Tuesday, January 18

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Just In: Bungoma post-election violence survivors may boycott 2022 polls over government neglect
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Just In: Bungoma post-election violence survivors may boycott 2022 polls over government neglect

By: Lydia Wafula Bungoma post-election violence survivors from areas of Kikwechi in Kanduyi constituency and Mt. Elgon regions have vowed not to participate in coming general elections if the state will not have compensated them. In an interview with KNA, Winrose Nasimiyu from Kikwechi in Bungoma County narrated her painful experience on what happened on 25th April 2013 whereby she heard cries from the neighborhood. Being alone in the house with her children who were already asleep she decided to check on what was happening. “I went out of my house and after listening I heard cries coming from the neighborhood where I walked towards the voices through my firm then I saw a boy and a girl running towards my direction”, Nasimiyu said.  She added that before the children ...
TOWEGO association set to help vulnerable Bungoma families
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TOWEGO association set to help vulnerable Bungoma families

By: Dishon Amanya A new health welfare association Together we go (TOWEGO) association is set to be launched in Bungoma County with an aim of helping vulnerable families and those detained in hospitals because of huge hospital bills released. Speaking to the press in Bungoma town, Nancy Manyonge the director of the association noted that she decided to come up with the association to help patients in clearing huge hospital bills, adding that families have been struggling to pay hospital bills and face unexpected budgets when their loved ones loose lives due to maternal complications, accidents and diseases. Nancy Manyonge "This association was developed by a group of people as a way of giving back to society. With this association life of Kenyans will be easy and hospital...
Webuye Milk Processing Plant sets to offer market to Bungoma Dairy farmers
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Webuye Milk Processing Plant sets to offer market to Bungoma Dairy farmers

The 140M Webuye Milk Processing Plant which was commissioned in 2019 by Governor Wycliffe Wangamati is now complete and ready to offer market to Bungoma dairy farmers. The plant, with a capacity of producing approximately 40,000 litres of milk per day, is set to be fully operational in early 2022 and will see more than 150,000 small-scale farmers in Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties benefit directly and 200,000 residents benefit indirectly from the multi-million-shilling agriculture project. In preparation for supply of milk to the plant, the County government of Bungoma has installed 21 milk coolers across the nine sub counties that will be used as collection points before transportation to the processing plant while at the same time supported close to 2,000 famers to upgra...
Govt agencies urged to step up National Cohesion ahead of Kenya Election
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Govt agencies urged to step up National Cohesion ahead of Kenya Election

By: Dishon Amanya Members of Bungoma interfaith network have started lobbying for peace in the country as just two weeks to the election year. The leaders of several denominations have teemed peace as a crucial entity in development of Kenya and national integration. Speaking at the county Commissioner's office, they cited hate speech and political incitement as the main cause of anarchy and mayhem at electioneering period. The council chair in Bungoma county Calistus Barasa used the opportunity to call upon all concerned agencies to take peace with the weight it deserves especially concerning flow of social media content. Bishop Barasa has tasked Communications Authority Of Kenya to narrow down to social media content so that it does not propagate hate speech. "We ...
Booming business for “boda boda” bikes in Bungoma
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Booming business for “boda boda” bikes in Bungoma

By: Dishon Amanya Bungoma Town was formerly known for the Boda boda Operators, in the absence of vehicles and good road networks in the rural areas of Western Kenya, young entrepreneurs started up the environmentally-friendly "boda boda" bicycle business that ferries clients from main roads to villages . In the rural areas of Kenya, some opportunistic youth capitalized on poor road networks and lack of vehicles to earn their daily bread. They offered transportation on a "boda boda," a bicycle with a brightly colored cushioned pad attached behind the seat, used for carrying one passenger at a time. Bicycle shuttle services were, in some areas, the only way of maneuvering around. Boda bodas have been around since 1990, when young people in Busia, a town that shares a border with Ug...
Spread of HIV/AIDS drops to 2.2% in Bungoma County
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Spread of HIV/AIDS drops to 2.2% in Bungoma County

By: Ian Imbaiza and Dishon Amanya  The Deputy County Commissioner of Sirisia Sub County in Bungoma County Henry Katana, the Regional Coordinator National Aid Control Stephen Kataka, the County Health Management team and residents from Sirisia Sub-County united to show support for people living with HIV/AIDS and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Each World AIDS Day focuses on a specific theme, with this year's theme targeting Ending inequalities, End AIDS. End Pandemics. This year’s theme joins a growing list of challenges that World AIDS Day has alerted people globally. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever International Day for global health. Every year, United Nations agencies, governments and civil society join together to campaign ...
Bungoma stakeholders urged to champion fight against Child Labour
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Bungoma stakeholders urged to champion fight against Child Labour

By: Dishon Amanya Child Labour is a major problem affecting the Nation; it is with this regard that the County Commissioner Mr. Samuel Kimiti urged the stakeholders to be at the upper hand in curbing cases of Child Labour.  Samuel Kimiti, graced the Four-Day training that engaged members from the National Government, Civil servants and the media. The CC highlighted that it is not right when we don't look at the welfare of our children; a child is a precious being that needs to be healthy to have a successful society in the Nation.  "It is sad seeing children hawking in the streets selling goods, we have laws that govern children's rights and everyone needs to abide by the laws." Kimiti said.  However, the commissioner cited that the street children are not ...
Stakeholders in Bungoma join fight against Child labour
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Stakeholders in Bungoma join fight against Child labour

Cases of  forced child labour have been on the rise in Bungoma County, Children have been used to perform heavy duties instead of being in school. Stakeholders from Bungoma County held a 4-day Training  that was sponsored by the Ministry of Labour in partnership with the International Labour organization (ILO).The training was officially opened by the Asst. County Commissioner Mrs. Christine Chacha who pointed out that everyone one have a role to play in ensuring we eradicate  cases of child labour in the Country. Through the training the stakeholders were taken through different forms of child labour that the community needs to fight to enhance a free child labour and human trafficking society. Cases of children engaging in hawking in the streets, Sand harvesting ...
Bungoma RMNCAH Network Launches ANC advocacy campaign
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Bungoma RMNCAH Network Launches ANC advocacy campaign

Bungoma Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescents health network has inaugurated it's Antenatal clinic campaign advocacy trail. The network advocates for the health of expectant mothers and their children upon delivery. In a colourful ceremony and procession in Bungoma town, members of the network went through the town with banners and shirts with writings portraying the necessity of proper ANC attendance among pregnant women in Bungoma county. The network chairman Samuel Nakitare told journalists that the advocacy campaign was necessitated by an upsurge in Maternal and Newborn deaths in Bungoma county. "Losing a single mother during and after delivery is detrimental to our population, this is why we are asking all stakeholders within and outside the health system...
Relief to Bungoma residents as integrity Justice Centre is launched
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Relief to Bungoma residents as integrity Justice Centre is launched

A feeling of reassurance has engulfed Bungoma following the launch of an Integrity Justice Centre, which aims at fighting against social injustices in the community. The luncheon which was attended by 68 Conveners from other Injustices Centres from Western region took place in Bungoma Town where the first Justice centre office was launched. "The co-mandate of launching a Justice Centre in Bungoma is to educate the community on their rights so that they can liberate themselves because it is their right to fight injustices in the community." Dorothy Adongo, Convener for Social Justice centre in Bungoma said. Adongo added that there was a need to have a community voice that was going to speak on behalf of the community in a neutral manner. This centre targets more on women b...
Family cries for help as student goes missing for 2 weeks in Nairobi
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Family cries for help as student goes missing for 2 weeks in Nairobi

A family in Bungoma County is appealing to the general public to help them get their son who has been missing for the last three weeks. Brian Wanjala Wabwile, a 21 year second-year student pursuing Bachelor of Applied Communication at Multimedia University is reported to have gone missing on the eve of Wednesday 4th October 2021. It is alleged that he was looking uneasy a few days before he disappeared following a debt of Ksh.8000 he owed his friend. His roommate Timsheldon Ayiecho who reported Wanjala's disappearance at Ongata Rongai police station told the police that his friend left his phone charging at their Maasai Lodge hostel and never returned. In addition, he told the police that Brian had just left his female friend Eda Gachue on the sam...
Bungoma Coffee farmers urged to take their products to cooperative societies
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Bungoma Coffee farmers urged to take their products to cooperative societies

Coffee farmers in Mt .Elgon constituency, Bungoma County have been urged to take their products to cooperative societies instead of selling cheaply to Ugandans at a lower cost. Speaking to the press, after attending a special forum of farmers organized by Kimama Cooperative society in Mt .Elgon, Eric Kiso said that police along the borders have been instructed to make sure that coffee is sold legally in the country through marketing cooperatives and associations to enhance a better market. “Our neighbors’ in Uganda are exploiting us by buying coffee at low prices and using fake weighing scales which is affecting us ,'' he said , adding that coffee smuggling has increased amongst farmers and it's high time it should  be stopped. Kiso added that farmers should implement a budg...
UDA aspirants now ready to receive Ruto in Bungoma County, Kenya
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UDA aspirants now ready to receive Ruto in Bungoma County, Kenya

United Democratic Alliance grassroot supporters have expressed their preparedness to receive Deputy President William Ruto in Bungoma. Speaking to journalists after a planning meeting in Bungoma town, the party aspirants reaffirmed their unwavering support for Dp Ruto and called upon Bungoma residents to show up and welcome him. The team also urged youths to maintain discipline and peace in DP Ruto's visit to Bungoma county in order to avert confusion and unnecessary confusion. "Bungoma is a peaceful county, the incitement of a few individuals like what happened in Busia has no place in Bungoma," said Innocent Sikuku Wabwile, MCA aspirant East Sang'alo ward. His sentiments were reiterated by Mulunda Khaoya who assured small scale business holders that their secu...
Bungoma Governor Hosts Head of USAID in East Africa
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Bungoma Governor Hosts Head of USAID in East Africa

Bungoma County and USAID East Africa today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a meeting designed to improve the state of healthcare and agriculture in Bungoma County.  In a radical departure from the past, the MoU places a premium on locally defined gaps and solutions in a philosophy dubbed "co-owned, co-led and co-managed".  Governor Wangamati signed on behalf of Bungoma County while Mission Director Mark Meassick signed on behalf of USAID. Mark Meassick Speaking shortly after exchanging the signed MoU, Mark said the new philosophy seeks to strengthen transformational partnership for community-led development and redefines bilateral relations from a paternalistic approach to a structured partnership.  Governor Wangamati lauded the new approach of...
NEMA warns residents against discharging effluents into the rivers
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NEMA warns residents against discharging effluents into the rivers

The National Environment management authority (NEMA) has warned residents staying along Khalaba river in Bungoma town to stop discharging effluents to the river arguing that effluents have really tempered with aquatic life. The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent in Kenya said Erick Matia, the Nema officer in Bungoma County while speaking to the press at Mteremko Vocation training center in Bungoma town, blamed residents staying along the river banks of Khalaba River, appealing to them to stop releasing effluents to the river, he added that the effluents have polluted the water making it unsafe for animal consumption and domestic use. Matia appealed to the members of the public to conserve the environment by disposing effluents correctly and support the river cleaning program and p...
60 mothers in Bungoma to undergo Obstetric fistula surgery
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60 mothers in Bungoma to undergo Obstetric fistula surgery

At least 60 women suffering from Fistula will undergo corrective surgery in Bungoma County during the Fistula operation campaign week which was initiated by Bungoma county health department in collaboration with the Safaricom foundation, the office of the first lady, Amref health Africa, Flying doctors service and the United Nations population Fund (UNFPA). Speaking at Webuye County hospital, Bungoma county governor Wycliffe Wangamati lauded the move by the organizations and the office of the first lady for initiating the Fistula campaign so that the affected mothers can be attended to and restore their dignity as women after giving birth. Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati and Safaricom Sales rep Sophy Onyango when they visited Fistula patients at Webuye County Hospital, Bungoma C...
Big Win for Bungoma as British High Commissioner lands with a grant
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Big Win for Bungoma as British High Commissioner lands with a grant

Governor Wycliffe Wangamati received British Deputy High Commissioner H.E Julius Court, and Cabinet secretary for Devolution, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, at County Headquarters, Bungoma. The envoy’s visit kicks off an exercise that will see the County sink a staggering Sh1 billion in opening up its town, upgrading the market and expanding critical infrastructure and improving social amenities to support growing urbanization in Bungoma Municipality.  Managed through the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), SUED is a £70 million five-year programme that will support up to 12 fast growing municipalities in Kenya to plan their urbanization better, improve links with larger markets that were previously inaccessible and prepare for climate-resilient and sustainable growth. ...