June 2018

Urithi Housing Chairman Samuel Maina

Urithi Housing Cooperative has hailed the government move to digitise operations at the ministry of lands saying that the action will curb shoddy dealings in the ministry.

Chairman Samuel Maina noted that after the automation it will make it easier, efficient and transparent to undertake land transactions.

He noted that the analog system encouraged cartels who colluded with unscrupulous Kenyans to encourage corruption at the ministry and swindle land owners of their property.

Maina regretted that Kenyans had lost colossal sums of money and property to corruption through the manual processing of records.

“This is the way to go, digital means more transparency, efficiency and zero shoddy dealings. Land buyers will now start developing trust which is a good thing,” he said.

He said land issue was very sensitive and should be accorded the seriousness it deserves.

“I urge the government not to look back in its resolve to ensure that the system is set, fully digitized to ease transactions and wipe out corruption that has left many wallowing in poverty,” he added.

The Ministry of Lands in March launched the digitization of land records that will be finalized by the end of 2019. This system enhances efficiency, security, and transparency in land transactions.

Online services are currently available in Nairobi and neighbouring counties.

Starting tomorrow Sunday July 1 2018, Kenyans will have to dig deeper into their pockets after the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) announced a Ksh.3 price increase in the cost of Kerosene.

Kerosene will now retail at Ksh.87.20 in Nairobi.

Petrol and diesel prices will however remain constant as last reviewed two weeks.

ERC Director General Pavel Oimeke said the move is aimed at phasing out kerosene as a fuel option which will push consumers to towards cleaner fuel options.

Alternative fuel sources include solar for lighting and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for cooking.

The commission had proposed a price increase in May which saw Treasury CS Henry Rotich revise excise duty in the Finance Bill 2018.

Starting tomorrow July 1 Kenyans will have to dig deeper into their pockets as the new charges for the money transfer service M-PESA take effect.

Safaricom has adjusted its M-Pesa tariffs on the basis of Finance Bill, 2018 and the Provisional Collection of Taxes and Duties Act.

In his budget speech, Treasury CS Henry Rotich proposed a 2% increase on the excise duty charged on service providers. Kenyans will now pay a 12% excise duty on mobile money transactions, up from 10%.

The new charges are between Sh. 1 and Sh. 3 higher.

The telecommunications giant has limited the number of free transactions of below Sh. 100 to three per day meaning that transferring between Ksh.1-100 to other M-PESA users will still remain free.

Thereafter, M-PESA users will pay Sh. 1 for amounts between Sh. 1 and Sh. 49 and Sh. 2 for amounts between Sh. 50 and Sh. 100.

The maximum daily transaction value is Sh. 140,000 while the maximum amount per transaction is Sh. 70,000.

However, Safaricom said that customers will not be able to withdraw less than Sh50 from agents.

Below are the new M-PESA charges:-

Majority of the country’s total subscribers are on Safaricom which makes a total of about 30 million.

Safaricom has managed to retain its position as market leader despite losing 1.2 million subscribers after the Opposition called for a boycott.

The government tapped in the money transfer taxes when it read the Finance Bill – an annual money law that shows how the government will tax its citizens.

The taxing is part of measures to raise over Sh4 billion to fund Universal Health Care.

The bullet-ridden Mercedes car belonging to Wilson Mwangi Munene who was slain on Tuesday night along Thika road.
Police have released the identity of the man who was slain Tuesday night along Thika Superhighway.

Using his KRA documents, tax compliance certificate and motor vehicle insurance sticker, the police managed to verify the identity of the victim as Wilson Mwangi Munene, a private investigator.

Munene was murdered in a hail of bullets just a few metres from Vincentian Retreat Centre, Thika’s gate at around 10pm by three hooded men.

He was driving a Mercedes Benz compressor KCE 183Z when his attackers blocked his way and sprayed him with over 50 bullets, killing him on the spot.

Sources indicate that his assailants then sped off towards Nairobi general direction in a black vehicle.

His body was moved to Thika General Kago Funeral Home with the vehicle being towed to Thika police station.

Though officers at Thika Police Station still remain tight-lipped on the matter, our sources told us that they are following all possible leads to identify assailants.

Munene was well-known to police in Kasarani and Nairobi Area DCI headquarters. He lived in Roysambu.

Central Regional Commissioner (RC) Wilson Njega setting ablaze about 50 illegal betting machines in Githingiri area of Murang'a County.

The national government will liaise with counties to regulate bars and ensure that no liquor outlet operates beyond the stipulated time in central Kenya region.

This was revealed by the Central Regional Commissioner (RC) Wilson Njega who said that his administration will talk to all governors from the region with a view to regulate the intake of alcohol in line with the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act of 2010 (Mututho Law).

Speaking on Thursday at Githingiri area, Murang’a County during an exercise to destroy illegal gambling machines and illicit brews from both Murang’a and Kiambu Counties, the RC observed that the 24-hour sale of alcohol rendered the people unproductive and contributed a lot to insecurity in the region

“I am talking to county governments to ensure that all liquor outlets open at 5pm and close at 11pm. No bar or night club will be allowed to sell alcohol outside the stipulated time so as to allow our people to have enough time to do some productive work,” said Njega.

He added that his administration will not relent on the fight against illicit brews and illegal betting machines, warning of very stiff action against chiefs and their assistants whose areas of jurisdiction will condone these vices.

“We cannot allow some unscrupulous businessmen to destroy the lives of our people will poisonous brews and these illegal betting machines. We will therefore hold to account any chief or their assistants whose area will condone these vices especially after the end of this month. We must eradicate this menace once and for all,” he warned.
The RC leading in an exercise to destroy illegal brews.

In the same vein, Njega warned that they were in hot pursuit of traders that were stocking contraband sugar and other commodities that had illegally gained access into the country, saying that their days were numbered.

The RC directed Murang’a County Commissioner John Elungata to prepare a proposal for a police station in Githingiri area as the area so as to enhance security in the area that he noted was so vast. He promised to follow up a request by the residents for more vehicles so as to ease police mobility and fight armed highway robberies that were rampant along the Nyeri-Nairobi highway.

During the exercise, over 1000 litres of chang’aa, illicit brews and expired alcoholic drinks were destroyed. The RC also officiated the destruction of boilers, molasses and the torching of about 50 illegal betting machines.

Present were the Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga, heads of security agencies from both counties, chiefs and their assistants.

The bullet holes poked in the victim's Mercedes car on Tuesday night along Thika road.
An unidentified motorist was last night assassinated when an unknown gunmen sprayed his vehicle with a hail of bullets along Thika Superhighway.

The murder that occurred barely a few metres away from the Vincentian Retreat Centre’s gate at around 10pm on Tuesday, is said to have been committed by about three hooded men who seemed to have trailed the lone motorist from the Murang’a general direction.

According to our sources, the victim who was driving a white Mercedes c200 kompressor a KCE, when an unknown vehicle sped and block his way just after passing the footbridge at Vincentian Retreat Centre, Thika, forcing him to stop.

It is alleged that immediately after he stopped, three hooded men sprang out of the second vehicle and sprayed over 90 bullets on both sides of the vehicle, probably to make sure that he had no chance of survival.

Once they were through with their mission, they jumped into their vehicle and sped off towards the Nairobi general direction.

Confused motorists along the highway watched from a distance as the police were called in some minutes later to the scene.

The motive of the murder is yet to be known.

This incident is the latest of a spate of murders that have dogged Thika for the last few months.

This murder comes barely two weeks after a nurse was shot dead after unknown assailants waylaid her and her husband as they were gaining entry into their compound in Ngoigwa Estate. Her husband, who is an ENT surgeon in Murang’a survived with four bullets on both the head and the chest.

In May this year, Edward Mburu, aka “Mumari” who operated a taxi at Makongeni Thika, went missing after receiving a call from unknown person at around 11pm. His decomposing body was later discovered buried in a shallow grave at Nanga village in Gatanga, Murang’a County.

Earlier in March, three armed men shot and killed a prominent businessman in front of his 9-year old son at his shop in Thika’s Makongeni Phase 5 Estate.

55-year old James Ndung’u Gitau was accosted by the thugs suspected to be three in number at around 8:15pm as they were preparing to close down.

These murders followed several others that included that of a prominent taxi driver was killed in cold blood attack by unknown people inside his compound in Section 9 estate, Thika town in November last year.

Earlier the same month, another businessman was shot dead by unknown assailants outside his house in Kiganjo Estate, Thika West Sub-County.

Paul Kiarie was gunned down at around 9pm under mysterious circumstances just a few metres from his gate.

On the morning of Christmas 2017, a 55-year old woman was stabbed to death by an unknown number of people outside her house in Makongeni Phase IV Thika. Lucy Nyambura Kang’ethe, is said to have gotten out of the house to light a jiko in preparation for a Christmas luncheon for her family at around 6am when the incident happened.

This is not withstanding the death of Mrs. Joyce Wambui Githitu, a very prominent Thika businesswoman who was bludgeoned to death in February 2017 at her home in Maki Estate, Murang'a County by assailants who broke into her compound at night.

Her husband, Peter Githitu died in 2006 after he was shot by gunmen shot in a broad daylight in Thika Town. 

Kenya’s higher education, science and technology sector is set for major reforms aimed at promoting a knowledge-based economy to improve national prosperity and global competitiveness.

This would involve interaction of institutions and processes to enable the generation and conversion of knowledge into goods, processes and services.

The move by the government to ensure trainers at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions join the public service is aimed at boosting their performance and make the sector attractive.

The scheme, which is undergoing the final review by the Public Service Commission, will see the technical training tutors leave the Teachers Service Commission.

In the new system, TVET trainers will have their own terms of service unlike in the past when they were lumped together with primary and secondary school colleagues.

Technical education training would also not be assessed in the same way as formal education, with teaching skewed towards competence rather than on theory.

The latest developments come in the wake of the government’s recent move to establish TVET Authority to manage technical training institutions as part of the efforts to reposition technical and vocational education.

The renewed focus on vocational and technical education is one of the strategies aimed at addressing youth unemployment.

Building quality institutions that would develop the required manpower to enhance the capacity of Kenyan youths to contribute to the expansion of the economy is a move in the right direction.

This goal of equipping the youth with relevant skills is being pursued through a two-pronged approach, the first being the requirement that all secondary schools must have skills acquisition content introduced in their curricula.

The second approach is what used to be called village polytechnics will be renamed vocational training centres whose personnel must have been trained at the Technical Training Centre in Nairobi.
There is no doubt that this level of commitment and investment in the technical education has never been witnessed in Kenya before.

The current shortage of artisans, plumbers and technologists is due to failure by previous governments to prioritise the development of technical education.

But with more emphasis on technical education, youths are going to get the right type of training that would empower them to become job creators and active players in the economy.

What the government is doing is to redefine education and give the youths the knowledge and skills to effectively compete and face the challenges in the job market.

Currently, many youths complain of lack of employment opportunities, even though majority of them lack the relevant skills.

Meanwhile, the proposal that students joining technical training institutions will have an option of taking subjects related to their careers is also a step in the right direction.

This is aimed at ensuring that students exploit their talents and attain specialisation in their areas.

Once this is fully effected, students wishing to join technical training institutes would have a curriculum that is flexible and learner-friendly.

It would be tailored to offer functional subjects and will be simplified to meet learners’ needs.
This basically aims at offering skills that are important for day-to-day life and work as opposed to expansive and complex content that may not add value to learners’ lives.

The system has proved successful in both developed and developing countries where students specialise as early as possible to prepare for careers of choice. In some countries, students start specialisation in secondary school.

By the time they join university or technical institutes, the students emphasise on research work and less on class work because they are already equipped with the knowledge about their respective careers.

The renewed focus on vocational and technical education by the government is one of the best strategies in making the sector attractive to Kenyans besides meeting the needs of the youth in the job market.

(By Bethuel Kaino via PEOPLE DAILY, Wednesday, June 27, 2018)

Eight suspected muggers were early Monday morning arrested by the authorities at Witeithie stage along the busy Thika Superhighway.

In a swoop led by chiefs and administrative police officers from Juja Sub-County at around 7am, the suspects were apprehended on suspicion that they were involved in the frequent attacks and muggings in the area especially at dawn and late in the evenings.

The suspects were booked at Witeithie AP Post before being transferred to Juja Police Station. 

According to Komo Location Chief Muchui Muiruri, the suspects were booked for mugging and touting.

recently, there has been public outcry over skyrocketing criminal activities at the busy stop. Last week, Juja Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner Charles Muriithi ordered that all touts at the stage be wiped out. 

Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Mohamed Elmi sampling some yummy Ugali Noodles and Sukuma Wiki Flavour Noodies and viewing some of the amazing Bidco Africa products at the at the Two Rivers Mall.
Bidco Africa has launched the world’s first Ugali Noodles and Sukuma wiki flavour. 

The new flavour, will delight Kenyan Noodle-lovers who have grown up eating the Kenyan staple diet of Ugali and SukumaWiki.

The company also announced the introduction of the Cheese and Onion variant, of its Noodies brand, which is a perfect mixture of tanginess and cheese flavours.

The two new variants follows the launch of Tomatoes & Onion, Chicken and Beef Mchuzi Noodies launched last year.

A pack of 120 grams Noodies retails at Shs 40, and is available countrywide in Kiosks and supermarkets.

“In less than a year, Noodies has quickly grown to be Kenya’s fastest growing noodles brand and we're excited to expand our offerings from classics such as Tomato and Onions, and Chicken flavour to more adventurous flavours.  The introduction of Ugali Noodles and Sukumawiki, Cheese and Onion variants have been informed by our studies on consumer trends and preferences,” said Thiagarajan Ramamurthy, Bidco Africa Group Chief Executive Officer.

TRM observed that the new variants also meet today's dietary needs, such as low-carb and gluten-free.

Mount Kenya University Board of Directors Chairman, Prof. Simon Gicharu has awarded six (6) clubs and associations each with grants worth Kshs. 200,000. This is in support of creative activities at the University. 

The award was part of the Ksh. 3 million grant that was set aside for clubs and associations last year.The six clubs were selected after a thorough review process by the grant selection committee chaired by Dr. Evans Mwiti. 

Prof. Stanley Waudo, the Vice-Chancellor congratulated the patrons and students of the selected clubs and challenged them to promote professionalism and creativity.
During the ceremony, the following clubs and associations were feted; Catholic Association (project title, YCS enterprise), Economics club (project title, Motivational talk project), Pharmacy association (project title, reproductive health project), Environmental club (project title, Tree nursery project), Christian Union (Christian Union Magazine project) and Student AIDS Information and Foundation(project title, Slang language effect project).
While congratulating the students, Prof. Gicharu said that he hoped the grants given would promote the spirit of nationalism and a culture of creativity amongst the students. 
The grant initiative is a first in the country since traditionally University clubs and association fund-raise for their activities through their members. Prof. Gicharu reminded the students that the University is committed to continue supporting student activities.

The horrific scenes at Blue Post after 16 vehicles crashed on Saturday night.

Scores of motorists and commuters in public service vehicles miraculously escaped unhurt, save for a few bruises and cuts, after a multiple car crash near Blue Post Hotel Thika early Saturday night.

The accident that occurred at around 8pm involved sixteen (16) vehicles along the Nyeri-Nairobi Highway immediately after the Del Monte shop, Nairobi bound.

According to eyewitness accounts, the accident was caused by a lorry that lost control and crashed onto several vehicles from behind. Consequently, several other vehicles that were speeding from behind also crashed onto the first lot of vehicles, leading to a long trail of accident vehicles that stretched almost a 100 metres.

Confirming the incident, Thika West OCPD Willy Simba said that all the affected vehicles were heading towards Nairobi general direction.

“The lorry rammed into Toyota Fielder from behind and because there was heavy flow of vehicles, it created a wave whereby several other listed vehicles were involved in the same accident. All the involved vehicles were extensively damaged and were towed to Thika Police Station to await further action,” explained Simba.

Simba added that there were no reported cases of injuries that warranted any of the victims to be taken to hospital but appealed to anyone who felt any cause of alarm to report to his office for further action.

Otherwise, the OCPD cautioned that any vehicle found to have failed to adhere to the recommended 
“safe driving rear distance” during the incident that their drivers will be arraigned in court on Monday 25-06-2018.

The accident caused a massive traffic snarl up that extended all the way to Kenol Town on both sides, about 13km away.

“Crazy jam. Am in lane 6 of 8 near Del Monte. I have been stuck in this jam for about two hours now and we still have not moved an inch. Ile jam iko kutoka high-level towards Thika ni noma sana..... 
Overlapping, kupita wrong side... It’s crazy,” said one of the motorists who were stuck in the jam.

Those who were conversant with the area escaped through the Del Monte farm and joined Thika-Garissa Highway at BAT Makongeni to join Thika or proceed to Nairobi.

This escape also caused some traffic along Garissa Highway, but it eased up within a short time.

Meanwhile, there were reports of another serious accident near Frame Tree Estate Makongeni area along Thika-Garissa highway at around 3am Sunday Morning.

Two people were injured, one of whom was critical and rushed to hospital.

According to one of the guards at the facility, the accident involved one of the tenants of Flame Tree Estate and a saloon car that was heading towards Thika general direction.

Mount Kenya University and Bonn–Rhein-Sieg University of Germany have signed an agreement that will see the two institutions cooperate in teaching, research, development and other areas.

The four-year project, which is being funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), will be cascaded to other universities in the country and the continent in general.

“The academic cooperation between the universities will make possible the strengthening of partnership between the two countries and facilitate a deeper understanding of their living and working conditions,” the agreement read.

The agreement was signed by MKU Vice-Chancellor Prof Stanley Waudo and the president of Bonn–Rhein-Sieg University Prof Hartmut Ihne, on behalf of their institutions.

The cooperation will be chiefly concerned with the exchange of academic, technical and administrative employees, students in undergraduate programmes, the establishment of direct data links and other electronic communication and the publication of joint papers and technical communication on collaborative work.

Others areas will include the organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops. It will also involve dissemination and certification of study and research programmes.

Each host institution will assist in locating accommodation for staff and students in the exchange programmes.

Kenyatta University will also benefit from the programme but its details on the collaboration have not been made public.

The vice-chancellor or other senior management staff could not be reached for comment.
Mt Kenya and Kenyatta are the only two African universities in the four-year-long project.

(Source Daily Nation)

Bidco Africa chairman Vimal Shah planting his bamboo seedling at Ndakaini in last year's event. 

Bidco Africa will next week lead a campaign to plant 5,000 Bamboo seedlings at Ndakaini Dam to help conserve the water tower and promote the use of Bamboo as a source of renewable energy.

In a tweet on his official Twitter account, group chairman Vimal Shah says the exercise was a continuation of the company’s initiative to plant 1 million Bamboo plants.

Dubbed “The Handshake Edition”, the event is scheduled to take place next Tuesday at 8am and will be officiated by Charles Sunkuli, the PS in charge of Environment and Forestry.

According to the post, the Theme for this year is “SAVE OUR WATER TOWERS”.

Last year, the company embarked on a campaign to plant 1, 000,000 Bamboo plants at Ndakaini Dam to help conserve the water tower.

The invites for the event scheduled for Tuesday next week.
The Bamboo planting was presided by the then Environment and Natural resources Cabinet Secretary Judy Wakhungu who stressed about the connection between the environment and the impact of climate change in Kenya.

Speaking at the first planting event at Ndakaini Dam Vimal said the company was committed to environmental conservation and entrenching sustainability into its daily business operations.

“Ndakaini is easily the most important location in Kenya. If water is life then this place is literally our life which is why this partnership with Nairobi Water makes so much sense. If we conserve Ndakaini we can change our lives; if we let it go-we let our lives go. Today we are here to mark our commitment to planting a million bamboo plants on this site. It’s a big task but with the right partners we will make it happen.” he said.

Juja Sub County Deputy County Commissioner Charles Muriithi addressing a security meeting at Juste hotel in Witeithie, Juja off Kiambu County.
All the over 500 Boda Bodas operators at Ndarugu stage off the Thika-Nairobi Super Highway in Juja of Kiambu County, will forthwith be relocated to the Mang’u High Schoolfootbridge stage for security reasons.
The move was unanimously agreedupon during a security meeting held at Juste Hotel in Witeithie Estate.
The meeting presided over by Juja Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Charles Muriithi and attended by stakeholders, noted that apart from the Ndarugu Stage being a road carnage black spot, the same was a haven for criminal activities.
Muriithi said very many people had lost their lives through accidents at the Ndarugu spot while some of the Boda Boda operators were engaged in crime.
He said by shifting the stage to Mang’u footbridge, the movewill pave way for proper vetting and management of operators.
Juja Sub-County AP commander (DAPC) Doreen Gitonga said after relocating the Bodas, focus will now be on Ndarugu Quarry Brokers.She said some of the brokers are criminals.
The meeting also resolved that pool table games would operate along the set bar operating and closing times.
It was also agreed that all touts at Witeithie stage be wiped out as they were breeding criminals.
Komu Location Chief Muiruri Muchui said that some Boda Boda operators were the ones ferrying drugs, illicit brews and criminals.
Witeithie stage Boda Boda Sacco secretary John Thungu admitted that criminals had infiltrated the sector. He urged colleagues to name the criminals in their midst.
Witeithie Post AP boss James Dawai said if the operators were genuine, they would have at least arrested a suspect.
Juja OCS Zacharia Ateya urged members of the public to exercise their constitutional right of applying Public Arrest Act.Under this Act, one was allowed to arrest suspect hand him / her over to the authorities. The DCC said that no group of people will be allowed to extort money from contractors by purporting they are the ones supposed to dig foundations of buildings. He instructed chiefs and police to arrest such elements.

Thika Technical Training Institute students demonstrate outside their college gate on Tuesday against what they termed as an unresponsive administration.

Thika Technical Training Institute on Tuesday morning went on strike protesting over a number of complaints against the administration whom they accused of failing to address the students' needs for the last three years.

The students cited insecurity, poor learning conditions in the school premises and noted that the various facilities in the institution including toilets and bathrooms were in a poor state that was not conducive for learning.

Other issues raised by the students included an alleged misuse of funds, frequent water outages, blocked sewers, no WiFi and some teachers neglecting their duties.

Police had to use teargas to disperse the students who were matching who had started to vandalise the college facilities and blocking the busy General Kago Road, causing heavy traffic snarl-ups.

Speaking to Thika Town Today, the students said that they resulted to the boycott after the administration opted to turn a deaf ear to their grievances even after having met the students for four times over the matter.

“The situation has gotten out of hand and as the student leaders, we have been unable to control their anger which is definitely justified after four years of unresolved issues. The students are schooling under very poor and pathetic learning conditions not withstanding risking their health through blocked sewer,” said Joseph Kiarie the President of the student council.

He blamed the matter on the institution’s Board of Management whom he accused of being insensitive of the students’ welfare.

“The Board (of Management) has really failed us and we demand their disbandment and a fresh board reconstituted. How can student live in such condition and yet they fail to rectify despite the students paying fees to cater for some of these services?” he asked.

Ismael Mohamed who is the student Finance and Internal Affairs minister sighted insecurity as a major concern for the students claiming that they have had frequent attacks from thugs especially from the sprawling Kiandutu slums since the institution lacked a permanent perimeter wall to shield them.

“Barely a week passes without students getting violently robbed by thugs who access the compound through our porous fence bordering Kiandutu slums. Some of us have been stabbed but no one seems alarmed over the escalating insecurity,” said Mohamed.

The Health and Environment Minister Daniel Mbugua took the press round to show them the extent of the health risks the students faced in the course of their stay in school.

Several toilets were in horrible state with one already blocked and overflowing raw sewer. Several of the classrooms did not have window panes with some bearing naked electric wires hanging dangerously.

“We usually suffer a lot here especially with water and sanitary facilities. Rarely do we get water and it is our fear that we are getting exposed to diseases without anyone really coming to our aid.

Efforts to get a response from the school administration hit a snag as the Principal declined to talk to the press.

Fog engulf Kinungi area along the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway.

The Kenya Metrological Department is warning Kenyans to brace for very cold weather across the country for the next three months.

Director Peter Ambenje, in a statement to the press yesterday said that the cold season would mostly affect Nairobi, central and parts of western Kenya, and Rift Valley, adding that temperatures in Central and Nairobi would fall below 18°C.

The weatherman pointed out that some days may turn out to be very cold and chilly as a result of prolonged hours of overcast skies.

“The March-April-May 2018 seasonal rainfall has ceased over most parts of the country except the Western region and the coastal strip. This has paved way for the usually cold June-July-August season. This will be more so in the Central Highlands including Nairobi where cold and cloudy conditions with occasional light rains will occur more often,” he stated.

Ambenje said northern parts of the country and parts of Western Kenya are likely to have near- average temperatures.

Kiambu, Nyeri, Embu, Meru, Murang’a and Kirinyaga are likely to experience long periods of cool or cold and cloudy conditions, with occasional morning light rains or drizzles. The same will be experienced in Nairobi's Dagoretti, Kabete, Wilson Airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Eastleigh.

“This is a cold season. These are the kinds of conditions we expect. We are coming out of a fairly wet and slightly warm season,” he said.

In the coastal region covering counties of Mombasa, Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu and Kwale, the temperatures will also be at lows of 19°C and highs of 30°C with showers over few places expected. 

Poor visibility resulting from foggy conditions is likely to pose danger to motorists and pedestrians on the Nairobi-Naivasha road, especially along the Kikuyu-Kinungi stretch. 

“Everyone should, therefore, take utmost care to minimise accidents that may result from such weather conditions,” Ambenje said.

Landing and takeoff at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport may occasionally be disrupted by fog. Some flights might be diverted to other airports.

The cold season usually begins in June and ends in August. Cloudy and drizzly conditions in the Central Highlands are favourable for maturing of the crops planted during the March-May season.

Ambenje however warned of more cases of respiratory ailments, such as the common cold, flu, asthma and pneumonia.

“The general public especially the young and elderly are advised to keep warm. On chilly days, people should avoid lighting jikos in poorly ventilated houses with all the windows closed. Burning charcoal produces carbon monoxide gas that can kill if inhaled in substantial quantities,” he added. 

Deputy President William Ruto joining worshipers at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA), Thika Town in praise and worship on Sunday. With him is Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, area MP Patrick Wainaina and Kiambu DG. James Nyoro.

Deputy President William Ruto has said that the much-awaited Thika bypasses will be commissioned in three weeks time with a view to open up the town and ease the perennial traffic snarl-ups that have dogged the industrial town for more than a decade.

Responding to requests by the area MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina on Sunday, Ruto noted that Thika was growing at a very fast rate and it was only prudent that the government invested in infrastructure so as to encourage investment and further growth of industries.

“Other than the BAT-Castle bypass, we are going to construct other link roads that will open up Thika and ease these traffic jams. We have also commenced the construction of the Njomoko and Witeithie footbridges that when complete, will help curb the numerous accidents that have seen so many of our people lose their lives as they attempt to cross the highway,” he said.

The DP added that the government had also invested more than KES. 23 billion in water and sewerage infrastructure that will serve Thika, Juja and Ruiru once the Kariminu Dam project was complete. This project will see areas like Ngoingwa, Athena and Kiganjo benefit with more water flow and also link them to the sewerage system.

“The Jubilee Government wants politics of unity and development and we will not allow those extending the politics of division divert our focus. Let’s not lose focus,” said Ruto.

Ruto was speaking during a mass service at Thika PCEA Church, a Harambee at the St. Benedict Catholic Church in Ngoingwa and later at the Blue Post hotel where he met a group of bishops and clergy from evangelical churches.

He asked Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu to provide land at Ngoingwa to enable the National Government boost the area MP’s CDF kitty to put up a police station in the area.

“I have heard of your concerns regarding to the security of this place. I am requesting your governor to secure some land so that we can boost your MP with some cash to build a police station here in Ngoingwa,” he said at Ngoingwa.

Governor Waititu promised to put up a dispensary in Ngoingwa and 2Km of tarmac within a short while. He added that his county government was working out a permanent solution to the drainage problem in Ngoingwa and other areas of Thika Sub-County.

Area MP said that his constituency had been earmarked as a special economic zone and suggested that the free 1000 Acres at Del Monte Company be set aside to develop an industrial and business park as well as other social amenities such as hospitals and sports and talent arenas.

“That land is quite ideal for the construction of an industrial and business park in line with our new status as a special economic zone. This will help in opening up that section of our constituency and create more jobs for our people,” he said.

On the issue of the JAMOFASTA houses, the MP called for open and transparent deliberations on the way forward so as to avoid any eventuality of those living in these estates getting shortchanged.

Among those who accompanied the Deputy President in his tour of Thika Constituency included Governors Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta), Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi), Deputy Senate Speaker Kithure Kindiki, Kiambu Deputy Governor James Nyoro and Women Rep. Gathoni Wamuchomba.

Others included MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) Jude Njomo (Kiambu), Simon Ng'ang'a King'ara (Ruiru), Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), James Githua Kamau Wamacukuru (Kabete), Wanjiku Kibe (Gatundu North) and Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu). 

A section of Thika Muslims during the Idd prayers at Thika Stadium on Friday.

Thika Muslim community want the government to raise the graft bar for anyone found guilty of corruption to face the death penalty and all property gained illegally confiscated by the government.

While addressing the press at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on Friday after the Eid Prayers, Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims, Central Region Chairman Imam Al Haji Shaban Gakere Bakari expressed their support on the ongoing fight against corruption but added that there was need for the authorities to get “hard on the culprits” so as to deter others from the vice.

Bakari said that corruption in Kenya was rampant since criminals were let off lightly and the death penalty was the best option.

“If there is no severe punishment, corruption will get out of control. We need to get tough in the fight (against corruption) and to safeguard national interests by ensuring that any money and property embezzled from the public is recovered,” said Bakari.

He suggested amendments to the laws of the country, asking legislators to borrow a leaf from China which introduced death penalty long ago with positive results.

“Our MPs should enact laws to the effect that anyone found guilty of corruption be hanged. We should emulate China who are among our biggest financiers because after enactment of the law, they have been properly spending state resources without wastage unlike in our country,” he said.

He lauded the government for providing enough security during the month of Ramadhan stating that all Muslims felt safe and ended their fast without any reported cases of insecurity.

The Muslims also praised the government for what they termed as a friendly budget which was read by CS in charge of Treasury Henry Rotich on Thursday.

They singled out provision of enough funds to cater for the elderly, introduction of NHIF covers to students and enough funds for electrification of villages across the country.

Juma Hemedi and his family pose for a photo at Thika Sub County Stadium after Idd-Ul-Fitr prayers.

Thousands of Muslims in Thika Town celebrated Iid-ul-Fitr today, marking the official end of the fasting month of Ramadhan. They gathered at Thika Sub County Stadium and in the morning hours to conduct special prayers to kick off the celebrations.

Imam leds prayers to mark Idd-Ul-Fitr at Thika Sub County Stadium.

With a resounding call for tolerance, the faithful were expected to disperse to enjoy meals at their homes and restaurants.

Prayers to mark Idd-Ul-Fitr at Thika Sub County Stadium.

During the month long Ramadhan, Muslims only eat and drink twice a day - once after daybreak and once after sunset - due to religious tradition.

Prayers to mark Idd-Ul-Fitr at Thika Sub County Stadium.

Youthful Muslims pose for photos after Idd-Ul-Fitr celebrations at Thika Sub County Stadium.
Prayers to mark Idd-Ul-Fitr at Thika Sub County Stadium.

Idd-ul-Fitr is traditionally, known as ‘sweet Eid’ and is celebrated with lots of sweet foods and confectionery.

On this auspicious occasion of Eid, Thika Town Today team wish the prophet always guides all the muslim faithfuls and shows  the right path, now and forever. 

Eid Mubarak.

According to Muslim doctrines, they are encouraged to use the Ramadhan period for religious introspection and extend a helping hand to others with donations to charity during Iid.
Read more at: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001284232/photos-how-kenyans-are-celebrating-idd-ul-fitr
Thousands of Muslims in Kenya are celebrating Iid-ul-Fitr today, marking the official end of the fasting month of Ramadhan. They gathered in various open fields across the country in the morning hours to conduct special prayers to kick off the celebrations.
Read more at: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001284232/photos-how-kenyans-are-celebrating-idd-ul-fitr
Thousands of Muslims in Kenya are celebrating Iid-ul-Fitr today, marking the official end of the fasting month of Ramadhan. They gathered in various open fields across the country in the morning hours to conduct special prayers to kick off the celebrations.
Read more at: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001284232/photos-how-kenyans-are-celebrating-idd-ul-fitr

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