2019


The Select Committee on Budget Allocation in the Kiambu County Assembly has invited Kiambu residents for public participation forums to collect their views on the county government’s Budget estimates for FY 2019/2020 beginning May 27th 2019.

According to a media advert carried on the dailies on Monday May 20 2019, presentation may be done orally or in written memorandum addressed to the clerk of the County Assembly of Kiambu or through their email address info@kiambuassembly.go.ke.

Oral submissions can be submitted as per the following schedule:
DATE AND TIME
SUB-COUNTY
VENUE

Monday 27 May 2019
(9am – 5pm)
Gatundu South
Gatundu Catholic Hall
Gatundu North
Mang’u Youth Empowerment Centre
Thika
Gatuanyaga Chief’s Camp
Juja
Premier Grounds Juja

Tuesday 28 May 2019
(9am – 5pm)
Ruiru
Ruiru Catholic Church
Kiambu
Kiambu Community Hall
Githunguri
PCEA Ayub Kinyua
Kiambaa
St. Martin De Pores Karuri Catholic Church

Wednesday 29 May 2019
(9am – 5pm)
Kikuyu
ACK St. Emmanuel Church Hall Kikuyu
Limuru
Limuru Sub-County Offices
Kabete
ACK Ndunyu Church Hall
Lari
AIC Rukuma – Lari Kirenga



Kiambu County Government on Monday hosted a delegation from World Bank who are on a review of the implementation of projects being funded by the organisation through Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP). 

Among the ongoing projects being implemented under the KUSP programme are storm water drainage, sewer lines, street lighting, roads, beautification of public open spaces and a fire station in Karuri 

(Related story: 
Thika’s Journey towards city status begins with sh. 100m beautification, sewerage programme.)

Kiambu is currently the largest beneficiary of the Urban Development Grant by World Bank having received Ksh 1.89 billion for the FY 2018/2019.

The 26 infrastructure programmes have been spread across the 6 municipalities in Kiambu namely Kiambu, Karuri, Thika, Kikuyu, Limuru and Ruiru.

There has been a lot of confusion about the Traffic Act and whether police officers have the right to demand for a driver's licence from a motorist or even board one's vehicle to the stations.

As Thika Town Today, we have tried to digest what the law says about these controversial sections as stipulated by the Traffic Act (CAP 403) of the laws of Kenya. 

Should one produce a DL on demand by the police?

The answer to this is in Article 36 of the act which states:-


36.
Production of driving licence on demand
(1)
Any person driving a motor vehicle on a road shall carry his driving licence or provisional licence, and, on being so required by a police officer, produce it for examination.
(2)
For the purposes of this section, “driving licence or provisional licence” includes such other evidence as will satisfy the police that there is no contravention of section 30.
(3)
Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with this section shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand shillings.

Should a police officer enter one's car or drive it to the station?

The answer to this is in Article 105 of the act which states:-

105.
Inspection of vehicles
(1)
It shall be lawful for any police officer in uniform to stop any vehicle, and for any police officer, licensing officer or inspector—
(a)
to enter any vehicle;
(b)
to drive any vehicle or cause any vehicle to be driven;
(c)
upon reasonable suspicion of any offence under this Act, to order and require the owner of any vehicle to bring the vehicle to him,
for the purpose of carrying out any examination and test of the vehicle with a view to ascertaining whether the provisions of this Act are being complied with or with a view to ascertaining whether the vehicle is being used in contravention of this Act.
(2)
Any person who fails to comply with any instruction or order given under this section shall be guilty of an offence and liable on a first conviction, to a fine not exceeding thirty thousand shillings, and for a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term of one year.


Thika residents were on Saturday treated to a thrilling football friendly match between bodaboda operators and Thika police officers at the MKU Graduation Pavilion Grounds where the riders won the match 3-2.

In the first of its kind in the area, the match that was organised by Thika West Sub-County Commander Beatrice Kiraguri and Kamenu Sub-Location Bodaboda Association (KSBA) was geared towards drawing the two warring groups into a working relationship to enhance security in the area.

Area MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina donated the trophy that was won by the bodaboda riders.

The officers were drawn from Thika and Makongeni Police Stations as well as Administration Police posts across the sub-county.

Speaking after the match, the chief guest Kiambu County Deputy Police Commander Chief Inspector Munga urged the riders to weed out criminal elements in their midst as those who painted the sector with a bad image.

He reminded them that without good security, the area would not attract investors thus reduce their potential to earn more from a robust economy.
“Most of these (criminal) cases we find amongst you are brought about by ‘squad riders’. Kindly, if you have to lend your bike to someone else, ensure that it is a person who is of good morals otherwise you might find yourself in trouble having to answer for crimes you know nothing about,” advised Munga.

He appealed to the riders to come up with programmes to diversify their income through various business activities to ensure they were economically stable and not depend on their bikes alone for an income.

The Thika police boss Beatrice Kiraguri said her office was open to all residents and urged them to make use of it in order to secure the area.

“My doors are wide open for anyone with information that will enhance security in this area. There is no need to fear the police as we are trained to treat each information brought to our desks with a lot of confidentiality,” said Kiraguri.

She added that Saturday’s activity was just the beginning of a series of police-residents interactions aimed at bringing together the two groups into a working relationship.
John Mwangi Njuguna, who is the Personal Assistant to Thika MP, said that their office had set aside sh. 500,000 to ensure all bodaboda operators acquired all the requisites documents required to operate their businesses.

Kamenu Ward MCA Raphael Chege Waithumbi warned the riders against harbouring criminal elements amongst them as this would only aggravate the already bad blood with the law enforcers. He also urged them to ensure they adhered to all traffic rules so as not to get themselves in trouble with the law.

Other leaders who spoke included the Thika District Business Association (TDBA) Chairman Alfred Wanyoike and the chairperson of Thika Community Policing Committee Bishop Ezekiel Karanja.


Detectives in Kilimani Nairobi have arrested six "notorious" criminals following a violent robbery incident in the area.

The police also confiscated two motor vehicles – a Toyota Prado and Nissan Navara, master keys, fake number plates, masking tapes & a safe.

The six suspects are – Stephen Ngiru Kuria, Wilson Mutua Kitheka, Vincent Odhiambo, Elizabeth Akinyi Abuto, Lavender Akinyi Ogilo and Quinter Adhiambo Ong’ino.

According to the DCI detectives, the six suspects have other pending cases in court in connection to several offences of burglary, house breaking and stealing in Kilimani.

Elizabeth and Lavender have warrants of arrest for absconding court and jumping bail respectively.

Mount Kenya University is looking to hire an ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT to work in NAKURU CAMPUS

This position reports to the Registrar, Finance Administration and Marketing and will be responsible for assisting in the maintenance, reporting and management of the University’s finances.
JOB SUMMARY
Under the supervision of the Campus Accountant, the Accounts Assistant will support the Finance data processing by the preparation of documents of original entry, initial data entry and management of the document filing process.
Specific Responsibilities:
  1. Receiving and processing payment requisitions.
  2. Receiving and processing invoices and claims and ensuring their completeness.
  3. Preparing bank reconciliations.
  4. Updating student ledgers and performing reconciliation of student accounts.
  5. Maintaining filing systems for accounting documents and records.
Qualifications
  1. Bachelor’s degree in Business with specialization in Accounting/Finance or its equivalent.
  2. CPA Part II
  3. 2 years’ experience at a finance position
OR
  1. CPA (K)
  2. 1 year experience at a finance position
  3. Registered with a professional body
How to Apply:
Each application should be accompanied with an up to date and detailed Curriculum Vitae.
Applications should be addressed to;
The Human Resource Director,
Mount Kenya University,
Main Campus, General Kago Road,
P.O. Box 342-01000.
THIKA.
NOTE:
  • Applications should be clearly marked for the position applied for.
  • Electronic applications can be sent in PDF format by email to recruitment@mku.ac.ke.
  • Applications must be submitted on or before 17th May, 2019.
  • Mount Kenya University is an equal opportunity employer:
  • Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
  • Persons with disability are encouraged to apply.
Terms of service are provided for as per Mount Kenya University scheme of service

FILE PHOTO
The Committee on Energy, Radiation Protection Board (RPB) in the National Assembly and Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA) on Wednesday held public hearing in Thika to collect the people’s input on a bill to develop a Nuclear Power Programme for electricity generation in Kenya.

Led by their chairperson, Nakuru Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria, the committee said that the Nuclear Regulatory Bill, 2018 sought to provide for comprehensive regulatory framework for radiation and nuclear safety, nuclear security and safeguard to control radiation sources, nuclear materials and associated waste.

Gikaria said that one major objective of the forum was to increase public awareness about nuclear energy and ultimately gaining public acceptance for the generation of nuclear electricity in Kenya.

“We want people to understand some key aspects of nuclear power development and clear the myths where people associated nuclear to explosives and something that could bring calamity. The future of energy is in nuclear and time has come for Kenya to go nuclear if we need to generate more employment opportunities,” he said.

The leaders focused on the overview of the Nuclear Power Programme, economic gains that would be realised, socio-economic development and improved infrastructure. Demystification of nuclear power disasters, nuclear energy technologies, challenges and opportunities that come with putting up the plant such as establishment of a regulatory framework, were among the other issues highlighted.

The plenary heard that Kenya intends to build a 1000MW nuclear power plant aimed at increasing power capacity that is currently at 2,300MW to bridge the deficit gap of the projected 16,000MW.

The sh. 500 billion plant, whose construction is set to be completed by 2027, will be put up either along Lake Victoria, Lake Turkana or along the Coast, to take advantage of marine waters.

Radiation Protection Board CEO, Joseph Maina, allayed fears concerning the safety, security and disposal of waste from nuclear energy by pointing out that Kenya had a nuclear safeguard where nuclear material must be accounted for atom by atom to make sure no diversion for unintended purposes.

“Kenya has made great strides in enhancing the legal framework and approach through necessary regulatory structures to ensure nuclear systems, security and safeguards including the management of radioactive wastes and spent fuel is adhered to, he said.

Among those who participated in the forum included MPs Muturi Kigano (Kangema), Elisha Ochieng Odhiambo (Gem), Faith Wairimu Gitau (Nyandarua Women Representative), Abdikhaim Osman (Fafi) and Joseph Manje (Kajiado North).

Others were James Lomenen (Turkana South), Vincent Musyoka Kawaya (Mwala) and Ken Chonga (Kilifi South).

Thika Town MP who was at the time held up at Parliament with the Trade and Industry Committee, was represented by his Personal Assistant John Mwangi Njuguna.

The forum was attended by various stakeholders who included members of the Thika District Business Association and various community and social organisations.


A Thika-based factory is among the lucky local cloth manufacturers poised to benefit from the Government of Kenya uniform tenders.

Thika Cloth Mills, a renowned textile manufacturer since 1958 will join other beneficiaries such as Eldoret’s Rivatex, Alpha Knit in Ruiru, Bedi Investments of Nakuru and Sunflag in Nairobi to supply clothing materials to the army, police, prisons and the National Youth Service.

Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina and his Gatundu counterpart Moses Kuria revealed this in two separate occasions.

The two legislators welcomed the government’s move saying it will not only create and sustain jobs but also go a long way towards boosting the manufacturing sector, which is part of the Big 4 Agenda.

Wainaina recalled the good old days in the 1980s and early 1990s when TCM had a workforce of about 2,000 employees and envisioned that the government’s move would revive the industry into its previous state.

He mentioned about of his Bill in the National Assembly whose aim was to restrict imports for goods already manufactured locally in order to create a conducive environment to promote local manufacturing.

“The Bill that has already gone through the first reading will be a milestone for the manufacturing sector if it becomes law. I only appeal to my colleagues to support it,” said Wainaina.

While speaking in Gatundu during the presiding over a funds drive for the Martyrs of Uganda Catholic Church, Kuria commended Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu for commissioning a cloths factory that was recently awarded a tender to supply chiefs’ uniforms.

He challenged other governors to follow suit as this was the only sure way to creating the much coveted regional wealth.

“There’s no need of importing staff uniforms when we have local industries that produce them. We should be using the money spent on the imports to empower our local industries and to grow our economy,” Kuria said.


Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga has urged National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) liaise with stakeholders to help them identify companies and individuals polluting rivers and the environment around Thika town.

The CC noted that some companies released toxic effluent into River Chania through underground tunnels especially along Oloitiptip road.

“We cannot allow anyone to discharge untreated raw waste water into the river as this has a ripple effect on people living downstream who depend on the same water for domestic purposes,” he said.

Wanyanga said the lives of the people were paramount and called on NEMA to come on board and address the problem.

The pollution is most conspicuous near Matharau slums located on the outskirts of the town, an area surrounded by several major companies.

Thika Township MCA Andrew Kimani waters his tree at the Ngoingwa Reservoir Site during the inaugural Annual Tree Planting Event organised by Thika Water & Sewerage Company (THIWASCO) on Saturday.
Thika Water and Sewerage Company (THIWASCO) have secured a sh. 900 million funding from the World Bank to kick-start the Kariminu Water Project near Maryhill School that is expected to inject about 15 million litres of water/day into the system.

The company Managing Director Eng. Moses Kinya revealed this on Saturday during the inaugural Annual Tree Planting Event organised by Thika Water & Sewerage Company (THIWASCO) at the Ngoingwa Reservoir Site.

Kinya said that the design work was already complete and the company was now embarking on the tendering process.

(Related story: Thika to get 2 more sewerage treatment plants to cater for increasing population.)

“Once complete, the res reservoir will inject about 15,000m3 of water/day into our system. Currently, the demand for water is over 46,000m3 water daily against a supply of 37,000m3,” he said.

The MD added that they were currently looking for a 2½ acres of land to put up the reservoir around Maryhill area and once they procured one, construction works will start immediately.

Concerning the tree planting exercise, Kinya said that, in partnership with various schools and institutions, they had resolved to plant 5,000 trees annually across various points within Thika.

“The dry Chania River recently should serve as a wakeup call to all us and we need to plant more trees. It is only by conserving our environment that we will guarantee ourselves and the future generation enough water to drink and do other essential activities in life,” he said.

(Read also: WASREB CEO maintains THIWASCO is not merged with Kiambu Water Company.)

The event was graced by various organisations and institutions who included the Thika District Business Association (TDBA), The Kenya Defense Forces (KDF), Thika Prisons, Maryhill Girls High School, various MCAs, Water Service Providers Association (WASPA), Thika Level 5 Hospital, various primary schools, Water Resource User Associations (WRUAs), Thika West DCC’s Office among other stakeholders.

The Chairman Board of Directors Eng. Joseph Mukora Kimani led THIWASCO team.


He used to drive young Uhuru Kenyatta with his brother Muhoho to St. Mary’s Muthangari School.
Joseph Njuguna was then a police officer attached to State House and his duties was to drive the former President’s sons to school as he narrates.
 The 76-year-old explains how an order to drive the former President cost his transfer from State House, terming it as envy that saw him resign from the police force.
 Njuguna recalls with nostalgia the behavior of young Uhuru and how he encouraged him to study smart and take after his father.
 He also recalls how the former President could react to happenings around him and how he whipped the police officers using his walking stick.
Njuguna narrates how he shouted the President’s name when he saw him during the last general election campaigns at Kangema’s General Kago Stadium, attracting the President’s attention who shook his hand and ordered him be taken to statehouse. 
He was taken to the statehouse on 2017 but then, the president told him that it was a busy moment and he would wish him visit at a time the two can have a sitting and have a chat.
It is the wish of Mr. Njuguna to meet the President and remind him of the good old days, he says he does not need a job for he is too old for that but appeals to the President to support his children who are jobless.
As a way of giving back to his country, Njuguna has composed songs with national messages, Songs that he sung to us. 
His wife Lucy Njeri narrates how her husband has been craving to meet The President and remind him of their chats while he was young.
She was also a dancer and a soloist who used to entertain Mzee Jomo Kenyatta at her young age.

Ekeza Sacco Chairman David Kariuki Ngari (Gakuyo) has drawn a 5-phase timeline to refund Sh 2.4 billion owed to its members.
Gakuyo anticipates that the exercise will take a maximum of two years given the nature of liquidation strategy he is implementing.
The first bunch of 1,500 members who had saved Sh 5,000 downwards will be sorted out by the end of this week.
Those owed up to Sh 20,000 deposits will be next followed by those with up to Sh 50,000, then those with up to Sh 200,000. The others will then be addressed.
“No member will lose any deposit. We are disposing of our assets to get money and continue pursuing those who owe us. We are also seeking out strategic partners to revive our businesses. All we seek is patience and understanding,” he said.
All those who have saved sh. 5,000 and below have already been notified to report at his Calvary Chosen Centre Evangelical Church in Thika for the refunds.


The Kenya Meteorological Department forecasts shows Central Highlands, Nairobi area and the Counties of Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu, and Tharaka are likely to experience early morning cloudiness with light rains over few places breaking into sunny intervals throughout the forecast period. Afternoon and evening showers are expected over few places throughout the next seven days.

The Lake Victoria Basin, Highlands West of the Rift Valley, Central and South Rift Valley including the Counties of Siaya, Kisumu, Homabay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Trans Nzoia, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma and Busia are expected to experience sunny intervals in the morning throughout the forecast period, while the Afternoon and evening will see the areas receive showers and thunderstorms over few throughout the forecast period.

The Northwestern including the Counties of Turkana, West Pokot and Samburu is likely to experience mainly sunny intervals in the morning and afternoon throughout the forecast period.

The Northeastern Counties of Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Isiolo is likely to experience mainly sunny intervals in the morning throughout the forecast period. 

“However, morning rains expected over few places between Thursday and Monday at the boarder of Kenya with Ethiopia. Afternoon evening showers are expected over few places throughout the forecast period.”

The Southeastern Lowlands Counties of Kajiado, Kitui, Makueni, Machakos and Taita Taveta are likely to experience sunny intervals in the morning throughout the forecast period whle the Afternoon and evening will experience showers throughout the forecast period.

The Coastal Strip counties of Mombasa, Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu and Kwale are likely to experience showers over few places in the morning and afternoon evening over several places throughout the forecast period.

The weatherman warns of heavy rainfall beginning Wednesday through to Thursday to be experienced in Kwale, Mombasa and Kilifi counties.

They add that Saturday through to Sunday will see the coastal counties of Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, Taita Taveta and Southern part of Tana River county receiving moderately heavy rainfall.

The forecast released on Wednesday indicates that the coastal strip will receive more than 30 millimetres of rainfall in 24 hours.

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