Monthly Archives: May 2013
Lovers of Isukuti dance have a chance to listen to its original beat which a group of traditional dancers from Ikolomani constituency in Kakamega County have perfected. The beat comes two years after United National Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared Isukuti dance a natural heritage because of its popularity. According to the leader of Muliimba traditional dancers Mr. Isaac Shiluli, their style is the undisputed original beat of Isukuti dance in the world. Mr. Shiluli said his group was ready to face any challenge from any other group in the country and particularly Kakamega where the beat originated that feels has a better version of the original Isukuti beat. Isukuti dance now played in many social and public functions in the country is said to have been developed in Ikolomani by the Idakho sub tribe of the Luhya community and spread to other parts of western province before becoming a national dance. Currently there are many groups in Western Province which play Isukuti in different beats depending on which part of the province they come from. Isukuti is also played by international groups which entertain tourists at hotels, airports and Kenyan embassies across the world. Muliimba traditional dancers came to fame two years ago when they emerged the best during an Isukuti dance competition between Ikolomani and Shinyalu constituencies sponsored by UNESCO and the department of culture at Sigalagala Polytechnic in Ikolomani. Mr. Shiluli says since then his group has perfected the beat to its original form and is working hard to make it much better and unique. “After listening to other beats in Western province I am convinced that ours is the best,” he said. He made the remarks at Kwela Kwela cultural center in Shinyalu where the group entertained guest s over the weekend. During the performance, members of the group who mainly play the drums exhibited different styles of dancing Isukuti. He said the group has since grown to incorporate women and children who dance Isukuti in its original form. He hailed UNESCO for declaring Isukuti dance a national heritage and appealed to the government and development partners to help his group train more youth to make a career out of the dance. The proprietor of Kwela Kwela cultural center, Mr. Gaitano Likhavila concurred with Mr. Shiluli’s sentiments saying out of all the groups that play at the center, Muliimba has the best beat. The centre located near the famous Crying Stone along the Kisumu-Kakamega highway invites traditional dancers to perform for guests.
KAKAMEGA Wednesday 8, March 2013 By Kakamegatimes
Business at Kakamega County Assembly has come to a standstill after members moved a motion to adjourn the house seeking a pay hike.
The motion was moved by leader of majority Reuben Nyangewso who said the members were unable to move from their respective wards to attend the assembly since they have no commutter and house allowances.
He added that the salary of the county assembly members was inadequate to facilitate their movement and enable them participate effectively in the business of the house.
“Kakamega County is big and for the last two months members have suffered travelling from far flung corners of this county to attend the assembly others have been forced to sleep is weird places,” he said.
Nyangwesso said the members will from today operate from their wards untill their grievances are addressed.
“We shall wait for communication from the speaker once our grievances have been addressed,” he said.
The motion was seconded by leader of minority Steven Ambulwa who took issue with the salaries and renumeration commission.
The commission, he said must be disbanded since it has failed to harmonise salaries of state officers.
He said it was unfair to pay county ward representatives in kakamega County Sh. 52, 000 yet they are suppossed to oversee Sh. 10 billion to be devolved to the second largest county in the country.
He asked the SRC to peg the county assembly members salary on that of the governor to ensure that they actively perform their duties.
The members, he said will push to be paid a salary of Sh. 320, 000 plus house and commutter allowances.
The move comes at a time when the members are expected to vet the namers of executive committee members at the same time discuss the budget.
House speaker Maurice Buluma said the members were frustrated adding that effoprts to seek audience with the SRC were futile.
“We have on several occassions booked appointments with the SRC chairperson but whenever we go to Nairobi she is nowhere to be seen,” he said.
He however remained optimistic that the issue shall be addressed so that normal house business resumes.
Wednesday May 8, 2013 By Kakamegatimes Sportsdesk
Kakamega County Athletics Kenya (AK) Chairman Francis Afundi has been elected the organisation’s chairman for western.
The former AK national deputy treasurer won by a landslide in the hotly contested election held in Kakamega town today.
Afundi was elected alongside Patrick Kipsang as Vice Chairman, Anne Otiti second Vice Chairman, Homa Mugolitsi secretary and Henry Muyi assistant secretary.
Others elected are Martin Kabaka treasurer, Fridah Okwori Vice treasurer and Reuben Kioko as Public Relations Officer.
The delegates also elected a three man committee comprising Irene Mulievi, Fred Murungo and Hilda Amusugut.
Afundi hailed the delegates for electing him saying his immediate focus will be revamping athletics perfomance and management in the region.
He pledged to push for youth in the area to get more slots in the national team and other international competitions.
Afundi told KNA that he will vie for the position of Deputy National treasurer, a seat he once held at the organisation during round three of the elections to be in Nairobi.
08th May 2013 By Kakamegatimes
The Kakamega County has earmarked Bukhungu Stadium for a major facelift so as to provide the youth with a conducive environment to exploit their talents for both social and economic development.
The Kakamega County Governor, Mr Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya said his office will also commission a feasibility study to identify social and economic opportunities that are available for the the youth to take advantage of.
He noted that due to its proximity to the regional neighbours, Kakamega County was better placed to focus more attention to the economic and social benefits that they can derive from across the borders.
In a speech read on his behalf by the County Interim Secretary Mr Jeremiah Were during a youth forum in Kakamega town on the EAC integration process and the opportunities that exist there-in, Oparanya implored on the youth to go out and promote EAC integration, even as his administration develops the frameworks to serve the region, as opposed to limiting their focus to the county or national borders alone.
The participants to the forum were drawn from; Likuyani, Lugari, Butere, Kwisero, Matete, Matungu, Mumias, Kakamega South, Kakamega North, Ikolomani, Shinyalu, Navakholo and Kakamega Central districts.
The Governor recalled that while growing up, there was alot of synergy between local and regional businessmen, especially from Uganda and tanzania which is a great advantage that need to be revived,nurtured and sustained.
He also asked the youth who are more flexible as compared to the older folk to feel free and exploit the opportunities in the EAC. He said the youth sensitization initiative was not only timely but critical to increasing awareness on the opportuinities and the legal frameworks necessary to bring the full benefits of integration.
Oparanya said that other than having the basic knowledge on EAC integration, there was need to increase their knowledge on their obligations and rights. “Its only with that kind of information that someone can go ahead to do a legal, proifitable business out there as opposed to people venturing into ‘magendo’ (illegitimate) business which can be counter productive to the national and regional growth aspirations,” he said.
He outlined among other attractions; the bird and butterfly watching in Kakamega forest, the famous crying stones, bull fighting and cock fighting as some of the flagship properties that the County could harness to help drive toursim development adding that as an agricultural County, there was alot to expolore including sugarcane, livestock and poultry, just to name a few.
The governor went ahead to liken the bull fighting in Kakamega in particular, to the mexican el matador fights, sowing the seeds for a more inoovative approach to bulding the budding industry.