Tharaka Nithi Police looking for womans attacker

POLICE in Tharaka Nithi have launched a manhunt for a suspect who stabbed a woman in Magumoni, Chuka Igambang’ombe constituency.

73 year old Florence Ciambaka was attacked at her home at around 10pm on January 17.

She had gone to feed her dog when the attacker stabbed her in the back.

Ciambaka reported the case at Chuka Police station the following day.

Tharaka Nithi police boss Johnston Ipara said Ciambaka raised the alarm prompting neighbours to come to her rescue.

“The assailant took off and disappeared into the darkness as soon as she began screaming attracting other her relatives, ” Ipara said.

He said Ciambaka was taken to Chuka Subcounty Hospital where she was treated and discharged.

Speaking to the press in his office on Tuesday, Ipara said investigations have been launched.

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Buildings on road reserve demolished

Seven buildings on road reserves in Chuka town have been pulled down.

On Sunday, residents found the buildings demolished by the roads’ contractor Territorial Works and property that had not been removed was destroyed.

Owners of the buildings went to salvage what they could from the debris.

Others who knew they had erected structure on road reserves volunteered to pull down the structures to save the building stones and metal bars.

Many residents welcomed the move that is meant to expand Tharaka Nithi’s largest town.

Chuka Igambang’ombe MP Muthomi Njuki said the buildings had to be pulled down on a short notice as the construction of the road is supposed to be complete by April, according to the contract under the Kenya Urban Roads Authority.

“We are now remaining with three months since the contract kicked off in March last year. We had to remove water pipes and electric poles on the road that ultimately caused delays of the works. The roads cannot be delayed further,” he said.

Njuki said other buildings on road reserves will be pulled down.

The legislator said the road will be built to accommodate flower beds pedestrian walks.

“From the tarmac we want one metre for pedestrian walk clearly marked, two metres for service cables, and two metres for flower beds,” Njuki said.

He said those who feel aggrieved by the pulling of the houses should go to court.

Njuki said the roads will change the face of the town and attract investors.

Ethiopians arraigned in court

THARAKA NITHI Seven Ethiopians have been arraigned in Chuka Law Court and charged with being in the country illegally.

The foreigners were arrested on Friday in Chuka town aboard a matatu.

Abaine Daikaso 40, Ishetu Intito 23, Mangasha Handbacho, 35, Daniel Qalure 50, Degeti Mole 25, and Abdiraman Iman, 27, pleaded guilty before Chuka resident magistrate Caroline Obara.

They were fined Sh50,000 each or a one year imprisonment and deportment.

Markos Baboor, 20, denied the charges.

His case will be mentioned on February 6 and heard on February 26.

Tharaka Nithi Farmers adviced to sell their livestock

THARAKA NITHI Farmers should sell their livestock during the ongoing drought, an officer in Chuka Igambang’ombe has said.

Livestock marketing officer Njagi Mbuga said farmers should put their livestock on sale to fetch good prices before the animals grow thin and their price depreciates.

He was speaking to the Star in his office on Wednesday.

Mbuga said the drought has led to disease infestation and poor productivity of the animals.

“Farmers should give rose grass, acacia tree leaves, silage to their livestock to restock them,” he said.

Lets work together in 2015 for the sake of developmental Agenda,Njuki urges Tharaka Nithi leaders

Chuka Igambangombe MP Muthomi Njuki has urged leaders in Tharaka Nithi County to stop politicking and instead focus on delivering their campaign pledges and manifestos.

He said county government leaders and legislators should put aside their personal interests and work as a team to stir development agenda in the grassroots.

“This is now the second year and the leadership of the county and the national government in most areas has not been able to come together and agree on development agendas. Everything that you touch or say is politicized. Here is need for us to put our differences aside since residents who elected us like seeing leaders working together,” He said.

He said leaders do not gain political mileage by bursting other leaders or begin campaigning early in midst of work.

“Residents are not interested in campaign teams by leaders they are interested with what you can deliver for the community as a leader to better their welfare in terms of health, self reliance, communication, food production and  infrastructure,” Njuki said.

He said the leaders should agree on core issues and bring amenities to the people to avoid the public going to other counties to access services that could have been in the county.

“We were supposed to have a Huduma center in Chuka and everything was put in place but a leader wrote a letter opposing and wanted it put in county headquarters Kathwana instead. The national government did a survey and said it was not possible to put it there because of the poor infrasture because of lack of fiber optic cable. Residents now have to go to Meru and Embu counties to access services that would have been available within our county,” He said.

He said leaders should avoid dragging behind development using the excuse of county headquarters.

He clarified he was not opposed to the county headquarters being in Kathwana since it is in his constituency but some projects fit Chuka town because of its good infrastructure.

He urged leaders to differentiate between politics and practicality.

“My urge to leaders in the year 2015 is let us waive the olive branches to one another put aside politics and work for the people for the next remaining time, we will politick the last four months,” He said.

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