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The National parliament select committee on lands has suspended development of two prime public parcels of land estimated to thousands of acres in Kajiado North and East. The vast lands are now said to have been grabbed by illegal developers.
The two lands in question including Ngong Veterinary land measuring 1,400 acres and Kitengela Sheep and goats land holding measuring approximately 10,000 acres will not be developed awaiting the parliamentary report.
The said two pieces of land have elicited a tug of war between the local Maasai community and individuals who have been subdividing the parts of the communal land, given out to government, into plots with mushrooming private projects which have been termed illegal.
Led by the National parliament land Committee chairman, Alex Muiru, the team have called on those who have encroached into the said lands to stop their activities immediately.
“We are here to tell those who might have been duped to buy the public land that it is important they stop any activity until their fate on the said public lands are determined,” said honourable Muiru. He termed the locals grievances genuine and overboard, calling for thorough investigations.
Kajiado county governor Dr. David Nkedianye say the land grabbing has been a thorny issue in the county vowing his administration shall not condone any land grabbing upon warning the grabbers.
“Land grabbers have taken the county by a storm to disinherit the natives their ancestral lands. Over the years the maa community has been subjected to historical injustice that the parliament select committee should be able to unearth the problem,” said Dr. Nkedianye.
The Ngong veterinary land was registered in 1959 and the community gave the land to the ministry of livestock, veterinary department for breeding of livestock and vet doctors training.
Locals claim the initial purpose was diverted and a section of the land has been hived off.
It’s alleged a private abattoir illegally acquired 12 acres,Police dog unit got 142 acres. Others include Meteorological Department, East African Sports Club anda five star hotel is coming up on the same piece of land. According to Ngong land registrar a dumping site was set aside in the area but it has since been grabbed.
Currently the veterinary department occupies only 941 acres according to available records.Keekonyokie maasai have thrown the caution demanding their land back.
Kajiado West MP Moses Sakuda said the maa community has been oppressed and the government should come to aid of the community.
“We are saying enough is enough and the maa community shall not be subjected to intimidation to give up their ancestral land,” saysHonourableSakuda.
The same sentiments were echoed by Kajiado North MP Joseph Manje and MCAs who attended the Ngong meeting in solidarity with the locals.
Another tussle involve infamous sheep and goat land inKitengela in a similar incident the land was given out by maasaiKaputiei community for livestock breeding under Kenya meat commission but the project collapsed after years of operation. The land has been in the centre of conflict with land grabbers attempting their hand on it. The land was recently at the centre of cemetery scandal.
After the community petition the parliament select committee on land, the committee visited the lands and collected view from locals. The committee’s chair Alex Muiru cited irregularities on allocation of the land pushing it to suspend all developments and the title deeds to be placed under caveat until the committee releases their report in the next 60 days.
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Kajiado County Government in cooperation with orange Telkom Kenya has unveiled the orange 3G network in a function held in orange offices Kajiado town.
The network is aimed at boosting communication in the county and to initiate free flow of information around the town
According to county ICT officer Edward lantei, the upgrading of the orange 3G network in the area will fasten communication and there will be continuous flow of information which was not there before
“ We are grateful to Telkom orange network for upgrading their 2G network to 3G which will make information flow fast “ said Edward.
He added that the area suffer a lot of network failures which has affected most county government activities.
Speaking during the launch of the orange 3G network in Kajiado town, orange territory sale manger George Bosire said that the 3G network is different from the 2G because it’s fast.
“The advantages of the 3G network are that it’s fast than the previous network 2G network and it will enhance availability of information all around the county and wananchi will be able to get access to information faster” said bosire
Kajiado town is just one of the few towns that will have the 3G network in the county after towns like Namanga and oloitokitok that already have 3G network.
The network is welcomed to the area given the suffering the residents and civil servants in the county undergo due to network failure. Areas around the hospitals and county offices will benefit from the 3G network.
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The County Government through the ministry of Health held an exclusive breakfast meeting with the County Coordinator for Malteser International Mrs. Jane Njogu to mark the end of their over two years program on Tuberculosis in the County where she issued a certificate of appreciation to the department.
“Maltese International has helped the Ministry of Health to improve the a huge number of Tuberculosis cases through A Community Based Organization(CBO) in Kajiado Central as well as other Community units in Kajiado South Sub County ,of which it has really changed many, whereby through the initiative Kajiado South registered an increase in case notification rate from 301 in the year 2013 up to 400 in the year 2014.”Said Solonka Ole Pilipili,(The County Tb and Leprosy Coordinator)
Mr Pilipili also added that treatment interrupters were brought back to treatment both in Kajiado Central and Kajiado South. He also added that presumptive cases for TB were referred by CHVs increased.
Mean while as the TB program is expected to end by 30th July 2015,The Malteser International has already submitted a new application letter on TB for the forgotten groups, especially those that have not been able to access services by virtue of their locality (in accessible) and once the program is renewed, it’s likely to move to Kajiado West Constituency, though will be communicated.
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The County Government through the emergency fund has come in aid of Nkaimurunya fire victims by providing basic amenities.
The fire incident occurred Friday 3rd July, burning down a plot consisting of 8 residential houses. According to a resident Dancan Kabasa the fire was as a result of an electric fault which destroyed property but no deaths or major injuries reported.
A 4 month old baby who was locked up in the house at the time of the incidents is said to be recuperating from inhaling a lot of smoke. The mother Millicent Nyanchama said she had left to fetch vegetables from a kiosk just to return and find her house on fire and her baby chocking in smoke.
The county Government through the emergency fund has provided basic amenities to help the victims get on their feet. The committee provided 14 blankets, 14 mattresses, 3 bales maize flour, 35 Kgs Rice, 28Kg beans and 28Lts Oil all at a cost of Ksh 95,000.
Speaking to the Victims the Deputy Governor Paul Ole Ntiati expresses is sympathy to the victims and requested the victims to accept the much they could provide as the fund is limited by law. The Deputy also said the committee will also cater for checkups of the 4 months old baby.
The victims further requested that the county considers fire fighting equipments as a matter of urgency.
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The County Government through the Ministry of Lands, Environment, Housing and Natural resources has embark on a plan to shut down a number of Factories in Kitengela which are causing pollution. Addressing hundreds of small and Large scale businessmen stake holders Kitengela yesterday, Land and Environment CECM Hon Ali Letura, said that. he has been receiving a large number of complains about some factories which are causing a horrible pollution within Kitengela adding that his ministry will soon inspect and shut down those factories which are not following the rules.
“ I have been receiving a number of Complains about these Industries which are causing horrible pollutions in this town. and will inspect them and find out if they have the basic requirements to run them, and any factory found with an illegal license or not following rules, we will automatically shut them down. Among the big factories we are targeting include Flamingo Company, Prime Still industry among others, and we don’t care about how much they pay revenue to us as the county government, our major concern here is the safety of our environment to our people. we want our people to remain healthy and active throughout their life. “said Hon Letura.
Meanwhile on the other hand, Mr. Letura also warned those people with lorries who carry garbage from mlolongo to Kitengela to stop or else face criminal charges. he as well added that, all the environmental mandates are now under the county government and not National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) as previously used to be,therefor as the County Government we will ensure that our environment remains clean and decent. He as well urged the Public Health officer to cooperate with his ministry and make sure that those whose who don’t abide with the laws to be arrested and charged.
During The meeting four groups Committee were formed to oversee and brainstorm strategies on the way forward on the Environmental issues. The groups includes: Pollution, Smoke emission and Waste management team. They will be meeting every week.
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The County Government through the Ministry of ICT, Gender and Culture yesterday has conducted an exclusive Gender mainstreaming policy validation program at Sandal wood Hotel Kitengela.
Addressing wanainchi Gender manager Mrs. Esther shena said that The Gender mainstreaming policy is a guideline to ensure that The County has plans, processes and procedures in gender mainstreaming.”This is a guideline to ensure that we have plans, procedures in the County Government, it is also important to know that when the government is working on various plans, they will be considering gender balance issue, persons with disabilities among others. “said Esther Shena.
Meanwhile she also added that The County Government through the Ministry of ICT &Gender has set aside some fund for the Youth and Women Empowerment initiatives where for a start it was ksh 100million and now what we are now waiting is just this Policy to go through, and once it is approved, we will be ready to go, and by then we will be able to know the number of both youth and Women groups to qualify plus the rates charged and grace period. This was an initiative of His Excellency The Governor,Dr Nkedienye.”Said Mrs Shena
On the Other side Outgoing County Executive for Information /Communication ,Gender. And Citizen Participation Honorable Gladys marima has expressed the various challenges surrounding the Gender of which she said that, The Gender mainstreaming issue might be a bit complicated to the common mwanainchi ,but it is all about giving gender issue a platform to be addressed to all Counties. I know it is so hard for the common mwanainchi to understand this, “This Gender mainstreaming might be a little bit complicated to the Common mwanainchi, but it is all about Giving Gender issues a platform to be addressed to all Counties “said Honorable Marima
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The County Government of Kajiado today has approved a 6.5 billion shillings budget presented by the Executive for the 2015/2016 financial year.
The County government projected equitable a budget comprising of own revenue of 1 billion and a 4.4 billion equitable share from the National treasury.
The Executive committee member for finance and Economic planning Honorable Keswe Mapena arrived at the county assembly headquarters at 5pm and read the budget and surprisingly was endorsed without any amendments.
A surprised Mapena was cheered by MCA’s throughout the entire time he was reading the financial statement and on being through ,the County law makers approved it in its entirely.
The MCA’s however pulled a surprised moved when they passed a vote all the 21 pages of the budget statement must be signed before being forwarded to the County Governor to assent it into law.
Meanwhile The Budget and appropriation Committee chairman Honorable Henry Kimiti and Deputy speaker Honorable George Sunkuyia said the house decided to give the executive all the money it had asked for but with clear pointers that the assembly will monitor it’s expenditure.
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The Governor of Kajiado County H.E Dr David Nkedianye has commissioned two projects which include the opening of the maternity ward and the constructing of a theatre at ongata rongai health centre at Nkaimurunya Ward
Addressing the residents during the event at the hospital which was founded in 1992 and also named after the late area Prof. George Saitoti, the governor argued the residents to support devolution because they will get several services through it.
“ wananchi lets support devolution because you will get several services that the national government would not give you. today we have open the maternity ward and the construction of the theatre is in progress as you can see, we want to make this hospital the best” said the governor
The cabinet secretary for health Hon. Gladys marima on her part added that the hospital will be renovated
“We will renovate the hospital to make it give the best services to wananchi. The maternity is finished and we have allocated 10million to put up beds for mothers, for their kids and all type of operations will be done here “said mrs marima.
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The Governor of Kajiado County, H.E Dr David Nkedianye launched the construction of kware social hall at Nkaimurunya ward in ongata rongai.
Speaking during the laying of the stone the governor told residents on the importance of the hall
“This hall is meant to help you residents have your meetings in a good place without disturbance and you also get a place to come and relax” said the governor.
Others present were the Deputy Governor Hon Paul Ntiati, CECM incharge of Education and social services Richard Parsitau, his Chief Officer James Sankale and the area MCA .
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The Governor of Kajiado County H.E Dr. David Nkedianye yesterday launched the second phase of bursary allocation to students from the county in university, colleges and secondary schools.
The bursary which totals up to 65 million was given to 7,038 students from the county and was distributed as follows; 15 million for universities, 10 million for colleges and 40 million for secondary schools. each student receiving ksh 10,000.
Speaking during the handing of the cheque to the ministry of education, the governor argued the teachers and parents to ensure they lift the level of education in the county
“We want to follow up the rate of enrollment in our schools all over the county and follow up the performance of the students in the county. We want people to study well and come and help this county”
On indiscipline cases, the head of the county added that it is paramount
“We have seen several cases of indiscipline cases in our schools, students burning buildings in school. That is very bad. We want our students to be responsible people and learn to negotiate with their teachers, and if they don’t agree let them go home. We will not built schools to be burnt by irresponsible students “ said the governor.
Also present were the deputy governor, county executive incharge of education and other county officials.
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