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Governors blame their troubles on Kalonzo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:00 -- BY EVELYN MUTANU
NEW DAWN: Governors Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Julius Malombe (Kitui) in Machakos county on March 29.Photo/File
NEW DAWN: Governors Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Julius Malombe (Kitui) in Machakos county on March 29.Photo/File
Ukambani governors have now turned the heat on Wiper over the political battles they are facing from the party's elected leaders. The governors asked party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to rein in the party leaders fighting them. Governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) and Julius Malombe (Kitui) said Wiper MPs and MCAs are giving them a hard time. They were speaking at Makindu town during Mashujaa Day celebrations on Monday. They later commissioned a newly built Yikisemei model Early childhood Development Centre and a primary school together. The governors were accompanied by...

UDF to change to Amani

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STEPHEN ASTARIKO
A UDF official has said the party will rebrand soon as it prepares for a major come back in the political arena. Speaking in Garissa town yesterday, party's acting national vice chairman Abdi Yare said part of the rebranding will include replacing the current leadership to rejuvenate the party. He said the party will change to Amani National Congress, which will be ratified in the next National Governing Council and National Delegate Conference to be held on October 24. Kassim Sawa will take over from Hassan Osman as national chairman while Yare will replace Nassir Arte as vice chairman, Yare...

First Lady hands mobile clinic to Wajir residents

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JULIUS OTIENO
MATERNAL HEALTH: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta joins Wajir Women Traditional Dancers during the launch of the mobile clinic in Wajir county on Tuesday.Photo/PSCU
MATERNAL HEALTH: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta joins Wajir Women Traditional Dancers during the launch of the mobile clinic in Wajir county on Tuesday.Photo/PSCU
Wajir on Tuesday became the seventh county to receive a mobile clinic under the Beyond Zero campaign spearheaded by the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. The clinic, donated by Sameer Group, was received by Governor Ahmed Abdullahi on behalf of the residents. Beyond Zero aims to stop maternal and infant death and promote children’s health. Margaret said the nomadic lifestyle of the residents poses challenges to health service providers. Wajir has been singled out among the counties with the highest neonatal death rates in Kenya, she said. “It is disturbing that less than half the expectant...

Parents urged to sign up disabled children

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- Kirimi Murithi
STOP THE STIGMA: Africa Disabled Network chairman Mike Mutembei and a person living with dwarfism at Mula Primary School, Tigania, yesterday.Photo/Kirimi Murithi
STOP THE STIGMA: Africa Disabled Network chairman Mike Mutembei and a person living with dwarfism at Mula Primary School, Tigania, yesterday.Photo/Kirimi Murithi
By Kirimi Murithi PARENTS with disabled children have been advised to register them in special schools, where they can learn and acquire some skills. Africa Disabled Network chairman Mike Mutembei said some parents with disabled children lock them up at home, denying them a chance to go to school. He was speaking at Lailuba, Tigania West, yesterday while donating planting seeds to the drought-stricken residents. ‘’Parents are hiding disabled children in order to avoid the stigma associated with having such children,’’ Mutembei said. He urged residents to alert the provincial administration if...

Wambora, MCAs go for foreign trips

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
EMBU Governor Martin Wambora and several MCAs have separately travelled abroad, attracting mixed reactions from the residents. Wambora travelled to Germany, where he is with 11 other governors to seek partnerships in development programmes. He left the country on October 4 immediately after he was reinstated to his office by the appeal court in Nyeri after a long battle against impeachment. The MCAs are in Arusha, Tanzania, for a one-week training on county leadership and governance. Some residents said on social media the trips are a waste of public money. County communication director Donna...

Meru council staff demand pension

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KIRIMI MURITHI
FORMER councillors from Meru and Tharaka-Nithi counties have appealed to the government to give them pension as they do for other government staff. The former councillors are demanding retirement benefits of Sh1million each to enable them have a decent life after serving the country. Speaking yesterday in Meru town, Imenti North, Hazrom Kilemi said many former civic leaders are living in poverty. He said after retirement, councillors are forgotten, without being given any pension or appointment to government institutions. James Gachaura said the new constitution cost them seats by merging...

Kitui locals slam limestone deal

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MUSEMBI NZENGU
RESIDENTS of Ngaie, Kyuso district, have threatened to sue the Kitui Mineral executive over the award of exclusive limestone mining rights to Athi River Mining Company. Lawyer Mwalimu Mathuva, on behalf of the residents, sent a letter on October 9 to Kitui Mineral executive George Mulatya. Mathuva said his clients are concerned that an agreement had been reached to award them compensation at Sh150,000 per acre. He said the right procedure was not followed to ascertain the value of the land. “I cannot respond to something I have not seen,” Mulatya told the Star on the phone.

Governor Roba witnesses first ever cesarean section birth in Mandera

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JULIUS OTIENO
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Doctors during the cesarean section surgical operation at Takaba Sub-county Hospital on Monday.Photo/Courtesy
THE first ever cesarean section in Northern Kenya was performed in Mandera county on Monday. A cesarean section is a surgical operation in which a fetus is delivered through an incision in the mother's abdomen and uterus. The exercise took place at Takaba Subcounty Hospital in the presence of Governor Ali Roba and Health executive Hassan Eymoy. "The county has for long lacked trained birth attendants and lack of or poorly equipped health facilities," Roba said. He said this has been caused by frequent inter-clan wars that have rocked the region in the recent past. Pregnant women have in the...

Disabled march for help in Manyatta

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
Persons with disabilities in Embu North subcounty have accused the county and national governments of neglecting them. They held peaceful demonstrations on Monday. The group marched in the streets of Manyatta town, demanding to be involved in various programmes. They said they need wheelchairs, and other equipments to ease their mobility The group said the two governments should help them start small businesses and train them on various skills. Zakayo Gicovi said for a long time, people living with disabilities have been ignored by the government. He said they have not been getting assistance...

Wild fruits our dinner, say Tharaka residents

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DENNIS DIBONDO
Residents of Kajuki, Chuka Igambang’ombe, have petitioned the Tharaka Nithi government to reconsider distribution of relief food as the area was left out in the Sh6 million relief food distribution. “We are very hungry. Sometimes we eat one meal a day or boil wild fruits. We do not have water for domestic use and for our livestock. We have not received any relief food,” said resdient Lucy Mugambi. She said children have dropped out of school to look for employment as casual laborers. Rivers Naka, Ruguti and Maara, which supply water to residents are almost drying up. Residents said the county...

Embu to prosecute residents over waste

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
Nema?s County Environmental officer Josiah Nyandoro,  (left) and Embu county environment officer Florence Wanjau (right)join community members in a cleanup at Majimbo estate on Saturday.
Nema?s County Environmental officer Josiah Nyandoro, (left) and Embu county environment officer Florence Wanjau (right)join community members in a cleanup at Majimbo estate on Saturday.
THE Embu government plans to prosecute residents who dump waste on the streets. Environment officer Florence Wanjau said this will start soon. He said the county government, in conjunction with Nema and Unity for Development, a community based organisation, is collecting waste from homes to recycle it. Wanjau said the county will buy more garbage collection trucks and place more waste bins in the streets. He was speaking during a clean-up in Embu and other towns on Saturday. National Environment Management Authority official Josiah Nyandoro and a community waste management coordinator Peter...

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