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04 Apr
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Judicial Asset Committee to Reclaim Land in Counties

Nakuru, Kenya 4th April, 2016 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has given assurance that the County Government of Nakuru will work with the Judicial Asset Committee Recovery Committee to get back all judiciary land that has been grabbed as well as any other public utility in the county.

Speaking during a meeting between the county government and the committee tasked with the recovering of land allocated for courts’ expansion at the sub-county offices in Naivasha, the Nakuru County Governor said courts in Kenya had big chunk of lands but shamefully the size of these lands has shrunken to tiny plots due to irregular land allocation.

‘The court in Naivasha had been allocated land in the 1930s, but now has been reduced to a small plot, jeopardizing expansion of the high court.

“Let me put on notice anybody involved in this grabbing that they should be definitely be ready to surrender the land’, said Governor Mbugua.

The Nakuru County Governor commended the judiciary for going out devolve dispensation of justice to the grass-root.

He said it is a good initiative for the judiciary to earmark their space in the county for expansion and building of staff houses, opening courts in all sub-counties and establishing mobile courts to serve far flung areas in all the counties.

‘This noble idea of extending the dispensation of judicial services is welcome particularly here in Nakuru, as we have instances where justices has aborted because witnesses could not reach the court because of distance. This move will make the people of Nakuru and the entire nation in general benefit from our constitution’, said Governor Mbugua.

Arising from the meeting it was established that Naivasha require more judges, a minimum of three. Two of these judges will serve on land and employment issues.

Also discussed was the opening of new courts in Keringet to serve Kuresoi South and North, in addition to Subukia to serve areas of Waseges and Solai that border Baringo.

Molo court is undergoing rehabilitation through the cooperation of the National Government and World Bank. Governor Mbugua called for more expansion of the court as well that in Naivasha to give it the stature of high court.

Some areas that are in the interior of Nakuru County such as Gilgil, Maela among other places will benefit with mobile courts. In these area’s, which are prevalent to land conflict, and due to the delay in court cases accessioned by the long distances in access making people to resorting to taking law in own their hands.

Young people are also falling to the lure of crime because infrastructures of judicial services are far removed from the areas making them at times get away with crime.

Lady Justice Lydia Achode on her part said, through the Judiciary Asset Recovery Committee the Judiciary wants to recover it assets to be able to take justice services closer to the people saying although judiciary was not devolved it does not mean the judiciary cannot serve people from the grass-root.

‘Taking justice closer to the people will make justice accessible to the persons that we are supposed be serving. Judiciary is not devolved but it does not mean we serve people only the main known places. We are supposed to percolate it to the grass-root. Through our meeting with Governor Mbugua we have found out that people traveling from Maera to Naivasha and from Olenguruone to Molo to access judicial services are faced with the limitation of long distances’, said Justice Achode.

She added that through working closely with the County Governments they are finding where judiciary land used to be and where none existed the County Governments are ready to give land for improvement and expansion

The deliberations also focused on county courts, which were formerly municipal courts. The judiciary will manage these courts but their purpose is to support implementation of laws passed by the county assembly.

The area MP David Kihagi, MCAs for Hellsgate, Lakeview and Viwandani Hon. Jonathan Warothe, Samuel Wanyoike and Eunice Muriithi, accompanied Governor Mbugua respectively, including nominated MCA Hon. Ester Njeri.

Among those that accompanied Lady Justice Lydia Achode included Justice Nzioki Wa Makau of Labour and Industrial Relations Court and Peter Gesora Chief Magistrate Naivasha.

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30 Mar
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Nakuru Polytechnic Is No Longer The “Youth Manyundo” of the Past – Governor Mbugua.

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 30th March, 2016 – Nakuru Governor H.E. Kinuthia Mbugua has said that through efforts and initiatives by the County Government of Nakuru, Nakuru Polytechnic has been transformed from what it was known as “Youth Manyundo”.

Speaking during the commissioning of the refurbishment works of the polytechnic Wednesday, Governor Mbugua urged the scrapping of the derogative term saying that times have changed and its now an institution that offers dignified training for the youth.

He also noted that the term attracted a negative attitude of the people towards the polytechnic, viewing it as a place for academic dwarfs and was perceived that masonry was the only training that could be offered by the institution.

“Nonetheless, this has changed within three years after the County Government took over management of the institution following the adoption of the devolution dispensation, which placed the responsibility of running polytechnics on the shoulders off the county governments.” Governor Mbugua said.

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Governor Mbugua said less emphasis on skilled oriented training has led to shortages in skilled work force and that’s the reason why Nakuru Polytechnic now offers 12 courses, instilling hands on skills that are in great demand in the job market in young people.

He added, ‘giving young people hands on proficiency will make them employable at the same time build their capacity for self-employment initiatives’.

Governor Mbugua noted with the current developments in the county and nation that requires multi-skilled workforce, hands on skills are becoming crucial. Thus, urged parents to embrace polytechnics saying the County Government of Nakuru will extend its bursary support to the polytechnics.

The CeC for Education Francis Mathea echoed the same sentiments by the Governor, noting that the curriculum being developed for the polytechnics will ensure career progression even to the professorship level.

The Nakuru County Governor said requests by the institution’s management board of expanding and improving the Nakuru Youth Polytechnic infrastructure will be done.

Josephat Kimemia, the Director of Youth Affairs and Polytechnics added some of the development will be undertaken by the institution’s management board which he is part of.

He also said advanced and mordern-learning facilities will be provided in all the polytechnics in the county, just like it was done with the PGH.

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Kimemia said currently there are 25 operational polytechnics in the County. 9 more are being constructed in this financial year (2015/16) and 25 more are being budgeted for in the next year (2016/17).

He added, the County Government of Nakuru spent Ksh 130 million during the first and second financial year on development and expansion of polytechnics.

Governor Mbugua said his government is committed in delivering its campaign promises and although they have not been implemented 100%, there are indications of good progress.

He cited that in Bondeni and Kivumbini, the County Government of Nakuru has a number renovated county estate houses and even lowered rent fees.

Sanitation, sewer line and water has also been enhanced. Electricity connection has been done within numerous estate houses and will be extended to cover all.

He said his trip to Netherlands was to negotiate renewal of a project for improvement of sanitation, sewer line and water.

‘A project financed by Netherlands that has built sanitation and water facilities as well as sewer lines in a number of estate was coming to a close, my trip to Netherlands two weeks ago has seen this project renewed for an year’, said Governor Mbugua.

The Governor also said the circulating reports in the press that the County Government of Nakuru has accumulated a debt of Ksh 2.3 billion are not accurate.

‘Part of this debt which is Ksh 840 million was inherited from the defunct municipal and county councils. The reminder is money owed to contractors which is in LPOs and has been factored as part of the debt’, said Governor Mbugua.

He added that all things couldn’t be completed at once but each step at a time. Governor Mbugua however, noted that the speed of development under devolution is much faster than before and his government has made gains to warrant a second term.

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