps keep the body’s organs healthy. Vitamin C enables the body to build and maintain levels of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair. Iron prevents anaemia, a common cause of hair loss. A lack of iron in the diet can affect how efficiently the body uses energy. Collard greens, spinach, lentils, tuna, and eggs are good sources of iron.

Othaya Level 6 Hospital to start operations By County Correspondent

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thaya Level 6 Hospital that has been under construction for the last seven years is now complete and ready to start operations. The facility, according to Health Principal Secretary, Peter Tum, would be renamed, Mwai Kibaki Teaching and Referral Hospital in honour of the retired president and in whose term of reign, construction commenced. Tum said the government had already set up an operationalization team to ensure the facility would be up and running , much to the reprieve of area residents who travel far and wide in search of specialized treatment. In a tour of the facility to assess the level of preparedness, Tum said 99 percent of the works had been completed with all the necessary installations in place, including equipment to warrant commencement of operations. The PS said government is also in the process of deploying adequate human resource to ensure the 350-bed facility would start operating as scheduled. Tum said the facility would aid in offering high-end services especially in the field of non-communicable diseases that are more prevalent in the region.

The hospital set to benefit Nyeri and neighboring Counties will offer tertiary healthcare in disciplines such as cardiology, neurology, urology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oncology, trauma and orthopedic surgery among others. Nyeri Governor, Mutahi Kahiga, said Phase two of the project that will see construction of a morgue, kitchen and other vital installations would commence soon to ensure the facility operates within its status. He said his government was keen on taking care of the old facility in the compound to ensure it continued normal operations to locals especially in the treatment of minor ailments. Area MP, Gichuki Mugambi, said the facility operationalization was timely as it would go a long way in ensuring delivery of Universal Health Care (UHC) that was one of the big four agenda for the government. The facility has so far spent close to Sh1 billion since inception in 2011, with works stalling midway, after the initial contractor was unable to continue claiming he had under quoted some of the construction materials. However, the construction resumed last year under a new contractor after the government injected an additional Shs 172 million.

lighting.

The hands are exposed to a lot of dirt, dust and bacteria, and all of these can be easily transferred to your peepers each time you touch or rub them. So avoid putting your hands to your eyes to prevent infection and irritation.

Computer monitors should be positioned about an arm’s length away from the eyes and 20 degrees below eye level. This keeps your eyes from getting strained. Likewise, make sure that you have sufficient but diffused lighting in your room. Focused and too bright lights may result to glare, and this can put too much stress on the eyes.

Stay hydrated.

Observe the 20-20-20 rule

Sufficient fluid intake is essential to your body’s overall wellbeing, including the eyes. If you’re hydrated enough, you prevent your eyes from getting dry and irritated.

• Every 20 minutes, look away from your

Avoid rubbing your eyes.

Keep proper monitor distance and room

A Nanyuki court has sentenced a 40 year old man to five years imprisonment after finding him guilty of being in possession of a rhino horn. However, the Principal Magistrate Ms. Njeri Thuku acquitted Jackson Lowolo Lopeiton of charges of dealing with wildlife trophy intending to sell it. Lowolo was charged with dealing with the trophy weighing 85 grammes valued at Ksh2 million on March 12, 2016 at Maxoil Hotel, Nanyuki town. In another count he was facing a charge of being found with the said horn. John Lounon, KWS officer attached at Nanyuki office had told the court how on the material day at around 1pm he had received intelligent report of two suspects heading to Nanyuki at Maxoil hotel with the intent of selling a rhino horn. With other two officers Lounon proceeded to Maxoil hotel where they laid an ambush and when the

two arrived, they arrested the accused while his accomplice managed to escape. The KWS officer recovered the rhino horn from the accused which was in a black paper bag before escorting him to their offices then to Nanyuki police station. However, the court found the witness of the three KWS officers corroborating while the accused never offered any evidence to rebut the evidence of the three officers and hence the accused was found guilty of being in possession of the trophy. However according to the court, the prosecution failed to prove the accused was intending to sell the trophy by stating its price and how the payment was to be made hence acquitted the accused on this count. The accused has 14 days to appeal against the sentence.

Five to serve two years in jail

Ways to Take Care of Your Eyes Everyday Maintain your eye health and to keep your vision sharp

A man sentenced five years for being in possession of rhino

computer monitor and fix your gaze on an object that’s 20 feet away from you.

• Blink 20 successive times to prevent eye dryness.

• Every 20 minutes, get out of your

seat and take 20 steps. This is not just good for your vision, but also promotes proper posture and blood circulation throughout the body. Yes, it keeps you from being sedentary too.

Wear the appropriate eye safety gear for different activities. No matter what you do, make sure that your eyes are protected. If you’re going swimming, wear goggles to avoid exposing your eyes to chlorine. Meanwhile, if you’re gardening or attending to a DIY project at home, put on safety glasses to protect your eyes from dust particles, bacteria, and injuries.

Five men have been committed to serve two years in jail for burning down a building due to  a dispute over ownership of a piece of land. Fredrick Muriungi, Geoffrey Kiogora, Geoffrey Mbaya, Samuel Bundi and Erick Mutuma were sentenced by Njeri Thuku, Nanyuki Principal Magistrate charged that on February 22, 2014 at Kariokor village, Nyeri County, they set on fire a building, destroying property worth Ksh 2 Million belonging to Justus Mwiti Runyiru. According to Mwiti, he constructed the building in 1996 and later there arose a dispute over ownership of the piece of land, a matter which is ongoing at Nyeri law court.  On the material day at around 1:00pm while Mwiti was fencing the compound the accused drove into the compound enquiring whether he had harvested the wheat. When he told them he had harvested the wheat, Mbaya got a jerrican of petrol from the car and pangas which he

gave to Muringi, Kiogora and Bundi to keep guard while he and Mutuma set the building on fire. The complainant ran to his neigbour and alerted police officers from Naromoru police station who by the time they arrived, the accused had left and the building and property inside razed to ashes. The following day the accused were arrested and escorted to the police station and charged with the offence before being arraigned in court where they denied the allegations all claiming were not at the scene of crime when the building was on fire. However the court faulted their defense saying they were positively identified by Mwiti and his neigbour as the ones who set the building on fire. The court declined to decide on issue of ownership of the plot for the case is ongoing however in her judgment Mutai found the three accused that were guarding equally culpable for arson attack hence the sentence.


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County government partners with UNICEF to implement IECD project

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he Isiolo County government has partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to implement an Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) project to boost learning among young children in the County. Isiolo Governor, Dr. Mohamed Kuti who was accompanied by Assembly Speaker, Hussein Halakhe and Members of County Assembly (MCAs) said UNICEF will pump Sh108 million to enable the County government to upgrade Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) institutions in the County. “All the ECDE institutions within the County will benefit from supply of adequate furniture and modern

classrooms through this project that will upgrade their status in the next five years,” said the governor while presiding over the launch of the project at Wabera Primary School in Isiolo town. Governor Kuti who issued portable desks, modern water cans and playing items to the ECDE pupils said the institutions will also be provided with water to ensure the children have clean water to avoid contacting water borne diseases. Dr. Kuti dismissed allegations by some leaders that partnering with nongovernmental organization is tantamount to placing the health of the County citizens under the hands of private companies.

“When I brought nongovernmental organizations to partner with the County government in healthcare, some individuals politicized the matter yet we are giving room to the County assembly though their speaker to play their oversight role,” said the County boss. In a veiled reference to the County senator Dr Kuti said his intention to move the County to another level will not be deterred by leaders out to politicize every move without considering the benefit it will bring to the people of Isiolo. The Isiolo County Executive Committee (CEC) member for Education, Sports, Youth, Culture, Gender and Social Services Ms. Josephine Eregai

Pupils of Wabera ECDE class enjoy after receiving the furniture from the IECD project. said in the last financial year the county government constructed  20 ECDE classes and will construct 20 more this financial year. An ECDE teacher Ms. Dahabo Boru hailed the County

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government for recognizing their skills and employing them besides providing them with equipments that range from furniture to teaching materials.             The governor was accompanied

by County assembly speaker Hussein Halakhe, Wabera MCA Abdi Duba and youths nominated MCA Sumeya Bishar.

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