Monday, July 21, 2014
By Dennis Dibondo
Models and beauty pageants in Tharaka Nithi are targeted in a modeling and beauty contest organized by Sekawa talent agency.
The programme coordinator Ann Githui said they aim to empower the youths in the county of their roles to educate and develop and spearhead youth’s activities.
She was speaking to the Eastern Post on Sunday in Kimwa hotel, Chuka town at the sidelines of a training section for the participants who qualified to progress.
Githui said the event held a fortnight ago had managed to pick about 15 models that will battle out in the finals in august 30.
The turn out was good and we managed to pick out 15 models from the 30 that participated.
She said the event that will be held annually in the county was aiming at becoming extra ordinary.
“It will not be about crowning the miss it will be about handing over the responsibilities to a fast learning, attentive, confident, concerned. She also has to serve the communities and address the grievances faced by the youth,” Githui said.
She called upon the county government, cooperates, banks and other well wishers to support the event that will keep youths away from drugs by positively engaging them for one and a half month.
“We need to grow youths and help them abstain from drugs and other vices by focusing on their talents for self reliance by organizing such events,” She said.
The event will involve photo shootings sections, run way modeling, and cat walking and cultural background designing.
The winner will be selected on Saturday, 30, August.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Tharaka Nithi governor Samuel Ragwa has opposed the calls for referendum by CORD leaders saying the move will cripple down devolution by the county governments since it will use a lot of funds that would have been used to foster development.
Speaking on Sunday at St Charles Lwanga Catholic Church, Maara constituency where he attended a church service Ragwa said the governors are yet to come up with a consensus about the referendum.
“People should not be cheated that the council of governors has supported the calls for referendum we are yet to discuss anything pertaining the electoral process to either agree or disagree, so Isaac Ruto is misplaced to talk on behalf of all governors. We need to stir development instead of going back to where we were sometimes back Kenyans are tired of electoral process,” Ragwa said.
Ragwa said CORD leaders should instead involve the jubilee government in a dialogue and bring forward pressing issues.
“If meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta is what they wanted why have they changed their tune and are now calling upon a referendum they want to distort the government from working by creating stumbling blocks so that they can point an accusing finger after five years,” He said.
Ragwa sentiments were echoed by Chuka Igambang’ombe Mp Muthomi Njuki who said the process is costly for the country as it will escalate taxation of ordinary Mwananchi to set aside money for the electoral process.
Njuki was speaking to the Eastern post on Sunday in Chuka town in a private function.
Njuki said it is comical for Raila to call for a referendum yet he approved the same document.
He disputed the call by cord as a waste of time as they had dismally failed to achieve impact by their calls during Saba Saba.
“They are yet to come up with a clear question, the IEBC they want to remove will have to approve and verify 1000 signatures and give report. They are trying to bargain for goodies,” He said.
He termed the process cumbersome for the Kenya as the country has had two referendums and an election just a year ago.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Tharaka Nithi county government will to employ 500 ECDE teachers if the TSC fails to staff and address their grievances deputy governor Eliud Murithi has said.
Murithi said the teachers in the county are languishing in poverty and yet they play a key role in the education sector.
“Many ECDE teachers mostly employed privately go for months without pay and others get as little as Sh 2000 those who are paid get at least Sh 7000 and they have families,” He said.
Murithi was speaking in Chuka University pavilion Chuka Igambang’ombe constituency on Friday during the counties Education day organised by county government.
He said TSC has not been able to employ the teacher and the role now should be left to the county government countrywide.
“TSC has not been there for more than 50 years but has failed able to employ ECDE the teacher they are now aiming to employ 5000 teachers countrywide. The number is too little and they should let county governments tap in instead.” he said.
The said added education experts to team up and improve transition rate of students to universities across the county
He called upon teachers to work together and urged those who dropped out of school to enroll for adult education.
Kenya National Union of teachers (Knut), Meru south branch has opposed, criticized the new reproductive health bill due for debate in the senate last week.
Knut National assistant treasurer Richard Kibagendi said students and pupils should be engaged in guidance and counseling bill instead of being given contraceptives.
Kibagendi was speaking on Saturday during Knut Meru south annual general meeting at Teachers Sacco building in Chuka, Tharaka Nithi.
Kibagendi said the bill that was sponsored by Senator Judith Sijany for debate last week will encourage immorality in schools.
“The senate should review the bill since it has been criticized by education experts. It should be amended since it is the first time in Kenyans history that contraceptives are being introduced in our learning institution” He said.
Kibagendi said governors should not sabotage the staffing of ECDE teachers since the function is not devolved to the county government.
“We already have a case in court against the county government they should avoid interfering with the employment of teachers since the mandate is supposed to be handled by the Teachers service commission,” He said.
He said raised a concern on upgrading of education standards in Kenya saying the country must invest heavily in education standards in order to attain development.
“There must be quality education, countries that invested in education like Malaysia have invested heavily in education. The countries budget should change and treasury should allocate a huge percentage to education. We should not be given money according to political affiliations” He said.
His sentiments were echoed by Meru South Executive Secretary Njeru Mutani said teachers should not be made a laughing stock to be demonstrating for better pay when students, pupils are watching.
Mutani urged said teachers aligned to work will proceed on work during the July 7 (Saba Saba) and said they were willing to work with government of the day.
By Dennis Dibondo
June 29, 2014
Tharaka Nithi Women Representative Beatrice Nkatha has criticized Governor Samuel Ragwa for returning county’s Sh.150 million to treasury.
Speaking in Chuka, Tharaka Nithi over the weekend Nkatha said the county is in dire need of funds and the governor should have been quicker to budget and allocate the funds towards various projects.
“We have famine looming and poor infrastructure and poverty levels are high it clearly cannot be condoned. The governor should not have failed in such circumstances Am greatly disappointed by it the money could have put it into better use”
He urged said it is unaccounted for governors to lobby for more funds and yet they fail to manage the little the are granted.
“They make so much noise in the council of governors and yet they fail to exploit and fully utilize what they are given.” Nkatha said.
Nkatha said women representatives should also be given funds to enable them inspidite development agendas.
“For devolution to work we must also be given a kitty similar to CDF to enable us contribute to development by initiating development”
In his defense governor Ragwa accused the treasury of releasing the money late and allocating it in bits.
“We see money in allocations in newspaper while in real sense we do not receive it. We are surprised that we are allocated huge amounts and yet we receive this money in small bits. By the end of the financial year all we would not have received the whole amount allocated and we are surprised to see hear that we have returned money we dint even have in the first place”