December 2019

Gatanga MP Eng. Joseph Nduati Ngugi flags off the 16 Wings To Fly scholars from the larger Thika District for the year 2020.
Gatanga MP Eng. Joseph Nduati Ngugi has raised concern over the manner foreigners are taking up almost all the technical and blue-collar jobs available in the country at the expense of local youth who lack the requisite technical skills.

Speaking in Thika Town during the 2020 “Wings To Fly” flag-off ceremony, Nduati noted that despite the government creating so many job opportunities within the building and construction sector, the bulk of these jobs were being taken up by foreigners, leaving the local to do the menial jobs.

“If you look at the SGR for example, a big percentage of the technical skilled jobs have been taken up by foreigners. Our youth lack the skills to take up these jobs. It is high time parents stopped keeping their children at home as they wait for white-collar jobs that are no longer available,” he said.

Nduati noted that out of over 647,000 candidates who sat for this year’s KCSE exams, barely 130,000 students managed to qualify for university admission, leaving out over 400,000 students.

“Where will these children go if everyone craves for university education with an eye for white-collar jobs? It is the high time we embraced technical training. There are so many job opportunities for those with technical skills, both locally and abroad and the time to take advantage is now,” said the MP.

He added that the government was laying so much emphasis on technical education and this year, any student being admitted to technical colleges (TVETs) was being awarded a Sh. 30,000 scholarship on admission, and another Sh. 40,000 in form of a loan.

“For the Sh. 40,000, the government will deduct Sh. 26,000 to cater for your tuition fees and the student is left with the balance of Sh. 14, 000 to cater for his own needs as pocket money,” he explained.

He asked his Gatanga Constituents to apply for this year’s Sh. 40 million bursary allocation that his CDF office has set aside to cater for fees to needy students in secondary, colleges and universities.

Thika Equity Branch Manager Sammy Karanu said that out of the 250 applicants this year from the larger Thika District that consists of Thika West, Thika East, Gatanga and Gatundu North sub-counties, they selected 16 beneficiaries.

“This is usually a very rigorous exercise due to the very limited vacancies. We do surprise home visits so as to ascertain the level of poverty and after evaluating each case by its own merits, we pick the most deserving cases that we believe have no chance of joining secondary school without external assistance,” Karanu explained.

Karanu termed the 11-year programme as a great success as it had produced so many professionals in different fields over time.

“This year alone, over 90% of our wings to fly products in Thika will join different universities both locally and internationally. This is a great achievement by any standards,” he concluded.

Among those in attendance was Mercy Wanjiku Kuria, a 2015 Wings To Fly beneficiary from Gatuanyaga Location in Thika East.

Wanjiku scored 377 marks in the KCPE 2015 exams and joined Kahuhia Girls High School in Murang’a County courtesy of the programme. This year, she sat for KCSE and score an A aggregate of 82 marks.

She attributes her success to the assistance she was accorded by the Wings To Fly Scholarship which she says, without it, she would have never made it through the secondary education.

She challenged those selected to join the programme not to take it for granted and work hard so that they achieve the goals they had in life.

Sarah Wambui, a mother of four, could not hide her joy after her last-born son was among the selected beneficiaries. For this resident of Mabanda Location in Gatanga Constituency, it was a dream come true, having missed in three of her previous attempts to have her children benefit from the programme.

The Wings To Fly Programme awards a comprehensive secondary school scholarship that includes tuition and boarding fees, books, uniform, and transport to and from school as well as pocket money for the four years of secondary school.

Furthermore, the scholars receive mentorship from outstanding role models from the academia, public service, entrepreneurship, non-profits and influential captains in various industries.

Thika residents have been challenged to collectively own up the challenges facing them and together, seek solutions to problems facing them.

Leaders and stakeholders made this call during a street families rehabilitation day that was organised by Thika District Business Association (TDBA) in partnership with the office of the Thika Town MP, Thika West Deputy County Commissioner, Lil Magic Foundation and Samuel Mutonga’s family.

The Monday morning event brought together over a hundred and fifty street children at Mama Ngina Garden who were fed and groomed by various businesspersons and stakeholders working within Thika.

Speaking during the event, Thika West DCC Douglas Mutai attributed the street families menace to a weak society and challenged men to fully take responsibilities to the children they sired.

“Each of the children belongs to a family and unless each one of us takes responsibility to get them off the streets, this problem will never end. I am also challenging the business community as well as all other stakeholders to adopt those willing to go back to school and walk this journey with them until they are independent,” he said.

The DCC oversaw the registration of these families, each stating the reasons they came to the streets and how they wanted to be assisted off the streets.

Thika CDF Chairman Mr. Huruko Njau, who was representing the area MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina challenged every resident to own up this problem as it affected them in one way or another.

“We must learn to be our own brothers keepers. The responsibility to get rid of street children belongs to all of us. Feeding them is not enough. We need to chart out a comprehensive road map to eradicate them all from the streets,” he said.

His sentiments were echoed by TDBA chairperson Alfred Wanyoike who called on the business community to join hands and come up with a comprehensive programme to rehabilitate the kids.

Dr. Susan Gitau called on organisations dealing with street children to employ an open door policy where they complimented each others’ efforts and those of other stakeholders to come up with a sustainable programme that would ease the street families problem.

On behalf of the Mutonga’s family who were the brains behind this event, Samuel Mutonga called on the strengthening of the family institution as weak family set ups bore the most blame for the street children menace.

Among those who donated foodstuffs, clothing and other services included; Del Monte Kenya, Kenblest, Capwell Industries, Kenya Red Cross Thika Branch Thika water & Sewerage Company (THIWASCO), Lil Magic Foundation, Nomad Dental Centre, Africana College, County Government of Kiambu, Jungle Nuts Thika Barbers Association, Thika Town Today – 3T, Kiambu County Government and the office of the Thika Town MP.

BY: Juma Hemedi

Of all the plans we ever made with the 'ghetto boys club' none excited us like swimming in Chania river but nothing else had more adventure like "hanto" (hunting) . The day before Christmas we had planned to go hunting 'mbele ya kwa jeshi' we went to 'Zambia' (where Bakari Temwa lived) to ask 'Mandao' to allow us to go with 'Tarino'. Tarino was the toughest dog in Majengo apart from the two other dogs belonging to 'Swajo'. Tarino once faced a cobra snake eye to eye 'Kwa Reli' until the cobra blinked.

So Mandao agreed that he will give us Tarino the following day and since most people were busy cutting bougainvillea trees and decorating them with cotton wool and some gift wrappers and balloons to make Christmas trees, we knew no one would be looking for Us. Wamash also came with a dog whose name we cannot remember and so did Kimani. We now had three dogs and a bunch of boys who included Iddi and Daddy.

We did a quick survey and gathered that some three homes would be making 'chapos' and we needed to be back on time to celebrate by eating to our fill. We left the girls looking for balloons and 'shine shines' (whatever those were). Wakapogy arrived and the adventure started. The first stop was 'Kwa Daame' (Broadway Bakery) to ask for the 'spoilt' bread.

We then crossed to 'Kenya Peei' (Kenya Paper Mills) to collect 'firita' (Rubber bands) for making 'feeya' (i dont know the English word for it) We crossed the road from the thickets near leather industry and went to the other side of the road, our three dogs in tow.

We passed the engineering battalion gate and we were now at the forest next to it (today the forest is landless estate) the chase for rabbits 'sukumo' started and Tarino was the first to spot one, it gave a chase and we followed it into the forest. Whatever Tarino was chasing went and dived into some hole and we caught up with Tarino as it tried to dig with its fore legs.

It was an exercise in futility and the dog that Wamash had come with started chasing something that looked like a 'swaro' (antelope) Tarino joined and before long we were running deep into the forest, running after something we couldn't see. Iddi suggested that we stop chasing and start shooting 'dush' (pigeons) since it was past lunch hour and we were all hungry.

After several trials we were not successful and so we decided to sit under a tree and wait for Tarino and the other dogs to bring whatever it was chasing. We must had dozed off since Tarino and the other dogs were there when we opened our eyes.

"What is that? Iddi asked me.

"It's a tree" I answered.

"Not the tree 'Hapo juu ya mti'?, he responded.

We all looked up, there was a huge snake that seemed like it was coming down. Without blinking we were all running like mad people, there was no number two in that race because number two would have been the last one, meanwhile the snake had coiled itself into something like a tyre and was somehow rolling and throwing itself.

If you have never ran and overtaken a dog, then you have never ran. We were now almost at the tarmac but this snake was still following us, a blue Chevrolet pick up appeared from the Munyu side and the driver stopped in the middle of the highway and waved at us to get in.

We jumped onto the back of the pickup like we were diving into a swimming pool and the driver sped towards Makongeni, the snake landed on the tarmac and slithered to the other side of the road. The driver dropped us at Makongeni bus stage (today Madaraka market) and we started walking back to Majengo through pilot.

It was almost seven o'clock in the evening when we arrived home. All the places where chapatis had been made were cleaning the utensils, but that was not our worry. Our biggest worry was who will tell Mandao that we had lost his Tarino? Mandao was not the guy you would win a fight against, his head was extra large and he was rumoured to have some powers in his head, and if you know Mandao then you know Mandao.

As people marked boxing day we were still holed up in our houses, afraid of venturing out just in case we meet with him. We heard later that day that some visitor had been chased by Tarino. Indeed God works in mysterious ways. Tarino was back.

That's how we missed Christmas Chapos. If any of you is making Chapatis Today remember to invite this son of the Ghetto.

Merry Christmas.

Juma Hemedi

BY: Juma Hemedi

If you grew up in Thika and you have never heard the story about the day the pineapple train "fell", then you probably haven't met those who were still around when the pineapple train derailed.

The day before the train derailed, we had been taken to the shop at Jamhuri market belonging to "Nyaganga Aduwa" to have our clothes 'measured' (kupimisha Nguo). The shop had his name inscribed just above the entrance door.

Nyaganga Aduwa was the only man North and South of the Garissa highway who was the most popular 'fundi' for clothes. No one really knows when he migrated to Thika but the man had an eye for details and style. So all of us had been taken to his Shop to get our uniforms sizes taken and then Nyaganga would embark on the production and manufacturing process. This process would take many weeks and once in a while one of us would be sent to go check on whether Nyaganga had finished making the clothes and every time we would bring the feedback which was very simple, "bado angalia Kesho".

'Fundi wa Nguo' and "watu wa picha"  had one thing in common, their products took forever to be complete, and we had no option other than wait for them. These guys had monopolised the business.

Anyway all of us were 'measured' for clothes and we were back home, but I was left at the KANU youth Office where there was "the trial of the century". I can't remember all the details but someone had stolen slippers belonging to their neighbour and the other one was found wearing someone else's trousers and the complainant and defendants needed to prove that those items were indeed theirs.

The following morning the 'boys club' gathered to plan the program for the day in our assembly point. There had been rumour that we needed to "impeach" our defacto leader 'wakapogi. Gitau had brought the motion on the floor of the meeting base. But before the motion could be seconded, Wakapogi appeared and Gitau froze.

Wakapogi told us that people are going "chini" at river Chania, and that others are coming up with cans of pineapples and that they are saying the train had "fallen". We abandoned the "Impeachment motion" by Gitau and hurried to follow Wakapogi.

We passed Biafra, Fort Jesus and before long we saw it. It was so long and part of it was on the rail and the other part had overturned and cartons of pineapple cans were all over.

Everyone from Majengo, Starehe, Ofafa, Biafra was there, even the 'changaa' people were there too.

I Saw Amadi Binza walk past us carrying somethings under his jacket he was followed by Swajo who had a sisal sack full of items his two dogs in tow.

The train was transporting canned pineapples from Kenya Canners (Del Monte) and derailed there.

It was a field day as everyone carried cans of pineapples while others ate from the site. Our fearless Gitau pushed his way through and came back with some cans which we opened using stones and started eating. The work of carrying the pineapples took the whole day until the police arrived later.

That evening as we were all asleep, we heard loud knocks on the doors, apparently the police had mobilised their colleagues from nearby stations and were having a door to door operation recovering every tin of pineapple that was missing and was to be found, it was the end of "pineapple parre after parre" . I never knew that we had some in the house since none of us had carried any, but I later learnt that Amadi Binza had passed by and gave mum a few cans.

And just like that "mananasi ya mkebe" went. We continued visiting the place where the train "fallen"  hoping that another one would derail and pineapples would be on board but none has ever "fallen" since. And thats how the "impeachment motion" for Wakapogi was defeated he continued to lead the 'boys club' and myselefu remained his loyal assistant.

Blessed Festive season and happy New Year.

Juma Hemedi

MKU acting VC Prof. Peter Wanderi (right) and MKU Council Chairman Prof. David Serem (left) launching the revised scheme of service for staff
Mount Kenya University has collaborated with Stag Africa to construct 3,000-bed hostel units for its students at the university’s Happy Valley land in Landless Estate, Thika at a cost of Ksh. 2.5 billion.

Speaking during a party to bid farewell to long serving vice chancellor Prof. Stanley Waudo, MKU Founder and Chairman Dr. Simon Gicharu said that the construction would start next month.

He said the project would help improve accommodation for an increasing number of students.

“The project is part of our vision and strategic plan for the next 10 years to make this university an ultramodern main campus. We will receive a delegation from Stag Africa next week, led by the brother to former South Africa President- Pete de Klerk,” said Gicharu.

Gicharu added that the university on Saturday launched a review scheme of service of its workforce to ensure the institution attracted and retained competent and dedicated staff. He also noted that an enabling environment is key to staff motivation and productivity.

“I’m pleased to note that the University management will borrow from the founding vice-chancellor who has appreciated all the members of staff through a token of appreciation.”

The chairperson said the university would also have Centres of Excellence to ensure efficient and effective service delivery.

“The current Main Campus facilities will become a teaching and referral hospital to support the College of Health Sciences and the Government Agenda on Universal Health Care,” he said.

Through MKU Foundation, the university has also established the Chancellor Scholarship Fund to sponsor needy students. The Chancellor has initiated the Ksh. 100 million kitty with Ksh. 1.25 million.

This semester alone, the foundation will spend Sh 5 million to facilitate studies of the needy students in all MKU campuses.

“I was really touched by a case of a student who was willing to sell one of her kidneys to pay school fees, this made me start this foundation so that we can reach to other similar cases,” the chairman said.

Police in Gatuanyaga, Thika East on Saturday collected the of an unidentified person that was retrieved from a stream around Tosha area.

According to eyewitness who was at the scene, some youth who were fishing on Friday spotted a body stuck in the stream and they called a village elder who informed the area chief.

Efforts to remove it on Friday were futile but this was done on Saturday.

The body, which is suspected to be that of a man, had started decomposing and had parts missing especially the arms and his private parts. It is not clear whether the missing parts were as a result of murder or he had been mauled by wild animals or stray dogs in the area.

The bottom of his body was bare and it is unclear whether he met his death without his trousers.

The deceased was dressed in dark green vest, blue T-shirt, a black shirt and a black coat or jacket. On his arm, he wore a black bungle.

The decomposing bodies of a middle-aged woman and her daughter were on Sunday found inside their rented house in Abduba Estate Thika opposite Mount Kenyatta University Pavilion Grounds.

Neighbours reported the matter to the police after a foul smell started emanating from her house and with the 31-year old reported missing over the past few days they had gotten concerned.

The police broke into the house where they found the woman and her 11-year old daughter lying dead with several stab wounds

The body of a man suspected to be that of the husband was a while later found dangling inside another rented house in Kisii estate, which is a relatively short distance from the other house where the two bodies were discovered.

It is suspected that the man may have hanged himself after killing the two.

Their bodies were moved to General Kago Road Funeral home as investigations into the mysterious killings got underway.

Samuel Owen, a resident of Ngoingwa estate making his contribution during a public participation forum organised by Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) at Ngoingwa chief’s camp to discuss the construction of the Kiambu-Thika Road.

Residents of Thika’s Ngoingwa area have supported government's plan to construct a 14km dual carriageway from Junction B30/A2 Thika Superhighway (Njomoko) to Mang’u.

While speaking at Ngoingwa chief’s camp during a public participation forum organised by Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), the residents said it would ease congestion in Thika town, improve businesses and help road users to connect to Nakuru and Kiambu towns faster.

The road, which is currently in design stage, will be 40m in width with a pedestrian footpath and a cycling path.

(See Related Story: Plans to construct Thika-Garissa Dual Carriageway at very advanced stage)

It is part of a 62km road that commences on Junction B32/B30 (Kiambu Road opposite Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology –KIST) through Kirigiti, Riabai, Ngewa, Kibichoi, Nembu, Ichaweri, Gatundu, Kang’oo, Mang’u and ends at Junction B30/A2 Thika Superhighway (Njomoko).
Upon completion, this road will improve journey times between Kiambu and Thika towns, it would become a preferred route in the area. This will take traffic off other local roads.

Other than the Riabai – Ngewa and the Njomoko – Mang’u stretches that will be dual carriageways, the other sections of the road will be single carriageway of rural road standards with a 2m shoulder. The Ngewa – Riabai stretch will also include 4.5m service roads (matatu lanes) on selected sections in Kirigiti area.

The officials noted that residents living within the stretch between Njomoko and Kisiwa Primary might not be affected by the construction of the road as none was within the targeted road corridor. However, some people might be affected especially between Kisiwa Primary School and Mang’u where the corridor was not enough.

The officials assured them of compensation that would be calculated using the current market rates.

The residents requested KeNHA to ensure that the road had enough provisions for drainage to avoid flooding in Thika and also bear safety measures that would reduce road carnage along the road.

They also requested that the contractor to ensure minimal disruption of businesses along the road during the entire expansion exercise.

(See Also: First Phase of Garissa Road expansion to be complete in two months – KeNHA.)

On behalf of the area MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina, his Personal Assistant (PA) John Mwangi Njuguna appealed to Thika residents to support the project as it would eventually benefit them upon completion.

He appealed to KeNHA to ensure prompt and just compensation on anyone who will be affected by the construction.

“The main objective here is to reduce congestion on our roads, help our people to easily get around and open up new opportunities for business. The existing road which is a single carriageway is an impediment to flow of the high traffic experienced between Nairobi and Thika town. It therefore requires upgrading to dual carriageway to absorb and serve this traffic and support the socio-economic growth of this area and at the same time bring business opportunities and employment,” said Mwangi.

A vehicle being pulled from a pit along Corner 1 – Corner 4 road that is in a very bad state.
Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina has promised to solicit for funding to arrest the flooding menace that has dogged Kiganjo estate for decades.

Speaking during a tour in the area to assess the extent of damage caused by the recent floods, Wainaina said that it was quite unfortunate that the residents kept facing the same problem every time it rained and it was now time the problem was solved once and for all.

He added that over and above his own initiative to control the flush floods, he would mobilise for funding from the government to ensure the area got more drainage and accessible roads.

“Kiganjo has a very great potential to become the next frontier in this region. For this to happen, we must cure this problem (of flooding) once and for all. I will also seek funds from the government to create an elaborate drainage system as well as more tarmacked roads here,” he said.

The legislator noted that his tour had identified that most of the flush floods spilled from the trench at Corner 4 and therefore efforts would be made to divert this water before it crossed the road into people’s residence.

He promised to do some rehabilitation works of the Kiganjo Corner 1 – Corner 4 road that was in a very deplorable state before he sought some government funding to upgrade it to bitumen standards.

He also appealed to the Ministry of  Irrigation to devise ways to harvest rain runoff so as to the stored water could be made useful even after the rains.

“The government needs to come up with a very elaborate programme to harvest all this water instead of watching all of it go to waste and in most cases, cause wanton destruction to property. The stored water can later be utilised for irrigation, domestic and commercial purposes,” he said.

Wainaina also challenged the county government to connect the residents of Kiganjo and surrounding areas with the main sewerage system.

Floods victims in Giciiki village Kilimambogo have appealed to the authorities to help them relocate to the plots allocated to them by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017.

The residents claim that one of the main reasons they were still stuck on the lowlands bordering Athi River was that some people went to court and blocked their relocation to the said plots, claiming that the land belonged to them.

They also claimed that only 25 people out of more than a hundred residents were allocated land, leaving the rest unaware of their fate once the relocation was implemented.

They were speaking during a damage assessment visit by the area MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina.

Wainaina promised to follow up the matter to its logical conclusion and ensure that once all was done settled, he would assist each family with 10 mabatis to help them put up their homes.

He appealed to them to accept relocation and only leave the shambas on the river belt for farming only.

“Let’s all agree to leave these shambas once we get relocated. Let’s use them for farming alone to avoid all these losses incurred every time it rains,” appealed the MP.

In the meantime, he promised to seek some temporary remedy to drain off the excess overflow of the river to ensure the waters never again rose to cause extensive damages to homes as experienced recently when homes were completely marooned by the floods.

The MP donated some foodstuff and blankets to the victims to help them cope with the harsh conditions after the floods as a permanent solution was being sought.

The Thika Branch of the Kenya Red Cross also donated kitchenware to the affected families.

By Paul Kaweru

Among the many popular memes that aimed to encourage people to storm Area 51, a highly classified and heavily protected US Air Force facility in Nevada, was a highly popularized concept considered the most effective entry strategy among a majority of enthusiasts – ‘Naruto’ Running. The concept is extrapolated from the Naruto Uzumaki fictional Japanese anime and manga, where Naruto runners sprint with arms locked straight and stretched out behind their backs. The distinctive running gait has increasingly become an integral part of viral memes to convey a ‘speedy’ technique that might probably help to the target objectives by circumventing the existing ‘hurdles.’ In Kenya, ‘Naruto Running’ can be considered a ‘staple anime fandom,’ a strategy aimed to achieve some political objectives.
Ruto’s presidential ambitions can be inferred as ‘Naruto Running,’ a strategy that may not be effective in the end. While his ‘populist’ political demeanor seems to strengthen his grip in Mt. Kenya region, some critics have argued that this strategy is short-lived, as it is merely built with a focus on 2022 presidential inspirations. Ruto’s influence in Mt. Kenya, according to some political analysts, depends on the extent to which he will be able to maintain close ties with his Mt. Kenya allies to back him in the next elections. “Galvanizing this support is not a funfair, as it is subject to constitutional limits,” posits Makau Mutua. His vehement push of 2022 political agenda culminates in premature campaigns, which might subsequently widen the hitherto burgeoning schism between “Kieleweke” and “Tangatanga” factions within the Jubilee party. In other words, Ruro’s political strategy can be inferred as a ‘Kamikaze act.’ His interference with Central Kenya’s politics in his endeavors to become the next president by capitalizing on Mt. Kenya’s votes can be regarded as a desperate ‘politically-suicidal’ act.        
            To win the support of Mt. Kenya’s electorate, Mr.Ruto ought to learn from the precedents. The region’s hypocritical demeanor is silent shaming, notes COTU boss Francis Atwoli. Raila Odinga was also branded ‘Jamba’ sometimes ago. He was their favorite, simply because he kowtowed to Kibaki, their then favorite candidate. How he lost the region’s support is a difficult conundrum for many. If you want to become a president in Kenya, probably you should avoid committing a cardinal sin: the holier-than-thou attitude. Humility appears to take precedence over any other considerations,” reiterates Atwoli.
Dear Ruto, think different! Re-strategize! Avoid premature campaigns. These people do not hate Uhuru. They are probably ignoring him because he appears to have forged ‘bonds’ with their historical foe – the Odingas. The moment Uhuru decides to wage war against you, trust me, it will render your supportive brigade helplessly useless. The influence of many members of a cohort of your seemingly strong battalion is merely ephemeral. On the ground, Central Kenya and Uhuru Kenyatta are inextricably intertwined. Do not defy Uhuru’s orders. Those who think that they can ‘go against the grain’ to succeed Uhuru as the region’s kingpin are just myopic. My ‘fren’ Ruto, you are my favorite politician in Kenya. Stop Naruto running. Slow down. Do not fall for a Kamikaze attack!

The writer is a Mechanical Engineer graduate from Moi University and a Political Enthusiast.

The newly launched 150KWP Solar PV system launched by Simbi Roses in partnership with Ecoligo and GIZ Kenya. The 454 ground-mounted solar system was launched on 6th December 2019 at the Simbi Roses Farm in Thika.
Simbi Roses Limited has ramped up its green credentials by unveiling a 150kWp solar PV system in Thika, Kiambu County.

The ground mounted solar system consisting of 454 solar panels and 5 inverters is set to save up to 144 tonnes of Carbon dioxide (CO) emissions per year. The System will help Simbi Roses reduce it overall power costs and carbon footprint.

The Self-consumption solar PV systems are well suited to cover the daytime energy needs of the flower farm. As the flower industry relies on the natural environment, Simbi Roses aims to be a trendsetter towards sustainable energy use in the industry, which is a vital pillar of environmental protection.

The project has been achieved through a meaningful partnership between Ecoligo; a Germany-based solar company with a subsidiary in Kenya in cooperation with its Kenyan-based installation and service partner Technolectric; with technical support from the Project Development Programme under the German Energy Solutions Initiative.

Speaking during the unveil event Simbi Roses Executive Director Grace Nyachae gave said, “I would like to thank Ecoligo and the PDP of the German Energy Solutions Initiative being great partners on this project. With the new Solar PV system, Simbi Roses will be able to drastically reduce our overall carbon footprint and power costs. It is my hope that more flower farms may implement more renewable energy systems in order to reduce carbon levels in our environment and reduce operational costs.”

Since its inception, Simbi Roses has established a modern and efficient crop management system and high-quality control within their growing infrastructure. These include the propagation of their own plants, and the state of art irrigation and spraying systems, combined with the ideal climate and water availability, allows Simbi Roses to produce superior Quality Roses.

Currently they are producing over 13 different varieties of roses for the international market, which include Bellerosa, Red Ribbon, Good Times, Sonarisa, Vanilla Sky, Marie Claire, Mario, High & Magic, and Upper Class.

An earlier photo of the suspect Charles Mbogo.

Detectives in Thika West Sub-County have arrested the suspect who allegedly shot dead his brother's wife in Landless estate Thika last week.

They have also recovered a zceska pistol believed to have been used in the murder.

The suspect, Charles Mbogo, is said to have shot the deceased, Hellen Njoki, in head after a quarrel within their family house in Happy Valley Landless.

Immediately after the incident, the suspect went into hiding and has been on the run since then and was nabbed on Sunday in his hideout in Shanzu area, Kisauni Mombasa County.

According to residents, Mbogo worked as a welder in the area and none was aware that he possessed a gun or whether he was a licenced gun holder.

The deceased and her husband had just settled into the homestead a day before the incident from their rented house in Ruaka Kiambu County.

Njoki, who is in her mid twenties, was a nurse in Nairobi and left behind a 2-year toddler.

Mbogo will be arraigned in court tomorrow.

Gitau Wanyoike of KTN Kenya taking a fair shot while reporting about the floods that have hit the region following the current heavy rains
An exclusive live coverage by a Thika-based news reporter on Tuesday showing the Kenyan police helicopter rescuing a fisherman who had been sandwiched between the raging flash waters of Athi River feature on Reuters, a recognition of his great works internationally.

Gitau Wanyoike, a reporter for KTN Television, covered the dramatic rescue mission of Vincent Musila, who had spent three nights stuck on a river islet surrounded by flood water before a helicopter saved him.

Musila had gone fishing at the river when it burst its banks. He said floodwaters came in "suddenly" while he was fishing from a small patch of land in the middle of the river, outside Thika town.

"Within seconds water was everywhere and I could not cross. It's been terrible over the last three days being stranded here in the cold and rain. I was hungry and went through a lot," he said after the rescue.

Crowds watched helplessly for three days as they waited for emergency services to rescue him.

The body of the young boy from Kiganjo Estate who drowned yesterday has been retrieved from the water near Kamuthi, barely a few metres from where he fell.
The recovery exercise that was done by the locals and coordinated by the area chiefs, took over 18 hours due to lack of proper equipment.
It is alleged that the Standard 5 boy died as he attempted to save his friend who had drowned.
A group of boys from Kiganjo estate had gone to Kamuthi area swim when the incident happened.
The deceased is said to have been swept off balance by the raging waters and submerged into the deep part of the stream before he was dragged downstream towards Athi River.
His colleague was however rescued by people passing nearby and rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital.
Locals who spoke after the retrieval of the body called on the government to support those who risked their lives to recover the body of the deceased without even having the right apparatus for the job.

CS Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Peter Munya this afternoon officially commissioned the Sh. 1.2 billion BIDCO Land O'Lakes animal feeds manufacturing plant in Nakuru.

The plant has a processing capacity of 28 tonnes per hour and incorporates new technology to test every load of ingredients for quality aiming for zero aflatoxins or other harmful elements while ensuring the right mix of nutritional elements.

BIDCO Land O’Lakes plant will plans to introduce four products into the Kenyan market; Pro Calf Starter, Pro Heifer Developer, Pig Starter 4-4-4 and Pro Calf Milk replacer.

Renting some commercial space in Thika has become damn expensive and deterrent especially for small traders and business start-ups who in most cases start businesses with money borrowed as loans, from long-term savings or from proceeds from sale of some property.
These people hit the ground with very high expectations and hopes for a brighter tomorrow. Unfortunately, in reality, they are hit by the damn reality of very exploitative rents that are extremely very high.
If you take stalls for instance, the amount demanded by landlords is extremely high and very few businesses survive for more than 6 months.
Stalls facing the road are going at 50,000/- per month and one is expected to pay 6 months advance. That's a cool 300,000/- even before buying any stock. Other overhead costs might bring the figure to around 500,000/-, notwithstanding the fact that one might have an employee. This simply means that one needs almost a million shillings to kick off.
This is just too much and many are not able to cope considering the fact that these traders are expected to cough around 60,000/- in monthly rent and overhead costs.. How many businesses will earn you a daily profit of 2,000 plus now what will call your net on top?
Our survey in Thika has revealed that only about 20% of those who rent them go beyond that period. Most of them freeze away after six months when the deposit expires, close shop and leave or sell the "goodwill" to another person. It is a fact that these stalls keep exchanging hands so very few people note that.
The landlords don't care since the moment one is unable to pay, they take up that other one who is dying to start and the cycle continues.
As much as we blame the government for collapsing businesses, we too are our own enemies... Sucking others' blood to the last drop and yet expect them to survive. No wonder we are always complaining of too much insecurity, drug abuse and alcoholism since we ain't promoting a conducive environment to do business.

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