Monthly Archives: July 2012

Desist from tribal politics, Kenyans urged


Kakamega July 18, 2012

By Leopold Obi

Minister of State for Special Programmes Esther Murugi has asked Kenyans to shun politicians whose activities may plunge the country into another wave of violence.

In her speech at an international conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Conflict Resolution held at Masinde Muliro University , the minister pointed out that a humanitarian crisis resulting from the displacement of over 500,000 people in the aftermath of the 2007 elections was due to bad politics in the country.

Ms Murugi also said that the government is committed to build a peaceful and cohesive nation through national peace forums spearheaded by President Mwai Kibaki who has been using his official tours around the nation to blow the trumpet of peace and harmony.

She added  that adverse climatic change has destabilized the national food security resulting to recurrent food shortages in various parts of the country.

The minister said the government has put in place measures to beef up security in North Eastern Province along Kenya –Somalia border in order to contain threats from Al-shabaab militia. “Security forces have also been deployed to areas prone to banditry and cattle rustling such as Turkana, Samburu, west pokot, Baringo and Moyale to stop the menace,” she said.

She also pointed out that adverse climatic change has destabilized the national food security resulting to recurrent food shortages in various parts of the country.

The minister said this in a speech read on her behalf by Kakamega county commissioner Kamau Kobia.

To enhance food security in the country, the Director of Kenya Agricultural Research Institute Dr. Ephraim Mukirisa said farmers should adopt new technologies to increase agricultural productivity to cater for the growing population.

He encouraged farmers to practice greenhouse farming rather than relying on rain- fed agriculture, use of hatcheries to breed chicks instead of the traditional hen-based breeding.

He appealed to the government to formulate policies to mitigate disasters like pest, diseases, flash-floods and drought to cushion farmers against losses.

The conference was attended by among others students from tertiary institutions and universities across the country, some university administrators,government officials and representatives of various interest groups.

 

Jirongo tells of plot to assasinate some leaders ahead of 2012 elections


KAKAMEGA 

Thursday, July 19, 2012        By Chris Mahandara.

Presidential hopeful Cyrus Jirongo has accused the government of fanning insecurity in some parts of the country to eliminate some presidential candidates.

Jirongo cited various incidents among the recent attacks in Garisa which he said was a ploy by the government to assassinate some politicians to ensure that one of their own is elected president.

The Lugari MP said similar incidents have occurred in the past leading to the assassination of Pio Gama Pinto, JM Kariuki, Robbert Ouko and Masinde.

Jirongo said he will not be cowed adding that he will intensify his presidential campaigns in western and across the country.

Speaking during a funeral at Shamakhokho in Hamisi district, the legislator who has come under sharp criticism over his failure to support Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi said he was his own man and will not support any candidate who has been planted by the state to split votes.

He asked the electorate to be on the watch out for such candidates who have been planted across the country to split votes to ensure that a candidate preferred by the government takes over power from President Kibaki.

The MP disclosed that he will launch his new political party on whose ticket he will run for presidency later this month.

“I have a new house and I want to assure you it is not ODM, UDF, PNU of URP, this is a party for all Kenyans and very soon I will launch it and invite you to join,” he said.

Implement the constitition, civil servants told


KAKAMEGA

Thursday, July 19nth 2012

By Chris Mahandara.

Civil servants have been asked to actively participate in the implementation of the new constitution to ensure that the law is followed to the latter. Outgoing Western Provincial Commissioner (PC) Mr. Samuel Kilele said for there to be a smooth transition in the forth coming general elections, the new constitution must be fully implemented. The PC said civil servants deployed across the country were key in ensuring that the provisions of the new constitution are followed. The transition, he said shall be a test to all civil servants adding that they must remain vigilant to ensure that the process is smooth. Speaking in his office today after handing over to incoming PC Mr. James Ole Sirian, Kilele urged civil servants to work diligently and adhere to the code of ethics as devolution takes shape. “This devolution is coming with many changes and we must be prepared to change with the times,” he said. On his part, Mr. James Ole Sirian who was transferred from North Eastern said he will work closely with all public servants in the province to ensure that the transition period is peaceful. “Transition is going to be a very challenging exercise. It is likely to be disruptive and create friction here and there and we must be prepared to address these issues,” said the PC.