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Fertilizer cartels put on notice

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Cartels in Migori exploiting farmers by selling Government-subsidised fertiliser at a higher price put on notice.

Speaking when taking over the office, Migori new CEC member for Agriculture, Livestock, Vetenary services, Fisheries and Cooperative Department Lucas Musenda Chacha said unscrupulous people selling the fertilizer to farmers at Ksh. 500 will be brought to book. 

The cartels, he said are allegedly working with brokers to repackage the fertiliser for sale to desperate farmers. 

Migori new CEC member for Agriculture, Livestock, Vetenary services

President William Ruto during his inauguration speech on 13th September said as part of the government’s intervention to address the high cost of living, he would facilitate availability and affordability of fertiliser and good quality seeds. 

Ruto directed that 1.4 million bags of fertiliser be availed to farmers at a subsidised price of Sh3,500 per 50kg bag down from the current price of Sh6,500 per 50 kg bag. 

MIGORI SECURITY GUARDS TO COUNTER INSECURITY

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Two men have been killed in a night attack as a machete wielding gang sends terror in Migori town. 

According to Suna West Sub-County police commander Elizabeth Wakuloba, the two were attacked at Maranatha Faith Assemblies church at the wee hours of the night .

At around 1am, Wakuloba said, about three men armed with pangas attacked a security guard and a worker at the church. 

The security guard died instantly as the church goer who was identified to be a student died while receiving treatment at Migori county referral hospital. 

She said that they have launched their investigations into the attack. 

The police boss said the gang stole six microphones and an amplifier. 

According to police reports, they recovered the amplifier which had been dropped by the road side by the trio. 

Migori Security under pressure to Curb rise in insecurity.

Recently, a machete wielding gang has been sending terror to residents living in Migori town, as within a span of one month, three security guards had lost their lives to the attacks. 

About a week ago, a security guard was killed as his eyes were gouged out at Ombo area in Migori town, as another security guard is still nursing injuries at Migori county referral hospital after he was attacked by a machete weilding gang. 

The gang which is said to have been targeting electronic devices has over the past three months breaking into homes and business premises where they make away with music systems and televisions. 

Residents now fear for their security as they ask security officials to have intense patrols placed around the town to protect them from the gang as security guards ask for guns to defend themselves against such eventualities.

Howeve, Migori governor Ochillo Ayacko has called on members of the public to volunteer information to security officers to assist in investigations.

Audit unearth over 600 ghost workers minting Sh60m annually

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The Migori county government has been losing Sh60m annually to ghost workers and discrepancy in the payroll, an audit has revealed.

Audit Report handed to Governor Ochilo Ayacko

The Institute of Human Resource Management was contracted by the county government to audit the workforce, a report which was today handed over to governor Ochillo Ayacko in Migori town.

The audit on the payroll audit showed disparity Sh120m in a month and in another jumping to over Sh200m.

Ayacko said this will be the first step towards service delivery and giving mandate and pledges to the people which was to streamline and seal corruption loopholes.

He said after taking over office from his predecessor Okoth Obado, who served for the past decade the number of casuals were 427, but the audit has revealed a total of 1,034 with 607 not accounted for.

Ayacko said workers in a similar job group were earning different salaries with a discrepancy of over Sh300,000 with some employed without the due process of competitive advertising and interviews.

There are people who were employed without due process, employed without a budget and to positions which don’t exist.

The report was received by Caleb Opondi for Public Service Management and Devolution for what Ayacko said will undergo fixing and long term solution for an accountable county government.

AYACKO PUTS CABINET IN PLACE

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Migori governor Dr. Ochilo Ayacko has put the county’s ghost workers on notice.

Migori Governor Dr. Ochilo Ayacko

Ayacko while speaking during the swearing in Ceremony of the first 6 of the 10 members of his cabinet said the county has lost Millions of shillings in corruption and unwarranted wage bills.

He said a fresh human resources audit will be necessary in elimination of ghost workers from the system.

The governor challenged the new county executive committee members to roll ups their sleeves and offer the required services to the public.

He said the County’s health, education and health sectors have been greatly affected by poor service delivery before and during the 2022 transition period.

Ayacko added that his government is committed to allocating funds towards education for children from Vulnerable families. 

MCAs to Closely work with executive to foster development in Migori

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Migori county ODM secretary general Joseph Onyango Olala has urged MCAs to closely work with executive office towards service delivery. Speaking in Magoti during the homecoming of Wasweta 2 MCA Erickson Omondi, Olala said unnecessary wrangles already witnessed in other counties will derail service to the people. He reiterated that inter-departmental collaboration is key in ensuring development agenda is achieved in all corners of the country.

Peter Masara- Suna West Mp

He told MCAs that good working relationship with the county administration will see the fulfillment of the development agenda to the electorates. Honorable Omondi asked the electorates to give him time and believe in his leadership. He asked the speaker of Migori county assembly speaker Owino Likowa to give them equal opportunities despite their party affiliation saying independent MCAs are equal to the task. Hon. Likowa said all members will get chances to represent their electorates. Suna West MP Hon. Peter Masara challenged the MCAs to forge

Owino Likowa- Migori county assembly speaker

NAIVAS LAUNCHES 12TH EDITION OF KIKWETU FESTIVE SEASON CAMPAIGN

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Naivas Supermarket launches its annual Festive Season Campaign referred

to as Kikwetu. This year’s Kikwetu is the 12th edition since its inception in 2011.

Over the years, the retailer has endeavored to remain authentically Kenyan while delivering

memorable experiences to customers through thematic campaigns during the festive season and

this year is not any different. This is the first festive season where Kenyans can host events and

congregate with loved ones without any restrictions whatsoever since 2019 and to top it all we have

the Fifa World Cup 2022, a major sporting event that drives global excitement and you can bet that

this year’s Kikwetu is going to be bigger and better!

The campaign this year is dubbed “Team Naivas” with the tagline being “You Will Never Kula Choma

Alone”. The campaign this year is also phased out and today we go to market with the first phase,

Kikombe Kikwetu” which pays homage to a global football event. Both phases of the Team Naivas

Campaign will be unified by the clarion call “Kila Mkenya Ni Mshindi” because we truly believe

everyone deserves a win, especially with the economic hardships ravaging Kenyans.

The campaign, as has been in the past, is anchored on the Naivas Reward Card program. Naivas has

committed hundreds of millions to ensure Kenyans have a jolly festive season by offering marketing

leading sales promotions throughout the entire campaign which will be enjoyed by every Naivas

shopper. Further to sales promotions which are open to all, Naivas Reward Card holders stand a

chance to win gift vouchers each worth Kshs. 2, 000 and the iconic Naivas Mbuzis every time they

shop while still earning their points. You can register for the Naivas Reward Card any time at any of

the branches’ Customer Service desks and all you need is your national I.D.

This year, we are excited to welcome on board VISA and Coca-Cola through Coca-Cola Beverages

Africa who are official World Cup Sponsors and are broadening our pool of offerings. Through VISA

shoppers get to win gift vouchers each time they tap to pay with their branded visa card. From Coca

Cola Beverages Africa there will be fifteen 65” Hisense TVs up for grabs by Naivas Reward Card

holders who also purchase 2*2lt, 1.25*2lt Multipack or 6-pack can of either Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite of

Fanta. “ We are pleased to be a part of the 12th Annual Kikwetu Festive Campaign with Team Naivas.Coca

Cola Beverages Africa ambition is to refresh Africa every day.This festive season is an opportune time

where we can live up to our purpose and give our consumers something exciting to look forward to.

As a sponsor in the 12th Kikwetu Campaign, we will be rewarding lucky Naivas Customers a magical

opportunity to win 15 65′ TVs. We believe the Prizes are extremely befitting given the season, with all

eyes glued on screens and people coming together during the biggest football sporting event of the

year! We look forward to creating mini stadiums at home. Along with Team Naivas, we believe that

everybody deserves to win and believing is magic! “ Said Miriam Mutyanziu, National Key Accounts

Manager Coca-Cola Beverages Africa.

“Despite the hard economic times, Kenyans have remained resilient and cautious optimism rings in

the air as we have bid goodbye to the COVID- 19 restrictions, the electioneering period and the

school calendar will go back to normal in the new year. As a business, we have remained committed

to our mantra that says we exist to make other people’s lives better and the festive season provides

us with another opportunity of doing exactly that. We are exceptionally excited because we have

kicked off the campaign earlier compared to the previous years thus giving shoppers reprieve for

longer,” said Peter Mukuha, Naivas Chief of Operations.

“ We promise all our shoppers that we have a fantastic and exciting festive season planned and for

the 13 weeks they will enjoy sales promotions thanks to the support from our partners, who have

seen to it that our customers enjoy great value across all categories ranging from fresh produce,

groceries, non-food FMCG products, general merchandise and eleven electronics and home

appliances, concluded Peter Mukuha.

Public sensitization on the importance of Covid 19 vaccination

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Many organizations have put up campaigns that seek to encourage the general public to get vaccinated against Covid 19 amidst concerns over low uptake of the vaccine in most parts of the country.

Abdul Aguko is the country’s director of Christian Aid, an international Non_governmantal organization working towards poverty eradication and he shares with us how much the organization has done interms of Covid 19 vaccine sensitization and the country’s state of the Ebola pandemic preparedness along the Kenya_Uganda border.

Speaking during a stake holders engagement meeting in Kisumu, the chairperson of the Kenya medical practitioners and dentists Union (KMPDU) Nyanza region Dr. Ndonga Onyango says there is a large inequality when it comes to provision of health, and the public health stake holders be interrogated to find out how much they are prepared to tackle health_ related pandemics.

He further states that health can be used as a bio_weapon, a security concern that the government should take as a priority during budgeting and finance allocation.

Speaking at the same event, Mr. George Collins urges the public on the importance of Covid 19 vaccination, on the other hand blaming the government for the public’s laxity on the vaccine uptake, citing corruption related issues.

WAJACKOYAH UNEXPECTED VISIT TO MIGORI

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Roots Party of Kenya leader Professor George Luchiri Wajackoyah made unexpected visit to Migori today and addressed the residents at a stopover at Posta grounds.

The party leader said that he will remain in the opposition and check on the Kenya Kwanza administration for effective service delivery to all Kenyans.

Wajackoya in Migori

He said that he wants to team with Raila Odinga to help in the liberation and social justice of all Kenyans and also make Kenya Kwanza perform on their mandate.

It is alleged that the Roots Party leader had held a closed door meeting in town with his party members before coming to posta grounds to address members of the public.

Teachers from Danaba Complain of Harsh Working Conditions

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Teachers from Danaba mixed day sec school in wajir county are a disgruntled alot. Apart from delayed salaries of over 3 months, the teachers termed this as a salt to the injury owing to the difficult and harsh working conditions they have to endure.

Led by Ali billow mahat ,school principal, Isaiah kimathi kibaara and Shadrack Kimathi Etirikia they called upon the government of his excellency Dr William Ruto to see to it that issues teachers are addressed amicably.

They also lamented being removed from the payroll on the disguise of death. They also request the teachers service commission to reinstate us back to payroll since we are a live and working and also request the tsc to bring the culprits to book

Feed Manufactures and Livestock Stakeholders  Praise Government’s Decision to Lift Ban on GMOs in  Kenya

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Association Of Kenya Feed Manufacturers (AKEFEMA) alongside other stakeholders (including farmer’s cooperatives, breeders, livestock producers and processors among others)has issued a statement on the then status of the animal feed sub-sector.  At the time, they petitioned the government to rescue the feed sector from eminent collapse due the escalating prices of raw materials used in feed milling.

The Government has since then made the decision to lift the ban on the importation and use of GMO products in the country. Accordingly, thank the Government for lifting the ban on GMOs – Kenya has lost two decades of scientific progress, and it is evident that the ban constrained bio innovation, research and entrepreneurship developments in this key frontier of science and knowledge.

Meanwhile, other countries have moved forward [the scientific community is now talking of genome editing and CRISPR-Cas9, whose discoverers won the Nobel Prize in the year 2020]. It is however, not too late, Kenya has the requisite capacity (human resources, physical infrastructure, Legal and regulatory framework) to catch up, and be the leader and a reference in the region. It should also be noted that products of biotechnology are now in widespread use in the realm of human and veterinary medicine (e.g in the management of diabetes, and development of vaccines etc)

In the dairy sector on average, Dairy meal is priced at Ksh.2,500 per 70kg bag; layers 70kg priced at Ksh.3, 500; broiler Starter mash 70kg at Ksh.4,750 while pig feed is averaging at Ksh.2,550 per 70kg bag. These prices are likely to go up again in the next one week due to the prevailing high cost of raw materials. Currently the price of one litre of processed milk has risen from Ksh.110 to Ksh140-150; a kg of broiler to Ksh.300 from 200 while a tray of egg is retailing at Ksh360 from Ksh.300 a month ago. These prices are being driven by a severe drop in the local supply.

Impact on the Economy and Social Enterprises

According to a study by ILRI (2018), Eggs, milk and meat are widely consumed in households as a major source of protein and accounting for nearly 40% of household’s food budget. Therefore, any change in the supply chain in the production and processing of the above, to which animal feeds play a critical factor, threatens the food security and nutrition pillar of the National Government Agenda.

Further, the situation has led to:

  1.  Farmers continuing to record low productivity due to not only shortage of fodder because of the prevailing drought but also the high cost of compounded feed. 
  2. Increased cost of eggs, meat and milk and related livestock products, which have become unaffordable to most households.
  3. Millers have experience reduced production capacity utilization to between 40-60% due to lack of raw material leading to job losses as well as reduced turnover and loss of tax revenue.
  4. Massive scaling down of livestock related businesses such as feed millers, poultry rearing, dairy cattle.
  5. Loss of the source of livelihood for livestock farmers who depend on compounded feeds as supplement to the fodder leading to increased poverty levels in Kenya.
  6. There is now increased importation of eggs from neighbouring countries of Uganda and Tanzania

We therefore request the government:

  1. Not to relent in its determination to utilize all available options towards improving the food security situation in the country, including the adoption of bio-technology products such as GMO foods that have been tested and found safe and sound for human and animal consumption through the necessary peer review mechanisms and regulatory frameworks.
  2. Extend the Gazette notice to allow duty free importation of animal feed raw materials, which expires at the end of October 2022 to three years. This will make the options of where to source from more, especially yellow maize and Soya, and therefore more price competitiveness.
  3. Remove duty on all animal feed raw materials
  4. Convene stakeholders’ fora in all parts of the country to share the available information on the use, propagation and consumption of GMOs as well as review the role, use and farming of GMO materials for the exclusive use in the animal feed manufacturing sector.
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