2020

Police in Murang’a have arrested two suspects found in possession of bhang stacked in ten sacks with an estimated street value of Sh 5 million.

Dida Jarso from Moyale and Yusuf Halkano Sonkono from Isiolo were intercepted at a roadblock in Makuyu along the Kenol-Sagana while on transit to Nairobi.

The duo had managed to pass through several roadblocks from Ethiopia through the Isiolo corridor using fake cards indicating Isiolo County Government staff. One of the suspects had a badge purporting he was a nurse attached to Garba Tulla ward.


The suspects also had KES. 190,000 believed to be used to bribe their way past the numerous roadblocks.

The suspects shall remain in police custody until Tuesday when they shall be arraigned in court.

Detectives in Kisii have arrested 2 suspects following multiple cases of online fraud where many have fallen victims in the hope of being enlisted for stipends to cope with COVID-19.

While impersonating a prominent lady in Kenya, the duo, Brian Osoro Nyariki and Duke Sabungi Ongweso, both 22 years of age, opened four fake Facebook accounts with which they lured vulnerable members of the public to register with at least KES. 599 for consideration in a false ongoing issuance of KES. 30,000 stipend to cope with the pandemic.

Once the any of the victims sent their money, the duo would immediately block their victims from accessing their pages and their phone numbers.

They used multiple pseudo accounts to post on the page as having benefited from the aid so as to lure unsuspecting follower. The money sent was also being cashed using several sim cards.

Several people had been successfully defrauded prompting a manhunt for the two, in whose possession were recovered 53 Airtel and 3 Telecom sim cards.

They will be charged for Publication of False Information C/Sec 23 of Computer Misuse and Cyber Crime Act and Obtaining Money by False pretense Contrary to Section 313 of the Penal Code.

A middle-aged man has committed suicide by hanging in a rented apartment in Kisii Estate Thika behind Kamenu Primary School.

The body of the father of one was on Sunday morning discovered inside a common toilet at their rented residence.

According to preliminary reports, the young father who is a tuktuk driver in Makongeni estate, told his wife that he had gone to bath in their plot's common bathrooms at Mwalimu Complex.

The wife got concerned when he overstayed in the bathroom and decided to to go and check on him. It is alleged that when she found no one in the bathroom, she checked to see if he was in the toilets and noticed that one of them was locked from the inside. Her efforts to get some response from whoever was inside turned out futile, drawing some concerns.

She called her neighbours who after checking out, saw the deceased dangling on a rope from the toilet's rafters.

She claims that there wasn't any prior disagreement between her and the deceased, and couldn't ascertain what drove him to take his life.

At the time of going to press, the police had arrived to collect the body.


A joint operation involving officers from Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), the DCI and the National Police service on Friday and Saturday raided two illegal LPG sites in Nairobi and Ruiru town and discovered assorted LPG cylinders being refilled illegally.


The two stations namely, More Gas in Nairobi’s Industrial area and Tex Gas in Ruiru were found to be trading LPG in cylinders without authorisation from the respective brand owners.


The two illegal sites have been shut down pending further investigation and arraignment of culprits in court to be charged in accordance with the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Regulations 2019.


The Authority urged members of the public to be vigilant and immediately report to the Authority cases of malpractices through emails: compliance@epra.go.ke or info@epra.go.ke or our hotline numbers 0708 444 000, 0709 336 000.

A multi-agency COVID-19 contact tracing team has been dispatched to Juja Farm to track down all those who might have come into contact with a woman who was on Wednesday tested positive of the disease.
Juja Sub-County COVID-19 Response Committee Chairman Charles Muriithi who is also Juja Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) said the team was yet to get the victim's phone number and her residence to help in the tracing exercise.  
The case is the first one in Juja.  
Two other positive cases were intercepted before they gained entry into the sub-county. 
Among them is a business woman coming back from Dubai while the other was a truck driver who was returning from Mombasa.  
The DCC who was outlining the expected outcome of the 8 economical stimulus recently unveiled by President Uhuru Kenyatta, urged local community to seriously adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines.

Unity West, the first phase of a 1,200-unit residential neighbourhood at Tatu City, has received the Certificate of Occupancy for its first block of apartments, enabling owners to move in next month.

With prices starting at USD 40,000 for 2-bedroom apartments, Unity West offers all the conveniences of Tatu City, along with amenities exclusively for residents, including a badminton court, a mini basketball court and a playground. Future plans include a two-acre park, infinity pool, gym, coffee shop and commercial centre.

Located along Tatu City’s main road – the TC-101 – Unity West’s first 48 units are spread across four blocks, with 12 apartments each. Another 48 units will be ready for occupation in October 2020, and the entire 384-unit first phase of the project will be completed by the end of 2022.

Unity West at Tatu City is the perfect home for individuals and young families, or for investors looking to make amazing returns.

BY:JUMA HEMEDI
29/05/2020

This week I came across a thesis titled "CAUSES OF PERSISTENT RURAL POVERTY IN THIKA DISTRICT". The thesis was submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the Degree of Doctor of philosophy of Rhodes University by Felistus Kinuna Kinyanjui.

The study investigates the causes of poverty in thika district over a period of nearly 50 years (1953-2000). Felistus in her study traces the dynamics of poverty to the Geography, history and Politics of Thika District. I recommend that you search for the thesis and read.

I want to centre around the dynamics of politics on education. Thika district was curved out of Kiambu District in 1994, and before the electoral boundaries done before the 2013 elections, Thika town was part of the larger Juja Constituency. George Muhoho served as the MP from 1983 until the start of multiparty in the early 90s.

Stephen Ndichu, took over from Muhoho and served for two terms until 2002. Hon. William Kabogo won the elections of 2002 and served at a time when the CDF act was enacted in parliament and was implemented. This was the first time development resources were getting devolved at constituency level, reducing the powers provincial administration had over development resources.

I will only confine myself to the period 2002-2020. With CDF funds Hon. William Kabogo was able to among others implement the umeme pamoja jointly with Kenya Power, a number of police posts including the Ndururumo Police Post in Thika. Piping of water to Witeithie from Thika water supply among others developments.

George Thuo was elected in 2007 and served until 2010 when his election was nullified by high Court through a petition filed by Hon. William Kabogo. But George Thuo gave Education in Thika a lot of seriousness. It was during his time when the government stimulus programme touching on key sectors was introduced and a girls secondary school was proposed at Karibaribi in Thika.

But No leader in the recent past has recognised the important role education plays in poverty reduction, than Hon. Patrick Wainaina. He is serving as the second MP since the creation of  Thika Town Constituency.

One of the reasons identified as factor in a recent study on education on the migration of students from public schools to private has been the dilapidated and aged school infrastructure in public primary schools.

Some of these schools in Thika had been featured in the National media from as early as 2014, among these schools were Kiboko (Heshima) Primary where TV footage showed pupils sitting on stones while trying to concentrate on learning in class without desks and an almost falling ceiling.

The other school was Kianjau primary near the slums of Kiandutu. Kenyatta primary school was another one. The school had never seen a coat of paint since it was constructed in the early 70s.

Within two and half years the stories in these schools and others in Thika are different. These schools now have an infrastructure better than most private institutions. Primary education is at the centre of the foundation of every society, this is where children are nurtured and allowed to dream. Dreams that will be the realisation of a better tomorrow.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) uses several criteria to measure poverty, they include; life expectancy, child mortality as well as access to education. Education reduces powerlessness.

By investing in and rehabilitating infrastructure in public primary schools, and making them habitable the Constituency leadership has reduced inequalities in education. And as a resident of the town who went through public schooling both in Primary and secondary schools, I can only urge them on.

Thank you for understanding the connection between politics, educational development and poverty.

Juma Hemedi

KEBS Quality Assurance and Inspection Officer taking records of Gental Care Hand Sanitizer Post Production Quality control at BIDCO Africa’s manufacturing plant in Thika. Looking on is Kennedy Simba- BIDCO’s Lead Quality Assurance and Systems Officer.

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has cleared Gental Care Hand Sanitiser and certified  the product as fully compliant with the standards and all measures on quality and safety.

The sanitiser, that is manufactured by BIDCO AFRICA, was on 22nd May 2020 listed among a host of other products from other companies that had been suspended by KEBS over non-compliance.

However, in a notice dated 28th May 2020, KEBS lifted the suspension stating that Gental Care Hand Sanitizer was fully compliant with set standards and met all measures on quality and safety.

In a statement after receipt of the lifting of this ban said, BIDCO said; “We assure all our customers and consumers that whereas we remain fully committed towards enhancing Happy, Healthy and Safe Living, we will never compromise on quality. BIDCO continues to cooperate and inclusively consult with KEBS not only on the quality and safety of Gental Care Hand Sanitizer but also on all fronts. 
We continually listen to the rising needs and changing trends of our customers and the consumer community at large– a true spirit of the heritage BIDCO has championed over the years.”

According to the company, KEBS officials visited the company’s manufacturing plant in Thika twice on a rigorous exercise that saw samples of Gental Care Hand Sanitizer subjected to test and confirmation on quality and alcohol concentration. They  conducted a surveillance audit, collected random samples as BIDCO recalled two batches of the product from the market on their advice.

In both of these visits, BIDCO provided KEBS with evidence of measures on Pre-production Quality Assurance as well as Post-production Quality control.

The company promised its customers that they would never relent on their resolve to work with the wananchi and communities that were in dire need of help and support especially those affected most by COVID-19 pandemic.


Health CS Mutahi Kagwe today said that the National Government, under the Universal Health Care (UHC), had allocated Kiambu County Government KES. 216 million this Financial Year towards ensuring that the county had essential medicines in its health facilities.

The CS was speaking in Tigoni Hospital where he had visited to assess the level of preparedness, determine support needed to enhance readiness to combat this virus.

Kagwe congratulated Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro for hiring an additional 100 health workers from different cadres.

“Kiambu County has already recruited 64 out of 95 through the Public Service Commission Youth Empowerment Programme, which cuts across 21 cadres, and 138 skilled health workers,” said Kagwe.

The CS stressed the need to strengthen Primary Health Care at the community Units, dispensaries & Health centres to bring health care nearer to the people and let the higher-level health facilities to deal with cases that are more complicated and reduce congestion.

He added that at the community level, 1,171 out of 1,200 healthcare workers had been sensitized on UHC, which included COVID-19. All this, he said, was to boost the County’s health work force.

“The Government’s agenda is to make health care more affordable for the common mwananchi. To achieve this, we have embarked on reforming NHIF so that it can serve Kenyans better. I want to appeal to Kenyans to register with the Fund and also diligently contribute monthly,” he said.

On matter COVID-19, the CS noted that Kiambu County, which recorded three cases today, ranked 4th overall in the country with39 cases of COVID-19 recorded.

Nairobi is the county with the highest number of COVID-cases with 835, followed by Mombasa with 495 and Kajiado with 65.

32 out of 47 counties have so far recorded cases of the disease. Today, 147 people were confirmed positive out of the 2,831 samples tested, bringing the national tally to 1,618.

The three cases from Kiambu were from Kiambu Town (1), Thika (1) and Kikuyu (1).

Nairobi topped the list with 90 cases followed by Mombasa, which recorded 41 cases.

Speaking during the occasion, Gov. Nyoro re-affirmed the county’s preparedness to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that they had a capacity of about 300 beds.

He added that out of the 509 cases within the county, 37 of them had tested positive.
He appealed to the Ministry of Health to offer more support in testing kits to expand mass testing.

“As of today, we have hired 200 health workers through the support of the National Government and we will hire an additional 100 next week from the national government plus an extra 150 from the county’s resources. We have also plan to hire 5,400 community health volunteers,” explained Nyoro.

Gov. Nyoro said that talks were also underway with Kenyatta University Hospital to have Gatundu Level 5 Hospital becomes a subsidiary of KU Teaching & Referral Hospital.

Present at the function included ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, Deputy Governor Joyce Ngugi, Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga, Acting Director General for Health Dr Patrick Amoth among others.

BY: JUMA HEMEDI
28/05/2020

Four incidents have happened in the last few weeks in both Kenya and USA involving law enforcement officers that have rekindled past memories of a time when respect for human lives was at its lowest.

1. Incident One, Georgia USA

Ahmaud Arbery, a black man was out jogging in his neighbourhood in Georgia at around 1pm, when he was shot dead by a white father and his son. The two claimed that they mistook him for a suspect involved in a string of neighbourhood break-ins.

The incident happened in February but the police only arrested the two white men in May after public protests and were charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. The killer was a 64 year old former police officer, and his 34 year old son.

2. Incident Two, Mineapolis USA

George Floyd, A black man died on a pavement after being arrested by the police. Video clips circulating show a White police officer pinning down George on the pavement with his knee.

This is happening even as George is heard complaining that he can't breath and that his stomach hurts.

Mineapolis police statement indicated that, it's officers were responding to a report of "forgery in progress". The suspect had been arrested and in handcuffs when the 'pinning incident' and eventual death happened.

3. Incident Three, Kahawa Kenya

Pictures of a black man bleeding from the nose and face and a deep cut above his nose, were circulating on Twitter in the last eighteen hours. The man who had soiled his white T-Shirt with blood had his trousers torn too. He was getting first Aid from a good Samaritan.

He claim he was beaten by three police officers who also stole his phone. His crime; he was out past curfew time.

4. Incident Four, Kenya. (location unknown) 

A Video clip of three police officers arresting a man whose shirt was torn in the ensuing incident of trying to explain himself to the officers was circulating on social media platforms yesterday. It seemed like the man was getting arrested for not wearing a face mask (we are yet to see the incident report).

The arrest was not the issue, the clip shows one of the police officers reaching out and grabbing, and squeezing the suspects "balls" to get him subdued.

The black race or what is called the "Negroid race" has had its fair share of mistreatment the world over. It started by the white settlers and the Arabs who carted and shipped hundreds and thousands of our ancestors and sold them into slavery to fuel the industrial/agrarian revolution in Europe and America. And porters and workers for Arab countries.

Then others were taken to fight in a war they had no knowledge of in the commonwealth, world war 1 and 2. When slavery had lost its luster, the Europeans (read whites) sat and divided Africa amongst themselves as "spheres of influence". That ushered in the era of colonisation.

As colonialism was coming to an end a faulty police training manual was left with African countries. But it seems as if the same manual is being used by the white police officers in dealing with only the black citizens in their countries.

The tragedy is when a fellow African, black police officer beats, tortures, abuses, humiliates and kills a fellow black man in an African county, in the 21st century.

The black race should not be endangered in Europe and America by overzealous white security officers and face the same treatment back home by overzealous African police officers.

These Actions by the police in both Kenya and the USA are wrong.

We will not win the war on COVID-19 in Kenya with these kind of approaches. We must change tact.

Juma Hemedi

Kiambu County Government in collaboration with the National Government have started the construction of Ndarugo River Bridge in Gatuanyaga Ward and is set to be completed by end of week.
The makeshift pipe bridge, that links Munyu village and Komo in Juja, has been a thorn in the flesh claiming more than eight lives since the beginning of this year.

Speaking in Munyu on Tuesday, Governor James Nyoro also promised his administration will commence the rehabilitation of the 7Km Muguga-Ngatia-Munyu road.

He also promised to upgrade Munyu Dispensary into a level 3 hospital and bring a mobile clinic container that has a maternity and laboratory at at either Komo or Munyu shopping centers.

"We will also start fencing of Munyu market and facilitate the establishment of stalls as a way of promoting local trade," Nyoro told the residents.

Thika Cloths Mills, a leading school uniform and fabrics for the uniformed service manufacturer in the country, has been forced by the COVID-19 socio-economic plunge to turn into the mass production of face masks, whose market is slowly dwindling due to over flooding.

This has led to the company temporarily send home some 700 workers though on paid leave as they wait for the situation to improve.

TCM CEO Tejal Dhothia adds that the containment of the Nairobi metropolis has frozen their market and reduced demand of their materials.

Sun Veat Food (K) Ltd. in partnership with Building Lives Foundation, have today distributed food hampers, soap and face masks worth KES. ½ million to 400 needy families in Thika.

Among the beneficiaries included persons living with disabilities, persons living with HIV-AIDS, young mothers and several people who recently lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at the company's grounds during the distribution, MD Vishal said that as a company, they were also targeting to distribute over 20,000 masks countrywide valued at KES. 1 million.

Municipality ACC Lazarus Obuar cautioned the beneficiaries against selling or misusing the donations adding that the food could last them for about 2 weeks if well utilised.

Thika District Business Association (TDBA) Chairman Alfred Wanyoike thanked the Thika business community for their continued support to the needy persons during these tough times.

Wanyoike appealed for more donations, noting that the situation was being worsened by the continued loss of jobs over the pandemic.


Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro will in June 2020 officially launch a KES. 153 million roads re-carpeting and street lighting project on all the streets within Thika Central Business District (CBD).

Speaking in Kiandutu slums on Wednesday when he accompanied Principal Secretary, State Department for Housing and Urban Development Charles Hinga Mwaura to ascertain the impact of the Kazi Mtaani National Hygiene Programme, the governor acknowledged the poor state of the roads and promised to help the town regain its lost glory.

He thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for choosing Kiambu County to be among the first eight beneficiaries of the Kazi Mtaani programme and promised to expand this national government’s initiative by involving more youth from the other areas of the town in similar activities.

“As a county, we will also look for more youth who will help us in clean up other areas of the town. We will also boost the national government’s initiative through addition of more toilets within Kiandutu so as to improve the sanitation of this area, among other programmes,” he said.

He promised that, beginning the next Financial Year (June 2020), the county government would employ more people in a bid to improve and enhance service delivery to the people of Kiambu.

On his part, PS Hinga said that the government was about to begin the second phase of the Kazi Mtaani National Hygiene Programme that will include improvement of road infrastructure, construction of toilets, improvement of bus termini, markets and schools among other labour 
intensive activities.

“Phase I of this programme is in 28 informal settlements from 8 counties that are most hit by the COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, the programme has employed 26,114 youth,” explained the PS.

Hinga added that out of the KES. 354 million set aside for the programme, KES. 300 million had been allocated for wages with the balance of KES. 54 million going to programmes such as the production of face masks by slum youth.

Present at the occasion included Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga.


To many people, the mention of the name Majengo Estate sends chills into their spine, considering the criminal narrative associated with the area.

But one group of youth in the area is out to correct that narrative by working towards reforming fellow youth from crime and driving them into productive endeavours.

Led by Swahib Mohammed, an ex-convict who spent 18 years behind bars, Thika Empowerment Group (TEG) is now drawing youth from various estates around Thika to endeavour in clean up exercises and unclogging of drainage in a bid to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently, the group has attracted 62 youth drawn from Majengo, Starehe, Jamhuri, Ofafa and Biafra estates and has started a voluntary clean up programme in Majengo.

“I spent 18 years behind bars and I wouldn't wish any of my fellow youth to experience what I did in jail. My mission is to help these youth reform and start doing something productive with their lives,” explains Swahib.

He says that his main objective is to see people live in peace and save the youth from getting into trouble with the law.

“Very many youth here have died while so young either through drugs or being shot dead while engaging in crime. We want to change that,” he says.

His colleague John Kariuki aka "RIO" blames most incidences of crime to joblessness and hopelessness among the youth.

“At the moment, we are volunteering to clean the estates for free to show those around us that, if supported, we can do something productive, especially now that we are faced with COVID-19 pandemic,” adds Rio.

He adds that they survive through small tokens gotten from well-wishers who appreciate their work, most of which goes to buying protective gear and tools that they use to work with.

“We are in dire shortage of tools and equipment. We also do not have enough protective gear but we believe that once the society embraces our idea, they will agree to contribute some little amount of money monthly to enable us sustain the project,” he says.

TEG was formed last year in November (2019) and has been very instrumental in discouraging idleness and crime among the youth in these estates.

Today marks their 26th day since the embarked on a mission to clean up the estates in the fight against coronavirus.

They plan to commercialise their volunteerism after COVID-19 with a view to creating some employment to these youth and drawing them away from crime and drugs.

Tatu City has opened a certified water testing laboratory to ensure water quality at the 5,000-acre new city development in Nairobi.


The lab is equipped with advanced technology to analyse basic water parameters, physical and chemical parameters as well as microbiological aspects of water samples collected from different sections of the city`s supply chain.


It is operated by the Tatu City Water and Sanitation Company and licensed by the Kenyan Water Services Regulatory Board.


- Everyone, including our leaders, fears death.
- After everything else is gone, your only hope is God and family. Right now, everyone is holed at home and with their kin.
- We can live without some of the things we adore so much and believe that they are indispensable eg. entertainment, handshakes, hugs, parties, foreign trips etc and still life goes on without a hitch.
- Some of the things we take for granted eg. hand washing and proper hygiene are key to our survival.
- Sometimes for human beings to reason logically, you need to deny them some civil liberties and at times resort to some force.
- When you are in a position of leadership, use it to make the lives of the people you govern the best that it can be for you might need it tomorrow eg. if anyone gets sick today, we all have to contend with the hospitals in Kenya, no flying abroad for "better" treatment.
- Calamities are equalisers eg, COVID-19 has also taught us that rich or poor, the governing and the governed, we all are interdependent and really need each other. For instance, the rich are now very worried that the (mis)behaviour of the poor might expose them to COVID-19 and are more concerned what the poor are doing.
- Calamities humble even the most proud. The leaders are silent now, no more name calling. The rich are holed in their houses, no more shows of might.. It's everyone in their homes praying for the best and not sure of tomorrow.
- Over and above everything, this COVID-19 teaches us to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. It is no longer business as usual. For you to survive, you have to think beyond the norm and not not getting stuck to those traditional and conventional ways of doing things that we were born with and are used to.

Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina has launched a sh. 5 million initiative to fight COVID-19 pandemic within Thika and its environs.
Through his Jungle Foundation, the MP has released an ambulance that will be used to respond to emergencies if need be. The ambulance is fully furnished with emergency medication, a medic and staff to respond to any case that may arise.
Other than the ambulance, Wainaina also donated 200 water tanks and liquid soap to be distributed across all bodaboda stands, tuktuk collection points, police stations, bus stops, markets and busy shopping centres across the constituency.
"I have also released an awareness vehicle that will go round the whole of Kiambu County, sensitising people about this deadly disease. We are also looking at ways of how we can reach the most vulnerable in the society especially the street families who if not checked, might prove to be our weakest link to this COVID-19 menace," he explained.
Wainaina noted that he could only contribute a certain percentage of the fight against coronavirus thus called on other leaders to also play their part in eradicating the virus.
"Everyone has a role to play in this fight. It should also be noted that the epidemic has exposed the gaps in some of our leadership especially in terms of how we have invested in our health sector. This is time for a leadership paradigm shift where those in leadership positions started equipping our hospitals to internationally accepted levels," he added.
The legislator appealed to the national government to consider setting aside Ksh. 100 billion to cushion approximately 10 million Kenyans who live on hand-to-mouth for about 3 months just in case the government directed for a total lockdown.
"A total shutdown is inevitable now if we have to control further spread of this disease and that can only be possible is the poor amongst us are provided with some retainer to force them stay at home.
This can be done in form of money sent through their phones via M-PESA," explained Wainaina.
He also pleaded with the government to give a temporarily waiver of all statutory deductions made on all employees so as to cushion them from the effects of the coronavirus scourge.




Bidco Africa group has donated 100 water washing units to Thika Water & Sewerage Company (THIWASCO) which will be spread across Thika and environs in a bid to fight the coronavirus epidemic.

In a ceremony held at the THIWASCO ground on Tuesday, Bidco also donated soap that will be used by the members of public to wash their hands in each of these units.

The hand washing units will be installed in places with heavy human traffic such as markets, bus termini and bus stops, garages and jua kali, hospitals and dispensaries as well as shopping centres across Thika and environs.

The fast food manufacturer will also offer financial tokens to volunteers who will be manning the water points for the next 30 days.

While speaking during the launch, THIWASCO Managing Director Eng. Moses Kinya said that they had already installed 16 water points and were in the process of installing 42 more in the next few days.

He added that through the Ministry of Health, the volunteers had been trained on the basic hygiene practices to enable them extend the same to the members of public.

In the same occasion, Broadways Group donated 10 tanks of 2500 litres each which will be distributed at various strategic locations. Equity bank also donated 5 tanks and a further cheque of Ksh. 100,000 to assist in the campaign against COVID-19.

Others who made their contributions included Mama Millers who volunteered to construct the structures to hold these tanks and water basins, Chanis=a Sacco who gave a Sh. 10,000 cheque and the Visa Oshwal Community who allowed THIWASCO access their borehole in a bid to boost the water supply.

Kiambu County Government promised to provide water bowsers that would be used to supply water at these water points.

Among those in attendance included Thika West Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Douglas Mutai, Thika Sub-County Administrator Ng’ang’a Nyoroku, Thika Branch Equity Branch Manager Sammy Karanu, representatives from Bidco Africa and Broadways Group among others.


Efforts by Thika Police under Sub-County Commander Beatrice Kiraguri have helped reunite a young man who was involved in an accident early last year and admitted to hospital.

Herman Karichu was admitted at Thika Level 5 Hospital on 1st March 2019 after he was knocked by a vehicle.

His  case was complicated in that he lost his memory and efforts to find his family were futile

When time came to discharge him from hospital, the management of Thika Level 5 Hospital sought the help of the police to help them trace his kin.

The police took his fingerprints to the Registrar of Persons in Nairobi for forensic analysis. It was from there that they were able to trace his mother who had searched for him in vain all over even in morgues and had lost hope.

Up on the reunion, the mother couldn't hide her joy, thanking both the hospital management and the police in Thika for the help.


Following the transfer of key county functions to the National Government, the newly created office of Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) will take charge of the county health services, transport, urban planning and development and public works and utilities to the State.

The NMS) office will be headed by Major General Mohamed Badi of the Kenya Air Force and deputised by Enosh Momanyi.

The team has been tasked with the role of ending corruption in the city by dismantling county cartel network.

Other roles include:
- Implementation of Nairobi railways master plan which seeks to create and redevelop about 425 acres of land around the Nairobi Railways station with an aim of creating a world-class, multi-modal node within the Nairobi Central Business District, to be kick-started within the next 100 days.
- Re-activating county government garbage collections vehicles and implementing a solid waste management plan
- Constructing pedestrian walkways
- Improving water sanitation among others.

NMS has also been tasked with streamlining urban renewal projects, for example, those along Jevanjee and Pangani areas in Nairobi which had been previously awarded before 2018 and have continually been delayed.

The NMS will also review these projects and make determinations on how the projects can take off, realizing that the development of these projects are a part of the recently concluded Eastlands Urban Renewal Masterplan

The NMS team has also been directed to concentrate on streamlining development control and approvals for the County and implement an urgent action plan to clear backlogs for approvals.

They should fully operationalize the e-Construction and e-Permit systems and in this way, reduce the number of delays arising for investors from development control approvals.

Working very closely with the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (NaMATA), NMS will implement the Nairobi Urban Mobility Plan and effect the non-motorized transport (NMT) goals within the plan, which include providing paved walkways, street furniture, and improved conditions for pedestrians on foot and/or cycling.

The NMS will construct walkways along three major pedestrian streets at Muindi Mbingu Street, Wabera Street, and Kenyatta Avenue so as to enhance non-motorised transport in the city.

NMS has been tasked to operationalize two matatu termini at Desai Road and Park Road in order to stem the use of city streets as parking for matatus.

To further improve traffic management and help in decongesting the CBD, NMS has been asked to rehabilitate and reintroduce the use of traffic signals.

The team has also been asked to introduce automated, hourly car parking facilities at Central Bus Station (along Landhies Road), Sunken Car Park (along Aga Khan Walk), and the Nairobi Law Courts Parking (along City Hallway).

On waste management, the President has directed the Maj-Gen Abdalla led team to focus on operationalizing effective garbage collection and disposal methods that will include a collaboration with the National Youth Service.

NMS is expected to reactivate county garbage collection vehicles, trucks and other equipment that have been grounded and only require minimum repair to be able to increase the level of service from the County.

They should ensure that there is a crackdown on illegal dumpsites and enforcement on affluent discharge from industry and restaurants.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) took over revenue collection in Nairobi

The Ministry of Transport also took over public transport functions in Nairobi from the county government.

Following this transfer, Governor Mike Sonko signed away the city’s devolved functions to the national government, effectively losing his grip on his chaotic reign at City Hall.

This essentially leaves the governor with a shell.


BY: JUMA HEMEDI
12/03/2020

Over the next few years since Oyundi and the brothers tried to stop reggae at community Hall, with 'mafuta ya samaki' life continued well. The only problem was the smell of fish that continued to smell in the hall as we went to watch TV at the hall after paying "sumni" (50 cents). The TV was a red 14inch screen, that all of us would crowd around.

For our parents they would come to watch news and know what President Moi had been doing the whole day as well as know how the weather would be for the following day, courtesy of Wandimi Mucemi or Nguata Francis. Sometimes these weather guys would place "manyunyu na rasharasha" on top of "jua kali" that would be somewhere in Garissa. I guess it was as a result of the glue that they would use to try and 'stick it' that sometimes failed them.

As for us ghetto kids we would be huddled around the TV waiting for the wrestling show of "big daddy" to start. Never mind we sometimes would sleep before the show even began due to exhaustion. They once left me there sleeping (but that is classified information, I’m not supposed to talk about it until I turn 65 years).

Anyway, all other reggae shows that ever came to Community hall had some incidents that involved Oyundi, Jumbi, Marcos later on PU, Hezi or some other guys. Starehe, Majengo and Biafra has never lacked its fair share of the people who have tried to stop reggae even as they were madly in love with the "roots and culture music"

After gaining years of experience in attending these sessions together with my neighbour and friend "Govish" (whose nickname we had corrupted from the safari rally icon by the name Joginder Sing) and then later teaming up with "Junior Delgado" who today continues to be an excellent reggae MC, we decided to be entrepreneurs and started promoting reggae and bringing different sounds in Thika for shows.

It was when we were seated with my brothers from another mother by the name of Dani and Timo at the Red Cross as young volunteers when I floated the idea of how big reggae business was and that we can look for a small capital to organise one at Chos and Choice.

We approached Davy Mbugua for funding and he agreed after we had assured him that all will be well. I contacted Dread Brothers promotions AKA "Shashamane" to come and "Papa Davies" agreed.


All systems were ready and on the Friday we were all waiting to begin charging the entrance fee. The hall was quarter empty by around 9pm, then all hell broke loose outside the entrance, some guys had snatched some wallet from a passerby outside the stadium and police with their mahindra and "mariamu" were nearby.

Within minutes everyone was running everywhere as others would be loaded into the "mariamu" (by the way where did the name mariamu come from?) and others disappearing into the darkness of "Government Quarters" (gava). Nduati managed to squeeze himself in without paying.

We were wondering what would happen as no one now was going to come for the show since the police and their "mariamu" was now stationed outside the Thika Stadium gate arresting everyone and loading them into the "mariamu" , when we heard a commotion at the DJs deck. We went to look and found Nduati threatening to disconnect the machines while reggae was playing and the DJ "King Monday" was daring him to.

Nduati tried to reach for the turn table, but King Monday threw a right punch that landed squarely on the left or right eye of Nduati and he fell on the ground,  he tried to rise up but went down with the effects of the punch. "King Monday" was a very slim guy compared to Nduati that’s when I realised "usidharau wembamba wa reli"........

It took several weeks maybe months for Nduati’s swollen eye to finally reduce. And we had failed dismally at our entertainment attempt. But with or without people and with the police outside we continued with reggae "chanting down Babylon, tila mornin time'

We can’t fail to make money and fail to enjoy reggae. 'I was born and brought in the ghetto'...... Continued the reggae song.

We now had a problem of how to explain to Davy Mbugua that we did not even make back his capital, because "kimariamu' became our enemy of development.

...." And who the cap fit, let them wear it".....

Peace, love and harmony maaan.

Ras  Juma Hemedi

Chairperson of the Budget and Appropriations Committee Hon. Livingstone Waiganjo

Kiambu County Assembly has approved a supplementary budget of over Ksh 17.9 Billion for the financial year 2019/2020 to cater for county projects and services with the biggest beneficiary’s being the Roads and Public Works, Water and Environment, Agriculture and Education departments as key priority areas.

The move was necessitated by an increase of Equitable Share of Revenue from the National Government by Ksh 193,700,000 making it move from Ksh 9,238, 000,000 to Ksh 9,431,700,000. Also by an increase of conditional grant by Ksh 25,764,540 from the previous Ksh 2,381,409,369 to Ksh 2,407,173,909 and an unspent balance brought forward of Ksh 1,194,751,803 from the Financial year 2018/2019.

It is a project based supplementary budget that will ensure that each Ward gets the Four (4) kilometre road and Fuel Levy roads which the Governor will launch coming Friday.

The increment of Ksh 320 million to Roads Department (Ksh 140 million on major roads and Ksh 60 million on access roads) will guarantee improved roads to beat the rainy season.

The MCAs have also allocated funds to departments which had been given zero or minimum budgets like the Youth and Sports Department, Agriculture and Water and will have 40,000 new water connections which will be a 70% realisation.

They also set aside Sh 73 million to purchase of graders and slashed Ksh 300 million meant for only one Githurai market to now benefit various wards with bodaboda sheds and markets.

The MCAs also allocated some substantial amount of money to cater for the repairs and maintenance of vehicles which have been grounded before to enable them to be put in good condition for easy service delivery at the grassroots by the officers.

The motion to approve the supplementary budget to meet the expenditure of this year was moved by the Chairperson of the Budget and Appropriations Committee Hon. Livingstone Waiganjo and seconded by Hon. Josephine Nduta Muongi.

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