Invest and grow SACCO in Kakamega County celebrated Mashujaa Day in a unique manner, they did this by providing special needs schools the county with accommodation facilities, water tanks, and educational materials to improve the quality of learning.
Led by the sacco’s Deputy Chairman Francis Omollo and Sales Manager Kevin Ombuke, at Rise and Shine School and Malava Primary School, they emphasized the importance of supporting special needs students to ensure they have access to the same quality of education as others, as they have often been neglected.
Parents were encouraged to send their children to school, regardless of any physical challenges, so that they could receive the necessary assistance and education.
The school principals expressed their gratitude for the organization’s support, acknowledging the challenges they face and the positive impact of this aid.
Elsewhere, the Abagusii community members have been urged to present a memorandum on compensation for atrocities committed by the colonial government on them during the country’s independence struggle,
Marking this year’s celebrations at Itierio High School grounds in Kisii South, Governor Simba Arati paid tribute to community warriors, Otenyo Nyamaterere and Zuruel Moturi Keari for putting up armed resistance against the colonialists.
Otenyo speared a colonial district commissioner, while Moturi manufactured home made guns to equip Mau Mau fighters in the forests earning them beheading and detention respectively.
One of the demands should be the return of Otenyo’s head taken abroad by the colonial government for a decent burial.
The governor, called for recognition of the duo by the government through naming of the roads or erection of statues in their honour for their high courage and sacrifice.
Simba also honoured 800 meters gold medalist in Budabest, Hungary, Mary Moraa, for making the community and country shine globally.
In Siaya County, the Government has put a halt to all mining activities as part of the measures to avoid deaths in the mines, during El Nino rains.
Announcing the closure of mining activities in the area, County Commissioner, Jim Njoka, ordered both the County and Sub-county security teams and members of the National Administration, to ensure compliance.
Addressing the public at the KMTC grounds in Siaya town after delivering the Presidential Speech, during this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations, Njoka said Siaya was known for collapsing gold mines that often led to loss of lives and the same cannot be allowed to happen.
The Commissioner said he was ready to face the wrath of the miners and local leadership, in regard to the order rather than allow a situation where citizens, will lose their lives in collapsed mines.
Njoka at the same time called on families living in flood-prone areas, to move to safer grounds early enough, saying that weather experts have issued a timely warning.
On security, the County Commissioner assured the public that the security officials were up to the task and would not allow criminals, to reign in the region.
He, however, lamented that incidents of mob justice were on the rise in the area and urged the public, to desist from taking the law into their own hands.
Njoka announced that arrangements for the National Examinations that kick off next week have been finalized in the County and assured the public of security, during the period.
He announced a ban on discos in the region during the examination period, adding that the candidates required a tranquil environment to revise and sit for the Examinations.
In Embu County, the County Commissioner Jack Obuo assured residents of the credibility and integrity of the upcoming national exams.
In his Mashujaa day address at the Runyenjes Stadium, Obuo said that ten distribution centers have been opened around the county to ensure the exam papers for the morning section are picked at 7:00 a.m. and those for the afternoon session are collected at noon.
Meanwhile, Governor Cecily Mbarire commissioned 1600 community health promoters (CHPs) who will be visiting homes to check on the wellbeing of families.
She said the CHPs will be supervised by 56 Community Health Assistants in the program to be funded jointly by the National and County Governments.
In Kirinyaga County, the County Commissioner (CC) Nayioma Tobiko warned second-generation liquor vendors operating in the area.
Tobiko, speaking at the Kianyaga General Kasama Grounds in Gichungu Constituency, he said the vice had been contained but is now creeping back.
“We are aware of second-generation liquor in some parts of the county and please report anybody selling the same to the security team,” he added.
At the same time, Tobiko has called on the general public to take advantage of this rainy season and plant more trees in line with President Dr. William Ruto’s directives of planting 15 billion trees in a span of ten years.
In Kisumu County, youth in Nyando Sub-county have been asked to enroll in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, in order to acquire technical skills that will enable them get employment in the current economy.
Nyando Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Elijah Maranga, has called on parents to encourage their children to join vocational training institutions which he noted, were receiving government subsidy, making it affordable for the students.
He also encouraged the youths in the area to liaise with the Kenya Forest Services and set-up tree nurseries, saying they were a good income generating activity, as the tree seedlings had ready market all the time.
Maranga was speaking at the Nyando Sub-County Headquarters grounds in Awasi Friday, during celebrations to mark this year’s Mashujaa Day.
The DCC asked parents to take full responsibility of the lives of their children when they close school next week, by monitoring their movements, to enable the children continue with their education come next year.
On security, the DCC expressed concern at the frequent cases of livestock theft in the Sub-county, saying security officers were carrying out investigations to establish who the culprits were.