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Daily Nation : January 30th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday January 30, 2014 UASIN GISHU Ministry launches clean up and revival of urban rivers BY NATION CORRESPONDENT The Environment ministry has started the clean-up and restoration of all urban rivers in the country. The government, ac- cording to the Environment and Natural Resources Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe, was committed to ensuring that all rivers flowing in urban centres were rehabilitated. Dr Lesiyampe said that most urban centres in the country had been expanding without proper environmental planning, noting that expansion of the towns’ infrastructure in terms of urban services, had not matched the growth of their populations. The PS indicated that SCRUTINY | Report released by Ernest & Young Most county staff ‘are not qualified’ Audit reveals many are primary school dropouts and do not have contract letters BY REBECCA OKWANY @beckyakinyi email@example.com T he majority of Mombasa county government workers comprises primary school dropouts, an audit survey shows. According to the report released by Ernst &Young yesterday, 1,136 out of 2,551 who turned up for the vetting last year were Standard Eight dropouts. Only 178 workers were graduates and 34 had postgraduate education. Some 998 had completed Form Four studies. The survey showed that 199 did not indicate their education level and six did not have any formal education. The firm also noted that most employees may be unqualified for the positions they hold. “Most of the employees with primary and secondary school education are employed in the environment, engineering, inspectorate and social service and housing THE NUMBERS Some can’t name supervisor 178 The number of workers who are graduates out of the 2,551 surveyed NYERI Agency issues alert on possible forest fire outbreaks BY NATION CORRESPONDENT The Kenya Forest Service has is- sued alerts on possible fire outbreaks in different parts of Mount Kenya and Aberdares Ranges. This is due to the fast drying veg- etation in many of the forests caused by the prevailing dry weather conditions. Ecosystem conservator Muchiri Mathinji said the fire threat to the forest estates had rapidly increased and the risk was high in some forests. It is in this regard that Mr Mathinji said that KFS had declared “forestfire danger season” with immediate effect until further notice, in accordance with the Forest Act, 2005. “The hot sun and frost experienced in many parts, more so near forests, is drying up vegetation at a faster rate and in case of fire, it will be difficult to control, since it is also windy,” said the conservator. He added that, two weeks ago, there was a fire at Gathiuru Forest in Mt Kenya. Luckily, locals and the KFS of- ficials managed to put it out before it spread. Mr Mathinji is now cautioning campers to make sure they put out any fires when leaving their sites. At the same time, he told farmers near forests not to burn vegetation while preparing their lands. “In January last year, honey harvesters caused a big disaster in both water towers after the fire spread and destroyed hectares of indigenous trees and vegetation. The two forests are yet to resume their cover and the KFS and Kenya Wildlife Service are working together to plan trees in areas that were left bare,” said Mr Mathinji. KFS has also issued a circular to its officers not to go on leave during the fire-danger season. Officers who were granted leave have since been recalled. The number of county employees with postgraduate qualification 34 577 Those who could not either name their supervisor or gave one name departments,” Mr Laban Gathungu, a partner at the firm told a forum that was also attended by deputy Governor Hazel Katana. Muslim for Human Rights (Muhuri) in collaboration with the county government had contracted the firm to audit the county employees to weed out ghost workers, those on the payroll despite having reached retirement age, the dead and unqualified. Mr Gathungu noted that most employees vetted could not indicate how they got the jobs — they did not present certified employment letters. “Only one employee presented an original copy of the employment letter as 416 presented certified copies of the same. About 2,053 had uncertified copies of employment letters whereas some did not even have them.” Employment letters The audit partner said that 577 workers vetted could not name their supervisors or gave only one name. He added further that they noted discrepancies in the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) PIN certificates and national identifications of most of the employees. Ms Katana, while receiving the report from Muhuri chairman Khelef Khalifa, noted that the county was in the process of addressing some of the inconsistencies in the preliminary report. “Some employees have been sacked and we are processing retirement packages for others,” said Ms Katana. the challenge could only be addressed through a joint environmental management and urban planning process. Dr Lesiyampe, who was addressing journalists on Tuesday at the Uasin Gishu County headquarters after officially commissioning the programme, announced that the ministry would start with Sosiani river in the heart of Eldoret Town, before moving to other urban centres. Governor Jackson Mandago (left) told the same function that he had established a joint committee to oversee the rehabilitation of the river. Mr Mandago urged all stakeholders in the region to support the initiative and called on residents with premises near the river, to start vacating to pave the way for its conservation. County News 19 BRIEFLY MIGORI Governor unveils Sh120m health project The county government of Migori has launched a Sh120 million health project to boost maternity and surgical services in the region. The initiative of Governor Okoth Obado included inauguration of a tuition block for Kenya Medical Training College at Migori District Level Four Hospital yesterday, a new mortuary in Kuria East and purchase of medical equipment, utility vehicles and ambulances. NAKURU Man in rape case tells court wife framed him A man accused of defiling his neighbour’s mentally challenged daughter, yesterday told a Nakuru court that he was framed by his wife. The accused claimed that his wife had threatened to have him imprisoned a few days before he was arrested for defiling the 16-year-old girl. The man is accused defiling the minor at Kaptembwo farm in Njoro on December 12, 2010. The court will give a ruling on February 26. EMBU Trader in hospital after gang attack A businessman has been admitted to Embu Level-Five hospital after he was attacked by gangsters at Kiambuthi estate. Mr Godfrey Mwangi was driving home at around 9.30pm on Tuesday, when three gangsters armed with a pistol and pangas ambushed him. The gangsters fired in the air before smashing the car’s windscreen to force him out. They slashed him and stole an unknown amount of money. MERU Assembly gives nod to youth service plan The Meru County Assembly LABAN WALLOGA | NATION Mombasa deputy Governor Hazel Katana and finance executive Walid Khalid peruse a staff audit report during its launch yesterday at Royal Castle Hotel. yesterday passed a motion seeking to introduce a county youth service programme. Various members supported the motion moved by Deputy Speaker Gideon Kimathi, saying it would help address youth employment in the county. The programme, they said, would boost discipline among the youth and help in implementation of development projects in the area. VIHIGA New officials vow to work with chiefs Ward administrators have declared they will work with chiefs to develop Vihiga county. Responding to a recent statement by Governor Moses Akaranga that chiefs had no role to play and should quit, Wemilabi ward administrator Kennedy Okila, Central Maragoli’s Abubakar Wandala and Busali’s Ben Muhando said they were ready to join hands with chiefs in their wards to provide quality services.
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