Monthly Archives: October 2011

Crackdown on illicit brews


KAKAMEGA

Wednesday, October 05, 2011                By Chris Mahandara.

Bar owners in Western Province have been ordered to remove alcoholic drinks packed in plastic bottles from their shelves.

Western Provincial Commissioner (PC) Mr. Samuel Kilele directed police officers to carry out a thorough inspection at all bars in the area to ensure that all the drinks are wiped out.

Speaking at Muliro gardens in Kakamega town yesterday during the provincial launch of the 100 days rapid results initiative, the PC said all businessmen were given a grace period to clear the stocks adding that those who fail to comply with the directive would be arrested and prosecuted.

He added that district officers, chiefs and assistant chiefs have launched a crackdown on chang’aa, busaa, kangara and other illicit brews in the area.

Western Provincial Police Officer Mr. Benson Githinji said since the launch of the crackdown, 510 people have been arrested and charged in court.

He added that 6, 767 litres of chang’aa, 10, 275 litres of busaa and kangara have been netted and destroyed.

Police, he said have mounted road blocks at strategic points where sniffer dogs would be used to detect chang’aa and other illicit brews being transported in and out of the province.

Sh.3.1 million raised from traffic offences fines


KAKAMEGA

Wednesday, October 05, 2011              By Chris Mahandara.

Traffic police department in western province has collected Sh. 3.1 million from fines charged on defective and unroadworthy vehicles.

During the month long crackdown, 2, 842 people were arrested while 744 vehicles impounded in a move aimed at curbing road accidents in the area.

The campaign which kicked of last month has paralyzed transport in major towns in the province with some public transport operators forced to withdraw their vehicles from the roads.

Western Provincial Police Officer (PPO) Mr. Benson Githinji said the crackdown shall continue until all unroadworthy and defective vehicles are removed from the road.

Speaking to Kakamegatimes, the police boss appealed to members of the public to stop boarding vehicles which are full so as to assist traffic police officers streamline the transport sector.

He directed traffic police officers to be vigilant and enforce traffic rules to curb road carnage.

The police boss further appealed to members of the public to report incidents of corruption to his office to ensure that traffic police officers involved in the vice are penalized.

 

Morale high as Captain Denis Oliech reports at Harambee Stars training camp in Mumias


KAKAMEGA

Tuesday, October 04, 2011            By Chris Mahandara.

Morale is high in the Harambee stars team training camp at Mumias Sugar Sports Complex after three international players joined the camp.

Captain Denis Oliech, James Situma and Jamal Mohammed joined the team this morning ahead of the much anticipated match against Uganda Cranes on Saturday.

Three other players, Macdonald Mariga, Victor Mugabe and goal keeper Anold Origi arrived in the country today and are expected at the camp tomorrow morning.

Macdonald Mariga who missed the last two matches against Angola and Guinea Bisau after being suspended is expected to assist Harambee stars beat Uganda.

Harambee Stars head coach Zedekiah Otieno said the team was going on well with the training adding that the arrival of the six international players was a big boost to the team.

So far, he said the local players have trained well adding that a build up match against Kakamega School’s Green Commandoes tomorrow would assist the technical bench gauge the performance of the players.

On Saturday, Harambee Stars played a friendly match against KPL side Western Stima.

The coach said the match did not give the team enough exposure but expressed optimism that the team was in good shape to beat Uganda.

“We failed to secure a build up match with Botswana but the training environment here is very good and we are confident of a win on Saturday,” he said.

Antony Kimani was dropped from the team after he was injured during the KPL match between Sher Karuturi and Mathare United.

Kenya will also miss the services of midfielder Titus Mulama who was instrumental in Kenya’s 2-1 win against Guinea Bisau.

Mulama requested to be dropped from the team that will play Uganda on Saturday due to personal issues.

Support development conscious leaders, Kenyans told


KAKAMEGA

Monday, October 03, 2011                 By Chris Mahandara.

Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende has urged Kenyans to vet all presidential hopefuls and support a sober and development conscious leader to span economic growth in the country.

The speaker said to bring change and break away from the past, Kenyans stand a good chance in 2012 through electing a leader that is committed to implementing the new constitution fully to transform the country.

“We must elect a leader who is capable to identify with the needs of all Kenyans so as to harness wealth for the growth of the nation,” said the speaker.

Marende further challenged those who have expressed interest in the top seat to come out of their tribal cocoons and seek support from all communities in the country.

This, he said was the only way of having a national leader who will have the interests of all Kenyans at heart.

The Speaker made the remarks yesterday during a fundraising at St. Cecilia Girl’s High School Mautuma in Lugari.

The event was also graced by Housing Minister Soita Shitanda, Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 Minister Wycliffe Oparanya, Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo, Ikolomani MP Dr. Boni Khalwale and former Lugari MP Enock Kibunguchy.

The leaders called for unity among leaders from western province to support one of them for the top seat.

Housing Minister Soita Shitanda said the Luhya community was tired with the Vice Presidency adding that time has come for other communities to support a presidential candidate from the community.

So far six candidates from the community have declared their interest in the top seat further splitting the vote in the province that over the years has voted as a block.

Lugari Member of Parliament (MP) Cyrus Jirongo is the latest leader from the province to enter the crowded race.

Others who have declared their interest in the presidency include Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa (New Ford Kenya), Sirisia MP Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya), Nambale MP Chris Okemo (ODM) and Bumula MP Bifwoli Wakoli (Ford Kenya).

Deputy Prime Minister and Sabatia MP Musalia Mudavadi has also shown interest in the seat through ODM.

Ikolomani MP asked the speaker to call the leaders to a meeting so as to front one of them for the top seat come next year.

He said if the candidates fail to agree, the speaker who has shown good leadership in parliament should go for presidency.

However the speaker remained noncommittal on which seat he will be going for in the general elections saying he was still waiting to hear the people’s voice.

“I have not declared my interest in any seat because I am still the speaker of the national assembly but I’m waiting to hear the voice of my people. If it persuades me to run then I will declare my interest,” said the speaker.

He further urged residents of western Province to register as voters if the dream of taking one of their own to statehouse is to be realized.

Voter registration in the area, he said was very poor. With a population of about 5 million people, only 1.4 million are registered as voters.

Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo however said he was firmly in the race and will not be cowed until the dream of delivering presidency to the area is realized.

“This is not a joke, I am in the race and there is no turning back,” he said.

The MP said the Luhya has over the year’s supported other communities for the presidency but very little has been done to fast rack development in the area.

AP organises a 330 walk to sensitise officers on stress management


KAKAMEGA Monday, October 03, 2011

By Chris Mahandara.

An administration police officer has organized a 330k walk from Nyeri to Nairobi to sensitise police officers on stress management to curb the increased incidents of suicides in the disciplined forces. Kakamega Administration Police Commandant (DAPC) Francis Kooli who recently walked for 250 km from Kakamega to help raise blood said the walk slated for 10th October-20th October aims to empower both regular and administration police officers on stress management and how to handle relationships at work and home. Stress, he said was to blame for a series of suicides that has rocked the disciplined forces over the years adding that public barazas have been lined up to counsel the officers and members of the public since the region has recorded the highest number of cases. Kooli is expected to walk from Nakuru, Subukia, Nyahururu, Ndaragua, Nyeri, Karatina, Sagana, Makuyu, Kenol, Thika and Nairobi. Mr. Kooli’s role in the 330 km walk dubbed let us talk-say no to suicides is to create awareness and mobilize officers and members of the public to attend public counseling barazas lined up at all the 9 towns along the route. Chief counselors from Western, Rift Valley, Central and Nairobi provinces shall take the officers and members of the public through the counseling and training sessions. Mr. Kooli said part of the initiative is to sensitise the officers and other public servants on the need to seek counseling services from the provincial counselors who were deployed by the government to assist public servants manage stress to boost productivity. The counseling sessions have been categorized into two; members of the public shall be counseled together with regular and administration police officers during the day then the officers shall have their own session in the evening. During the evening sessions, police officers shall be trained on stress management at the same time given an opportunity to ventilate stress related issues believed to be behind the series of suicides. “We have done research and we know some of these issues but we want to hear from the officers themselves so that we come up with a comprehensive report which we shall present to the minister of internal security and provincial administration for action,” said Kooli. In Nairobi, Kooli has invited regular police officers from all ranks and administration police officers from the Administration Police Training College, Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU) and Security of Government Buildings (SGB) and members of the public to a big public counseling and stress management baraza at Uhuru Park on 20th October. He hopes that the walk and counseling sessions, a new phenomenon in the country would open the doors to free sharing of problems, ideas and information between the officers and members of the public to create mutual respect and understanding. “We want our officers to work in stress-free environment and maintain cordial relationships with members of the public,” said the DAPC. Born in conflict-ravaged Turkana District, Francis Kooli, 40, is man who straddles several worlds. He has been involved in peace negotiations in areas affected by clashes and his fluency in Luo, Kikuyu, Luhya, Kalenjin, Kiswahili, English and Turkana further suits him for the mission. Last month the officer rallied his colleagues and residents of Kakamega town to donate food to hunger stricken communities of Turkana. The initiative managed to raise food worth Sh. 600, 000 which was distributes to the families by APs.