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Munga urged to retire from Muwasco

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By NDUNGU GACHANE
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The embattled chairman of Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (Muwasco) Peter Munga has been asked to consider relinquishing his position at the water firm.

Ahadi Kenya Trust Executive Director Stanley Kamau has said that Mr Munga has served the company for long and considering his age, he should leave leadership at the firm to a younger person.

Speaking at Kagunduini market on Friday, Mr Kamau expressed his concerns over the continued wrangles and confrontations between the water company and the Murang’a County government.

He noted that the tycoon has overstayed as the Muwasco chairman and its now the right time to avoid more confrontations with the county government and leave his position.

“With all due respect, I request Mr Munga to retire as chairman of Muwasco and allow young people to take over leadership. This will see young people get employment,” noted Mr Kamau.

The anti-jigger campaigner observed that all water companies within the county should be led by young people.

He urged Governor Mwangi Wa Iria to consider giving jobs to the youth.

In the recent past, the embattled chairman has been at loggerheads with Governor Wa Iria over the management of the water company.

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Early September, Mr Munga obtained a court order restraining the governor from implementing a gazette notice in which he replaced him with environmentalist Joseph Kimura as the chairman of Muwasco.

Water wars between Muwasco and the county government have escalated to a point where residents have been occasionally subjected to water shortage.

The governor announced his intention to take over control of the four water companies operating within the county, something which sparked confrontations and rows in the water sector.

Mr Kamau said the water wars have tainted Murang’a County’s reputation, adding that a solution should be reached as quickly as possible.

His statement comes even as the youth in Murang’a threw their weight behind Governor Wa Iria in his efforts to reform the water sector.

Led by Mr Benson Muguro, the youth said by refusing to relinquish his position, Mr Munga denied the governor a chance to reform the water and connect more homes to water supply.

“We fail to understand why Mr Munga is adamant to relinquish his position despite serving at Muwasco since the company started. His move is denying Murang’a residents a chance to access safe drinking water,” Mr Muguro said.



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Better living conditions for incarcerated children and women

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A day care center officially unveiled by Winnie Guchu, the CAS Ministry of interior and coordination. [Muriithi Mugo, Standard]

The prisons’ service, in partnership with Faraja Foundation, has rolled out a rehabilitation programme for inmates.
The programme targets enhancing structures at the correctional facilities and making them friendlier to prison staff and inmates.
Jane Kuria, the CEO of Faraja Foundation, says the non-governmental organisation aims for successful reintegration of inmates to the community upon release from prison.
“Faraja Foundation wants to be remembered for supporting former convicts to reintegrate back to the community,” Kuria noted.
She added that many ex-convicts had to start lives afresh after jail terms, hence the need to help them fill the gap in reintegrating with society.
Donating beds and other items was a way of helping inmates survive and get rehabilitated in preparation for their return to society, she added.
The foundation aims to distribute 2,160 beds to the 43 women prisons that hold about 2,615 inmates and 210 children accompanying them.

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Daris Kangi the Officer in charge Embu women’s prison (L) chats with Winnie Guchu, the CAS Ministry of interior and coordination at the newly unveiled daycare at the Prison. Through a partnership with Faraja Foundation, the Prisons service will also distribute 2160 beds to all Women Prisons across the country. May 13, 2021. [Muriithi Mugo,Standard]

Speaking during the unveiling of day-care built by Faraja at Embu Women’s prison, Kuria said children jailed with their mothers did not deserve to undergo hardship.

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David Bett, chair of Faraja Foundation, challenged stakeholders to consider a review of the open-door policy that will also see prison staff benefit more.
Winnie Guchu, the Ministry of Interior and Coordination CAS, said the government had targeted to have day-care centres in all women’s prisons.
“Women convicted with children lacked caretakers of their children at home and this forced them to carry the babies along for the duration of their sentences,” said Ms Guchu.
She said the children were innocent and that they had the right to a conducive environment for growth through the day-care centres.
“These children should have places for entertainment, playing as well as good sleeping areas,” said Guchu.
She unveiled the day-care center and received 160 of 2,160 beds from the Faraja Foundation, destined for distribution in all the 43 women’s prisons countrywide.
Also present was Commissioner of Prisons Wycliffe Ogallo. 

 

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What you need to know about the Juja by-election

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The late Juja MP Francis Waititu aka Wakapee.

The Juja parliamentary seat became vacant after MP Francis Waititu succumbed to brain cancer on February 22, 2021 at MP Shah Hospital.
Waititu was elected on a Jubilee ticket during the 2017 General Election. He garnered 66,190 votes.
According to IEBC, Juja constituency has 114,761 registered voters.
The 2017 General Election had an 80 per cent voter turn-out which saw 91,801 Kenyans casting their votes in the region.  
The by-election
On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, voters in the Juja constituency will head to the polls to elect their next member of parliament.
A total of eleven candidates will square it out in the mini poll.

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Jubilee Party By-election Juja MP Nominee Susan Njeri Waititu during certificate issuance at the Party’s Headquarters in Nairobi on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Main contenders

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1. Waititu Susan Njeri – Jubilee Party
2. Ndung’u George Koimburi – Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP)
Others:
3. Mwangi Kariuki Chege – Independent
4. Kagera Eunice Wanjiru – The New Democrats (TND)
5. Kariuki Joseph Gichui –  Independent
6. Kariuki Rashid Iregi –  Independent
7. Marungo James Kariuki – Independent
8. Mburu John Njoroge – People’s Party of Kenya (PPK)
9. Ndung’u Antony Kirori – Maendeleo Chap Chap Party (MCCP)
10. Ndung’u Kennedy Gachuma – National Liberal Party (NLP)
11. Zulu Julius Thiong’o – Independent

 

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19-year-old boy charged with defiling girl three years younger

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A 19-year-old teenager is in trouble with authorities for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl.
Tyson Ongaki has been charged before a Kisumu Chief Magistrate’s court and accused of intentionally defiling the minor on various dates. The crime was allegedly committed in Bomet.
The teenager who appeared before Chief Magistrate Peter Gesora however denied the offence and has been released on a Sh100,000 bond.
The court heard that after committing the offense on diverse dates between March 26, 2021 and May 14, 2021, the teenager moved to Kisumu.
He has also been charged with committing an indecent act with a minor.
An investigating officer handling the matter told the court that the suspect was arrested in Kisumu.
The magistrate directed that the matter be heard on June 15, 2021.

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