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Daily Nation : February 12th 2014
DAILY NATION Wednesday February 12, 2014 AESTHETICS | Business people accused of environmental destruction Outside advertisers put on notice Stop destroying trees to make your billboards more visible, county environment boss warns BY OTIATO GUGUYU @googooyuh firstname.lastname@example.org more visible. Nairobi County Executive for Water O and Environment John Gakuo said the county would not allow private business people to interfere with its tree planting efforts. Speaking at the launch of a Rapid Results Initiative aimed at beautifying Mombasa road, Mr Gakuo said: “Advertisers are dousing the roots of NAKURU Staff locked out despite court order BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A Nakuru hospital has not reinstated its eight former employees as ordered by the Court of Appeal. The court had last week ordered the management of St Mary’s Mission Hospitals to reinstate the eight nuns belonging to Assumption Sisters of Nairobi who lost their jobs in 2011 following a row over the facility’s ownership “We got a letter from Federation of Kenya Employers that the nus should be reinstated. And the nuns notified us that they would come yesterday (Monday) but since there is a court order retraining them from accessing the hospital, why should we allow them to come?,” an official at the hospital who did not want to be named told Nation. FKE had on January 24 through utdoor advertisers have been warned against destroying trees to make their billboards the trees with acid and hacking at their trunks to kill them so that their billboards can be seen,” he said, citing the example of palm trees outside Capital Centre on Mombasa Road. “I cannot cite instances where private business people have been involved in beautifying our city save for a few roundabouts. I challenge private partners to make their presence felt,” Mr Gakuo said. Mr David Gachuru of the Nairobi Central Business District Association called on traders to adopt trees, lights and more roundabouts. He, however, urged the county government to make private-public sector partnerships attractive by offering incentives. “I call on the county government to offer a waiver on branding to encourage more businesses to take part in ‘‘ beautifying the city,” he said. The county government plans to beautify Mombasa Road from Nyayo Stadium to Mavoko in the next 21 days as part of Governor Evans Kidero’s rapid results strategy. “We want results that are visible to the public with minimal risks experienced in long term strategies,” Dr Kidero said in a speech read on his behalf by Mr Gakuo. Under the strategy, projects by City Hall will be achieved in 100 days or less. Service delivery, including issu- Advertisers are dousing the roots of the trees with acid and hacking at their trunks to kill them” County official John Gakuo ing of business permits, will all be streamlined with the Rapid Results Initiative to improve service. “The new approaches to service delivery will change the attitude of Nairobi residents on the county government and must be sustained after our clients get used to good service,” said the head of the County Public Service Board, Ms Lydia Ndegwa. MACHAKOS |Governor opens county recreational park County News 19 BRIEFLY NYERI Leaders demand faster probe into party death Leaders in Mukurwe-ini sub- county in Nyeri have asked the government to speed up investigations into a case of alleged food poisoning that left one dead and scores in hospital. Area MP Kabando Wa Kabando, however, urged residents not to take the law into their hands. A week ago, 14-year old John Ndirangu died at Mukurwe-ini District Hospital while 11 villagers fell ill after eating food at a party. NAIVASHA Women jailed for using child to beg Two women have been sen- tenced to eight months in jail each for using a physically challenged child to beg for money in Naivasha town. Sarah Wambui and Mercy Waithera were convicted by Naivasha resident magistrate Electa Riany of exploiting 10-year-old Eric Kamau. The boy was taken to Safe House in Naivasha that takes in neglected children as efforts to trace his family started. MIGORI Obado’s election case taken to Appeal court The hearing of an appeal against a court decision that upheld the election of Migori Governor Zachary Obado begins today in Kisumu. Prof Edward Oyugi (ODM), who had challenged the election, filed the appeal after the High Court ruled that despite a recount revealing tallying errors, the conduct of the election was acceptable. Court of Appeal judges sitting in Kisumu are expected to begin hearing the case. BOMET BOB ODALO | NATION Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua enjoys a moment with students who joined him yesterday when he opened the 40-acre Machakos Recreational Park. NAIROBI The nuns notified us that they would come on Monday but there is a court order retraining them,” Hospital’s officlal its legal officer Masese Mabeya written to the hospital directors urging them to reinstate the nuns. The nuns had been sacked after they allegedly attempted to take over the hospital from its founder, the Rev William Charles Fryda. It is after the alleged attempted takeover of the hospital that its founder moved to the High Court in Nakuru. He filed a suit seeking temporary orders restraining the sisters from interfering with the hospital. Patient vanishes from hospital BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A patient vanished from Kenyatta National Hospital three days after he was admitted for treatment. Mr Eric Njeru Njagi, 30, was taken to the referral hospital on November 21 last year after he fainted in his house in Umoja 1, Nairobi. Three days later when they went to ward to see him, he had vanished. Mr Njagi’s mother, Innocentia Muk- waiti, said they had been searching for her son for over a month and are now going to sue the hospital. “He was taken for a CT scan on November 22 but when we went to see him on November 24, we were told he had escaped,” she said. The family has since been looking for him at police stations, mortuaries and relatives’ home. “We just want the hospital to produce our patient or explain his whereabouts,” Mr Alex Twala, another family member said. Mr Njagi was admitted as patient number 0140531 in Ward 5B, Room 6. Dead or alive Njagi’s mother, Mukwaiti, through her lawyer, Mr Charles Kariuki, now wants the hospital to produce her son, dead or alive. “Our instructions are to demand the production of the man dead or alive in the next 14 days or we will seek legal remedy in court,” a letter reads. The January 1 letter to the hos- pital adds that the family should be compensated for the loss of the patient who was under the care of the hospital. It also says that the family has tried to seek an explanation from hospital to no avail. Mr Twala says the family has been in agony. “We have been left with no alternative but to seek legal redress in our courts,” he said. Another family yesterday said their daughter disappeared 15 years. According to Mr Ndubi Maitima, he last saw her daughter, Ms Joy Kanana, when he took her to Kirige Mixed Secondary School on January 17, 1999. That was the last time the family saw their daughter. County receives six leased ambulances Bomet governor Isaac Ruto yesterday received six ambulances leased from the Kenya Red Cross. The vehicles were delivered by the organisation’s governor Mohammoud Said and his secretary-general Abbas Gullet at the Bomet Green Stadium. The county will pay the Red Cross Sh600,000 per month to mantain each ambulance, which costs Sh19 million to buy and equip with modern facilities. KAKAMEGA Contractors defend award of road tenders A group of contractors have defended the award of tenders for maintenance and repair of 7,000 kilometres of rural roads in Kakamega County. The contracts were for works on roads of between four and 12 kilometres in the county for between Sh5 million and Sh16 million. They dismissed allegations that the contracts were irregularly awarded to proxies of influential politicians and businessmen.
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