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Daily Nation : February 4th 2014
DAILY NATION Tuesday February 4, 2014 KISUMU | Governors welcome efforts to improve water resource Sh130m Lake Victoria project launched ‘‘ A research by universities aims at finding solutions to problems that have threatened the resource BY ANITA CHEPKOECH @CTAnita AChepkoech@ke.nationmedia.com unlock the potential of Africa’s largest fresh water lake. The Environment ministry yester- T day flagged off the project, which will be undertaken by Maseno University in partnership with Nagasaki University of Japan. The two-year “Collaborative Lake Victoria Comprehensive Research and Development (Lavicord)” study is considered as one that would help heal an ailing economic giant. Environment Cabinet Secretary TRANS NZOIA MPs blame governor for slow growth BY NATION CORRESPONDENT The “slow pace of develop- ment” in Trans Nzoia County has been blamed on Governor Patrick Khaemba. And lawmakers from the area have challenged the county assembly to put the governor to task. Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa, Kwanza’s Ferdinand Wanyonyi and Saboti’s David Wafula said they were not happy with the slow rate at which projects were initiated in the region as compared to other parts of the country. “Our governor should know that he is walking on a wrong path. I challenge county reps to effectively JARED NYATAYA | NATION Mr Milton Loito, the chairman of Katilu Irrigation Scheme in Turkana County, shows a healthy banana crop at one of the farms yesterday. The scheme has put 1,700 acres under crops, with another canal being built to irrigate 6,000 acres. Turkana has been hit by hunger due to drought. NYERI perform their oversight role or else we will lag behind in development,” Mr Wamalwa said. He was speaking at Kitale’s main prison. Separately, Mr Khaemba (above) challenged the Senate and the National Assembly to help counties achieve their goals instead of criticising them. “These people are supposed to be our good ambassadors to the national government but now they are hitting us. You cannot expect a child to start running before crawling,” he said. Senator Henry ole Ndiema also came to the defence of the governor, saying it was too early to criticise county governments. The regions need more time to grow, Mr Ndiema added. Senior Lands officers charged with fraud BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Two senior lands officers have been charged with abuse of office, defrauding the government and conspiring to engage in corruption. Ms Agnes Wangu, a senior Lands registrar, and Nyeri lands registrar Beatrice Wairimu were among six people charged with offences relating to the transfer of a parcel of land in a Nyeri court. The court was told that the eight allowed the sale of land belonging to Mr Papius Kibicho to Ms Jean Wanjiku between September and August 2011 in disregard of laid down procedures. They were also charged with con- spiring to defraud the government of Sh167,900 in stamp duty. The eight faced a third count of conspiring to defraud the government of Sh167,900 which was the stamp Sh167,900 The amount that the suspects are accused of conspiring to defraud the government in stamp duty duty at the district lands office in Nyeri Town. The two senior officers, two cleri- cal officers, Ms Immaculate Njoki and Mr Andrew Ndung’u, and a typist, Ms Cecilia Wangui, were further accused of abuse of office. They allegedly improperly used their offices to improperly confer benefits to the alleged buyers by selling the property despite an existing caution. Mr Samuel Kaguai, a clerk in the revenue office at the Nyeri Central DC’s office, was separately accused of abuse of office. The clerk allegedly used his office to improperly issue a back-dated receipt to Ms Wanjiku to enable her obtain the title deed. The district lands registrar was ac- cused of forging entries in the stamp duty declaration assessment and payslip. They denied the charges and were released on Sh100,000 bail each. The case will be heard on April 4. KILIFI Sh300m to be spent on agriculture projects The Kilifi county government will spend Sh300 million on agricultural projects this financial year. County Executive in charge of Agriculture Mwalimu Menza yesterday said the funds will be increased each year. Speaking at Tsangatsini in Kaloleni, Mr Menza urged farmers to form groups through which they can access the facility. He said some of the money will be used to buy tractors, fertilisers and seedlings. wo universities have begun a Sh136.7 million Lake Victoria research project expected to Water as a resource is not restricted to geographical boundaries but affect the entire human race” Prof Judy Wakhungu, Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu, in a speech read on her behalf by the director of administration, Mr David Jakaiti, said her ministry was concerned with the quality and quantity of water and protection of natural resources hence supported the project to replenish Lake Victoria as worlds’ largest tropical lake. She said the ministry had topped a 10 per cent of the Sh136.7 million Japanese government sponsorship to promote the project. “Water as a resource is not re- stricted to geographical boundaries but affect the entire human race,” she said. An estimated 10 million Kenyans and 50 million people from East Africa will benefit directly from the Lavicord project, according to the Cabinet Secretary. The Japanese ambassador to Kenya Tatsushi Terada said water and environment were among five pillars of his country’s co-operation with Kenya. Infrastructure, agriculture, human resource and health and sanitation are the others. “Developing such mechanisms would contribute to enhancing regional and international integration and co-operation and to further ensure food security and environmental integrity is achieved,” he said. Nagasaki University President Prof Shigeru Katamine said his community looked forward to further co-operation with other institutions for the sake of improving the environment. The launch was attended by gover- nors from the Busia, Siaya, Homa Bay, Migori and Kisumu who promised to cooperate to make the project successful for the benefit of their regions. Kisumu’s Governor Ranguma said the project was a great opportunity for an economic turnaround in the region and an improvement of food security. HUNGER AMID PLENTY | Irrigation solution to food shortages in Turkana County News 19 BRIEFLY TAITA TAVETA Agricultural training centre to be upgraded The Taita Taveta county gov- ernment and a university college have begun negotiations to turn a farmers’ training centre into a university campus to boost agricultural research. This is aimed at ultimately improving crop and animal production in the region. Speaking at his Wundanyi offices, Governor John Mruttu said upgrading Taita Agricultural Training Centre would be a milestone in the fight against hunger. LAMU Education officers given motorcycles Education officers in Lamu East have received motorcycles to help them move easily in the region to inspect schools. The motorcycles, which were purchased through Lamu East CDF funds, were presented to the officers by Lamu East MP Ali Athman Sharif. Mr Sharif said he had received persistent complaints about transport difficulties that had made the officers’ work in the region difficult. NAKURU AP in custody on extortion claims An Administration Police of- ficer has been arrested in Nakuru North sub-county for allegedly demanding Sh1,000 from a snacks seller. The officer is said to have demanded the money at Milangine market in Nyandarua County. The officer is attached to Ndundori chief’s camp, which is under Nakuru County. He allegedly demanded the money after the trader failed to produce a single business permit. NAKURU Two deny encroaching on Moi aide’s land Two men have been charged with illegally occupying land belonging to former President Moi’s personal secretary John Lokorio. Mr Geoffrey Simiyu and Mr Justus Kirwa denied encroaching on the 23-acre property in Njoro district, Nakuru County, between October 31, last year and February 2, this year. A Nakuru court released them on Sh30,000 bail each. The hearing will be on April 2.
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