Knut, kuppet want invigilators paid

Teachers’ unions have asked Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi to ensure teachers who invigilated last year’s KCPE and KCSE exams are paid.

Tharaka Nithi Kuppet boss Patrick Gitonga and his Knut counterpart Albert Mutani said the pay is long overdue.

They have petitioned Kaimenyi to push the Kenya National Examination Council to pay the teachers.

Gitonga said they will advice teachers to boycott invigilating exams this year if last year’s wages are not settled.

“Kaimenyi put all head teachers under him instead of addressing such matters that affect us,” Gitonga said.

Mutani questioned why the teachers have not been paid yet the results of both exams have been released.

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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.

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.


Chuka MP embraces Former Tharaka MP as a a hero

Chuka  Igambang’ombe  MP Muthomi Njuki has urged national museums and archives  to enlist caves and shrines, in Tharaka Nithi where Mau Mau war veterans hid as national heritages and tourists attraction sites.

Njuki said many Mau Mau war veterans who fought for countries independence hailed from the county’s  Maara and Chuka Igambang’ombe constituencies.

Njuki was speaking in county headquarters in Kathwana during the Mashujaa day celebrations.

“If you fought or took food to Mau Mau you are a heroine or hero (Shujaa)

He said that former assistant minister and Tharaka MP Francis Kagwima contributed greatly to the counties development.

“He fought for division of  Tharaka Nithi district from the larger  Meru,which later contributed greatly to us having a devolved unit after

the new constitution, Otherwise we would have been in Meru county  were if it were not for him,” Njuki said.

He said the move by Kagwima greatly ensured Tharaka Nithi was named among one of the 47 counties in the country.

” We would have been like Mwingi who are under Kitui county since the county is one of the smallest in the entire country,” He added.

Njuki urged other leaders in the county to emulate Kagwima who was Tharaka  MP in 2002-2007.

“Leaders should not focus on reelection but to deliver to their electorates pledges and manifestos as well as help address peoples

needs, problems and challenges, ” He said.


Nkatha slams Meru Legislators rebellion

Tharaka Nithi Women representative Beatrice Nkatha has slammed  Meru legislators for creating  political scuffles in the region

perceived as a Jubilee stronghold.

She said the legislators should avoid complaining about being sidelined in the Jubilee government as they have magnanimously

benefited from it.

She said the new move by the Meru leaders to support the Pesa Mashinani initiative will only bring differences among leaders in

the Mount Kenya East.

She emphasized on the need of Meru,  Tharaka Nithi and Embu leaders to cooperate to forge development in the Mount Kenya

East region.

“When we are together as a unit, even if we go to the President we would not  be let down  in our lobby for development projects.

Isolation created by the Meru leaders who were key supporters of the Jubilee government during last years general elections is

not good for regional politics,” Nkatha said.

Meru Governor Peter Munya has been perceived as a rebel following his support for Council Of Governors  ‘Pesa Mashinani’

Senator Kiraitu Murungi pulled his Alliance Party of Kenya (APK) in the initiative and were laterly joined by other Legislators

including  Women representative Florence Kajuju and Igembe South MP Mithika Lithuri .

Nkatha  was speaking on Friday in Kiriani, Maara constituency after donating cash to various Women groups in the


She said Meru leaders should drop their quest for a plebiscite  since the government has initiated and will initiate various

projects in the three counties.

” The calls for a referendum is irrelevant since they have received enough funding and got many projects since inception of

Uhuru Kenyatta as President they just want to make noise over nothing, ” She said

She said the governors should accept being queried about spending of cash to ensure funds are not embezzled.

” The county bosses should be given more money to stir development in the county they should also be accountable for the

same since the funds are meant to benefit the public, ” She said.

There has been exchange of words between Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki and Igembe South MP  Mithika Linturi and Senator

Kiraitu Murungi after Mbiuki  alleged that due to the political wrangling in Meru, county leaders ought to consider going for

counselling and advice on how to run county affairs.

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Tharaka Nithi leaders title deeds

Tharaka Nithi deputy governor Deputy Governor Eliud Murithi has petitioned Land cabinet secretary Charity Ngilu to send

officials to demarcate land in disputed areas in Tharaka Nithi- Meru border to end conflict between the two counties.

He said many leaders applauded the move after Ngilu said she will be sending officials to demarcate the land and allocate title


“As leaders we were happy and welcomed the move by Ngilu  when  she announced her ministry will be sending officials in the

area to solve land woes in Meru and Tharaka Nithi we though our land issues will be addressed but when we saw the circular we

realised it deals with areas that are not in dispute and we were surprised, ” Murithi said.

He said the officials should be send in ares with conflict first.

Murithi said ministry of lands should first address ares bordering Meru county that include Gakurungu,Gakuruni, Gatirini, Gikingo

Njoguni , Gatoroni, Gatithini, Turima,Mukothima since many residents do have title deeds.

He said they are going to write a letter to  Cabinet secretary and compel her to first address this areas.

“It will be bad for  officers from the ministry go back to Nairobi if they have not resolved this issues” Murithi said.

Mukothima MCA Mwenda Gataya said there has been a long conflict between communities living in the area due

to lack of titles.

“We have landless people since most of them were evicted from their farms in a land disputes that have lasted more than  20

years,” Gataya said.

Gataya said leaders welcomed the move as they though locals grievances will be addressed but after seeing the areas to be

probed were not in dispute.

“We are not against the allocation of titles in areas the ministry has outlined but ares that have had problems for a long time

should be given first priority, ” He said.


11 Ethiopians charged 300,000 each or one year imprisonment

Dennis Dibondo

Wednesday, September 2, 2014

Eleven foreigners who were arrested by police on patrol along Embu- Meru highway on Sunday were yesterday evening charged with being in the country illegally.

They fined Sh. 300,000 each or 12 months imprisonment after they pleaded guilty before Chuka Principle Magistrate Benson Ireri.

Ireri also ruled they be repatriated back to their country of origin after they pay fine or serve jail term.

Ireri had earlier pushed the case to Thursday asking for availability of Amharic translator as the accused could not understand English or Kiswahili.

Ireri ordered for proceedings later in the evening after an interpreter was found.

However the translator requested for change of spellings of some names as per the charge sheet.

Athirati Haile, Genesio Whurku, Neresh Demeye, Aden Dedan, Mathias Shokore, Ker Saidi, Marikama Markes, Alfano Baraka, Elmako Kanabutu and Miskana Tamure who are allegedly of Ethiopian origin, were travelling to Nairobi aboard a probox before they were intercepted by police in Tharaka Nithi County.

The foreigners said they came to the country to source for employment due to poverty back in their country.