MCA querries the mass lack of title deeds in major Kitui towns

Monday 16 July, Kitui. By Brian Peter

The Kithumula/Kwa-Mutonga ward rep Hon. David Thuvi, populary known as ‘Muvingo’ (centre) at a past event in Kitui County

The Kuthumula/Mutonga ward representative has moved a statement question on the floor of the Kitui county assembly, demanding immediate action on the matter of urgency, owing to the disturbing finding that most plot owners in all the major towns in the entire Kitui County have never been issued with key land ownership documents.

In a document addressed to the speaker of the county assembly, Hon. David Thuvi requested for a statement under standing order no. 41(2) (c) from the chairperson Lands, infrastructure and Urban Development on the matter.

He expressed concerns that despite development plans having been completed for these major towns, no survey has been done up to date. Hon. Thuvi questioned whether the chairperson LIUD is aware that failure to provide the leases to the plot owners is disenfranchising in that they don’t have title deeds over their properties which they can use as collateral security in cases of need.

“This is freezing the capital potential of the land owners in these urban centers, as they can’t approach financial institutions for financing without title deeds,” mused Hon. Thuvi in an exclusive interview with the Kitui Newspaper. “Kitui County is sitting on billions worth of capital, frozen by the lack of these title deeds.”

MCA David Thuvi, a former high-profile banker, questioned whether the Ministry of Lands, infrastructure and Urban development has the human resources capacity to expendite the process of surveying and issuance of title deeds, and if not, what arrangements are in place to procure external consultancy services.

“(I request)… A statement on what the Ministry of LIUD is doing to ensure surveyed plans, development plans and other documents have been submitted to the National Land Commission for processing of leases as required…,” read the question statement.

Hon. David Thuvi has called for a detailed plan of action to be tabled before the house, on how the ministry of LIUD plans to provide the required ownership documents to property owners in all major towns and upcoming towns in Kitui County.

“This will trigger an economic boom never seen, and will also shift the weight off the local businesses’ over- reliance on government funding and grants, ” said the MCA.

KITUI GOVERNOR LAUNCHES FREE YOUTH TECHNICAL TRAINING PROGRAM

Saturday 14 July, Kitui                    By Brian Peter

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Governor Charity Ngilu Hugs a jovial student when she arrived to flag off 120 students to Trendy Technical and Vocational Training Center Nakuru. Accompanying her is the Kitui Township Ward MCA Hon. Mwanzia Ndoo.

 

The Kitui County governor H.E.Charity Ngilu has today launched a free technical training Programme for the youth of Kitui.

In a bid to revive the textile industry in the county, governor Ngilu has flagged off 120 youths at the Kitui Bus Park to Trendy Technical and Vocational Training Centre Nakuru for a two months course in clothing and textiles, and entrepreneurial skills.

Speaking at the event, Governor Ngilu has referred to the 120 students, drawn from across all wards in the county, as the ambassadors of development in Kitui.

“In line with my manifesto for youth, women empowerment and skills development, I hereby send you out there to acquire the skills so that you can come back and be the pioneers of change to the face of the youth in this county,” she said. “It is high time for Kitui county to become self-sufficient and stop relying on external producers for her school uniforms.”

The project, which will cost 18 million shillings, is aimed at achieving the governor’s big five agendas; which are: food and water security, universal healthcare, education and youth empowerment, women empowerment, and wealth creation. Kitui county is projected to start producing over 1million school uniforms annually, as the county puts in plans to purchase textile machines towards the course.

Mwingi Central sub-county has forwarded 13 students, Mwingi North 15, Mwingi West 12, Kitui West 15, Kitui East 22, Kitui Rural 11,Kitui South 18, and Kitui Central 11. According to the Youth Affairs Minister Mr Kivoto, the selection criterion was 3 students per ward. Education background was not given priority in the selection, with the students ranging from primary school drop outs to high-school leavers. 80 of the total students are female. More students are expected to follow in the Programme.

Speaking at the event, the Kitui Township Ward Hon. Mwanzia Ndoo called for the youth of Kitui to take advantage of the innumerable opportunities in the county and national levels for the betterment of their futures.

Also present were the deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau, the Minister Trade and Industry Phillip Mumo, the County Chief of Staff Crispus Ileli, and other dignitaries in the Kitui county Government.

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From Left: The Kitui County Commissioner Samuel Kimitu, Governor Ngilu, Kitui Township MCA Mwanzia Ndoo and the Deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau pose for a photo with the students shortly before flagging them for the Clothing and Textiles course at the Trendy Technical and Vocational Training Center  Nakuru today.

 

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Far Left: The Youth Affairs Minister Mr. Kivoto briefs the governor on the selected students during the launch of Free technical and vocational training program at the Kitui Bus Park today. Looking on is the Trade Minister Phillip Mumo and the Kitui Township MCA Hon. Mwanzia Ndoo

 

Major Tourism Boost as NASA Luminaries Open 5-star Hotel in Kitui.

Wednesday July 11, 2018, Kitui. By Mark Musyoki

The Kitui County Tourism Minister Patrick Koki Musau (middle) introduces H. E. Hon. Raila Odinga to the Miss Culture and Miss Kitui County peageants when the former Prime Minister arrived to open the Kitui Villa Hotel in Ngiini Village Kitui Central. Looking on is the Kitui Deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau(second left)

Kitui County witnessed a landmark event yesterday, as key NASA dignitaries flew into town to grace the official opening of Kitui Villa; a five star hotel facility owned by the renown US-based Professor Makau.

The world-class hotel was officially opened by His Excellency the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga and his wife Ida Odinga, who were hosted by the Kitui County governor H. E. Charity Ngilu, and graced by H. E. Kalonzo Musyoka. Other revered guests included the Makueni Governor H. E. Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, Hon. Wavinya Ndeti, the former Kitui Women rep and veteran lady politician Hon. Nyiva Mwendwa, the MP Kitui Central Hon. Dr. Makali Mulu, the Kitui Township Ward MCA Hon. Ndoo, various members of the Kitui county executive, members of the Kitui County Assembly, renown US-based Professor Kyang’aa Mweti, the County Commissioner Mr. Kimiti, and respectable dignitaries from both National and County governments.

The event had been organized by the county ministry of tourism, culture, sports, gender and social affairs, through the county government, and the hotel management, in line with H.E. Charity Ngilu’s big five manifesto.

Speaking at the event, governor Ngilu thanked the proprietor Professor Makau for choosing to invest such a colossal project in his rural home, despite living in diaspora with his family. She complimented Prof Makau for the tireless support he has continued offering the county and Kenya as whole in development. She urged others living in diaspora to follow Professor Makau’s example and invest more in their rural areas.

H. E. Charity Ngilu, flagged on both sides by Professor Makau and his wife,and her convoy, make a grand entry at the Kitui Villa Hotel opening ceremony yesterday.

“If those living and working also invest in such projects in our county, we shall not only be creating jobs for our locals at home, but leaving a legacy that will turn Kitui County into an ideal tourism hub for locals and abroad,” said Ngilu. “Speaking literary, Professor has brought New York to Kitui.”

Governor Ngilu promised to ensure the tarmacking of the access road to the hotel, in a bid to make the hotel fully accessible at all times.

“The World Bank pledged 5 billion shillings grant if we make Kitui a municipality, “she continued, “Gratefully, the County Assembly quickly passed the bill, and thanks to the grant this tarmacking will be achieved. ”

In his speech, H. E. Kalonzo Musyoka praised devolution for making it possible for such developments to happen at the village level. He also praised the deep relationship ties Professor Makau has fostered, that made it possible to congregate such powerful dignitaries at the little-known Ngiini Village of Kitui Central. Kalonzo also called for unity among the leaders, terming it as the most essential ingredient for meaningful development.

The chief guest H.E. the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga could not hide his joy for attending the event. He praised Professor Makau for the major role he played in Kenya’s decentralization of power. Raila termed Prof’s establishment of such a high-end hotel in his rural home as the fruits of his hard-fought battles for devolution.

“I have known Professor Makau for years, but he never ceases to awe me with his desire for grassroots development!” exclaimed H.E. Raila Odinga, “There’s no other place I’d rather be right now, than here with you cutting the ribbon and officially opening the Kitui Villa Hotel.”

The CECM ministry of Tourism, Sports, Culture, Gender and Social Services Patrick Koki Musau, in an interview after the event; described the event as a major milestone in the journey of making Kitui a popular tourist destination.

H. E. Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga shakes hands with the CECM tourism Patrick Musau when he arrived to open the magnificent Kitui Villa. Looking on is the Deputy Governor Dr.. Wathe Nzau, and the Kitui Township ward representative Hon. Ndoo

“The Kitui Villa Hotel has put Kitui County in the front line as a competitor for tourism and hospitality,” quiped the minister, populary known as Kuvasila. “On behalf of the county government, through my ministry, I thank Professor Makau in a special way for putting the interests of tourism development in the county forward.”

The Kitui Villa Hotel is a 5-star hospitality facility located about three kilometers from Kalundu Market in Kitui Town. It boast state-of-art conference facilities, international and local cuisines, silk-clad ensuite hotel rooms, excellent manicured lawns, imperial gardens, texan-themed oak-pannelled whiskey and sports bar, a heated indoor swimming pool, a fully equiped children play ground, not to mention the excellent five-star reception and service by the friendly staff; most of them recruited and trained locals.

For reservations and bookings, contact the Operations Manager:

Mr. Vincent Musebe Akala,

Kitui Villa Limited,

P. O. Box 1334-90200

Cell: 0700552898/ 0788202336

Landline: 0207859447

Keep Cheap Politics Out of our Hospitals:Kitui Youths Tell off Senator Kiio,Wiper

Monday 9 July, Kitui By Brian Peter

A delagation of youth leaders led by the KCYM chairman Moses Munyalo chat with a patient admitted at the Kitui Referral Hospital. The team had toured the hospital this morning following claims by the Kitui Senator that patients have been sharing beds with the dead.

A section of Kitui youth leaders has called bluff the statements by the Kitui Senator Enoch Kiio that Kitui Referral Hospital is in a state of shame.

Speaking today after touring the hospital, a delegation of youth, led by the Kitui County Youth Movement chairman Moses Munyalo strongly condemned the senator and Wiper party for indulging in retrogressive politics at the expense of service delivery to the citizens.

“We are aware that the Wiper party has a wicked ploy against our governor, ” ranted Mr Moses Munyalo, after touring the entire hospital along with other youth leaders and medical personel, and ascertaining that none of the senator’s claims are valid. “We cannot have our development hampered by bureaucrats who only care for their own power and establishment. ”

He accused the Wiper leader Kalonzo of hypocrisy, and challenged him to come out clean why despite his claims to be working with the governor his party was so actively engaged in frustrating Ngilu’s development efforts. “I wonder why none of these leaders ever cared to visit the hospital during Malombe’s era, yet it was in such a pathetic situation. ”

Hundreds of youth had visited the hospital earlier in the morning to verify claims made yesterday by Senator Kiio that the patients were sharing beds with the dead, poor hygiene, and the new hospital machines were not working. A team of medics took the youth around the hospital, from the x-ray department to the labs and wards; where none of the senator’s allegations were validated. The ultrasound, the OPG, digital Mammogram, digital X-ray and the UPS were all operational, with patients recieving treatment. None of the patients in the wards was found sharing a bed with anybody, despite the senator’s claims that patients were sharing beds with the dead.

In an interview after the tour, the hospital supretendent Dr. Mungai complimented the county government for the efforts they have put in turning the Kitui Referral Hospital into a state-of-art medical centre. He however maintained a no-comment stand against the allegations the Senator made of the hospital being in a deplorable state of shame.

I respect the position the senator hold, and his office, so I can’t answer him on his words,”said Dr Mungai in an exclusive phone interview with Kitui Newspaper. “You’ve toured the hospital and seen yourself. ”

“I appreciate the chance the county government has given us to serve it’s honourable citizens in the most noble and honourable way, ” added the hospital supretendent.

Pomp and Colour as Minister Graces KU Cultural Gala

The weekend was all lights at the Kenyatta University Kitui Campus in Kwa Vonza, as the campus held their annual Mr and Miss KU beauty pegeant.

Carnival moods were set off in high gear as the Tourism, Sports and Culture CECM Patrick Koki Musau populary known as Kuvasila officially opened the event on Saturday night. He stressed on the importance of celebrating our culture, diversity and cohesion.

During his speech, Minister Kuvasila congratulated the Dean of Students Dr. Kauwi, the campus director and the students’ council for reincarnating the spirit of cultural celebrations in the county. He complemented the university adminstration for the commentable job they are doing in offering quality education, alongside boosting extra-curriculum activities among the students. The minister reverberated the county government’s commitment to the full potential development for the youth of Kitui.

“In line with Mama Ngilu’s manifesto, the county government, through my ministry, is dedicated to ensuring the youth are empowered to the max through cultural and extra-curriculum activities like sports, drama and beauty peageantry, ” said the minister.

“You can be anything you want in life: it’s only about perception, choosing the right path, realizing your potential, and exploiting the available resources,” minister Kuvasila advised the university students. “My office is open to any of you who has any innovative ideas and seeks audience. ”

In his message to the institution, the area MP Hon. Mboni Mwalika through his CDF team that graced the event wished the winners of the fete the best of luck in their study time. The Kitui Rural CDF team further urged students to remain steadfast in their studies and to be models of academia in their respective homes and localities.

Present in the fete included the Kitui County Chief Officer for Youth Mr Kyangangu, Director Kenyatta University Kitui Campus, the dean of students, Kitui County Youth Leaders among other invited guests.

Photos of the beauty pegeant event

Models take the catwalk during the Mr and Miss KU gala

The Kitui County Youth Movement Chairman Moses Munyalo shares a moment with the Kitui South National Youth Council Chairman Milton Nyamai during the event

Models on the catwalk at the Mr and Miss KU beauty pegeant

Suspects arrested in Kabati with 1M fake currency

Tuesday 3 July, Kitui West. By Brian Peter

Two suspects are being detained at the Kabati Police Station after they were arrested in Kabati Market, Kitui West sub-county with a suitcase full of 1 million fake notes last weekend.

The suspects, a 22 years-old Mr Martin Mbwele Kyalo alias Wesley and 27 years-old Lucas Wambua Mathina alias James, are currently detained at the Kabati Police Cells on fraud charges, pending investigations. The duo was nubbed during an operation by DCIO officers from Kabati Police Station on Saturday, after allegedly defrauding a business woman of Ksh. 54,400 in Kabati Town. Liquids believed to be used in cleaning the fake one thousand denomination notes were also seized during the raid. One fake identity card belonging to Mr Wesley Ndiragu was also found on the subjects.

Exhibits of the consignment found with the suspects during arrest by the Kabati Police DCIO officers at the Kabati Market on Saturday. Fake notes worth 1M shillings was also impounded

According to official records in the DCIO office, the two suspects are from Machakos County, Donyo Sabuk area, and both speak fluent Kamba and Kikuyu languages. They are believed to have been operating chiefly from Thika Town, and only lodged in guest houses in Kabati Town during their spree.

The suspects were arraigned in court on Monday 2nd July 2018 but did not plead since the prosecution requested to be granted seven days for the DCIO to complete investigations, a request that was granted by the Kitui Magistrate Court.

The DCIO Kabati Police Station has sent a notice to the public for anyone with complains against the two, or who has been a victim of fraud in the past, to visit the Kabati Police Station at Ndolos Corner Kitui West and see if they can identify the suspects.

Photos of the two fraud suspects. Share widely to reach all their past fraud Victims.

Suspects arrested in Kabati with 1M fake currency

Tuesday 3 July, Kitui West. By Brian Peter

Two suspects are being detained at the Kabati Police Station after they were arrested in Kabati Market, Kitui West sub-county with a suitcase full of 1 million fake notes last weekend.

The suspects, a 22 years-old Mr Martin Mbwele Kyalo alias Wesley and 27 years-old Lucas Wambua Mathina alias James, are currently detained at the Kabati Police Cells on fraud charges, pending investigations. The duo was nubbed during an operation by DCIO officers from Kabati Police Station on Saturday, after allegedly defrauding a business woman of Ksh. 54,400 in Kabati Town. Liquids believed to be used in cleaning the fake one thousand denomination notes were also seized during the raid. One fake identity card belonging to Mr Wesley Ndiragu was also found on the subjects.

Exhibits of the consignment found with the suspects during arrest by the Kabati Police DCIO officers at the Kabati Market on Saturday. Fake notes worth 1M shillings was also impounded

According to official records in the DCIO office, the two suspects are from Machakos County, Donyo Sabuk area, and both speak fluent Kamba and Kikuyu languages. They are believed to have been operating chiefly from Thika Town, and only lodged in guest houses in Kabati Town during their spree.

The suspects were arraigned in court on Monday 2nd July 2018 but did not plead since the prosecution requested to be granted seven days for the DCIO to complete investigations, a request that was granted by the Kitui Magistrate Court.

The DCIO Kabati Police Station has sent a notice to the public for anyone with complains against the two, or who has been a victim of fraud in the past, to visit the Kabati Police Station at Ndolos Corner Kitui West and see if they can identify the suspects.

Photos of the two fraud suspects. Share widely to reach all their past fraud Victims.