Monthly Archives: March 2012
KAKAMEGA Monday, March 22, 2012
By Chris Mahandara.
Shinyalu Member of Parliament Kizito Mugali has hinted of a possible fall out in Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party if Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi is shortchanged in the party’s presidential nominations.
The MP said supporters of party leader Raila Odinga were hell bent on using unorthodox means to axe Mudavadi.
Kizito said supporters of Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi will not sit back and watch their leader being mistreated in the party.
“We have the numbers and we shall not allow anybody to intimidate because all we want is a free and fair election for the best candidate to carry the flag of our party,” he said.
Speaking yesterday at Butali in kakamega East district during the funeral of the late Bering Shitanda brother to Housing Minister Soita Shitanda, the legislator said ODM enjoys a lot of support in Western Kenya and everybody was watching the unfolding events in the party.
He said time has come for Prime Minister Raila Odinga to support Musalia Mudavadi who has been loyal to him for many years.
Housing Minister Soita Shitanda who has declared his support for Mudavadi asked ODM delegates who support the DPM to have an alternative plan since it was unlikely for him to sail through the party’s nominations given the tactics being used by Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his supporters.
He said the National Delegates Conference fronted by the Raila camp was a ploy to lock out Mudavadi because history shows similar exercises in Nairobi have been dogged by vote buying and stealing.
The Minister who is also New Ford Kenya party leader said he was ready to avail the party as a vehicle for Mudavadi to realize his presidential dream if he is shortchanged in ODM.
KAKAMEGA Thursday, Feb 22nd , 2012
By Chris Mahandara.
Kakamega Provincial General Hospital, the only referral facility in Western Province is ill equipped to handle sophisticated medical conditions.
Dr. Jacob Maleche of Kakamega Highway Hospital said patients referred to the hospital are forced to be transferred to Eldoret and Kisumu.
As a result, majority of them die on the way while others are forced to wait for days before they are attended to.
Speaking to Kakamegatimes today, Dr. Maleche urged the government to purchase a CT scan machine and construct a High Dependency Unit (HDU) and an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the provincial hospital.
The facilities, he said were necessary to enhance access to quality medical care to the over five million people in the region.
Dr. Maleche said it was unfortunate for a hospital that is near the busy Kisumu Kakamega highway which is prone to road accidents to lack such basic facilities.
“A CT scan machine costs Sh. 83 million making us wonder why it has taken long for the government to purchase one for the hospital,” he said.
In an interview with Kakamegatimes, Shinyalu Member of Parliament (MP) Mr. Kizito Mugali said poor leadership in the area was to blame.
The MP said instead of leaders from the region sitting together and mapping out development initiatives, they were busy fighting each other pushing development to the periphery.
He pledged to set aside Sh. 10 million from Shinyalu Constituency CDF kitty to go towards the purchase of the CT scan machine for the hospital.
The legislator urged other MPs from the region to chip in at the same time work as a team to push the government to equip the hospital with state of the art equipment.
Housing Minister Soita Shitanda said he will schedule a meeting with President Mwai Kibaki soon to discuss the issue.
The only hospitals with the facilities near the region are Kisumu Provincial General Hospital, Eldoret General Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Eldoret and Nakuru Provincial General Hospital which is 250 km away.
Thursday, March 22 2012 By Kakamegatimes
The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) has decried the manner in which Constituency Development Fund is being managed in some constituencies in Western Province.
Through a statement signed and read by its Regional Coordinating Committee Chairman Lucas Mudoga at a hotel in Kakamega, the organization termed as poor the performance of eleven constituency development committees on the management of the fund.
“We are concerned that the members of CDF committees are political appointees, which limits representativeness and the availability of necessary skills and capacities,” the statement read in part.
It further noted that there is low participation of locals in identifying, designing, implementing and monitoring the projects as a social audit it conducted recently on the eleven constituencies revealed.
The eleven are Budalangi, Funyula, Mumias, Matungu, Khwisero, Butere and Bumula. Others are Malava, Teso, Kanduyi and Mt Elgon.
NCCK accused CDF committees of the eleven constituencies of not following rules of procurement when awarding contracts.
“Such practices include awarding of contracts to friends and relatives of CDF and project management committee members. Cases of payments being made without presentation of invoices, delivery notes or receipts were also noted.”
The umbrella body of churches, however, declined to rank the constituencies in terms of performance arguing that its primary objective was not fault-finding.
It recommended, among others, a review of the CDF Act to depoliticize the composition of its committee and allow direct election of committee members by the community.
The social audit was funded by European Union and the Institute of Economic Affairs offered technical support.
NCCK resolved to hand over the report to MPs and thereafter the public claiming that most MPs and CDF committee executives were uncooperative.
The organization further condemned what it termed verbal violence against women aspiring for political office and urged the women to boldly vie for political seats.
KAKAMEGA Thursday, March 22, 2012
By Chris Mahandara.
Two people are fighting for their lives at Mukumu Mission hospital after a vehicle they were travelling in was involved in a grisly accident at Makhokho along the Kisumu -Kakamega highway.
The two were in a Toyota salon which hit a trailer head on and plunged into a nearby farm along the busy highway.
According to an eye witness Mr. Eugene Shikoli, the Nairobi bound trailer which was ferrying sugar from Butali Sugar Mills in Kakamega North hit the Salon car which was travelling to Kakamega town before veering off the road.
Members of the public rushed to the scene and assisted the victims out of the vehicle and rushed them to the nearby Mukumu Mission hospital.
Administration police officers were deployed to man the trailer to prevent looting as curious onlookers milled around.
Mohammed Yusuf, the driver of the trailer who escaped unhurt said the driver of the salon car was trying to overtake.
“I tried to slow down and hoot but he could not stop leading to the accident,” he said.
Wednesday, 14th March 2012 By Joseph Chitwa
Rivalry between sugar companies in western province is getting murky as some sugar millers engage unscrupulous means of competition to lock out their competitors from the market.
West Kenya Sugar Company has so far undergone a loss of ksh20 million in a span of one year due to destruction of its vehicles and tractors by hired goons who are believed to be working for the rival companies.
According to the Agricultural Services Manager at West Kenya Sugar Company Mr. George Sagala, yesterday alone the company lost Sh. 9.8 million after goons hired by a rival company attacked the company workers in different farms, beat up cane loaders and dismantled tractors pouring salt into the engines, making transportation of cane from the farm to the company impossible hence leaving the cane to dry in the farms.
Farmers not on contract with the companies have for a long time been lamenting over exploitation by some millers who do not allow them to sell their cane to millers of their choice under the guise of protecting their sugar zones.
This has subjected cane farmers to poverty since most of the times their cane is impounded and milled without payment.
Last week representatives from four sugar millers, provincial security heads and representatives from the Kenya Sugar Board met in Kakamega as a result of continued scuffle in the sugar industry in the region that has left cane farmers poor to come up with ways of streamlining cane farming in the region.
A 14 member committee chaired by the Western Provincial Commissioner (PC), Mr. Samuel Kilele, the Provincial Director of Agriculture Mr. Cheruiyot, representatives from KSB and cane millers was formed.
The committee is expected to submit its report by 20th of this month, on amicable ways of solving the bitter rivalry in the sugar industry, and liberate cane farmers who have been the biggest losers in the continued controversy.
Wednesday, 14th March 2012 By Kakamegatimes
The Strathcona Sunrise Rotary of Canada in conjunction with the Rotary club of Kakamega have jointly funded the protection of 50 water springs across Kakamega County at a cost of sh 4.5 million in a bid to boost access to clean water.
Speaking during the commissioning, area Provincial Commissioner Samwel Kilele who lauded the Rotarians for their gesture said the springs were all ready for use and would go a long way in supplementing government efforts of provision of clean and safe drinking water for its citizens.
The President of the Kakamega Rotary Club Mr. Robertson Osangale said the move by the Rotarians was in line with its motto of service to the community. He urged the local community to take full ownership of the projects by maintaining the springs to required standards.
Rotarian Terry Nielsen of Strathcona Sunrise Rotary said that residents who in the past suffered from diseases such as dysentery, diaorhoreah and cholera as a result of drinking dirty water now had a reason to smile as they were now able to access clean water.
He said that plans were underway to protect more springs to ensure that all areas across the County have access to clean water within reasonable distances.
He said that so far some 300 community members had been trained to undertake maintenance of the protected water springs posterity
The chairman of Community Services, Mr. H. M. Vaghela said that Rotary club does not give money to individuals but rather uses funds contributed by members to undertake projects that would benefit communities more so in the water sector, education sector and humanitarian sector.