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Daily Nation : February 17th 2014
18 | THE COUNTIES MOMBASA | Mungatana pledges to address all grievances Dock union issues fresh strike threat Port workers’ lobby tells KPA boss to address shortage of staff and improve communication BY DANIEL NYASSY @dnyassy email@example.com shortage problem is not addressed by management at Mombasa port. Dock Workers Union of- M ficials issued the notice at the weekend when they paid a courtesy call on Kenya Ports Authority Board chairman Danson Mungatana. The union’s general-sec- retary, Mr Simon Sang, said their members were being overworked due to a shortfall of 240 workers. He also called on the port management to improve its communication to the union members and address bad blood between the two sides. “The union is contemplat- ing calling a strike soon if the management fails to address these issues immediately,” he said during the meeting at the KPA boardroom. Mr Mungatana, in a bid to calm the union chiefs, pledged MERU County seals irrigation deal BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A new irrigation scheme is set to be established in Igembe subcounty following the signing of an agreement between the Meru County government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica). The scheme will be located at Kiguru sub-location in Igembe sub-County. “Ours is to make sure that we implement whatever has been agreed by the farmers, county government and the agency itself,” said Meru Governor Peter Munya. Tumutumu I irrigation project, which has over 450 members, will benefit from the deal, he said. ore than 3,500 dockers have threatened to strike if a staff ‘‘ 240 to massive losses. “The issues you have raised Staff deficit facing the port ranging from under-staffing in most of the departments at the port of Mombasa to poor communication methods, among others, will be dealt with accordingly,” he said. The chairman promised to look into all the issues raised because they were pertinent to boosting workers’ morale, adding, port business should not be interrupted over issues that can be resolved amicably. “I want to assure you the I want to assure you... that my office will move in swiftly to address all the grievances raised” KPA board chairman Danson Mungatana to address their grievances, especially the bad blood and suspicion between them and the port managers. From now on, he said, there will be closer consultation and transparency at the port to prevent strikes, which lead NAROK County reps push for more Mara cash BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A Bill to increase the amount of money set aside for residents living near Massai Mara game reserve has been tabled in the Narok county assembly. The Maasai Mara Community Development Bill tabled last week seeks to increase the community allocation from 19 per cent to 25 per cent of the amount the county collects from the park. Budget and Appropriation Commit- tee Chairperson Letula Ole Masikonde said communities bordering the reserve will get 60 per cent of the total cash allocated while the others will be allocated 28 per cent. “The six wards that border Maasai Mara will get a lion’s share of this amount because they do not farm and thus bear the brunt of human-wildlife conflict. ” said Masikonde. He added that 10 per cent of the amount will go to the governor’s office while two per cent will be used for administrative purposes. He said the community will decide 25 pc The percentage of park’s revenue that will be allocated to residents if the Bill is passed Sh298m The amount set aside for residents living near Mara last year. It was not based on any formula on how the amount will be utilised adding that ward committees have been established to hold talks on the issue. Kimintet county reps Kuyo Ole Kijabe said the move will help restore the glory of Maasai Mara as communities will be encouraged to preserve the park. Poaching “Last year we set aside Sh298 million from Maasai Mara to benefit locals. However, unlike in the past where individuals determined the amount these communities were allocated, the county assembly wants to anchor the amount in law,” said Mr Kijabe. Mr Kijabe said the county has began sensitising the community on the need to cooperate with Kenya Wildlife Service officers in the fight against poaching. workers’ representatives that my office will move in swiftly to address all the grievances raised,” he said, but cautioned the workers against dragging the port into politics. Into disarray Mr Mungatana cautioned that mixing politics and business did not augur well for KPA, and in the event that the port fails to perform, both the employees and the country’s, economy would be at stake. The chairman advised all parties to tread carefully to avoid plunging the port into disarray. The port of Mombasa, the largest in East and Central Africa, serves several landlocked countries in the region. They include Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. DENISH OCHIENG I NATION Solidarity Movement for Society leader Al-Amin Kimathi (left) and a member of the lobby sing at the statue of freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi on Kimathi Street in Nairobi yesterday. The group was notifying the public of its plan to hold a peaceful procession on Dedan Kimathi Day on February 18. NAIROBI | Dedan Kimathi Day DAILY NATION Monday February 17, 2014 EMBU COUNTY ASSEMBLY PLEDGES TO BACK NDITI Speaker leads over 30 MCAs in pledging support for their new governor after meeting. P.22 BRIEFLY KAKAMEGA Oparanya accused of bias in projects Kakamega County assembly Majority leader has accused Governor Wycliffe Oparanya of uneven distribution of development projects. Mr Titus Kwoma charged that the governor has skewed projects in favour of his Butere back yard at the expense of others. The governor had a proper agenda for the county and had prioritised them well, he said, adding: “What we are not happy about is he taking majority of the projects to his back yard and we want him to rectify that.” KISUMU Clergy condemns statue destruction A section of the clergy in Kis- umu has condemned the destruction of a monument that was erected by Sikhs in the town. The church leaders from St Stephen Cathedral Church urged youths to engage in activities that would bring development in the region. “We should learn to accommodate different forms of religion, considering that Kenya is a secular state and the constitution upholds all forms of religion,” Rev Peter Adolwa told the congregation yesterday. BARINGO Police disperse youths protesting over land Endorois youths from Baringo County have protested against an alleged grabbing of the community’s land. They blocked thee Nyahururu-Kinamba road for hours as they engaged security officers in a battle. The protesters claimed that 1,600 acres in Tuiyobei, Marigat district, on the Baringo-Laikipia border, had been grabbed by influential people. The youths had come in lorries and motor cycles and were planning to invade the farm they claimed was community land. TAITA TAVETA Society claims its land irregularly sub-divided A co-operative society has claimed that land measuring more than 2,500 acres in Taita Taveta County belonging to its 1,200 members has been irregularly sub-divided. The Jipe MultiPurpose Co-operative Society Limited said it discovered the sub-division after the National Land Commission published a gazette notice for compulsory acquisition of the alleged parcels for a road project. The society’s members have given the Land team 45 days to cancel the notice or face legal action.
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