2019


Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has told a Parliament that the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) project along Thika Road requires Sh. 9 billion, sh. 5.8 billion of which will go to infrastructure development.

Macharia told the National Assembly Committee on Transport on Thursday that the design would comprise a station, four-foot bridges as well as a park and ride facility.

“The design infrastructure, which will comprise a station, four-foot bridges as well as a park and ride facility, is going on under KeNHA (Kenya National Highways Authority) which has estimated the cost to be Sh. 5.8 billion,” Macharia said.

The CS said that the first batch of 64 buses was being manufactured in both Kenya and South Africa. 
However, he said that the project would not be launched since the Kenya Highways Authority (KeNHA) was yet to work on the infrastructure.

“Out of the 64 buses, 32 are being constructed by a local body fabricator in Nairobi while the rest are being manufactured in South Africa,” said the CS.

The buses will cost the country Sh. 500 million. They will be expected to serve in the first and second phase of the project before the third one is rolled out in two years’ time.

Each bus is expected to have a capacity of about 160 passengers who will use electronic cards for payment.

The four footbridges under construction on Thika Road are designed as modules for ease of modifications to accommodate BRT services.

Aside from these, development of park and ride facility has been proposed at Kasarani stadium to be integrated with the commuter rail services.


Detectives from the Flying Squad have recovered 12 motor vehicles suspected to be stolen or illegally registered in an operation that was triggered by a tip-off from the public.

The vehicles were recovered from a yard at Ndaptabwa Kipsimo, Eldoret- where they were being hidden.

One suspect; Gideon Kipkoech Kichwen was arrested and in lawful custody. Further investigations into the matter ongoing as motor vehicles are kept as exhibits.

NEMA officials have arrested 2 suspects nabbed manufacturing plastic bags in Kimbo area, Murera Location of Juja Constituency.
Over 8 tonnes of banned plastic bags and granules used for manufacturing the banned product were seized during the raid.
According to the officials, the facility has a capacity to manufacture about a million bags daily.
Speaking after receiving the seized consignment, Ag. NEMA DG Mamo B. Mamo warned those using or manufacturing the bags that NEMA will catch up with them

Governors have kicked off clamour for constitutional changes via the "Ugatuzi Initiative" where among others, they want -
● Council of County Governors be entrenched in the Constitution
● Counties to receive not less than 45% of previous year’s national revenue and 30% of proceeds from natural resources
● Compel the national government to ensure each county has either a Cabinet Minister, Deputy Minister or Principal Secretary.
● Appointment of a Prime Minister who will be head of government, two deputy premiers. The President will be Head of State.
● A Cabinet appointed from among MPs with at least one-third picked from outside Parliament and to reintroduce Assistant Ministers in a cabinet that must meet the two-thirds gender rule and representation of the special interest groups.
● Cabinet to consist of not more than 18 Ministers and 22 Deputies
● Establishment of a County Assembly Fund and grants to MCAs similar to what the MPs enjoy such as car grants and low-cost mortgages
● Establishment of the office of the Deputy Speaker of the County Assembly included in the Constitution
● Equalisation Fund to be distributed to the counties by the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA) and be implemented at the ward level.
● All Bills shall originate from the National Assembly or Senate where the Senate shall consider all bills including money bills.
● The Constitution to provide provision for filling of a vacancy in the Office of Deputy Governor by the Governor with the approval of the County Assembly.
● The Constitution to provide grounds and procedure for removal of a Deputy Governor.
● Leader of the Party/coalition of Parties with the second largest number of seats in National Assembly to be the official leader of the opposition. He/She shall have a deputy and shall appoint a shadow cabinet.
● The President shall not assent to any Bill unless passed by the Senate
● Senate shall approve appointments to all constitutional offices and be involved in approval of International Treaties.
● Office of the Attorney General to be independent and have security of tenure.
● Counties to have their own County Attorney and Law Office and that each County to have its own County Gazette.

A section of the orchard where Muturi Muno Self-Help Group has planted 100 macadamia seedlings.
A group of youth in Kilimambogo Location of Thika East has ventured into macadamia farming that has recently gained prominence in the country due to its lucrative returns.

In a leased one-acre piece of land, Muturi Muno Self-Help Group has already grown 100 seedlings, with intent to increase the tree cover to about 500 in the near future.

According to their chair Peter Maina, the 15-member group leased the land at sh. 6,000 per year since they had no land of their own.

“At first, we were just growing tree seedlings for sale. However, we changed our initial plans after attending a farmers’ workshop organised by Jungle Kilimo where we learn the value of growing grafted avocado and macadamia seedlings,” he explained.

Jungle Kilimo is a department under Jungle Foundation that sensitises residents on modern agricultural practices through the stewardship of the area MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina.
MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina talking with members of Muturi Muno Self-Help Group in Kilimambogo. 
After the initial training, the group embarked on the project after receiving 100 free seedlings donated by the foundation.

He notes that the demand for the grafted seedlings in the country is so high and they expect to earn about half a million shillings from the sales of their first crop.

During a tour on the project, Wainaina hailed the group’s initiative and promised to walk this journey with them until they were fully self-reliant. He encouraged other youth especially those who were still jobless to emulate this group and come up with such a project.

“This group has demonstrated that you do not need to own a piece of land to venture into commercial agriculture. You can even start your own commercial gardens at home to produce fruits, vegetables and flowers for sale to local stores or grocery stores,” advised the MP.


A taxi driver has rescued a newborn baby boy who was dumped under some lorry trucks near National Oil Petrol Station (Posta) in Makongeni estate Thika just hours after being born.

Mwangi Wangonjo who operates a cab in the vicinity, says that he was alerted by a night guard in the area at around 5,30 am.

The guard had heard a baby crying under one of the parked lorries and upon of searching they found the baby struggling alone.

They quickly covered him with some warm garments which they sourced from the nearby shops and reported the matter at Makongeni Police Station.

The baby was later rushed to Thika Level Five Hospital.

According to the Nurse in charge Jackline Njoroge, the baby’s healthy condition has improved and he is out of danger. She added that once they were satisfied that he was ready to leave the facility, they would hand him to the Thika Children’s Department.

The police are now appealing to the members of public to report any woman whom they suspect to be the culprit to enable them take legal action against her.


A teacher in South Carolina went beyond the line of duty and decided to mentor boys who don’t have role models at home or even school to look up to.

This is after realising how difficult it was for these kids to figure things out on their own, which often ends up with them making a lot of mistakes and bad decisions that could hurt them in the long run.

Raymond Nelson, a student support specialist at Memminger Elementary in Downtown Charleston, knew part of being a teacher was helping children learn about life and opted to help young boys in his community become young gentlemen.

He started “The Gentlemen's Club” whose motto is: "Look good, feel good, do good", now with nearly 60 students.

Every Wednesday, dozens of first through fifth graders walk into class in their Sunday's best and learn things like how to make proper eye contact, what a good handshake is, how to show respect to elders and how to open doors for other people. If students don’t have the proper dress wear for the club, Nelson has extra jackets, ties and vests from community donors.

The Gentleman's Club has been so successful at Memminger that Charleston County School District officials say they want other local schools to begin Gentleman's programs in their schools.

Making sure young children have positive male role models is essential to their growth. This male role model doesn’t necessarily have to be a father, but should mentor the child in a father-like way. Father-child interaction actually promotes better perceptual ability and competency in children.

The better children are able to think on their own, the better decisions they will make later in life and what children do early on can drastically affect the course of their lives.

If they get involved with the wrong friends or rely on the wrong coping mechanisms, it will change who they become as adults.

Making sure that children have the right role models at home and at school is so important in keeping statistics like that from becoming the new reality for many children.


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The Kenya Prisons Service has announced applications from in suitably qualified Kenyans for Prison Constables recruitment on October 9, 2019.

The exercise will which will involve both male and female will be carried across all the 47 counties starting at 8am and 2pm in some places.

REQUIREMENTS:

Potential candidates MUST possess the following qualifications:-
  • Must be a Kenyan citizen
  • Have a KCSE with a minimum grade of D+ or equivalent education from a recognised institution.
  • MUST be between 18 years and 28 years
  • MUST be at least 5 feet 4 inches tall for men and 5 feet 2 inches for women.
  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Have good hearing and clear vision
  • Have no criminal record
  • Female candidates must not be pregnant at the time of recruitment and during the training.

Recruitment in Kiambu County will be as follows:-

SUB-COUNTY
CONSTITUENCY
RECRUITMENT CENTRE
TIME
GITHUNGURI
GITHUNGURI
GITHUNGURI DC’s OFFICE
8:00am
RUIRU
RUIRU
RUIRU DC’s OFFICE
2:00pm
JUJA
JUJA
JUJA DC’s OFFICE
2:00pm
LIMURU
LIMURU
LIMURU DC’s OFFICE
8:00am
LARI
LARI
LARI DC’s OFFICE
2:00pm
KIAMBAA
KIAMBAA
KARURI PRIMARY SCHOOL
8:00am
KIAMBU EAST
KIAMBU
KIRIGITI STADIUM
2:00pm
KIKUYU
KIKUYU
KIKUYU DC’s OFFICE
8:00am
KABETE
KABETE
WANGIGE DC’s OFFICE
2:00pm
GATUNDU SOUTH
GATUNDU SOUTH
GATUNDU DC’s OFFICE
8:00am
GATUNDU NORTH
GATUNDU NORTH
KAMWANGI DC’s OFFICE
2:00pm
THIKA EAST
THIKA TOWN
KILIMAMBOGO DC’S OFFICE
8:00 am
THIKA WEST
THIKA TOWN
THIKA DC’s OFFICE
2:00pm

NOTE:

- All successful candidates will undergo an Intensive Government Sponsored Paramilitary initial training course lasting NOT less than nine (9) months.

- The recruitment exercise will be ABSOLUTELY FREE. Bribery or any acts of corruption are unlawful. Any applicant with falsified or fake academic/professional certificates, ID Cards or engaging in any acts that amount to corruption SHALL be disqualified, arrested and prosecuted.

- Any person purporting to be issuing calling letters away from the recruitment centres will be treated as a criminal.

- Prospective candidates MUST carry their ID Cards, Birth Certificates, KRA PIN Certificates, Academic Certificates and all other testimonials on the day of recruitment.  

President Uhuru Kenyatta today signed into law the Division of Revenue Bill 2019 paving the way for the release of funds to counties.
The new law allocates Shs 378.1 billion to county governments for the 2019/20 financial year. Out of the total allocation, Shs 316.5 billion is the equitable share of national revenue while 61.6 billion are conditional allocations to the devolved units.

The total allocation of Shs 378.1 billion to county governments represents 36. 46 percent of the audited and approved revenue of the National Government for the financial year 2018/19 against the constitutional threshold of 15 percent.
The National Treasury has already disbursed over Shs 50 billion to counties for the months of July and August.
With the new law in place, the President reiterated the government’s commitment to scheduled disbursement of funds to counties to enable them to continue delivering services to Kenyans.
He urged county governments to finalize their budget processes which should prioritize settlement of pending payments to suppliers such as the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) for medical supplies to facilitate the delivery of the ongoing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) program.
President Kenyatta further urged county governments to come up with better systems of collecting and managing their own revenue.
Present during the signing of the Bill were Acting Treasury CS Ukur Yattani, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi, Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki and Treasury PS Dr Julius Muia among others.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has challenged the new National Youth Service (NYS) Director General Matilda Pamela Aleyo Sakwa to transform the agency into an training institution that effectively delivers on its mandate.
The President told Ms Sakwa to ensure that NYS reclaims its position in national development by equipping the youth with adequate skills and expertise to enable them contribute to nation building.

The Head of State spoke today at State House, Nairobi when he witnessed the swearing in of Ms Sakwa as the the new NYS Director General.
The President congratulated Ms Sakwa and expressed confidence that she has what it takes to successfully lead NYS and enable it to offer appropriate training, mentoring, encouraging and giving hope to young Kenyans.
“You are a person with experience in management of public resources and also in public service and administration. I have confidence that you will deliver not only to the Government but also to the people of Kenya.
“You have the capacity to take this organization to the next level,” the President told Ms Sakwa.
As part of her swearing in, the new Director General took oath of office, and signed the General Integrity Code and the Accountability Pledge committing herself to discharge her duties according to the law without fear or favour.
The President observed that NYS has in the past failed to deliver on its mandate due to challenges of integrity and weak leadership, and tasked Ms Sakwa to rebuild the trust, confidence and faith of Kenyans in the institution.
“I have never failed to believe in this organization as an instrument of transformation of our Republic and of our young people,” the President said as he assured the new Director General of his support.
He said the ongoing reforms at NYS including the set up of the management council led by Lt. Gen (Rtd) Njuki Mwaniki are aimed at strengthening the institution to make it more accountable and transparent.
Present at the ceremony were Public Service CS Prof Margaret Kobia, State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita and NYS Council Chairman Lt. Gen (Rtd) Njuki Mwaniki among others.

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu
Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has been rated as the worst performing governor in the country in a survey released on Tuesday (today) by All Africa Advisors, a UK-based company.

Others who performed very poorly include Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), Fahim Twaha (Lamu), and Amason Kingi (Kilifi) in that order.

Dr Alfred Mutua of Machakos County was rated the best performing governor followed by Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Mike Sonko (Nairobi), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) and Hassan Joho (Mombasa).

The survey was dubbed Results of an Independent Survey of the Effectiveness of Devolution in Kenya: 2013-2019.

The company provides commercial advisory services in Africa, has publishing a list ranking Kenyan governors according to their performance. 

The study measured perception of performance of counties using indicators, including governance, infrastructure, safe water provision, health, housing, food security, investment and manufacturing, social services, poverty eradication among others.

Here is the full list of the governors’ performance according to the ranking by All Africa Advisors:
  1. Dr. Alfred Mutua – Machakos County
  2. Wycliffe Oparanya – Kakamega
  3. Mike Sonko – Nairobi county
  4. Kivutha Kibwana – Makueni county 
  5. Hassan Joho – Mombasa
  6. Muthomi Njuki – Tharaka Nithi 
  7. Okoth Obado – Migori
  8. James Ongwae – Kisii 
  9. Joseph Ole Lenku – Kajiado 
  10. Paul Chepkwony  – Kericho 
  11. Salim Mvurya Mgala – Kwale 
  12. Charity Ngilu – Kitui 
  13. Granton Samboja – Taita Taveta
  14. Jackson Mandago – Uasin Gishu 
  15. Josphat Nanok – Turkana 
  16. Edward Kahiga – Nyeri 
  17. Lee Kinyanjui – Nakuru 
  18. Mohammed Abdi Mahamud – Wajir
  19. Ali Roba – Mandera
  20. Anyang’ Nyong’o – Kisumu
  21. Alex Tolgos – Elgeyo Marakwet
  22. Ndiritu Muriithi – Laikipia
  23. Stanley Kiptis – Baringo
  24. Samuel Ole Tunal – Narok
  25. Mohammud Ali – Marsabit 
  26. Mwangi Wa Iria – Murang’a 
  27. Late Joyce Labose – Bomet 
  28. Francis Kimemia – Nyandarua 
  29. Anne Mumbi – Kirinyaga 
  30. John Lonyangapuo – West Pokot
  31. Mohamed Kuti – Isiolo 
  32. Moses Kasainie Lenolkulal – Samburu 
  33. Patrick Khaemba – Trans Nzoia 
  34. Kiraitu Murungi – Meru 
  35. Stephen Sang – Nandi 
  36. Dhadho Godhana – Tana River
  37. Wilber Ottichillo – Vihiga 
  38. Ali Korane – Garissa
  39. Wycliffe Wangamati – Bungoma 
  40. Cornel Rasanga – Siaya 
  41. Martin Wambora – Embu 
  42. John Nyagarama – Nyamira
  43. Amason Kingi – Kilifi
  44. Fahim Twaha – Lamu
  45. Sospeters Ojaamong – Busia
  46. Cyprian Awiti – Homa Bay 
  47. Ferdinand Waititu – Kiambu 

BY: Juma Hemedi
17/09/2019

If you grew up in the 80s and 90s and you grew up in starehe, Ofafa, biafra or Majengo in Thika, and you are a boychild then you probably witnessed or took part in those boy fights that took place either at the starehe grounds (buutu) or at kyamusi (the partly dusty play ground for muslim primary school). These fights usually took place when schools closed and would be used to settle some score with that guy who irrtated you or held you in contempt. They were also used to determine who was tougher than the rest and who would be respected more. In a group of boys it mostly determined who eventually became the defacto boys leader. 

The fights had rules. First you had to declare that you have served "a wanted" notice to the boy you had an issue with and declared the reasons for that "wanted notice" the rest would determine whether the reason was sufficient enough. Then the other guy had to accept the "wanted notice". And also issue his own. Kyamusi was the ground for most fights and on the appointed day and time you would all meet there. 

"wekelea Njata" the referee of the fight would declare and some small pieces of stone would be placed on the backside of your stretched hand and your opponent would have one too, alternatively a line would be drawn on the ground and each of you would be standing on either side of the line and the one who would pass his foot to "rub" the line... that would be it the hand to hand combat would begin. And the one who is beaten to the ground looses the fight. The problem was all of you would arrive home looking like you were swimming in soil. 

The interesting thing in these fights were the inciters they would incite and tell you that you can beat this and that person and you end up getting yourself beaten properly. These peer pressures never worked sometimes. 

But none of those fights were as interesting as the Gitau vs wanjiku fight. It was a rare spectacle to see a boy fighting a girl. Most girls would just get scared by threats but not Wanjiku. From the outside wanjiku was everything one would imagine in a girl pretty and with a warm smile. She was friendly and quiet and always would run home to do her chores after school. 

Wanjiku looked harmless but had a no nonsense look. She had a face that would make a bully pick on her. She spoke with a polite tone, and had a very nice voice, she lived with her grandmother and they had moved into that house near our home from some place we didnt know about. Wanjiku spoke luo and kikuyu so fluently. 

Gitau schooled in the neighbouring  Primary school, he was everything you would dislike in a person. Bully, uncouth and violent. He also had a sense of entitlement and thrived on his bullying. He always came last in his class and had a bad handwriting too. His other friends in school would say that he would not understand anything and that he slept most of the time in class. But Gitau lived a few plots from where we lived and was an asset to our "boys club" anytime we went to play football in neighbouring estates or even hunting in Chania river, landless areas, munyu and delmonte farms. 

Gitau was fearless and was always the first one to enter 'danger zones' and the last one to get out of a fight. He was that guy you always wanted to avoid and stay away from but cant because he keeps showing up on your doorstep even when you had told him that you never wanted to see him again. So if we were to go anywhere without Gitau we would initiate a hide and seek game. The one that would involve a "kasuku" tin and a stick where you had to tap the "kasuku tin with the stick fast. We called it 'tingiso ya mkebe'. So we would make Gitau be the guy to seek while we hide. 

But he had to close his eyes and count to 50. By the time he was through counting we would be somewhere near kimathi on our way to broadways bakery where we would camp there and ask to be given the rejected breads. After which we would go swimming at a pond near metalbox (today Nampak) we called "kadimdim ka metal". The place today has the engen jua kali stalls. 

Gitau would look for us the whole day and he would go home in the evening with the "kasuku Tin" anyway I met gitau and the other gang on their way to a fight and I was quickly briefed that he was going to fight Wanjiku, because there was something wanjiku said that offended Gitau. I curiously followed and tagged Iddi along. How could I miss this fight? 

Gitau had been coached on what to do by some guy who adviced him to throw a cross jab at wanjiku and hit her near the neck and that that would catch wanjiku by surprise and confuse her.

Now I forgot to tell you that Gitau was also a bit fat and short. Wanjiku emerged from the tap where she had gone to fetch water and when she heard that some guys were waiting for her outside, she came out and walked towards the crowd of boys and faced Gitau. I cant remember what was said but Gitau's surprise cross cut jab as adviced by the guy I cant remember, didnt work. 

Wanjiku side stepped and avoided the suprise blow and gave Gitau one in the stomach and another one in the head. Then there was a slap that sounded like a tyre burst from a bicycle. We didnt know where Gitau was since wanjiku was shouting and asking him to come back and see dust. Thats when we were informed that the zooming air we felt was Gitau running at top speed heading home. 

The following day wanjiku came to class innocent and calm as she has always been. Only myselefu and Iddi knew what had gone down the previous evening. We decided of importance is life and it should originate from the owners (reke cìume na èène) 

If you see wanjiku tell her "I still Know" 

Juma Hemedi


Kiambu County Assembly is calling upon members of public to participate and submit their memoranda on Punguza Mizigo (Constitution of Kenya Amendment) Draft Bill 2019.

They can submit any views they may have on the draft bill during any of the following sessions:-

DAY/DATE
SUB-COUNTY
VENUE

WEDNESDAY
SEPT. 18th 2019
(9:00am – 5:00pm)
LARI
ACK CHURCH KIMENDE
GATUNDU NORTH
KAMWANGI CATHOLIC HALL
THIKA
THIKA COMMUNITY HALL
JUJA
PREMIER GROUNDS JUJA
       

        THURSDAY
SEPT. 19th 2019
(9:00am – 5:00pm)
GATUNDU SOUTH
GATUNDU CATHOLIC HALL
LIMURU
SUB-COUNTY OFFICES LIMURU TOWN
KIKUYU
ACK EMMANUEL KIKUYU
KIAMBAA
ST. MARTIN DE PORES KARURI CATHOLIC CHURCH
         
             FRIDAY
SEPT. 20th 2019
(9:00am – 5:00pm)
GITHUNGURI
PCEA AYUB KINYUA CHURCH
RUIRU
RUIRU CATHOLIC CHURCH
KIAMBU
KIAMBU COMMUNITY HALL
KABETE
ACK NDUNYU CHURCH

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