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Daily Nation : February 17th 2014
DAILY NATION Monday February 17, 2014 NEW ATTRACTION | Park was opened to the public on Valentine’s Day Machakos park draws hundreds of visitors Mutua says county projects to earn Sh100m annually from grounds BY BOB ODALO @odalobob firstname.lastname@example.org they visited the town to enjoy the beauty of the newly opened Machakos Peoples Park. The park was opened to the M public on Valentines Day with Governor Alfred Mutua offering visitors free entertainment for three days, which ended yesterday. Traffic police put the number of visitors for the three days at 5,000. At least some 1,000 vehicles jammed the park’s parking bay. Most visitors came from Nai- robi and the nearby counties of Kiambu, Makueni and Kitui. A number of families from Coast and who were in transit to Nairobi found time to divert to Machakos to take in the beauty of the park. The amphitheatre was main the attraction as hundreds jammed it to watch some of the invited artists on stage. Top musicians and comedians from across the country gave free entertainment to visitors over the weekend. Jaguar, the musician, stole the show as he gave an electrifying performance that left fans asking for more. Dr Mutua received a rare Alfred Mutua standing ovation from the crowd and at one point he was flabbergasted when a chorus ‘Mutua for achakos County was the place of choice for hundreds of weekenders as REACTION Destination of choice “This is the type of venture I will encourage any governor to go for. Security is paramount and people feel more secure with such apparatus in place.” Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Francis Ndegwa Muhoro “Wait until the schools are closed, Machakos will be our destination; me and my children.” Kiambu resident Francis Karanja “It is good news that despite the grabbing of land by previous regimes that could have helped in putting such parks across the country, we still have people with ideas to come up with such facilities. It is what Kenyans in all major towns have been missing.” Nairobi resident Phyllis Katunge President’ rented the air. Among top government of- ficials who visited the park was Directorate of Criminal Inves- PHOTO | COURTESY An aerial shot of the 40-acre Machakos People’s Park, that is the beginning of the county’s tourism programme. The park has an amphitheatre, a miniature golf course and a swimming pool. tigations boss Francis Ndegwa Muhoro, who said he was satisfied with security apparatus at the facility. He said he was particularly impressed by round-the-clock CCTV monitoring devices placed around the park and the use of sniffer dogs to boost security. “This is the type of venture I will encourage any governor to go for. Security is paramount and people feel more secure with such apparatus in place,’’ Mr Muhoro said on Friday. Previous regimes A visitor from Nairobi, Mr Paul Odeny, said Kenyans have always yearned for such openings. “This is something that will definitely provide social utilities that Kenyans have been denied by previous regimes,’’ he said. Mr Francis Karanja from Ki- ambu said he had found a perfect place to bring his children for an outing. A number of visitors at the park yesterday expressed satisfaction with its workmanship. “It is good news that despite the grabbing of land by previous regimes that could have helped in putting such parks across the country, we still have people with ideas to come up with such facilities. It is what Kenyans in all major towns have been missing’’, Nairobi resident Phylis Katunge, who took her two children to the park, said. In his brief address, Dr Mutua said apart from offering a moment of relaxation and entertainment to visitors, the county government projects to generate Sh100 million annually from the park. He said the park with a capac- ity to host 10,000 people at a go, is one of its kind in Africa, complete with a field amphitheatre. Among the features which were on offer to the first batch of visitors yesterday were water fountains, children’s play area, miniature golf courses, restaurants, solar exhibition stand, conference facilities and boats. The governor announced that visitors would be treated to free entertainment during the first three days of its opening beginning with the Valentine’s Day and the entire weekend. National News 3 Service to check rogue house-helps BY NATION REPORTER You can now check if your house- help has a criminal record and their performance in other jobs. A fingerprints expert has opened a laboratory in Nairobi where those seeking to know the history of their house-helps or any other domestic workers can access such information. The firm, Darubini Screening, records the history of house-helps, homes they have worked in and their criminal records, if any. According to the firm’s founder Zachary Musau, who was the government’s chief fingerprint officer for over 35 years, it takes the fingerprints of a potential employee and runs it through a database that is able to identify if the worker has a criminal record. Fingerprints are a very reliable way of finding out a person’s criminal record,” Darubini Screening founder Zachary Musau “Fingerprints are a very reliable way of finding out a person’s past criminal record. If the workers commit a crime, we can easily trace them since we have all the details about them,” says Mr Musau. If the house-help commits a crime and runs away, the company updates that information and sends an SMS alert to all its clients warning them to avoid hiring him or her. Families receive alerts by mobile text or e-mail whenever there’s a significant change to the Darubini report of the employee. Recently, cases of house-helps kidnapping children or colluding with gangs to steal households have been on the rise.
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