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Improve conditions at new Matatu stages to curb Covid-19, Assembly urges Executive

           Some of the recommendations

  • Improve conditions at the Matatu stages
  • Stop harassing food vendors/ handlers and Matatu drivers 
  • Expedite provision of water
  • construct toilets and sheds at the new matatu stages
  • Consider views from Matatu Sacco representatives 

 

The House has adopted an Adhoc-Committee on COVID-19 Emergency Response report that has made recommendations to the County Executive on the matatu stages and Afraha market in the wake of the pandemic.

This is after the Committee made site visits to the new matatu stages; which are acting as holding grounds and the market which was moved to Afraha Stadium open ground.

The visits were aimed at checking on their status and conditions having relocated from their usual places.

The Committee observed that the stages were muddy, lacked water, sanitizers, and toilets.

They also lacked sheds, harassment of food handlers, insecurity, congestion hence the Matatu drivers and their clients were not adhering to Government laid down measures to combat the pandemic.

The Committee recommended the County Executive to hold a meeting with the representatives of the Matatu Sector for better management of the new stages and also consider views of the Matatu stakeholders anytime the stages are envisaged.

The Committee also wants enforcement officers to stop harassing food vendors, handlers, and matatu drivers.

It also recommended to the County Executive to construct sheds at the Show Ground and Kwa Jack Stage, allow at least two matatus from different Saccos to operate at the market in Afraha Stadium.

Other recommendations: County Executive to allow two matatus to carry passengers from their previous stages per day to mitigate losses experienced in their new stages, food vendors be allowed to sell packed food.

The County government also was asked to construct toilets with immediate effect, expedite the provision of water, and Murram the two stages and the market to improve poor road conditions.

The Committee is mandated to coordinate and act as a linkage between the Assembly and the County Government to combat COVID-19 pandemic.

The House has adopted an Adhoc-Committee on COVID-19 Emergency Response report that has made recommendations on the matatu stages and Afraha market in the wake of the pandemic.

The House adopted the report this afternoon which had various recommendations to County Executive.

This is after the Committee made site visits to the new matatu stages; which are acting as holding grounds and the market which was moved to Afraha Stadium open ground.

The visits were aimed at checking on their status and conditions having relocated from their usual places.

The Committee realized that the stages were muddy, lacked water, sanitizers, and toilets.

They also lacked sheds, harassment of food handlers, insecurity, congestion hence the Matatu drivers and their clients were not adhering to Government laid down measures to combat the pandemic.

The Committee recommended the County Executive to hold a meeting with the representatives of the Matatu Sector for better management of the new stages and also consider views of the Matatu stakeholders anytime the stages are envisaged.

The Committee also wants enforcement officers to stop harassing food vendors, handlers, and matatu drivers.

It also recommended to the County Executive to construct sheds at the Show Ground and Kwa Jack Stage, allow at least two matatus from different Saccos to operate at the market in Afraha Stadium.

Other recommendations: County Executive to allow two matatus to carry passengers from their previous stages per day to mitigate losses experienced in their new stages, food vendors be allowed to sell packed food.

The County government also was asked to construct toilets with immediate effect, expedite the provision of water,  Murram the two stages, and the market to improve poor road conditions.

The Committee is mandated to coordinate and act as a linkage between the Assembly and the County Government to combat COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Last Salute; Hon. Peter Karanja Mburu

Rest In Peace Hon. Peter Karanja Mburu (Lakeview)

Sunrise 1987:    Sunset 2020

As Hon. Peter Karanja Mburu was laid to rest at his Nyondia farm in Naivasha following a tragic road accident along Nakuru-Naivasha Highway on April 19, many eulogized him as a devoted and selfless leader who served his constituents without boundaries.

Representing Nakuru leaders, County Assembly of Nakuru Members, Management and Staff, Speaker Hon. Joel Maina Kairu during his speech said the late was a devoted and dedicated Member who demonstrated a deep understanding of parliamentary procedures.

                                            Committees

Until his untimely death, Hon. Mburu was the Chairman of the Disaster Committee and the recently formed COVID-19 Ad-Hoc Committee spearheading the fight against the pandemic.

He was also a member of several committees including; Health, Land, Liason, Budget, and House Business.

                                             Bill

Hon. Mburu also played a major role in the legislative work by tabling a bill and sponsoring several motions with the aim of improving the livelihoods of the Nakuru people.

He tabled the Nakuru County Disaster and Emergency Management Bill which is now at the Second Reading Stage.

The bill seeks to compel the Nakuru County government to set up a structured disaster response unit and establish a County Disaster Council (CDC).

                                           Motions

He sponsored a motion urging the county government to provide free NHIF medical cover to the vulnerable people in the society.

He also sponsored a motion compelling the County Government to construct specific classrooms for children with special needs to accommodate autistic learners.

He noted that many children with various disabilities were dropping out of school due to unconducive learning environment.

Hon Mburu also sponsored a motion urging the County’s Lands, Housing and Physical Planning Department to consider developing a digital platform to support online approval of building plans.

The move was to ease the process of approving building plans which is usually tedious and time-consuming.

“Words cannot convey the magnitude of blow the Assembly has to deal with. He played a major role in shaping the interests of the Lakeview residents. He and his service to Nakuru people,” the Speaker eulogized.

Hon. Erick Gichuki (Viwandani) and Hon. Eddy Kiragu (Flamingo) who spoke representing other Honourable Members who were not able to pay their last respect due to the COVID – 19 prevailing measures eulogized the late Hon. Mburu a focused, open-minded, and a good orator who was always ready to serve mwananchi.

The Speaker with Honourable Members vowed to ensure that his dreams have been achieved.

His commitment to serving Mwananchi will be greatly missed.

 

FARE THEE WELL HON. PETER KARANJA MBURU

 

 

 

Nakuru County Assembly

House unveils an ad-hoc committee to curb COVID-19

The Assembly has approved the formation of a 15-member Ad-hoc Committee to explore ways of helping in the fight against novel coronavirus in the County.

The Committee will coordinate and serve as a linkage between the Assembly and the Nakuru County COVID-19 Emergency Response Committees.

The team to be in collaboration with the other County Emergency Committees will also explore how to cushion Nakuru residents from the effects of the pandemic.

It will also perform an oversight role for the money allocated towards the pandemic.

Other mandates are: activate early warning systems on the pandemic and other preventive measures, identify vulnerable cases top benefit from any social welfare, assistance from the county government and carry out all information and education initiatives to the public on the Pandemic.

Last week, the House approved the 2nd Supplementary Budget to combat the pandemic.

From the initial amount which Governor Lee Kinyanjui had proposed of Sh. 250 Million to help the most vulnerable residents, the House enhanced it last week to Sh311 Million with Sh.3.7 Million allocated to each of the 55 wards, Sh 1.5 Million additional to be used by 30 wards who have most vulnerable people.

During the approval, the Assembly reallocated its Sh. 30million towards the purchase of ventilators towards Nakuru Level Five hospital, the biggest Referral Health Facility in the region which serves more than seven neighbouring counties.

The committee alongside others in the County will determine the specific needs of the vulnerable persons in the area and take lead in COVID-19 response.

The House recommended all ward committees to come up with modalities to identify beneficiaries by April 20 and have the list of beneficiaries ready by April 24, 2020

The House also recommended all purchases and supplies be done at the ward level and in cases where such supplies are not available, the same shall be noted in full committee meeting with requisite quorum before supplies are outsourced elsewhere.

The Government has always stated the war against COVID-19 can only be won if Kenyans abide by the measures we have put in place.

The House urged residents not to relent in the fight against the virus by observing the preventive measures.

Stay Safe, Save Lives