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Daily Nation : January 27th 2014
18 | THE COUNTIES NYERI | Reps say they want new kitty in next financial year Women leaders seek fund to fight poverty Cash will be used to curb alcohol and drug abuse as well as tap youth talent BY JAMES NGUNJIRI @mjngunjiri email@example.com C ounty Women Representatives are pushing for a fund — to be under their control — in the next financial year. The County MPs said as the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) kitty developed infrastructure, they wanted to improve the life of residents through their fund. Nyeri County Women Rep Priscilla Nyokabi yesterday said that the funds would be used to tackle issues like alcohol and drug abuse and help tap youth talent at the local level. Tackle social issues Ms Nyokabi (right) told a football tournament used to mobilise youth teams in an anti-alcohol drive at Wamagana trading centre in Tetu constituency that they were looking for development funds to tackle social issues affecting mostly youths and women. She stated that social- economic development issues needed a separate fund so that they were addressed alongside infra- NAKURU APs block transfers BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Seven Administration Police officers have moved to the High Court to block their transfers to various stations from Nakuru. Corporals Naomi Asibitar, Lydia Goga, Catherine Njeri, Christine Mutune and AP constables Dalvin Kerubo, Sheila Ondari and Rose Mwangi claim the transfers were arbitrary and contrary to the force’s standing orders. Justice Anyara Emukule allowed the officers to sue their seniors and suspended the transfers pending hearing and determination. Hearing will be on February 19. CDF kitty and funds to the county government help develop infrastructure but the fund will improve the socio-economic status of residents. Women Representatives will be in-charge of the funds. Cash will be used to uplift education standards and fight hunger and deal with other women’s and youth issues. structure growth. The women leaders want the CDF kitty and funds to county governments to concentrate on infrastructure development at the constituency and county levels, while the fund would deal with social issues like nutrition, fighting alcohol and drug abuse and uplifting education MOMBASA Uhuru to launch Sh3.5bn research ship BY NATION CORRESPONDENT President Kenyatta will today launch a Sh3.5 billion research ship donated by the Belgian government. The RV Mtafiti will be used for oceanography research in Kenyan waters by Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI). Yesterday, Agriculture Principal Secretary Micheni Ntiba said the vessel would enable Kenyan scientists to conduct studies 800 kilometres off the coast line. “Little is known about our sea land and it has not been exploited. But with this vessel, we expect to know all secrets and treasures,” he said, noting that the marine ecosystem “hides a lot that could boost Kenya’s economy”. Before the ship was donated, the PS said the institute used to hire research ships from Norway and South Africa. Prof Ntiba said the Belgian gov- ernment donated the 36-year-old RV Mtafiti to Kenya as a “gift” to assist KMFRI in its marine research programmes. “The government used Sh150 mil- lion to refurbish it and bring it here,” he said. The PS disclosed that the country planned to buy off-shore patrol vessels to block trawlers conducting illegal fishing. Prof Ntiba said the research vessel had a 25-year lifespan if it was well- maintained. “Sea vessels can outlive humans if maintained well. There are vessels which are more than 60 years old and still operating in the sea after being renovated. This ship, in comparison, is still a toddler,” he told the Nation as he indicated where the KMFRI jetty would be constructed. KMFRI director Johnson Kazunga said the Indian Ocean was the least explored sea compared to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The ship sailed into the Kenya Navy’s Mkunguni jetty late last year after a 50-day journey from Belgium. Picture on Page 30 DEVELOPMENT Tackling social issues standards. “We hope in the next budget cycle, the funds will be included,” Ms Nyokabi said. On the appointment of senior government officials in public service, the Women Rep said it was encouraging that the Jubilee Government had appointed six women as Cabinet Secretaries and several as principal secretaries “although the one-third threshold is yet to be met at that level”. She said it was disap- pointing that instead of maintaining the standard President Kenyatta set, the country seemed to be regressing since in the list of appointment of State corporations managing directors and chairpersons, there were few women. Rightful posts Ms Nyokabi however said, as women, they would continue to support the Jubilee Government, but “are only asking for our rightful share” in all senior public service appointments. “In every single list of ap- pointments, the one-third criteria should be followed,” she said. The MP said as the country progressed, the appointing authority should also raise a one-third share for the youth, stating that the youth had been waiting for long to be appointed in some of the senior positions. DAILY NATION Monday January 27, 2014 KINDIKI BACKS CALLS TO REDUCE COUNTY STAFF Retrenchment will save money that will be used to develop the devolved units, he says P.20 NYANDARUA | ‘Resettle these IDPs’ BRIEFLY NAKURU Counties told to back devolution of health Health Principal Secretary Fred Segor yesterday urged county governments to cooperate in the ongoing devolution of medical services to reduce wastage of public funds. Mr Segor said the closer national and county relations were, the better the services would be thereby ensuring good health for residents. Speaking at Keringet health centre in Kuresoi during a tour to inspect a water project, the PS commended counties for taking up projects at various health centres left incomplete by the national government. EMBU Motorcycle firm trains boda bodas on safety A motorcycle company has begun training boda bodas countrywide on road safety to stem accidents caused by unqualified riders. The Yamaha Motor Group manager for Eastern Africa, Mr Maruo Akihiro, said the firm was targeting at least 30,000 riders and had already trained 5,000 in 10 counties. Speaking at Embu Inn during a sensitisation meeting, Mr Akihiro said 40 per cent of boda bodas in the country were unfit to ride as they did not have licences. NAKURU MACHARIA MWANGI I NATION Ol Kalou MP David Kiaraho addresses integrated IDPs from various parts of Nyandarua County at Ol Kalou stadium on Saturday. The lawmaker demanded prompt resettlement of the victims of the 2007/08 post-election violence. Governor pledges to evict street hawkers Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has vowed to evict workers from Kenyatta Avenue, one of the busiest streets in the town. The one and half kilometre street has been a market for hawkers since last year. But Mr Mbugua said that Kenyatta Avenue was the pride and face of Nakuru Town, hence the need to clear it. Speaking at a meeting at the Nakuru Agriculture Training Centre over the weekend, the governor assured the hawkers that they would be relocated. NAROK Jubilee warned against sacking Interior boss Leaders from Maa speak- ing counties have threatened to withdraw support for the Jubilee government if Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku and parastatal bosses from the region are sacked. The political leaders further demanded that additional senior State positions should be allocated to their community. Speaking in Transmara yesterday, the leaders said they had been warned of ongoing talks to oust Mr Lenku and Portland Cement chairman Mark ole Karbolo.
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