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Kakamega County Ledaership vouch for EAC integration to spur youth empowerment

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.


Ministry set to issue five million identity cards


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

By Chris Mahandara.
The ministry of immigration is set to issue Identification cards to
five million Kenyans ahead of the general elections.
Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang said the ministry has enough funds
and materials to produce the five million identity cards urging
Kenyans who have attained the age of 18 years to apply for the
In an interview with Kakamegatimes, the minister said the process
of issuing out the identification card shall be hastened to ensure
that more Kenyans acquire the documents so as to register as voters
and vote in the general elections.
The Minister added that registration officers have been deployed
across the country and shall be facilitated to ensure that the
exercise is conducted within the shortest time possible.
On birth certificates, the minister said civil registrars have been
directed to liaise with primary school heads and chiefs to issue the
documents in schools.
Chiefs, he said will verify documents presented by parents to the
schools before the registrars issue out the certificates. This, he
said will ease pressure and long queues at civil registration offices.
He asked parents to ensure that their children are registered
immediately they are born to facilitate easier issuance of the