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Moses Kuria for Kiambu Gubernatorial Candidate

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Moses Kuria is the man to watch in Kiambu County… In a one on one interview with Citizen Witness  he talked about his candid manifesto.

To start with Mr Kuria said that the county has been suffering from untapped potential. He attributed this to poor leadership in the county.

The outspoken Gatundu South MP also decried poor infrastructure in the region that boasts as the President’s backyard. He said he is the solution Kiambu County needs.

The leader of the Chama Cha Kazi under the auspices of Kenya Kwanza said that under his leadership revenue collection will increase to ksh 8bn.

He is a visionary leader bearing in mind that his track record in Gatundu South is unmatched.

To start with, Gatundu South was ranked as the leading constituency in prudent utilisation of the Constituency Development Fund under the wise patronage of Honorable Kuria.

He decried alot of untapped potential in various spheres of the Kiambu County which he says he is going to make a turnaround.

He unveiled his Manifesto and he will be deputised by Faith Mwaura, an equally able leader.

To unlock the immense potential for growth, modernisation and prosperity in the county key focus of the county government will be

Wealth creation for both the rural and urban population leading to economic empowerment through agriculture growth and transformation.

Job creation for the youth through investing in new industries, I.C.T innovations.

Provision of preventive and curative health services (Universal Healthcare).

Access to clean and affordable water for drinking and irrigation.

Improving the business environment and promotion of the manufacturing sector.

Provision of decent and affordable housing.

Good governance, public participation, justice for all and fighting corruption.

Campaign against alcohol, drug and substance abuse.

The County government has assets and other facilities that can generate more income. However, in their current state they can only generate meagre income for the County.

The government is therefore considering a programme that will add value to its assets especially in the housing sector by modernising and upgrading County houses that sit on high value land into high value assets that would yield more revenue to the County.

Further, public markets will be upgraded and higher quality stalls constructed within them to yield revenue for the County.

Going forward, mobilization of additional revenue by strengthening enforcement and completion of administrative reforms including the automation of systems and expansion of the revenue base will continue to remain the key focus in the next FY.

The County will focus on land and property rent and rates as the most appropriate and equitable source of revenue to finance development and provision of essential services.

Expenditure Management
The County government has endeavoured to allocate its resources by prioritizing programmes aligned to employment creation, poverty reduction and focusing on transforming the County.

The County Executive will continue to provide, in a timely manner, information to the County Assembly and other relevant government institutions on expenditure allocations to facilitate their oversight work.

This good practice on financial reporting coupled with adopted policies on transparency and good governance ensures that County resources are allocated and managed prudently.

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Annual Hindu cultural Day underway in Nairobi

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The second edition of the annual Hindu cultural day took place today at the premier club along forest road in Nairobi bringing together over two thousand Hindus from across the country to celebrate their unity, diversity and national integration.

Last year the event did not happen due to covid onset but saw the Hindu community donate over hundred million in support of Kenyans who had been affected by covid,This saw the birth of mobile health clinics which supports the vulnerable in the community but enabling them access medical assistance when needed.

The traditions and cultures of the Hindus has become part of Kenya’s history especially by adoption of Hindu attires in kenyan weddings and traditional Hindu dances which are part of Kenya’s high end conferences and events which are performed to entertain international and local guests.

Speaking during the official opening of the event,chief guest Dr virander Paul,the Indian High commissioner to kenya has called on Kenyans to join Hindus in the celebrations of their 75 years of independence  and the depth and bondness of the friendship between India and Kenya.

Hindus run the most successful generational business in Kenya some of which are in the third and fourth generation.

The two day event showcases everything Hindus,ranging from the wolrds most embraced spiritual and health sport Yoga which has gained prominence in Kenya,Indian foods,traditional games,traditional medicines, traditional attires,traditional music and arts,religious songs and traditional dances.

The event comes to a close on Sunday the 26th with over 25 local government officials expected to attend the evening cultural activities and games.

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University Students unite To launch Nationwide Peace Sensitization Campaign

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Students from 75 Public and Private Universities and Colleges have launched a nationwide Peace Sensitization Campaign targeting their fellow youth ahead of the elections on August 9th, 2022.

The ‘47 Days of Peace Campaign’ by the University and Colleges Students Peace Association of Kenya (UCSPAK), was launched on Friday June, 24, 2022 at the University of Nairobi, by Amb. Simon Nabukwesi CBS, Permanent Secretary, State Department for University Education and Research.  

The event brought together key election stakeholders among them the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Mkenya Daima Initiative as well as various University Vice-Chancellors and Deans of Studentsunder the Kenya University Dean of Student Association (KUDSA).

Making his remarks, Amb. Nabukwesi, CBS called on the IEBC and the NCIC to create a name and shame accountability database of wayward politicians for Kenyans to judge them objectively and to show the youth that there are consequences to hate speech and other election malpractices.

“We need to continuously empower our election management bodies such as the IEBC, NCIC and the others and give them arresting and even prosecutorial powers to bring order in our political arena. If this was instituted, then perhaps politicians and all of us would take seriously our obligations in contributing to peace and cohesion”, he said.

UCSPAK Founder and Executive Director Mr. Allan Chacha, said the 47 Days of Peace campaign would seek to build solidarity among young people on election matters with a view to encouraging young people to come out and vote in the 47 days remaining to the election.

The PS announced that UCSPAK that also incorporates Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutions (TVETs) has signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding with the IEBC to undertake voter education training in universities and colleges.

UCSPAK is also working with the NCIC to lead peace activities and to enhance electoral knowledge in institutions of higher learning. A pool of campus voter education Trainer of Trainers (TOTs) has also been created in 48 universities and colleges with more student leaders expected to receive the training.

“UCSPAK welcomes this overwhelming multi-stakeholder support that we have received from our partners, and we now take the challenge to spread the message of leadership, peace, and responsible electoral participation to our fellow students and Kenyan Youth across the country”, said Chacha.

CEO, NCIC, Dr. Skitter Ocharo, said NCIC considers youths as extra-ordinary people who creatively look for ways to prevent violence and consolidate peace, reason why it has incorporated youth in all programmatic work, initiatives, and campaigns.

“Society requires ropes around the wrestling ring that is the political arena, to confine the shenanigans to where it belongs. The national peace infrastructure is those ropes. I want to urge the youths to stop being used and or misused by the political class to engage in activities that could only result in violence and polarization of the nation. My call to the youth is to reject misinformation, disinformation, fake news, and hate speech”, she said.

During the 47 days of the Peace Campaign, UCSPAK will also seek to lobby aspirants at both the county and national levels to sign a commitment not to use young people to cause conflict during and after their campaigns.

Calling on the University students to join the rallying call ‘Nitatenda wajibu wangu’, Dr. Vimal Shah, Chairman Mkenya Daima Initiative, also the Chancellor of JaramogiOginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, encouraged young people to stand up for accountability and to start taking ownership of the electoral process through positive participation in elections.

“Voting is an all-important and empowering democratic process that enables us to exercise our right to elect men, and women who will determine the country’s socio-economic future, but it also comes with the responsibility to choose good leaders at every level.”, said Vimal.

Through the 47 Days of Peace Campaign, Mkenya Daima2022 will work with UCSPAK to engage with new andlapsed voters between the ages of 18 and 34 years on diverse topics around peaceful electioneering and responsible voting across the 47 counties ahead of the elections.

Prof. Chacha Nyaigoti Chacha, Chairperson, UCSPAK Advisory Board & the Chairman Commission for University Education said that being an academic of many years’ standing, it was gratifying to see young people vibrant to take part in elections, driven to promote peace and cohesion.

“With peace, we can grow our economy and our education, but it is true that we have had some challenges necessitated by the routine processes that democracies around the world go through. All of you students being representatives of thousands of other students, we hope that your commitment will remain the basis on which you will engage in this process of campaigning for peace and tolerance in these coming elections,” said Prof. Chacha.  

On his part, Stephen Jackson, the Resident Coordinator, United Nations in Kenya said although the youth have been excluded before, waiting to be leaders of tomorrow, this was now changing with the world, and Kenya, now waking up to the youth’s agency and drive for freedom, peace, and change.

“Young people can feel frustrated and become susceptible to manipulation, but most of the youth are peaceful and productive; only a handful engage in violence. Realizing that you have skin in the game is what ensures your thirst for change remains positive rather than destructive and this is what we must work on together”, he said.

Rasi Masudi, Director of Voter Education, and partnerships, at IEBC, said the institution’s long experience in election management has created a large body of knowledge and technical competencies that informs the operation of the 2022 general elections.

“Management of the election process is an accumulation of 5 years of planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of various activities. IEBC is tapping into this experience and is on course in preparation for an elaborate and comprehensive framework for the forthcoming general elections”, said Masudi.

According to UCSPAK, IEBC has accredited the trained campus voter educators to participate as election peace observers. The students will also help monitor and provide early warning information and updates in institutions of higher learning.  

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Malde Optimistic of re-election

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Parklands Member of County Assembly jayendra malde is confident of re-election come Ninth of August. Parklands Highridge Ward has achieved a lot in the previous 5 years than it has in the past 20 years and this is attributed to the industrious leadership of Malde

In a exclusive interview with Citizen witness Malde said his record speaks for itself.

Malde is credited for among other things:

Completing Westlands Market that had stalled for 14years, pushed for a level 3 hospital, saw 90% Roads re-carpeted which has never seen in the history of Parklands, sunk borehole in schools ensuring our children have water 24/7, ensured 100% Bursary issuance on the basis of merit, Representation at the assembly at 100% and above all support for the people during the hard times such as Covid 19

“In my tenure in Parklands I’ve served my people selflessly. We have built level four hospital next to my office, sunk boreholes, disbursed bursaries and refurbished markets. We are going to continue with this good work after the elections,” he said

Mr Malde is vying under the Azimio one Kenya Alliance and he called for peace and sobriety as we approach the general elections. “I support the electronic system of election for credibility of the entire process. I also implore upon all the candidates to carry out campaigns of peace.

Mr Malde was speaking in the sidelines of the launch of a mobile clinic by the Hindu Council of Kenya.

 

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