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Daily Nation : February 15th 2014
SATURDAY NATION February 15, 2014 MY TOWN | Garbage heaps choke the little hamlet National News 17 FILE | NATION A view of Ngong town in Kajiado county Ngong: Where goats get lifestyle diseases Town is also the second home to Kenya’s world beating athletes BY THOMAS OGOLA email@example.com greenery, dry savannah, rolling hills and human settlements for as far as the eye can see. The vistas are indescribably S sublime and easily tear at the heart strings of even the most savage of men. As you descend, taking in the fresh air, listening to the trees soughing and the birds singing, any thoughts of taking a well deserved rest in a little rustic town are quickly forgotten when you arrive in this dusty, dirty place. The town is located at the foot of the Ngong Hills and is roughly 25km from Nairobi. Lots of good things Alongside Kiserian, Ongata Rongai and Kitengela, it is one of the most cosmopolitan towns in Kajiado county and, with an abundance of land, continues to draw people from all corners of the republic and beyond. Dust and dirt aside, Ngong town has a lot of good things going in it. For starters, it is said to host the highest number of communication masts in Kenya, with security agencies, media houses, telephone firms and the aviation authority well represented. However, after the Westgate mall terrorist attack, any inquiries to the authorities about the number of communication masts in the area will see you handed a telephone number that is answered at the AntiTerrorism Police Unit. Ngong’s undulating terrain has also made it a second tanding atop the majestic Ngong Hills, one beholds a panorama of home for most of our world beating athletes, who can be seen in their dozens going through their paces at sunrise. Some of these athletes have invested part of their earnings in the town. The disciplined forces must be the most represented profession in Ngong if the number of training grounds is anything to go by. Generally, the denizens are affable, and as you amble athwart Ngong’s litter-strewn streets, you get a feeling of being in a hamlet where everyone knows each other. Such affability is a fitting tribute to the Keekonyokie clan of the Maasai community, whose hospitality is legendary and for whom Ngong has been hearth and home for as long as they can remember. Enchorro Enkong’u is the name by which they have always known it. In the Maa language, Enchorro refers to a stream, while Enkong’u, from which Ngong is derived, means eye. Literally Enchorro Enkong’u means a water spring. Ngong is indisputably a town on the move, what with the many high-rise buildings sprouting left, right, and centre, a fact that has not escaped the eye of the banking frater- 25km ‘‘ nity which is represented by Barclays, Equity, KWFT and Cooperative. Matters culinary are also well taken care of with Table 54, Blue Hotel, Two Arc and Halal Tayyib topping the list of leading restaurants. Those inclined to a tipple will find themselves spoilt for choice. If you like your tipple as you watch football or listening to music, then Mogas, Deep Water, Moraans, or Qutanis are the clubs to visit. If your tipple goes down well with business talk, then you will find yourself in good company in Club Sehemu or Njamba Square. Political leadership However, it is the immense potential of Ngong that makes one want to go down on their knees and pray to the Almighty to fill the political leadership in the county with the right vision for the town. With proper planning, the town can easily become a camper’s paradise. The terrain that attracts athletes can be used to market the town as a suitable place for sports such as cycling. But alas, the political leadership is in deep slumber and can neither see nor smell the garbage that chokes the town. Looking around, one is The distance of Ngong Town from Nairobi Dust and dirt aside, Ngong town has a lot of good things going in it” filled with sympathy for the dozens of goats which forage rubbish dumps for edibles. They look fatigued and slothful, and one cannot help but feel that the exotic cuisine to which they have taken to with gusto in the rubbish heaps, and which must be incompatible with their digestive systems, must have left them with lifestyle diseases that are the wages of eating fatty and sugary foods. Tell us the interesting things about your town. Send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org nmedia.com THE JUDICIARY TENDER INVITATION NOTICE The Government of Kenya through the Nyahururu Law Courts invites tenders from Contractors who carry out the following works:• PROPOSED REFURBISHMENTS TO NYAHURURU LAW COURTS FOR THE JUDICIARY. Interested Contractors who are registered with NCA category 6 for General Building Works, (proof of registration required) may obtain Tender Documents from The Executive Officer in person, or against a written application. The non-refundable fee of Kshs 2,000.00 is to be paid in cash to Account No. 1102166472 AT KENYA COMMERCIAL BANK – NYAHURURU BRANCH and bring the banking slip to the cash office before 4.00pm on normal working days or in banker’s cheque payable to The Snr Principal Magistrate - Nyahururu Law Courts. Interested bidders should note that only those meeting the criteria indicated below as a minimum, supported by relevant documents at submission will be considered for further evaluation. 1. Proof of works of similar magnitude and complexity undertaken in the last five years. 2. The Bid Bond of Kshs 100,000.00 must be in form of Bank Guarantee from a reputable bank or an Insurance Company approved by PPOA. 3. Adequate equipment and key personnel for the specified types of works. 4. Sound financial standing and /or adequate access to bank credit line equal to at least 10% of their Tender Sum. 5. 6. Litigation History of the Company (both court and arbitration cases.) Confidential Business Questionnaire. 7. Valid Tax Compliance Certificate. Further, tenders from the following tenderers shall be treated as non-responsive and therefore subject to automatic disqualification: (i) A tender from a tenderer whose on-going project(s) is/are behind schedule and without any approved extension of time. (ii) A tender from a tenderers with on-going exceeding four (4) in number, regardless of the total value of the outstanding works. (iii) A tender from a tenderer who has been served with a default notice on on-going projects(s) or a tenderer who has been terminated in a Government Contract in the past. Tenders in plain sealed envelopes, marked tender number on the right hand side corner and bearing no indication of the tenderer should be addressed to:- THE SNR. PRINCIPAL MAGISTRATE, NYAHURURU LAW COURTS, P. O. Box 234 - 20300 NYAHURURU. and placed in the Tender Box Tender Box AT THE CUSTOMER CARE DESK – NYAHURURU LAW COURT, or sent by post so as to reach the above address on or before 7th MARCH 2014 AT 10.00 AM. Submitted bids will be opened publicly at the Client’s Boardroom soon after the above stated closing date and time in the presence of the tenderers or their representatives who choose to attend. Late bids will be returned unopened. Prices quoted must be net inclusive of VAT and all Government Taxes and must remain valid for one hundred and twenty (120) days from the opening date of the tender. The Bid Security, which must be from an established bank or an Insurance Company approved by PPOA, shall be valid for one hundred and fifty (150) days from tender opening date. The Government reserves the right to reject any tender giving no reasons for the rejection and does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any tender. THE SNR. PRINCIPAL MAGISTRATE, NYAHURURU LAW COURTS, P. O. Box 234 – 20300, NYAHURURU.
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