August 2016

Governor William Kabogo (Centre), Kiambu Sports Minister Machel Waikenda (left) and his Chief Officer Madam Marie Mugo while hand over motorbikes to bodaboda operators in Ruiru.

Six Kiambu County employees from the housing department have been relieved of their duties after they were found culpable of abuse of office.

The six are said to have lost their jobs last week over illegal demolition of buildings whose owners failed to bribe them for approvals.

Governor William Kabogo warned that his government would not hesitate to take action on any officers who involved themselves in fraudulent activities and he would personally not spare anyone tarnishing the county’s name.

“It is quite unfortunate that these people would go round marking the ‘X’ sign on buildings whose owners failed to bribe them. These people are crooks and we shall send them home because it is not our business demolish people’s houses. The law is very clear on how to deal with constructions that have been erected without the requisite approvals,” said Kabogo.

The governor uttered these words while in the company of area MP Esther Gathogo at Mwihoko Grounds in Ruiru on Tuesday when issuing motorbikes to bodaboda operators. He said that his government has waived levies charged on hawkers who he said were now free to do business without being harassed by county enforcement officials.

“In the spirit of being mindful of the meek in our midst, all hawkers within the county will from now henceforth hawk for free and they are free to do business without anyone asking for licenses. However, there is need to maintain order. My government will do all in it powers to keep our youth more engaged. We has introduced measures to empower our youth, women and persons with disabilities through the Kiambu Biashara Fund. As you can see here today, we have given out motorbikes to Mwihoko residents and disbursed letters of offer to successful applicants drawn from Ruiru region,” Kabogo said.

He defended his development record and accused his adversary, Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu, of going around tarnishing his name in funerals. He dismissed Waititu as an opportunist who could not be trusted with the leadership of the county.

“I am not in politics for money and I want people to know that I bought my first helicopter when I was a young man. Those people thinking that Kabogo is here to enrich himself should be ashamed of themselves. Beware of this man whose only agenda is to go to funerals and speak ill of Kabogo. Let him first tell us what he has done for his Kabete constituents,” he said

Kabogo boasted that Kiambu was the fastest growing county and with a population of nearly two million people arguing that the region deserved a bigger budgetary allocation from the Treasury.

On national politics, he said that the region must have a stake in any future governance of the country, hence the need for negotiations with whoever succeeded President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Governor Wa Iria with Murang'a leaders during the commissioning of a water borehole in Gatunyu Market in Gatanga

Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria celebrated his birthday with the people of Gatunyu Market in Gatanga by commissioning the sinking of the community borehole that is scheduled to go about 330 metres deep.

Addressing the residents, Wa Iria informed them that the national government was initiating a sh. 3 Billion water programme in the entire Murang’a County with

“President Uhuru Kenyatta, in partnership with the World Bank, has initiated a sh. 3 Billion water project in Murang’a County that have been connected with the water going to Nairobi. Among these projects, Gatanga is benefiting from a sh. 700 Million project that will see the whole constituency is served with clean and safe water. As the county government, our work will be to provide as many pipes as possible to ensure that everyone gets connected to this water,” said the governor.

He said that his government would supplement this initiative by sinking 30 boreholes in areas that were in dire need of this essential commodity.

“As we all know, government projects at times take time to actualise due to financial and logistical constrains. We have therefore as a county scheduled to sink a total of 30 boreholes in centres that are in dire need of water, especially the lower parts of Murang’a like Ithanga, Kakuzi, Makuyu, Kimorori and Kambiti who will get at least 4 boreholes each,” he said.

He promised the residents of Gatunyu that his government would sell the water at a subsidised price of sh. 5 per a 20-litre jerry can. He also promised to revive all the stalled water projects that had been started by the previous regimes.

On matters road, Gatunyu has already benefitted from 24 Kilometres of murram road under Murang’a County Government’s programme of improving the road network.

Each ward in Murang’a was also scheduled to get 5 footbridges that would assist the people link up with their counterparts from neighbouring wards.

Gatundu DCC Stephen Kihara and MP Moses Kuria listen to farmers' grievances by one of Kinaratia Coop. Society Member
More than 1,500 famers from Kimaratia Coffee Cooperative Society in Gatundu South on Monday stormed the home of the society’s Vice Chairman protesting over delayed payment of coffee delivered between May last year and July this year. This is following a meeting convened by Kiganjo MCA Samuel Mwarage delaying for more than four hours.

The county legislator and other local leaders had called the meeting to address the mismanagement in the society and payments following claims that only 20% of the famers were paid on Friday.  The angry farmers stormed the home of Kimani Gichuru where they threatened to destroy property after he and his family escaped. However, some quick intervention by the police saved the home from destruction.

The farmers, hailing from three coffee factories; namely Gichuka , Gitare and Gachika and who solely depended on coffee farming, said that they could neither meet their daily needs nor afford to pay school fees for their children even after delivering coffee to the  Society.

Calm was later restored after Gatundu MP. Moses Kuria and Deputy County Commissioner Stephen Kihara drove to Kiamatia Society offices and addressed the farmers.

Kuria promised to follow up the matter and told those farmers with secondary school children to submit a list of their fees dues which he promised to secure as the payment for their coffee produce was being pursued. 

He blamed the management of hiding behind the new coffee rules set by the task force appointed by the president to address problems affecting the coffee sector to frustrate farmers.

On their part, the farmers accused the management of borrowing money from millers and using it for their personal needs as farmers continued to wallow in poverty.

Kuria called on the farmers to give him one week and promised to come with a way forward. The MP was wildly cheered when ordered Gatundu OCPD to arrest the chairman Francis Muigai and one of the directors who were present at the meeting.

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